• ‘Empathy’ is jumping the shark

    March 31, 2017

    One of the most powerful yet understated human emotions is under threat. Empathy is the capacity for understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another. In contrast with its close cousin sympathy, empathy approaches a truer shared experience. It is more credible because the empathizer has […]

  • Sumo in Osaka: Time for Spring Renewal

    March 26, 2017

    Since I’ve started the habit of posting on sumo championship days, I figure why not keep the momentum. This Osaka basho was especially significant for a few reaons: First, it was Kisenato’s first tournament as a newly-minted grand champion Yokozuna. The first Japanese native Yokozuna in 19 years, “Kise” set out to prove to the […]

  • You can’t manage what you can’t measure (or, How to enter the multiverse)

    March 15, 2017

    I just read a sci-fi thriller about parallel universes that may be a candidate for this year’s summer reading list. Part of the plot invokes the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. In the past I’ve reflected on the impact of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in journalism, but this novel in combination with this excellent interview with Chris […]

  • Back by popular demand: Buy, Sell, or Hold

    March 9, 2017

    A year ago I played Buy, Sell, or Hold on a trip home to Silicon Valley (the logic being that not all but many global trends start in California). The post proved so popular that I decided to play the game again last week. (For those not familiar with the game: Buy, Sell, or Hold? […]

  • This week’s conferences on Mobile and Gaming trigger a nostalgic trip down memory lane

    March 3, 2017

    [Note: this is the English version of yesterday’s piece I wrote for Japan’s publication, The Bridge. The Japanese version can be found here.] This week we have the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Both major technology conferences; both happening at the same time. So difficult to choose… […]

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