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How trust in autonomous products emerges

Originally posted on The Horizons Tracker. Trust in technology is crucial for adoption, but especially for autonomous technologies for which we place so much faith in their ability to function safely and effectively.  Developing and maintaining trust in technologies such as autonomous vehicles is made that much harder by the fact that these technologies are not infallible and should not be regarded as such. A new paper1 from Stanford...

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New framework for smarter crowdsourcing

Originally posted on The Horizons Tracker. Crowdsourcing has been one of the most popular forms of open innovation ever since James Surowiecki popularized the notion in his bestseller The Wisdom of Crowds in 2004.  The ability to tap into a global talent pool, and only pay for results, has proven enticing for many, and data suggests that it’s the most common form of open innovation today, with platforms such as Innocentive growing...

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How group diversity affects decision making

Originally posted on The Horizons Tracker. In terms of decision making, diversity has always come with trade-offs.  While it’s accepted that diversity of inputs help teams come up with the most creative ideas, it’s also accepted that too much diversity can hamper attempts to capitalize on those ideas because a lack of unity exists within the team. A recent study1 from Florida State University explores this group decision-making...

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The need for new leadership in this COVID-era

Originally posted on The Horizons Tracker. COVID has prompted many to hit the “reset” button and ponder how we might make the world a slightly better place when we emerge out of the other side of the pandemic.  The year has also been prominent for the number of so-called “wicked” problems, including systemic racism, climate change, and COVID itself.  Such problems are usually incredibly difficult to effectively solve, with...

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Would we do better choosing leaders at random?

Originally posted on The Horizons Tracker. Last year Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic published his provocative title highlighting the general inadequacies of our leadership selection processes.  His general missive was that our recruitment systems are geared towards promoting incompetent men to leadership roles.  It’s a theory supported by new research1 from the University of Zurich, which suggests that we might as well pick leaders...

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Sharing tacit knowledge is key for mentoring to thrive

Originally posted on The Horizons Tracker. Einstein famously remarked that the most important part of teaching isn’t the imparting of facts and figures, but rather the tacit knowledge that is often key to truly mastering a topic.  It’s a notion that new research1 from the Kellogg School of Management shows is also key to successful mentoring. The researchers discovered that the best mentors were able to enable their mentees to...

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How machine learning can improve patient communication

Originally posted on The Horizons Tracker. Communicating effectively with patients is often literally a matter of life and death, so being able to do so well is crucial.  New research1 from Texas A&M highlights how machine learning can help clinicians communicate effectively with cancer patients. The researchers argue that many of the 1.7 million new cases of cancer per year in the United States could be avoided if more regular...