Friday Faves is our weekly blog series highlighting a few select pieces from the REG team’s reading lists. You can catch up on past Friday Faves on the archive

Happy new year! Can you believe it’s 2019 already? I’m sure we all say this every year, but where does the time go??

While our offices are closed for our annual festive season shutdown, we thought we’d take a look back on 2018 as we reflect on a challenging year and look ahead to the possibilities of 2019 and the opportunities on the horizon in the new year. Have you set personal or business goals for 2019? If you’re willing to share, we’d love to hear them! Let us know in the comments or on social media. If you haven’t, though – maybe some of the thoughts and pieces shared in our top 5 Friday Faves posts from 2018 will inspire your thinking. Here’s to a great 2019!

31 August 2018

In late August 2018 we lost our friend and colleague Natalie Hardwicke. In our most viewed Friday Fave post of 2018 – by a huge margin – which was published shortly after her passing, we shared a collection of recent tweets chosen by the Ripple Effect Group team that we felt represented Nat as we tried to come to terms with such a huge loss, sharing just a few memories of Nat through her own words and images on Twitter.

Readhttps://rippleffectgroup.com/friday-faves-what-were-reading-this-week-74/

7 September 2018

In our post for 7 September, each of our regular Friday Fave contributors chose one of Nat’s contributions to share, along with some brief thoughts about why they chose that piece. Nat wrote often about academia, technology, identity and philosophy, and in the contributions chosen by the team her pieces covered Jurassic Park and existentialism (chosen by Jakkii); Hard work and wearing many hats (chosen by Helen); Backing up ideas with skills and academic research (chosen by Joel); and Wonder Woman and feminism (chosen by Anne). Kai, Nat’s PhD supervisor, also shared a tribute to Nat in the Sydney Business Insights podcast he co-hosts, The Future, This Week.

Readhttps://rippleffectgroup.com/friday-faves-what-were-reading-this-week-75/

24 August 2018

This week the team’s focus was largely on robots and AI as we talked about rude robots and the theory of mind; artificial general intelligence; the need to keep persuasive technology in check; a new way to stimulate lucid dreams; and kids connecting with robot reading partners.

Readhttps://rippleffectgroup.com/friday-faves-what-were-reading-this-week-73/

16 November 2018

Our shared articles this week were all technology-focused as we explored teaching AI common sense; the rise of ‘virtual restaurants’; teaching kids to code with Harry Potter; and went inside the ‘voice revolution’ and the current state of voice technology. We also looked at the week in social media and, as we do each week, shared podcast The Future, This Week from Sydney Business Insights.

Readhttps://rippleffectgroup.com/friday-faves-what-were-reading-this-week-85/

9 November 2018

In our Friday Faves for 9 November, we were interested in robots as well as work. Our pieces looked at gender stereotypes in robots; learning from the biomechanics of animals in robot design; why doctors hate their computers; and the case against fighting to stay focused at work.

Readhttps://rippleffectgroup.com/friday-faves-what-were-reading-this-week-84/

We’ll be back next week to kick off Friday Faves for 2019 – see you then!


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