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Baldwin argues that globalization takes shape in three distinct stages: the ability to move goods, then ideas, and finally people. Since the early 19th century, the cost of the first two has fallen dramatically, spurring the surge in international trade that is now a feature of the modern global economy.
while trade makes countries better off, it does not raise all boats… the benefits from trade are unequally spread across individuals and time.
The disruption won’t come because people will move more freely across borders, but because technologies will provide “a substitute for being there,”
When there wasn’t massive trade, every city and every village had its own butcher, baker, candlestick maker, and the bonfire of innovation in modern growth couldn’t get going. For a millennium, incomes for human civilization were stagnate. It wasn’t until 1820 or so, when you could move goods over long distances, that we started to see big factories and industrial clusters happening. But it was hard to move ideas over distance so those ideas stayed in the North. That was the Great Divergence. The North, the G7 more or less, had knowledge-driven growth that took off sooner and faster than the developing countries.
By the end of this whole thing, around 1990, there was a massive imbalance between know-how per worker in the rich countries and in the nearby poor countries. The information and communication technology revolution allowed the firms to move the knowledge across borders. This was transformative in rich countries, where it led to deindustrialization, and a wonderful thing in nearby developing countries, which saw rapid growth, rapid industrialization, and 650 million people rise out of poverty.
For example, Bombardier, a Canadian firm, moved the production of the tail of one of its aircraft from Canada to Mexico in a matter of months.
That sort of sudden, unpredictable, individual aspect of globalization has made everybody very anxious, frustrated, and afraid.
We shouldn’t try and protect jobs; we should protect workers.
There are jobs for people, even in manufacturing these days, but not for the low-skilled people who have been dispossessed by this. Their jobs were routine and the easiest to replace with automation. The first thing to do is accept the 21st–century reality that no matter what you do, these jobs aren’t coming back.
There are two technologies that are key: telepresence and telerobotics. They exist but are expensive and clunky. Telepresence is half of a table with life-size screens, good light, lots of cameras, and microphones. Then the other half of the table is somewhere else. When people sit at the table you have a very strong impression that they are in the same room.
The second is telerobotics. There are a couple of well-known ones. One is the surgeon operating at a 100-kilometer distance from the patient. But you can imagine that hotel rooms in London could be cleaned by people driving robots sitting in Kenya or Buenos Aires or wherever, for a tenth of the cost here. That’s coming, and it will be very disruptive.
We have to look for inspiration from northern European countries who have comprehensive retraining, help with housing, help with relocation. Typically they have the unions, governments, and companies working together to try and keep the social cohesion. It doesn’t always work, but at least they try and most people feel that the government is helping them.
We need to change the education system so you spend less time when you are young learning to be hyper-specialized and more lifelong learning. The jobs that will still be here will require face-to-face skills and making networks of human interactions work. Telepresence and telerobotics won’t replace those.
In spite of this worldwide system of linkages, there is, at this very moment, a general feeling that communication is breaking down everywhere, on an unparalleled scale… What appears [in the media] is generally at best a collection of trivial and almost unrelated fragments, while at worst, it can often be a really harmful source of confusion and misinformation.
Different groups … are not actually able to listen to each other. As a result, the very attempt to improve communication leads frequently to yet more confusion, and the consequent sense of frustration inclines people ever further toward aggression and violence, rather than toward mutual understanding and trust.
“Communication” … is based on the Latin commun and the suffix “ie” which is similar to “fie,” in that it means “to make or to do.” So one meaning of “to communicate” is “to make something common,” i.e., to convey information or knowledge from one person to another in as accurate a way as possible.
“Campuses are full of people who look different but think alike. That is not real diversity, but pseudo-diversity. Real diversity requires a diversity of ideas, not simply like minded activist who resemble the bar scene of Star Wars.”
I’m a Chicano, a Mexican American or whatever buzzword we’re using nowadays to describe the fact my parents immigrated from Mexico. I joke around and make fun of the “white” memes with my siblings and friends. Yet when I travel to Latin America, I’m unequivocally categorized as the gringo or white guy, because I grew up in the United States and have similar cultural references with other millennial Americans, regardless of city or state of origin. As writer Nassim Taleb said in The Black Swan, “…a philosopher from Peru resembles a philosopher from Scotland more than a janitor from Peru.” It’s why I can relate to Aziz Ansari’s experiences as the son of immigrants, for example. I’m not Indian and we don’t look remotely the same but we relate and share that common experience.
