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Best of the Web: The future of technology, according to Her

Friday, 17 January 2014 | By Gavin Lower

How we’ll live with technology: Her, the movie about a guy who falls in love with his computer operating system, has given us a vision of the future and how humans could interact with technology.


The film won its director, Spike Jonze, a Golden Globe for best screenplay and Wired has examined what the future might hold.


“The world Her shows us is one where the technology has receded, or one where we’ve let it recede. It’s a world where the pendulum has swung back the other direction, where a new generation of designers and consumers have accepted that technology isn’t an end in itself – that it’s the real world we’re supposed to be connecting to.”


What mentally strong people DON’T do: Mental strength is a character trait entrepreneurs and business leaders need as they ride the ups and downs of their enterprises. While tenacity and optimism are often seen as characteristics in mentally strong people, what they don’t do can also be a pointer to mental strength.


Leadership lessons from climbing Mt Everest: Scaling Mt Everest and climbing the corporate ladder may not, at first blush, appear to have much in common. But Alison Levine has done both and found some similarities. Improvisation, sleep deprivation and embracing “assholes” are just some of the lessons she’s learnt.


Beer brewers in Germany looking for more prost!: Germany is one of the biggest beer-drinking countries in the world. But the industry is reeling as consumption falls and the country’s biggest brewers are hit with fines for price fixing. Could craft beer bring back drinkers or is developing export markets the answer for Germany’s beer makers?