What it is: TechCrunch reports that Elon Musk recently received a conditional permit to prepare and excavate an underground Hyperloop site in Washington, D.C. The tunnel will eventually run from New York through Philadelphia and Baltimore to D.C., and construction will start with the 10.3-mile leg from D.C. to Baltimore.
Why it's important: Currently, the trip from New York to Washington D.C. takes over three hours. A Hyperloop would cut this travel time down to 30 minutes — making interstate commutes faster and easier than ever. How will this affect hiring, real estate prices, and communities?Share on Facebook
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What it is: Cornell University doctoral candidate Huaishu Peng and team have combined augmented reality with 3D printing to create RoMA, a robotic assistant for designing and printing custom objects. Wearing AR goggles and handling a controller, the user designs features on the front half of the platform while the robot fabricates on the back. This enables rapid in-situ feedback for designers, the ability to quickly iterate on new designs, and, longer term, the ability to customize and print onto existing objects.
Why it's important: Exponential technologies have the potential to not just revolutionize entire industries on their own, but in combination. As you plan your moonshots, don't forget the limitless potential from converging technologies, and optimizing the feedback loops between them.Share on Facebook
Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin
What it is: Atari recently announced its partnership with Infinity Networks to create "Atari Tokens," one of two new cryptocurrencies the video game maker has planned. Atari stock rose 60 percent after the announcement. "Blockchain technology is poised to take a very important place in our environment and to transform, if not revolutionize, the current economic ecosystem, especially in the areas of the video game industry and online transactions," said Atari CEO Frederic Chesnais in a statement.
Why it's important: The blockchain is enabling legacy companies to gain modern relevance by launching on-brand cryptocurrencies. When Kodak announced its cryptocurrency, stock prices rose 245 percent. Will the market respond similarly to Atari?Share on Facebook
Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Marissa Brassfield
What it is: Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and NYU's Langone Health have used CRISPR to correct many of the genetic mutations that cause Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). By creating 12 guide RNA's to find flawed splice sites in the gene, they cut the DNA at those locations to direct the cell's normal machinery to skip over the gene entirely and begin creating functional proteins. This method is proving to be a practical way of treating many mutations at once (almost 3,000 are involved with DMD), and is less disruptive than removing the mutated DNA entirely. Said co-author Dr. Rhonda Bassel-Duby, "The genome is highly structured, and you don't want to remove DNA that could potentially be important."
Why it's important: This is a great illustration of accelerated experimentation due to CRISPR's straightforward, affordable methods of genome-editing in comparison to previous methods. Look for more improvements targeting debilitating diseases like DMD, and for those improvements to spawn applications to more common afflictions.Share on Facebook
Spotted by Morgan McDermott / Written by Jason Goodwin
What it is: Building on the ethereum blockchain, Venezuela just launched the presale of the Petro, the world's first sovereign backed cryptocurrency. Venezuelan President Maduro hopes to spur economic growth and combat the volatility and inflation of its fiat currency, the bolivar, currently worth just .000004 USD.
Why it's important: Regardless of whether this initiative ultimately succeeds, the use case is spot on and indicates that government leaders are exploring the blockchain as a viable means of spurring technological development and stabilizing their currencies. Look for more experiments to pop up in emerging markets where volatility and inflation are high.Share on Facebook
Spotted by Eben Pagan / Written by Jason Goodwin
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---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Will Marre<firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 8:35 AM Subject: Beyond #MeToo - TWO new words that will Change the World To: email@example.com
I am concerned that women's assent into leadership may be stalled by an underreported male reaction to the #MeToo campaign
I am concerned that women's assent into leadership may be stalled by an underreported male reaction to the #MeToo campaign...
Beyond #MeToo... TWO new words that will Change the World
Women are clearly focused on what women are doing and going to do more of to change the world. They are going to lead. So yes, as an enthusiastic advocate for more women in leadership, I could not be happier. I'm happy because achieving leadership parity is more than a social justice issue. Of course, it's not fair that women are systematically marginalized in terms of having their ideas heard and taken seriously. But even worse, it's threatening to the future of civilization for most of us to mistake alpha male behavior for leadership while the real leadership of creative collaboration is viewed as weak…as it certainly is in our Congress.
