Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen

You’d think that people would have had enough of silly design mistakes: or at least of repeating them

Here are a few gripes about really stupid things. I’m back to Android (the new LG built Nexus 5X)  and much happier than with my iPhone. But why (oh why) when you press and hold the ‘on/off’ switch and the ‘power off’ … Continue reading

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Conspiracies against the public: the Braille edition

When Adam Smith said that “people of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public” I read that statement broadly. He clearly intended to refer to business … Continue reading

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Adele Horin: RIP

Many Troppo readers will know of Adele Horin who died just a few days ago. When I went to write a message of condolence on her blog I was surprised not to find a long list of people who’d come … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Some thoughts

When my niece Emma first told me the plot of the Hunger Games I was blown away. What a great story to reflect on our contemporary lives. A totalitarian state with media hype and reality TV at its cultural and political … Continue reading

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Social middleware: another installment – another app

In an earlier post I argued the case for the ‘middleware of democracy’ arguing for the inculcation of the (largely social) skills that help constitute collective intelligence. Skills like having some small inkling of how ignorant we all are, listening to … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Education, Philosophy | 4 Comments

Another one for the robots: they’re better at hiring low skill workers

Discretion in Hiring by Mitchell Hoffman, Lisa B. Kahn, Danielle Li – #21709 (LS) Who should make hiring decisions? We propose an empirical test for assessing whether firms should rely on hard metrics such as job test scores or grant managers discretion … Continue reading

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Jewish Film Festival Guide to Good Films: better late than never

At least according to our sleuthing, there are lots of films, but only six could reasonably be called Troppolicious, if indeed it is reasonable to call anything Troppolicious Festival Website | Films | Schedule Top Picks Dough Nat is an … Continue reading

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