Work Futures Daily Minipost - Mining the Past

| Overconfidence | Prowler | Secret Parenting | USPS Bots | Ayesha Siddiqi |

Beacon NY - 2019-05-21 — Today's title is derived from Ayesha Siddiqi's quote of the day.


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Social Now 2019 — Lisbon Portugal — 6-7 June 2019

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Why High-Class People Get Away With Incompetence | Heather Murphy reports on recent research regarding overconfidence as a consequence of higher social class.


Tencent, Pearson Among Backers of $100 Million U.K. AI Startup | Jeremy Kahn profiles Prowler, an AI startup that sidesteps the bottleneck of requiring large amounts of data to train AI.


End the Plague of Secret Parenting | Emily Oster turns a great phrase in this piece calling for parents to openly acknowledge that they are 1/ parents and 2/ have obligations to their families.


Self-Driving Trucks Will Carry Mail in U.S. for the First Time | Ira Boudway reports on a milestone in autonomous vehicles, when the US Postal Service will pilot semi trucks from TuSimple carrying mail between Phoenix and Dallas starting today.

Quote of the Day

If you want to predict the future, see what is being mined from the past.

Ayesha Siddiqi**, [Our Brand Could Be Your Crisis*](


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Social Now 2019 — Lisbon Portugal — 6-7 June 2019

At Social Now, enterprise social tools battle it out for the chance to be voted “the best tool for my organisation”.

Every year, Social Now shows ways of improving internal communications, collaboration, and knowledge sharing and retention. This 8th edition Social Now 2019 will also pay special attention to several key questions:

  • how leaders can adapt to fully rip the benefits of digital transformation efforts; and,

  • how to use enterprise social tools to identify, nurture and develop great digital leaders.

Cablinc is a fictitious company with very real challenges. At Social Now, you will hear:

  • amazing speakers offer practical recommendations to help Cablinc;

  • platform vendors tell “day-in-the-life” narratives of smarter work practices at Cablinc;

  • peers from real organisations share their own experiences, in short talks and in the innovative “peer assist” session.

Come to sunny Lisbon. Join a small group of 100 professionals for 2 days of practical talks, rich debate, great networking, and gorgeous food and wine.

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Social Now uses a totally different lens to zoom in on key questions about social tools. More of a workshop than a typical tech conference, and dedicated to on-the-ground exploration of tools, rather than abstract theorizing. It's my third (fourth?) Social Now and I can't wait. | Stowe Boyd