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Leadership: going back to the basics

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“Birds over Sacramento” (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Leadership.

It sounds powerful, extremely powerful in fact. We all want to feel that power, don’t we?

Many of us have the impression that companies are only interested in hiring inspiring, dynamic leaders. From janitors to CEOs, it is a non-negotiable skill. This creates a pressure on employees, making us blindingly pursue leadership. It seems that if you are not an entrepreneur or a leader, then there is no place for you in the industry.

Algocracy, or will we lose our essence as algorithms take over our daily lives?

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“Paris”, by Jamison Young (CC-BY 2.0)

One of the most interesting topics found in the state-of-the-art technological developments is that of algorithms. We are reaching a significantly advanced stage in which it is possible to optimize and control many crucial aspects of our societies, including Smart Grids, stock markets and even prison systems (at least in the US).

However, these also raises some concerns when it comes to the role that humans play. Some fear that human beings will transition and become mere passive agents, as opposed to active actors, in their own daily lives. Taken to an extreme, it might be the case that our participation will no longer be required in order for us to live a happy life. Such participation may even be forbidden, as it would be considered that humans are biased and error prone.

Practical reasons for encouraging digital privacy

“Privacy”, by Thomas Leuthard (CC BY 2.0)

Considering recent events, digital privacy is once again a popular topic, and not precisely for good reasons. Although data breaches and cyber-attacks are nothing new, it is always worth stopping for one second to think about their consequences, and the role that information technologies plays in our lives. The digital era has brought us unlimited amounts of information and connectivity, with an undeniable positive impact in our quality of life. However, it has also brought a state of nearly perfect surveillance.

Comparisons with George Orwell’s novel, 1984, are already a cliché, but only because it serves as a clear point of reference to analyze our current situation. And the truth is that we are much more observed that the characters in the novel. While their government had a camera on their living room, always spying, our governments have a camera pointing at our souls (so to speak).