But I am also concerned. I am concerned that women's assent into leadership may be stalled by an underreported male reaction to the #MeToo campaign. I am consistently hearing from men a troubling response to the uncovering of sexual assault, intimidation and harassment by powerful males in organizations of all kinds. Their common response is that over the line behavior in which males demand sexual submission by women is definitely monstrous. What they experienced as a gray area of social stupidity or immaturity, that might inadvertently make women uncomfortable, is now a career threatening mistake. This may be spooking the herd (of men) to charge-off in unwanted direction.
Just last week I talked to a senior leader in his 50's who said "I will never ask a female colleague to lunch or even coffee without a third person present." He went on to say that in the current atmosphere just an accusation of impropriety is enough to get you suspended, fired or dead ended. Then he said the dreaded words. "It's just another reason why working with women can be such an added hassle."
Before your head explodes, let me assure you I get it. When bullies turn themselves into victims it makes you want to throw up. But let me also assure you that mass male confusion about unacceptable behavior is leading many men to say they literally would prefer not to work with women because the sensitivity to unacceptable behavior is so variable. What's frustrating is that the reason the rules may seem so variable is that many women have accepted creepy behavior in the workplace for decades as the condition of their job. The result is that many men honestly do not have mental guard rails about what is truly respectful behavior and what is not.
When I have related this male handwringing to successful professional women several of them have blasted me. They just believe that men's complaints like this are lame. One of them have said "men know what is ok and what is not. They're just transforming our justified grievances into weapons to punish us."
I get it. I am in no way defending men. I am not defending bad behavior and I am not defending their general lack of social and emotional intelligence. What I am saying is that what many men are saying privately to me seems sincere and potentially lethal to my campaign of recruiting one million men to actively support the promotion of one million women every year for the next five years.
So, I've been thinking about this a lot.
One thing that would help is if women took the problem of male confusion seriously. In most companies that I have done gender equality assessments in, I have found an alarming level of low emotional intelligence among males. Most men or at least many of them do not have a clear idea of the impact of their words and behavior on women. In technology companies I have found an extraordinarily high number of technically trained males to be virtually clueless when it comes to social awareness of the impact of their communications with women.
Now of course I realize that ignorance is no excuse. So, males don't get off the hook by simply claiming they didn't understand that behaving like a social moron was offensive. At the same time, we have generated some simple but precise workplace principles that will stop males from blaming women for creating conditions which make working with women high-risk.
For me it comes down to two words… Dignity and Clarity.
Many women who are frustrated at male whining about vague rules of behavior respond to me by saying men just have to treat us with "respect." But when I try this out on males, I have gotten a lot of pushback. Evidently respect means a lot of different things to different people.
To many alpha males respect also connotes toughness. So, some have suggested when they talk to women colleagues the same way I talk to male colleagues about whatever I want to talk about… that is respect. To which I reply, "no that is stupid." Treating everyone the same is a sure indicator of low emotional intelligence.
The best word is Dignity.
Dignity is a word I've had the most success with. When I ask a male, what is it like to treat a woman with dignity they respond very similarly. Many men have said that it would be like the way I would talk to their mother. One said, "I certainly wouldn't tell an edgy joke or use a double entendre around my mother. She just wouldn't like that. And of course, I would never want to make her feel uncomfortable." Of course, I realize that not every man has a mother who isn't salty but the social archetype of the concept of a mother is a woman you would treat with dignity. I have found most men immediately get that.
Privately some men admit that it's hard for them not to sexualize the thoughts about women. They immediately attribute this to their hormones and state that it's just a natural thing to do. When this happens, I try to point out that our culture has lost the expectation that one of the great goals in life is to become more virtuous. Virtues are elevated habits of thought that lead us to becoming better people from the inside out. Few people talk about the need to become more patient, kind, disciplined, humble, honest, respectful or charitable. Some people seem to think that attempting to acquire moral virtues is inauthentic as if our animal urges will lead us to happiness. They don't. Both history and modern research on happiness tell us clearly that If we do not act in virtuous ways we will suffer and cause others to suffer.
