Weekend Building Blocks - 12 May 2017


There's no value in collecting blocks unless you're connecting them to build something awesome!
Here's what I've picked up this week:
  1. The Rise of the Useless Class. How is artificial intelligence (AI) changing what kids should be learning in school? Yuval Noah Harari predicts how AI will change how we look at education, learning, and work. This piece is just as much one of humanities as it is about technology. Be very afraid!!!
  2. From Chaos to Resilience - Options B,C,D,E,F,G... DJ Patil is a math guy. His short blog talks about contingency planning and...reminds us to "kick the shit out of Option B." 
  3. Why Being a Jack of All Trades in No Bad Thing. How did Elon Musk build four (4) multi-billion dollar businesses by his mid-40s? Michael Simmons tells us the trick lays in knowing a lot about a lot...and being able to transfer that knowledge and experience into other (seemingly non-related) fields. 
  4. The Complexity of Social Problems is Outsmarting the Human Brain. Neurologist Robert Burton talks cognitive biases, dissonance, and limitations. He highlights the differences between facts, theories, and opinions. 
  5. Algorithms to Live By. This is a 50-min podcast interview by Julia Galef with guests Tom Griffiths and Brian Christian. I was completely captivated by this interview. What can we learn about human decision-making from how computers process information? 
A few weeks ago, Steve Olivas interviewed me for his "The Commute" podcast. I talk about my experiences and life as a suburban police SWAT officer:
Lastly, Thom Dworak (of The Virtus Group) and I just finished up moderating a 3-day workshop for police supervisors and trainers. Growing Adaptive Thinking was sponsored by Illinois Mobile Training Unit #3 - NEMRT and hosted at the North Aurora Police station. We had 20 students from 16 law enforcement agencies - federal, county, and municipal. I learned just as much as anyone in the class. Looking forward to making a few small cosmetic changes and scheduling the next episode! Check out some photos here and a quick rundown here.

Hope you all have a great weekend!! 

Lou Hayes, Jr.
thinking & adapting like a Tactical Philosopher

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