And finally, developing the right solution to a real life problem is rarely just an applied mathematics problem. It requires awareness of business demands, rules and regulations, and stakeholders’ concerns as well as considerable expertise. In solving a machine problem, being able to combine and balance these is crucial; those who can do this can create the most value.
…em of our times, climate, a large fraction (44%) of the American public still chooses to ignore it. As a civilization, we seem to be really bad at correctly identifying future threats and rightfully worrying about them, just as we seem to be extremely prone to panic due to irrational fears.
…d the internet have enabled threats that almost no one was warning us about in the 1980s and 1990s. Ubiquitous mass surveillance. Hackers going after our infrastructure or our personal data. Psychological alienation on social media. The loss of our patience and our ability to focus. The political or religious radicalization of easily-influenced minds online. Hostile foreign powers hijacking social networks to disrupt Western democracies.
…ing that setting high expectations is integral to personal, athletic, and professional improvement. If you don’t aim for progressively higher targets, you’re liable to stay where you are, or maybe even stagnate. But it’s equally important to realize that if you are setting unreasonably high expectations, you won’t be too happy (at least not for long), and it’s hard to be on top of your game when you’re feeling down. Another way to think about this is that, yes, you should set goals, but you should make sure they are achievable — and try not to stress over what you can’t control. And after you’ve set them, perhaps you should spend a little less time focusing on the goals (expectations) and more time on doing your best in the moment (reality).