All posts by Carlos Alvarenga

Carlos Alvarenga is the Executive Director of World 50 ThinkLabs and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business.

The W: A Weekly Reading List

In this week’s edition…women on boards and company performance…does Slack create slackers…when hatred goes viral…China’s culture of population control…your team is brainstorming all wrong…and more.   Have a great holiday […]

Recent Read: The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Excellent piece on MIT Tech Review about how deep learning works. Some excerpts: Already, mathematical models are being used to help determine who makes parole, who’s approved for a loan, and […]

Are We Running Out of Innovation?

I come across a lot of interesting writing in my work, but I have to note that one of the most thought-provoking scholarly pieces I have read recently is the working paper published earlier this […]

NY Times: “Learning to Love Our Robot Co-Workers”

In case you missed it, the NY Times recently ran an interesting piece by Kim Tingley on working alongside robots. Some excerpts:    The more I talked with engineers and civilians alike, the more […]

The “Big Government” Workforce Is Not What We Think It Is

One of the major recurring themes in American society for the past few decades has been that “the federal government is too big” and that we need to “shrink the number of bureaucrats” […]

Silicon Valley’s Startup Autopsy Reports Make For Interesting Reading

One of the more memorable books I’ve read is called Dead Men Do Tell Tales, in which Dr. William Maples takes you inside the world of forensic medicine. As the book points out, […]

Microsoft’s President Makes the Case For A “Digital Geneva Convention”

In case you missed it, Microsoft’s Brad Smith makes an interesting suggestion in MIT Tech Review for a “Geneva” convention on cyber-security, and idea I have floated in our Security 50 CISO […]

PS: Trump’s Anachronistic Trade Strategy

In case you missed it, there is a good post on Project Syndicate by Richard Baldwin on the Trump team’s misreading of the unemployment problem. An excerpt: Trump and his team […]

WSJ: Donald Trump May Find Leviathan Hard to Tame

Good article on WSJ on the challenges the new President may find in taming government regulations. An excerpt: Mr. Trump’s order could provide a powerful prod to agencies to look for old, […]

Vox: Why do Female Chess Players Lose More to Men?

Just read an interesting recap of a study that looked at why top women chess players tend to lose more to men than women. An excerpt: It is important to […]