Acquiring virtues is primarily an act of mental discipline. When you put bad things out of your mind and focus on noble ideals you rewire your neural networks to think at a higher level. It's called up-leveling thought. It requires inner exertion. It's not easy but it changes the voices in your head, and is the foundation for genuine self-respect.
So, treating women (as well as all people) with Dignity is an acquired virtue.
As I have tested this concept with women in the workplace, I found they like the word dignity too. In fact, yesterday a female thirtysomething professional said to me "that's all I've ever wanted… just to be treated with dignity. If I was treated that way I would never have to worry about any form of sexual harassment or even unfairness for that matter."
So, I've come to love that word… dignity. It already seems to have removed a lot of ambiguity for the men I counsel. It gets them out of their victim confusion and allows them to focus on treating their female co-workers in a way that is mutually empowering.
Now I have a word for women… Clarity.
When I ask men what they want from women, they generally say the same thing. Clarity. Men are very confused by equivocating, complexity and imprecise requests. It is much easier for a linear brain to process a direct clear request.
When I coach women leaders I always tell them that the fundamental principle of power for a woman, in particular, is to be both clear and calm.Ask for what you want with precision. Make your preferences precise. Set boundaries that are clear when needed. What I have found in my professional practice is that most men are not monsters. It's true that males struggle with impulse control and dominance issues. But one of the greatest ways women can help men to acquire higher virtues and be their best selves is to be clear on what you want, what you expect and what empowers you.
Dignity and Clarity… two great words we need to use to get to synergy and improve the future of civilization for all of us.
The Institute for Leadership Synergy is launching January 30th, 2018
PURPOSE To educate, empower and equip both women and men to employ the evidence-based principles of gender synergy known as SMART Power to enable both individuals and organizations to create a future of sustainable abundance for all.
MISSION To train one million women in the next five years to be effective SMART Power leaders and recruit an equal number of males to be advocates, sponsors and champions for inclusive, SMART Power leadership. Provide worldwide access to research, education, training and community.
We will be formally launching the institute on January 30, 2018. To get more information about how you can become part of this movement, please contact us at info@SMARTPowerAcademy.com. We will send you our mission-strategy overview, a list of events and how you can get involved.
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Stuff We're Diggin':
The Definitive Guide To Google RankBrain With the new direction that we've taken Evergreen Profits, we've been putting increasing emphasis on SEO and gaining organic traffic to our site. Google recently announced that RankBrain is Google's third most important ranking signal. And it's becoming more important every day. This Backlinko article is an insanely in-depth look at RankBrain.
The Facebook News Feed is Changing to Favor Person to Person Engagement Facebook just made a big announcement that it is going to move in a direction of favoring human interaction over brands. The statement was rather ambiguous and it left a lot of marketers questioning what it even means... Jon Loomer breaks down the message in this article and tries to decipher what it all means.
#FakeLinks: This Is the Future of Link Building As I mentioned earlier, SEO is a big priority for us right now. I'm learning as much as I can about it. This article on the Gaps blog discusses a rather "grey hat" strategy that people are using to try to game SEO. There are things you can learn to implement on your own as well as words of caution about what's going on. All in all, a great and informative read.
Designrr - To repurpose blog posts on more platforms I mentioned this one last week and I feel it's worth mentioning again. It's currently a lifetime price (only $27) but, on their normal site, is actually $27 per month. So it's definitely worth it! Anyway, since we're really focusing on SEO lately, Designrr is truly one of our secret weapons. It allows us to create PDF versions of our blog posts in about 3 clicks and then submit them to every site that accepts PDFs. We have links inside the PDFs and can often add links in the PDFs description on the various sites we post on, resulting in a lot of links and clicks back to our site. We use this tool like crazy and can't really recommend it enough.
I didn't get around to creating a new design for the Weekly Profit, unfortunately. But I wanted to share what we've been doing and paying attention to, regardless.
Lots of great stuff this week and we got even more coming to you next week!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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