“Don’t ask me where I’m from, ask where I’m a local.”
I’m multilingual and so even if you speak Mandarin, English and Swahili, I can relate to you because I know what it is like to think in one language and dream in another. Our connections, our empathy changes depending on who we talk to. It isn’t that we’re a different person, it’s that we’re different persons. We’re a collection of experiences and those are not limited nor defined by race.
You could certainly have more black engineers or Latino sales managers. But if your goal is “diversity”, whatever the hell that means to you, then what good is it, if those engineers went to the same schools and came from similar workplaces? Hire college dropouts. Look more closely at international candidates. Go talk to kids in Junior Colleges. If you need a VP of Sales for your new startup, interview an investment banker. Seek out diverse experiences and not just diverse skin colors.
Really, the only time I felt like a disadvantaged minority is when I’m reminded of it, as if it were important or relevant to the work I am doing. I cringe when someone asks me “What is it like being one of the few Mexican Americans in tech?” Never mind that I’m from Modesto, the home of George Lucas and Jeremy Renner.
asmania’s Nirmena Nala rock shelter has preserved a set of stenciled handprints made by the ancestors of Australia’s Aboriginal people. The delicate ocher handprints have withstood the test of time for thousands of years, yet they likely only took minutes to destroy: in late May, conservationists with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Center (TAC) discovered that the precious artworks had been scratched over by vandals.
An earlier study by Kanazawa found that more intelligent individuals were more nocturnal, waking up and staying up later than less intelligent individuals. Because our ancestors lacked artificial light, they tended to wake up shortly before dawn and go to sleep shortly after dusk. Being nocturnal is evolutionarily novel.
“You can’t really be happy if you’re operating from a scarcity mindset,” said Raghunathan. “You basically hold the belief that your win will come at someone else’s loss. You’re going to approach the goals in your life that’s going to undermine your happiness.”
“If you’re intelligent about it you end up being more successful if you’re a giver,”
Yes, we actually enjoy spending time alone. In fact, we thrive off of it. It gives us a chance to gather our thoughts and recharge. It gives us time to do more things that we really like to do such as read, write, or reflect on our day. Extroverts may enjoy alone time too, but our time typically needs to be in a quiet place and for longer periods of time.
We seek to find the deeper meaning in life, sometimes to a fault. We tend to analyze situations that really don’t need to be analyzed. If it takes us longer to understand something, it’s not because we don’t get it, it’s because we are thinking about the deeper meaning. In general, we seek to understand the deeper meaning of life.
Sometimes it just takes us introverts a little longer to move forward. We like to weigh all of our options and look at all possible outcomes before making a final decision. This can also be detrimental to us because we tend to analyze things too much. So, don’t take it personally if we just aren’t quite ready to take that next step.
The topic has been wearing on me a bit as I’ve heard so much talk about issues of race and racial diversity in tech, people insisting that we need more people of color in tech—but Asians are so conveniently left out. There are plenty of Asians in tech, and we are people of color. Somehow in the tech context, though, we don’t count. It’s only Blacks or Latin@s. That’s such a strange oversight to me. Sure, Asians are overrepresented in tech, and yes, we complicate the conversation. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be a part of the conversation.
I grew up in the Bay Area. Both my parents were computer science PhDs and software engineers. As a kid I practically grew up in my parents’ office, surrounded by computers. It might seem like I was always destined to be in Silicon Valley and to be a software engineer.
I started thinking I might want to do linguistics.
The average young person in Britain think having access to the internet is more important than daylight, according to a new poll.
To you, there’s nothing to wake up for but so much to stay awake through. That’s when your ideas happen, your bursts of energy explode and your moments of peace come over you: when there are no distractions, no plans and no obstacles in your way but the expanding horizon of light.
That’s also why you’re smarter. According to research published in The Huffington Post, those who deviate from the normal sleep schedule are considered more intelligent. This finding is supported by research suggesting that those who create new evolutionary patterns (compared to those who stick with the normal patterns developed by our ancestors) are the most progressive.
It’s all about what you’re doing with the time you have. Yes, early birds might be more productive, but late risers are more creative.

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