Don't Panic Labs Reading List

DPL Reading List – September 4, 2020


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Each Friday, we share a curated list of articles we found during the past week. Here’s the list of the new and interesting ones we found this week. If there’s an article you think we should read, let us know in the comments below.


One thing that the pandemic could be changing? Meeting lengths – Researchers are finding that the average workday had changed since before the pandemic – more check-ins, longer days, and shorter meetings.


100 Million Zoom Sessions Over a Single Optical Fiber – Researchers can send 178 terabits/sec through a cable in the lab. The trick will be getting this bandwidth into the real world.


Google offers to help others with the tricky ethics of AI – After learning some hard lessons, Google will be offering a new AI ethics service by the end of the year. This new line of business will test whether a big player in an increasingly distrusted industry can successfully offer ethical pointers to other companies – and make money in the process.


With latest Starlink launch, SpaceX touts 100 Mbps download speeds and ‘space lasers’ – While the system still has a ways to go, its ambitious plan to deliver high-speed internet to underserved areas is looking promising.


Research: Knowledge Workers Are More Productive from Home – In 2013, researchers looked at how knowledge workers spent their days. Most of their time was spent in meeting and desk-based work. At the onset of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, the team decided to replicate their seven-year-old study to see how work has changed.


Social Distancing: Here’s an App for That – A team led by IEEE Graduate Student Member Trushal Sardhara developed an app that helps keep people safe during the pandemic by notifying users when they’re not keeping enough distance.


To Build Grit, Go Back to Basics – Former army helicopter pilot Shannon Huffman Polson talks about how she developed grit, and how we can infuse it into our teams and ourselves.

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