Alien hunters ‘should look for artificial intelligence’ BBC. In other words, it occurred to someone that the Singularity is already on, somewhere else. But our notion of corporeal life is awfully limited.
Chiefs are not allowed to spy on toilets Der Spiegel (hat tip Slashdot). Be warned, this is the Google Translate rendition. Germany is proposing to give employees the right to privacy at work.
Peruvian hallucinogen ayahuasca draws tourists seeking transforming experience Washington Post. Huh? I heard about ayahuasca at least ten years ago.
Is concern for the environment a luxury good? Evidence from Google searches Matthew E. Kahn, Matthew J. Kotchen, VoxEU
Management Consulting Myths James Kwak. The real issue is more critics of management consulting miss the real problem with consulting: the consulting firm is typically hired by the problem, and the most profitable form of consulting is propping up diseased management (McKinsey was at GM for years, for instance)
Dallas’ Wyly brothers break silence, deny charges in SEC fraud allegations Dallas News (hat tip reader John M)
Disincentivizing greed Nick Gabler, Los Angeles Times (hat tip reader John M)
Debt’s Deadly Grip Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
The consensus in favour of Swedish thinking Ralph Atkins, Financial Times
Facing Budget Gaps, Cities Sell Parking, Airports, Zoo Wall Street Journal
5 most (and least) affordable housing markets Housing Wire
They Still Don’t Get It Elliot Spitzer, Slate (hat tip reader Foghorn Leghorn)
The Chimerical Cost Savings of Outsourcing David Isenberg, Huffington Post. Today’s must read.
A reminder to Manhattan-based readers: I’ll be at Cafe Centro (45th Street between Lex and Vanderbilt, the north side of Grand Central Terminal), in the outdoor seating area starting at 6:30 PM if you want to stop by and join me for a coffee or a drink (or have me sign your copy of ECONNED).