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Google X Lab Hunts YouTube for Cats
June 29, 2012 – 3:23 pm | No Comment
Google X Lab Hunts YouTube for Cats

When left to its own devices, what does one of the largest neural networks for machine learning in the world use its 16,000 computer processors and one billion connections do? Solve complex environmental problems? Crunch …

Robyn Pearce in New Zealand Herald: Interruptions are hazardous to business
June 20, 2012 – 2:53 pm | No Comment
Robyn Pearce in New Zealand Herald: Interruptions are hazardous to business

Robyn Pearce, writing for the New Zealand Herald, outlines the problem of e-mail overload and quotes Jonathan Spira on the impact of interruptions on productivity.
I checked in with Jonathan about recovery time, for all previous …

Is Information Overload Yesterday’s News?
June 15, 2012 – 7:30 pm | No Comment
Is Information Overload Yesterday’s News?

Information Overload continues to be a costly problem but it also appears to be losing some degree of mindshare.
This is not completely unexpected.  Many such areas – knowledge management comes to mind – go through …

Music and Productivity: All About Context
June 7, 2012 – 4:41 pm | No Comment
Music and Productivity: All About Context

Last week Jonathan Spira explored the possibility of music being a distracting influence on knowledge workers. Although there is some truth to that, music is a topic that engenders such passion that getting knowledge workers …

Music: The Great Distraction?
June 1, 2012 – 4:47 pm | One Comment
Music: The Great Distraction?

Recently, I noticed more and more knowledge workers wearing headsets while at their desks. Not just earbuds, but noise-cancelling headsets, the kind you’d expect to see on an airplane (indeed, Bose invented the noise-cancelling headset …