New HR Tech, Older People in Tech, Better Tech for your Brain: Your Friday Briefing

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Hola, Pink people! It may surprise you to hear we’re not fluent in Spanish. In fact we’ve just exceeded our limit. But apparently we should learn more if we want to live longer. The reasons for this and more await you below…

 

google10 Reasons Why Searching Google Isn’t the Answer

It’s the first port of call for most information searches. But is using Google making you smarter, or making things worse? Quartz provide an interesting takedown of search, pointing out that among other things it’s biased, unaccountable and too deep to be useful: getting 480 million answers to a question isn’t that helpful (their test question was “what is love” – to be fair to Google, that’s tricky).

 

dinoOlder People in Younger Tech Companies: Stay Curious

Tech companies don’t have a great reputation for hiring older people (as in, over 30). Mark Zuckerberg once said that “younger people are just smarter” – though he’s now older than his own cut-off. But people are living and working longer. You can’t have a young workforce forever, even in tech. What can older people bring to very young companies without feeling like the parent at the rock show? Here’s an experience from a 52 year-old at AirBnB which shows that staying curious remains the best way to keep your mind young at any age.

 

hrtechThe HR Tech Landscape – 125 Companies to Watch

Avoiding age discrimination is one HR challenge in any company. And HR has been arguably slower to evolve than other sectors. But a rising set of start-ups are challenging the paperwork-heavy practices of selecting, hiring and rewarding employees. CB Insights has compiled 125 of the most interesting ones. If you’re in HR, track what these startups could do for you. Notably many of them aim to give access to the gig economy – we think tech in this space is one to watch.

 

muxkMusk’s Neuralink: A deeper dive into your mind

Since Elon Musk announced a few weeks ago that he wants to connect your brain to a computer, the internet has been awash with questions. Wait But Why this week asks the most fundamental one: Why? What will it do for us? Their answer is a long read but worth it. You won’t think about your mind the same way again.

 

langWhy Being Bilingual is Better for You

One of the main strands in the What But Why essay is the input/output mechanisms of the human mind. Our main I/O is language. And language is pretty inefficient. If you’re limited to one language, are you holding your brain back? The World Economic Forum argues that speaking more than one language has a range of benefits – slower mind decay, more empathy, and yes, better career and pay prospects. Sounds muy bien.

 

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