January 18, 2019: Friday News Roundup

Lots of good stuff in the roundup this week. If you want to improve your memory, set better goals, or relocate to another country, read on! And we wrap things up with one example of robots getting fired for doing a lousy job.

A Leaky Memory May Be a Good Thing
It may sound counterintuitive, but sometimes you need to forget in order to remember. New research suggests that “an intelligent memory system” relies on “active forgetting” to do its job efficiently and effectively.

The Key To Effective Goal-Setting Is A Little Theory Called “Pain + Reflection”
If you’ve ever applied the “no pain, no gain” mantra to your physical workouts, you might want to extend that mindset to your goal-setting too. Indeed, as this article explains, if you’re not uncomfortable stretching toward your goals, you’re probably not going to make meaningful progress.

Forget The US And Asia, The Top 5 Countries For Expats Are In Europe And The Middle East
Thinking of picking up and moving house for a job in North America or Asia? This article might have you revisiting those plans. A new report surveyed expats on things like work/life balance, earnings prospects, and career development and found that “select nations in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region scored most highly.” At the top of the list: Germany.

Why Humans Will Remain Central To The Future Of Work
Technology might be changing virtually everything about how we work, but humans still have plenty to offer, according to this World Economic Forum blog post. And we at Udemy agree! Here, they’ve boiled down skills of the future to “four E’s”: eternal, enduring, emerging, and eroding.

Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots
Of course, humans will continue to have an important role to play—especially if this Japanese hotel’s cautionary tale is any indication of how robots can actually make life worse. The Henn na was touted at its 2015 opening as the world’s first robot hotel, but guests haven’t enjoyed the experience. For example, one guest was continually awoken when his loud snoring triggered the in-room electronic assistant to ask him to repeat his “request.”