Video of BESS, the world’s largest battery

It takes 13,760 individual nickel-cadmium cells, each about the size of a desktop PC and weighing about as much as a full-grown adult, to create the world's largest battery. Vice's Motherboard column has more: On August 27, 2003, the Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA), the cooperative that provides power to the Fairbanks area, powered up … Continue reading Video of BESS, the world’s largest battery

A listicle worth clicking on: 14 iPhone gestures you may not be aware of

Listicles, or articles that consist primarily of a series of items, do really well on the Internet in terms of attracting readers to click on a headline to read the full post. Buzzfeed, Mashable, and others have generated millions upon millions of page views using list posts. As a result, I typically ignore them. Gizmodo's 14 … Continue reading A listicle worth clicking on: 14 iPhone gestures you may not be aware of

1984: Steve Jobs on Technology “Appliances,” Competition and Innovation in Silicon Valley

Back in 1984, Newsweek created a short-lived technology-focused publication called Newsweek Access. Steve Jobs was featured in a cover story that discussed the business environment of the still nascent tech industry in Silicon Valley. Here is a short excerpt of the interview between Tom Zito and Steve Jobs around the time of the launch of … Continue reading 1984: Steve Jobs on Technology “Appliances,” Competition and Innovation in Silicon Valley

Nobody ever says, “I want to be a Philosopher when I grow up”

Over at Quartz, Olivia Goldhill is reporting on a major grant for some interesting philosophical research. Candace Vogler and Jennifer Frey are leading a multi-disciplinary study on the difficulty some people experience of "getting over themselves" on one level, but on another level, it seems the pair has received a grant to ultimately try to … Continue reading Nobody ever says, “I want to be a Philosopher when I grow up”

Has Zappos finally jumped the shark with its wacky management practices?

I am afraid that I must agree with Steve Tobak on his bewilderment over Zappos' bizarre experiment in business management known as Holacracy: Here’s what I don’t get. How can a system be billed as a self-governing and non-hierarchical democratized version of the corporation when, in practice, it’s actually the most rigid, tedious, bureaucratic, and … Continue reading Has Zappos finally jumped the shark with its wacky management practices?