Mary Helen deGolian
Hi Samar! Thank you for sharing this article – how fascinating. I think for NASA’s case, given the sheer volume of talent and the very specific technical skills required for a mission, this makes a lot of sense. I feel that an algorithmic marketplace could highlight very specific, objective skills and experiences that are needed for a technical mission. Ideally, these would be easy to assign in an objective manner. However, I 100% echo your point on policing these algorithms and always having a human in the loop to avoid biases and potential pitfalls.
Hi Nico! This is a really interesting discussion – I agree with you that I’m skeptical. I love the concept of “shoutouts,” but I’m more inclined to believe that this type of encouragement is more impactful when done in person. This leads me to question – is opening this can of worms worth it to begin with? Further, within an organization’s culture, the ability to dissent is very important, so I worry the message that Amazon is sending if they restrict the types of comments people can leave.
Hi Liz! This is a really interesting article – it makes me think of a time when my office (at the start of COVID) did a workout challenge where every minute of working out that was logged in Strava would correspond with a certain amount of money donated to COVID relief charities. I quite enjoyed it, and it did signal a commitment both to our community, but also to wellness amidst a challenging time of remote work and heavy workloads. However, it did make me nervous about the kind of data that was being shared with my office – i.e., my running route, where I was located, and how far I ran (though it did push me to run farther!)