‘Nagara’ comes into its own in the age of multitasking | The Japan Times

English: Tokyo street scene

English: Tokyo street scene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Tokyo street scene

English: Tokyo street scene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is currently one of the most-read articles in the Japan Times. It’s a recommended read. Check it out!

via ‘Nagara’ comes into its own in the age of multitasking | The Japan Times.

Personally, I buck the trend and have passionately been against multi-tasking for many years. My wife frequently reminds me:

Oh yes, you don’t do multi-tasking do you?

Let me share some of my own experiences.

When I was in my mid-thirties I was European General Manager of an US engineering multi-national. The CFO of the group believed that you could only do one important thing at a time. I took this on board and stubbornly stuck to the principle. It often brought me into confrontation with colleagues who demanded that I keep a half a dozen balls in the air.

This year, at the age of sixty-seven, I started to question whether I was experiencing memory slippage and a slower brain functioning. So a couple of months ago, I signed up to Luminosity.com and started exercising my brain each day. I practice the following six sorts of games each day, competing against both myself and my peer age group:

When I started with Luminosity, I was a bit depressed how poorly I compared to my peers. Anyway, within a month I was in the top-quartile for problem-solving and doing pretty well across the board.

In my case my Luminosity score improvement was a function of extreme concentration and closing my mind to all exogenous variables and distractions. So once again, for me, focusing on one-thing-at-a-time was paying rich dividends.

Also this year, I restarted speaking foreign languages again using the web, networking using conversationexchange.com. Again speaking foreign languages forces me to focus and concentrate.

So after thirty years of being against multi-tasking, I’m stepping up my concentration on one-thing-at-a-time.

Thoughts?

Survey shows heightened scepticism towards robots | EurActiv

This is an interesting article by EurActiv citing recent survey results. It’s worth a read. Check it out!

via Survey shows heightened scepticism towards robots | EurActiv.

In my mind, the survey results question European government and EU policy with regard to robotics. Japan and China are making increasing use of robots – in Japan robots are widely accepted as part of daily life with advancing technology coupled with an aging population.

The scepticism seems greater in Southern Europe, which is struggling to deal with austerity and high levels of youth unemployment. So perhaps Europe’s politicians are hiding the truth about the trend in robotics?

Thoughts?

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