October 5, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Another busy week around here. Today we’re feeling the afterglow from the Udemy for Business People Innovators Summit, which drew a big crowd of learning & development professionals to SF for a day of inspirational content and knowledge-sharing. Meanwhile, the news goes on!

The Coders Programming Themselves Out of a Job
We know that coding, like many work tasks, is becoming more automated. But in some cases, programmers have been so good at writing scripts to do their work, there’s nothing left to fill their days. They’re not speaking up and asking for new, challenging projects though. Instead, some are quietly enjoying a life of leisure, while algorithms make them look busy.

The Humble Lettuce Is Revealing The Power Of Future Farm Automation
One big challenge for robot-makers has been matching the manual dexterity of the human hand. It takes a lot of gentleness to peel the outer leaves from a head of lettuce without destroying the rest, for example, and no two heads are shaped exactly the same. A team of engineers from the University of Cambridge seems to have come up with the answer.

How Algorithms Are Controlling Your Life
The subhead of this article: “And why you should probably pay closer attention.” While algorithms themselves aren’t good or bad, they are tremendously influential forces in our lives nowadays, and after all, there are real-live humans creating them. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for the general public to understand what that means and how it impacts us.

Are You An “Insecure Overachiever”?
British researchers spent a decade identifying and studying employees who are “exceptionally capable and fiercely ambitious, but driven by a profound belief in their own inadequacy.” Turns out there are quite a lot of these folks leading companies and reaching amazing goals, all while questioning and doubting themselves. Where does this feeling come from?

Ryanair’s CEO Says We’ll See “Pilot-Less Planes” In The Next 40 To 50 Years
Recent surveys have found the majority of people aren’t comfortable with driverless cars yet, so the idea of pilot-less planes probably won’t sit well either. Indeed, a study cited in this article found only 17% would be willing to fly without a pilot. As if air travel couldn’t get more nerve-racking…