The thesis is that we are “addicted to experts” and when listening to experts, some research shows we basically stop thinking. Instead, we should continue to think for ourselves and must be willing to dissent from and to confront experts (who can be wrong more often than many may admit).
Prof. Noreena Hertz taught and conducted research at University College London at the time this talk was presented in 2010. She has expounded on this thesis in a later book (which I have not yet read)
Unfortunately, I have been burned by “experts” on numerous occasions so I rarely accept an expert’s statement without doing critical analysis of my own. Sorry to say.
Apple in Talks With Insurance Companies Over HealthKit Partnership – Mac Rumors.
Rumors are that Apple is working on technologies and devices to monitor our own health, and that if we agree to share this with insurance companies, corporate health care plans (but not individual plans?) can see up to a 30% discount as part of programs to give incentives to “healthy behavior”.
How long until the NSA knows every breath you take?
Is On-the-Job Training Still Worth It for Companies? – Businessweek.
The relationship between employers and employees is such that jobs are rarely long lasting anymore. As a result, employers do not wish to invest in worker training for fear they will not see a return on investment. Another fear, not mentioned in the article, is that training workers with new skills often implies they should earn more money – which employers prefer not to pay. And when the employer does not pay for those additional skills, the employee leaves for elsewhere.
An issue in my field is employers seeking applicants with a long list of degrees and certifications, paid for by the employee. But employers are not paying much more for the employee’s own investment – the result is employers are expecting more but paying less for that value. Which is another way of saying that pay is going down, even if the $ value looks greater.