Technology workers should learn the art of sales, Vivek Wadhwa writes, since they often come off as more knowledgeable and credible than a typical salesperson. IT leaders need to be comfortable in a sales role to help improve customer service and secure additional business, he writes.
Drivers who wonder whether their car will fit in a parking space can make use of a mathematical formula describing optimal parking conditions, developed by University of London professor Simon Blackburn for Vauxhall Motors. "Everyone has had the experience of ignoring a space because you're not sure if you can fit in or not. This formula solves that problem," he says.
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology used MRI scans to figure out how people really felt about the value of certain taxpayer-funded services. The process could allow governments to get a better estimate of what citizens would be willing to pay for a particular service.