Episode 178: The Efficiency Paradox – Interview with Edward Tenner
Scholar of the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:
- The danger with relying too much on automated resume scans.
- What to watch out for with the “tyranny of metrics” and how to counter it.
- What false positives distort in medical tests and procedures.
- How to recognize when efficiency has been pushed too far and what to do to protect your interests.
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2:18 How Edwards elementary school librarians socialized him into the love of books and the love of reading.
2:53 “I’m really an opinion writer and an interpreter.”
3:28 “Once people understand the historical background they have more confidence in dealing with the present.”
5:09 “You can think of this as a continuous R&D Laboratory.”
5:49 “The point of the book is that too much focus on short-term efficiency can make us less efficient in the long run.”
6:20 The art of inspired inefficiency
8:21 “I think too much reliance on Amazon means it’s very easy for someone to get into a groove, to have lots of things recommended that are sort of like what they had before.”
11:07 The importance of having a diversity of skills and mentalities in the workplace.
11:37 The concept of peripheral vision, and the importance of creating opportunities for resourceful people.
13:13 “Sometimes if you’re focusing too much on the algorithm, you’re overlooking the opportunities for creative change.”
16:23 How to be intentional when using search engines.
17:12 “Find a well-established site and form a relationship with it.”
19:19 “When you’re evaluating anything based on metrics, it really pays to see what kinds of compromise might have been taken.”
20:49 “There are a lot of problems in the feedback of medical efficiency.”
23:49 “The most important thing for me in medicine is to be sure that the style of the doctor that you’re working with is a style you are comfortable with.”
For more information, visit Edward Tenner’s website.
Contact Info for Edward Tenner
Web address: http://www.edwardtenner.com/ and you can contact Edward Tenner regarding a speaking engagement via Leigh Speakers.
Travels from: Plainsboro, NJ
Phone: (609) 273-0051
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