Who do you trust?

businesslady_shrugging_500_wht_14231Hairdressers (or stylist if you pay more) are now more trusted than priests, charity bosses, NHS managers, and bankers.

Well that’s not saying a lot given the recent scandals and mismanagement we’ve been hearing about – and suffered from in some cases.

The clergy were the most trusted a generation ago but how they have fallen from grace. They are now considered to be more likely to lie than scientists, doctors, teachers, and judges.

This is according to the Veracity Index (part of Ipsos Mori) which has been measuring levels of public trust since 1983.

Now over 2/3 of people trust their hairdresser to tell the truth; women slightly more than men. Are people deluded? Of course the new colour is right for you, and let’s take a bit more of there. Really? And of course you’ll need some new products to maintain that salon-fresh look.

This is a marginally higher proportion than trust the police, and 50% more than trust charity chief executives (perhaps due to over-the-top canvassing and over-the-top salaries?)

Politicians remain the least trusted profession. In fact I wouldn’t justify calling it a profession just a well-paid part-time job with lots of perks and opportunities to fiddle expenses . So no surprise that they have been consistently rated as untrustworthy for the last three decades.

People would rather trust another person in the street than any of the elite groups mentioned above.

Most trusted

  • Doctors (89%)
  • Teachers (86%)
  • Judges (80%)
  • Scientists (79%)
  • Hairdressers (69%)
  • Priests (67%) down from 85% 30 years ago

Least trusted

  • Politicians (21%)
  • Government ministers (22%)
  • Estate Agents (25%)
  • Journalists (25%)
  • Business leaders (35%)



Hitchhiking robot murdered in USA

retro_robot_custom_text_sign_13668Imagine designing a robot to look helpless and vulnerable and leaving it by the roadside reliant on the kindness of strangers.

That’s what a team from Ryerson University, Toronto and McMaster University in Hamilton did. They wanted to see if a robot could trust humans. (I thought the question was whether or not humans could trust robots. We all remember HAL don’t we?)

Hitchbot was solar-powered and fitted with a GPS tracker, had a dot matrix face which could smile and it could respond to simple questions.

It hitchhiked successfully across Canada arriving in Victoria, British Columbia in a canoe with members of the Songhee First Nation. It also made it safely across Germany.

However Hitchbot came to a messy end last week when it was found decapitatated in Philadelphia, theso-called city of brotherly love. It had made it from Salem in Massachusets to New York and New Jersey prior to its demise.

The designers haven’t filed a crime report so there will be no justice for Hitchbot. Time to start a campaign I think!


Smart Trust


From http://thehearttruths.com

At different times in our lives and in different situations, most of us tend to look at our personal relationships, our teams, our organizations, and our governments through one of two sets of glasses: “blind trust” (naivete) or “distrust” (suspicion). At times, we may even go back and forth between the two.

These glasses have been created by a number of factors, including the way our parents and grandparents may have seen the world, the experiences we’ve had in our personal and professional lives, the people we interact with, the things we read, the things we watch, and the things we listen to. However, most of us don’t even realize that we have these glasses on.

Only as we understand how we’re seeing the world now can we truly appreciate the difference a new pair of glasses can make.

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