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  • December 7, 2018: Friday News Roundup

    Hey, hey, it’s time to get into weekend mode! This week's reading includes robots doing nice things and robots messing up, and we wrap it up with a common, recurring dream you’ve probably had at least once in your life Nepal's First Robot Waiter Is Ready For Orders We think everyone will agree that robots are...

  • November 30, 2018: Friday News Roundup

    After a week off for the US holiday of Thanksgiving, we’re back and ready to catch up on what’s been happening in the world of work and human achievement Your Next Job Interview May Be With a Robot Apparently, some companies are so challenged to hire fast and hire at scale, they’re relying on automation and...

  • November 16, 2018: Friday News Roundup

    Welcome to the weekend, folks! Next week is an abbreviated one for workers here in the US, as we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday Hope everyone has safe travels and enjoys the holiday with friends and family But there’s stuff to read first! This Researcher Studied 400,000 Knitters And Discovered What Turns A...

  • November 9, 2018: Friday News Roundup

    Another Friday rolls around, and so does another roundup Personality Puzzler: Is There Any Science Behind Myers-Briggs Who doesn’t love a good personality quiz They’re fun and, we presume, insightful But maybe not An Oxford professor has written a book about the test’s creation by a mother-daughter team with...

  • November 2, 2018: Friday News Roundup

    We just flipped another page of the calendar… Here in the US, daylight savings time ends when we turn the clocks back this weekend, so it’s an extra hour of sleep for us Today’s roundup features some thoughts on bitcoin, brain-hacking, multitasking, and more Bitcoin Turns 10: Still Not All Grown Up Happy...

  • October 26, 2018: Friday News Roundup

    What’s on tap for the weekend Last-minute Halloween preparations perhaps Check out the roundup before you head off to your favorite haunts She’s Not Mad She’s Just Not Using Exclamation Points The exclamation point is the rare punctuation symbol that can provoke strong reactions among people who are...

  • October 19, 2018: Friday News Roundup

    Hope everyone out there had a great week In today’s roundup, we pay tribute to a software pioneer, a prize-winner of humble means, an icon of children’s education, and a different kind of teacher This Robot Co-Taught A Course At West Point Bina48 may look familiar if you’re a longtime roundup reader We...

  • 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...

  • September 28, 2018: Friday News Roundup

    Greetings, roundup readers Fair warning, this week’s edition is heavy on artificial intelligence and robots They’re making art, monitoring health, making space history, and hiring job candidates What could possibly go wrong AI-Produced Artwork Is Moving From The Fringes Into The High Art World Auction house...

  • September 21, 2018: Friday News Roundup

    This week’s highlight was the release of new original research in our Udemy In Depth series More about that at the end of the roundup! In China, Retired People Are Queuing Up To Go Back To University China’s over-60 population is exploding, and now the government is making a big investment in their education...

  • September 14, 2018: Friday News Roundup

    There’s not much to say about today’s roundup except: flying cars Are Audiobooks As Good For You As Reading Here’s What Experts Say Audiobooks are a great diversion while you sit behind the wheel or clean the house, but some wonder whether reading comprehension suffers when people aren’t looking at the...

  • September 7, 2018: Friday News Roundup

    What’s on tap for the weekend Read the roundup, then go do something nice for yourself To Cope with Stress, Try Learning Something New We know from our own research that the modern worker is stressed out Now, a bunch of academics have come up with what we think is the perfect remedy: focusing on learning as a...