Tired: startups using machine learning to detect cancer in scans with 90% accuracy.

Wired: startups using flocks of pigeons to detect cancer in scans, with 99% accuracy. journals.plos.org/plosone/articl…
Yet, we must be careful lest we weaponize this new pigeon technology. It has happened before: pigeons were used for the first guidance system for smart missiles in World War 2 (developed by B. F. Skinner himself!) The GIF is actual footage from the tests. web.archive.org/web/2008051621…
Fortunately, there is an official standard for pigeon-based Internet Protocol: RFC 1149. It has also been actually implemented with real pigeons! (At 0.08 bps, but still)

But wait: this paper shows pigeons carrying memory cards can reach 28 gigs per sec! spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/comp…

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19 Apr
I think many lean startup founders do far too many customer interviews- 100 or more in many cases! Diminishing returns kick in pretty fast & there are other startup experiments, too. So how do you know how many to do? Look for “theme saturation” when <5% of information is new 1/2 Image
Ways of calculating this are in the article, but there is evidence that 92% of key themes are identified within 12 interviews. Even cross-cultural studies often require only 20-40 interviews. Interviews can help but you need to progress to other tests! 2/2 journals.plos.org/plosone/articl…
In general, founders should separate the vital parts of the lean startup method (experiments & hypotheses!) from the dogmatic parts (too many interviews, business model canvas). That doesn’t mean the dogmatic parts can’t be useful, but they are limiting. hbr.org/2019/10/what-t…
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1 Apr
A brief thread on color differentiation!

We have a huge number of words for color in English, as Ingrid Sundberg's Color Thesaurus shows. 1/n ingridsundberg.com/2014/02/04/the…
But different cultures group colors differently. This chart based on research by Gibson and Conway shows the difficulty of communicating a color. The colors to the left are easiest to communicate since they are most distinct (white and red in English). 2/n theconversation.com/languages-dont…
But the emotional associations with colors are remarkably similar across cultures. 3/n
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25 Mar
What is most powerful economic knowledge for individuals to understand to improve their lives? This paper surveyed every economist in Sweden and found the overwhelming choice was... opportunity cost. The paper: tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.10…

So here is a thread on opportunity cost....
Opportunity cost is what you give up when you make a choice. Not just what you didn't buy with the 💰 you spent, but also what you could have done with that 💰 if you saved it for the future. Since you must have chosen the best option, opportunity cost is your next best choice. 2
Except that it often isn't! A lot of research has shown that people neglect opportunity cost when making choices. This leads to consumers falling prey to bad marketing, policy makers making short-sighted decisions, etc. @danariely summarizes this in his interview with Reuters. 3
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24 Mar
Thing to never do again: open offices. In addition to being terrible places to work, (they actually lower communication!) they are 🦠parties . Sick days are 62% higher than individual offices. Even group offices are better, six person rooms have 30% less sick days than open plans
Maybe you don't care about getting sick, because you just want to talk to people. But open offices also kill socialization! Face-to-face communication among office workers actually drops by 70%(!!) in open plan offices, since people hide away from others. royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/pdf/10.109…
Also, lets talk noise. Open office noise is a really subtle thing. In surveys, people think that they can concentrate in open office environments, but study after study shows that they are much worse at concentrating than they think. And noise cancelling headphones don't help...
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21 Mar
Ever wonder why Monopoly feels unfair? It was supposed to teach why capitalism as bad! The original game started similarly, but any two players could vote to switch to progressive rules that nationalized the utilities & railroad and switched the "Jail” space to“Free College" 1/ ImageImage
The game was invented by feminist & polymath Elizabeth Magie, who patented it in 1903. But variants spread quickly, and it was even used in Wharton economics classes to "to show the antisocial nature of monopoly,” before being co-opted by the Parker Bros. simulations.wharton.upenn.edu/2016/03/10/mon… ImageImage
Also the original names of the properties: “Lord Blueblood’s Estate,” “The Soakum Lighting Co.,” and “Hogg’s Game Preserve” are much better then the Atlantic City streets we ended up with. Image
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20 Mar
Here’s a super useful paper: we spend 15% of work in meetings (managers spend 50%!) & post-COVID meetings are up 14%. But we spend too little time trying to make meetings better, even though there’s lots of research on the topic! Here’s a review of it all: researchgate.net/publication/32…
Here’s an emoji filled summary of best practices. Before the meeting:
✅only meet if needed
👯‍♀️make sure to only invite people who need to be there.
🎯set clear goals & outcomes
📄have an agenda that all review in advance
⏰make it short & relevant to all invited
During the meeting...
⏱arrive on time
📋follow the agenda
🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️everyone participates
💻📱never multitask
⚔️intervene if mood turns negative
🤪humor helps performance
🙅‍♀️leave time for objections
🗳Let everyone help decision-making. If a decision is made, tell everyone
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