Blog Abstract: Tackling Bias in Artificial Intelligence

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated by content from an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses the recent McKinsey & Company article, “Tackling bias in artificial intelligence (and in humans)” by Jake Silberg and James Manyika.

In the last year or so, I saw a documentary about Google and the inherent bias in their search algorithm, which basically showed how it baked in the bias of the programmers, probably without any intention of doing so. Then, in this last week, I saw an AllSides blog post, “Audit Finds Evidence of Google’s Bias Toward These Media Outlets” that starts out with this paragraph:

“A new audit shows Google is biased toward a small number of major media outlets — and most of them have a Left-leaning political bias. One-sided information isn’t healthy for democracy, yet the world’s most popular source of news and information displays a major bias. Continue reading “Blog Abstract: Tackling Bias in Artificial Intelligence”

Silence

A few weeks ago I found myself annoyed with noise–the noise of the road, the hum of the electricity in the house, the wind aggressively hitting the wind chime… the noise of other people. And it got me to thinking about all the “noise” we deal with on a daily basis.

I am no luddite. In fact, I love technology – I embrace the conveniences it brings. I make my living from bringing technology into other people’s lives.

Yet, I think we have forgotten how to be silent. I forget sometimes at least. And I need to be reminded that less is very often more.

Last weekend I went camping with my 8 year old and a dozen other cub-scouts and their parents, and was struck by how quiet it was at night and into the next morning. It was truly joyous. We had no electronics and it was dark, … Continue reading

11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Every Day – Commentary

From time to time LocalDirective team members will comment on a piece of content they see online. In this post, Kim Figor gives her opinion on 11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Every Day an article from Huffington Post, written by Alena Hall

If you are like the millions of people who are looking for ways to grow and improve themselves, you probably have already figured out you don’t need to look very far. Two minutes on the internet is proof of this. Anyone looking to improve their lives doesn’t have to look far. But did you know that something as simple as a smile can help you achieve many of your goals? Continue reading “11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Every Day – Commentary”

5 Mini Habits That Will Turn You Into a Morning Person This Year – Commentary

Bring positive energy to the pillow.

From time to time LocalDirective team members will comment on a piece of content they see online. In this post, Kim Figor gives her opinion on 5 Mini Habits That Will Turn You Into a Morning Person This Year an article from Quora, written by Andy Ooi .

Are you one of those people who jumps out of bed a couple hours earlier than needed, bright eyed and bushy tailed? Or, are you one of those people who HATE those morning people? Or, are you in between – you are a morning person just not until you’ve received a bit of help from your coffee? Despite what type of person you are, if you want to learn how you can become a morning person, this article is for you.

Ooi begins his article with a charming story about cave dudes and cave gals as … Continue reading

Going From Bad To Great At Any Company

This article has some incredibly important ideas for all leaders to consider, if they are trying to create an environment where excellence can take root. An interesting point is made at the beginning, that destructive or negative behavior has a much more profound effect on performance than does constructive behavior, with an astonishing 500% difference of magnitude of impact on an employee’s mindset and mood.

From that perspective, the point is made that instead of trying to instill ‘Best Practice’ behavior, focus first on removing the negatives that are the impediments to great performance. As such, it is more of a ‘taking away’ instead of an ‘adding to.’ This is important if a leader’s first job is to create an environment, a space, where excellence is expected and nurtured. Seven specific methods are suggested to eliminate the barriers to high performance, including some obvious and some not so obvious concepts.… Continue reading