Thoughts

Futures for Food, and Art.

Futures for Food, and Art.

This past Friday I visited Hod Lipson, who’s a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Data Science at Columbia University. He’s the co-author of the award winning book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing”, and “Driverless: Intelligent cars and the road ahead.” Hod is interested in one of the “grand challenges” of engineering: Can we design and make self aware machines that can design and make other machines? Hod has really been pushing the boundaries in terms of machine consciousness,…

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The Path to Being Authentic

The Path to Being Authentic

Review By Sheena Iyengar “On Being Authentic,” Charles Guignon, Routledge (2004) “The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life,” Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh, Simon & Schuster (2016) I recently read two books that explore ways of thinking about the “self” throughout history. To anyone interested in what we can learn from past philosophers on living life well I highly recommend reading these books together — both are thoughtful, captivating, and short! The first is On…

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It’s Elementary: Choose Watson

It’s Elementary: Choose Watson

It’s Elementary: Choose Watson SHEENA S. IYENGAR, Columbia Business School Talk Given at IBM Connect, San Francisco, February 2017   Fully realizing our humanity may require that we embrace the non-human, the other, the very thing we fear, that we work together to imagine a better tomorrow and build it choice by choice.   Hi everyone. It’s so great to be here. I want to start, actually, with a Jeopardy answer. Can we cue the Jeopardy music? Let’s see if anyone knows…

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New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

All of us are familiar with the New Years Day rite of setting goals and resolutions: I’m going to go to the gym every day! I’m going to save at least a quarter of my salary every month! I’m going to finally build my startup and hit it big! I’m going to have and publish my Nobel-prize worthy idea! We form goals both big and small, and often pursue them with varied success. Along the way, we find some don’t…

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New Papers: Networking Tips!

New Papers: Networking Tips!

Just last week I submitted two papers to be reviewed by academic journals. Both papers shed light on networking – something all of us have to do at one time or another! I wanted to share a few of the findings from these studies and give you some quick tips you can put into practice for yourself right away. In one set of studies, my colleagues Dan Wang, Jackson Lu and I asked the question, if I have a deviant…

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The Failure of Choice

The Failure of Choice

By Sheena Iyengar America is a nation of choosers. It’s a truth enshrined in the persistent dream of our country as a land of opportunity, and it’s one inscribed in the act of voting itself, the very engine of our democracy. As I listen to the reactions of so many of my fellow Americans to the results of November 8th, I hear many of them wondering: Did choice fail us in this election? As someone who has been studying choice…

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