Join the #MITSloanExperts “Superminds: The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together” Twitter chat, June 26

Superminds: The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together

MIT Sloan’s Thomas Malone and Brian Moran, CEO of Brian Moran & Associates, dedicated to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs run better businesses, and previous Executive Director of Sales Development at the Wall Street Journal, will discuss Malone’s new book, Superminds: The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together, which shows how groups of people working together in superminds have been responsible for almost all human achievements in business, government, science, and beyond., during a Twitter chat on June 26th at 2 p.m. EDT.

Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. At MIT, he is also a Professor of Information Technology and a Professor of Work and Organizational Studies. Previously, he was the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century. Malone teaches classes on organizational design, information technology, and leadership, and his research focuses on how new organizations can be designed to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology.

Malone will discuss his work with host Brian Moran, the CEO of Brian Moran & Associates, dedicated to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs run better businesses. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Sales Development at the Wall Street Journal, and was President of Veracle Media and Moran Media Group, two companies that provided guidance to business owners to help them start, manage and grow their companies.

Join us on Twitter on June 26 at 2 p.m. ET, follow along using #MITSloanExperts, and potentially win a free copy of Superminds: The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together.

What Elon Musk doesn’t understand about journalism – Thomas Malone

Thomas W. Malone Professor of Information Technology

From Salon

Elon Musk’s sometimes antagonistic relationship with the press is no secret. But last week, the billionaire chief executive of SpaceX and Tesla exhibited a new level of hostility.

In a series of tweets, Musk referred to journalists as “holier-than-thou” hypocrites, said that news organizations had lost their credibility and the respect of the public, and blamed the media for the election of President Trump.

Then things got interesting. Musk proposed creating a “media credibility rating site” where the public would be able to “rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication.” He suggested calling this site “Pravda”—the Russian word for “truth” and also the name of the longtime Communist newspaper. He likened the rating platform to Yelp for journalism.

Despite the bluster, Musk may be on to something. At a time when public trust in the media is at an all-time low, a reputation system that allows citizens to gauge the reliability and accuracy of news they consume could be a step in the right direction. Read More »

LIVE from Buenos Aires: Transforming the FinTech Revolution

¿Cuáles son las tendencias en blockchain, criptomonedas (cryptocurrency), ciberseguridad y gestión automatizada? ¿Cuál es el futuro de FinTech en Argentina y Latinoamérica?

Únanse para un día de conversación sobre las nuevas tendencias e innovaciones en materia de fintech. La conferencia “Transformando la revolución del FinTech” organizada por la escuela de negocios MIT Sloan junto a la organización empresarial IDEA tendrá lugar el 29 de mayo en Buenos Aires, Argentina. La conferencia reunirá a investigadores y líderes de instituciones gubernamentales y presentadores. Entre ellos buscarán destacar las numerosas formas en que la incipiente tecnología financiera está alterando diversos segmentos del mundo financiero, entre ellos, monedas, títulos valores, préstamos, pagos y gestión patrimonial.

Estamos en vivo aquí:

Twitter Chat: #MITFinTechLatAm – Lee Ullmann, Pablo Wende, Ariel Arrieta

Lee Ullmann, director de la Oficina para América Latina de MIT Sloan

Pablo Wende, economista y periodista de Infobae y conductor de “Pablo y a la Bolsa” por FM Milenium

Ariel Arrieta, mercadólogo, emprendedor serial, co-fundador y socio administrador de NXTP Labs

¿Cuáles son las tendencias en cadena de bloques (blockchain), criptomonedas (cryptocurrency), ciberseguridad y gestión automatizada? ¿Cuál es el futuro de FinTech en Argentina y Latinoamérica?

Únanse para una conversación entre Lee Ullmann (@MITSloanLatAm), director de la Oficina para América Latina de MIT Sloan; Pablo Wende (@PabloWende), economista y periodista de Infobae y conductor de “Pablo y a la Bolsa” por FM Milenium; y Ariel Arrieta (@aarrieta), mercadólogo, emprendedor serial, co-fundador y socio administrador de NXTP Labs (@NXTPLabs). Platicaremos sobre las nuevas tendencias e innovaciones en materia de fintech.

La plática por Twitter tendrá lugar el 22 de mayo desde las 15:00 hasta las 16:00 ART (2:00 – 3:00 PM ET).

¿Cómo pueden participar? ¡Es sencillo! Si tienen una pregunta, respuesta o comentario, simplemente incluyan #MITFinTechLatAm en sus Tweets.

La conversación en Twitter es un precursor de la conferencia “Transformando la revolución del FinTech” organizada por la escuela de negocios MIT Sloan junto a la organización empresarial IDEA. Tendrá lugar el 29 de mayo en Buenos Aires, Argentina. La conferencia reunirá a investigadores y líderes de instituciones gubernamentales y presentadores. Entre ellos buscarán destacar las numerosas formas en que la incipiente tecnología financiera está alterando diversos segmentos del mundo financiero, entre ellos, monedas, títulos valores, préstamos, pagos y gestión patrimonial.

En promoción de las ideas de la conferencia, tendremos una conversación en Twitter sobre el futuro de FinTech en Latinoamérica, así como otras ideas de interés a tratarse en la agenda.

 

Why Americans are unhappier than ever – and how to fix it – George Ward

George Ward, MIT Sloan PhD student

From The Conversation

March 20 is International Day of Happiness and, as they’ve done every year, the United Nations has published the World Happiness Report. The U.S. ranks 18th among the world’s countries, with an average life satisfaction of around 6.88 on a scale of 10.

While that may be relatively near the top, America’s happiness figures have actually declined every year since the reports began in 2012, and this year’s are the lowest yet. The question, then, is whether the government has a role to play in improving the happiness of its citizens. And if so, how might policymakers go about it?

Fortunately, a growing body of work by economists and psychologists can give governments access to the kind of data that can inform the way they think about policy and happiness.

In our new book, “The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being Over the Life Course,” my colleagues and I provide a systematic account of what makes for a satisfying life.

The role of government

The idea that government ought to focus attention on the well-being of its citizens goes back centuries. Thomas Jefferson himself said, “The care of human life and happiness … is the only legitimate object of good government.”

Historically, this has meant increasing economic productivity and growth to increase personal happiness. But as the data suggest, and many countries are beginning to realize, this isn’t likely to be sufficient. As a result, many governments around the world are now taking steps to broaden their policy goals beyond GDP. Read More »