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  1. Remember when everybody used to obsess over productivity? That conversation has fallen out of fashion in recent years. But it's time to bring it back.

    The reason is that productivity crashed this year.

    A

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  2. The biggest technology-driven trend to affect business in the coming years is synthetic media. Yet this phrase is rarely even uttered in boardrooms and on Zoom meetings.

    It’s time to clarify what synthetic media is, and why it’s going to be so impactful.

    Synthetic media is any kind of video, pictures, virtual objects, sound or words that is

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  3. Some new and potent myths about digital nomads have emerged in the past few weeks. I come to bury these myths, not to praise them.

    Myth 1: Digital nomads price locals out of their communities

    The most significant new complaint about digital nomads is that, as a group, they're pricing locals out of their communities.

    The

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  5. The "quiet quitting" trend gained attention because one quiet quitter wasn't so quiet about it. Quiet quitting gained notoriety on TikTok in a July video by engineer Zaid Khan (@zkchillin), followed by an August Wall Street Journal article about it.

    Though definitions vary, quiet quitting is the deliberate withholding by an employee of their

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  6. A revolution is coming. And even the general public understands it has something to do with headsets, goggles or glasses.

    But what is the reality of the coming revolution, exactly? Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), extended reality (ER), mixed reality (XR)?

    Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed the name of his company from “Facebook” to

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  7. It’s easy to say, as many have in recent months, that the office of the future is in the so-called metaverse or that the metaverse is the solution to remote and hybrid work issues.

    It’s easy because the word “metaverse” does not have a universally accepted meaning.

    For example, if the statement “The office of the future is in the metaverse” means

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  8. The remote work revolution comes with challenges that have not been remotely solved in most organizations that have made the transition.

    Among these challenges are:

    • Remote onboarding;
    • Zoom fatigue and remote meeting overload;
    • Up-to-date cybersecurity and tech training;
    • Culture-building by remote
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  9. Remember when tech workers were ruining San Francisco by their very presence?

    The crisis peaked between 2014-2017 when the booming tech industry was blamed for driving up the cost of real estate. Tech companies drove high demand for office space and also rental housing.

    Now they're being blamed for ruining San Francisco — by their

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  10. Call it “artificial emotional intelligence” — the kind of artificial intelligence (AI) that can now detect the emotional state of a human user.

    Or can it?

    More importantly, should it?

    Most emotion AI is based on the basic emotions” theory, which is that people universally feel six internal emotional

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