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Phil Spencer: “As we look at the workplace going online, hybrid work environments, where we might have some of our coworkers that are together in one place, others that are on the other end of a call, we look at these virtual spaces and some of the things that we’ve learned in video games of people coming together to cooperate together to achieve tasks. And as we talk about it inside of Microsoft, it’s very much, can we take from learning of that and think about what the next evolution of Teams might be? And the learning that we have over the years, not only with what you’d say is today’s Teams or Zoom users but also thinking about Gen Z, there’s a whole generation that are growing up where their social connection to the world is through video games. It’s not just about the play itself, but it’s about, where do you hang out after school? Where do you meet your friends? What are those shared experiences that you like to go do together? For the generation that’s growing up, that being a natural way to get things done with your coworkers is going to be much more native than it is for my generation of people, who will seem like kind of a bolt-on to the experience that I’ve had.”

WSJ: “In her new book “52 Ways to Walk: The Surprising Science of Walking for Wellness and Joy, One Week at a Time,” Annabel Streets tackles the boredom that might creep into a well-worn fitness routine. Offbeat tips to keep things interesting include walking backward for a bit or inverting your head to see the world upside down. To protect brain health, she cites a study calling for four minutes of brisk walking, then three minutes of easy walking throughout a longer walk. Ms. Streets adds in galloping, dancing or skipping to keep it fresh. Her thesis: Movement is medicine. “A 12-minute walk alters 522 metabolites in our blood—molecules that affect the beating of our heart, the breath in our lungs, the neurons in our brain,” she writes in the book out next month. “Oxygen rushes through us, affecting…our memory, creativity, mood, our capacity to think.””

Thomas Sowell: “Many people who advocate what they think of as equality promote what is in fact make-believe “equality.” In economic terms, taking what others have produced and giving it to those who have not produced as much (or at all, in some cases) is make-believe equality – as contrasted with real equality, which would be enabling the less productive to become more productive, so that they could create for themselves what they are trying to take from others.’ [via CafeHayek]


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Rajesh Jain

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