Douglas Rushkoff connects the Real Housewives of OC, Greek mythology, zombies, and Y2K to the collapse of narrative. Genius.
The other videos from this series (2014 conference on “Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth”) is really good, too.
Thoughts on life from a tech startup guy's perspective.
I studied Computer Science in college. My mom always nudged me to study another field, but I never did. At the time, I didn’t understand, thinking CS was both intellectually stimulating and career-marketable. My “aha moment” didn’t happen until arriving at Practically Green. Working at this mission-driven startup, I learned so much about the world we live in, system dynamics, our culture, and most importantly, myself. Technology is great, but it’s our interrelated cosmology, social/economic structures, and resources that reminds me this Jeff Goldblum quote from Jurassic Park:
‘..your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.’
To this end, I’m excited to announce I’ll be joining early stage startup Apitronics to work on appropriate technology to further our shared mission of improving agricultural systems. Working out of Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA (come visit us), Apitronics builds the internet of things for farming. Here’s our Kickstarter from last year to help describe the platform. If you know of any farmers in the area, please shoot me a note; I’d love to get to know them. Let the marathon begin!
I love learning about the world through reading. At any given time, I’m reading or listening to many books. Here’s a snapshot of my current reading list. Have you read any of these books? Let’s discuss!
Technology, tools, and teachings. A glorious showcase of the creativity of the human mind. In and of itself, they do not create or solve any problems. They are utterly interdependent on how we use them. Do we act out of love, compassion, and serenity or hate, ignorance, and desire? The global networkification of humans and machines is accelerating and jumps in complexity (ie. personal computing, internet, Bitcoin) will inevitably cause paradigm shifts in our cultures. There will be unintended consequences of course, but it’s futile to resist an idea whose time has come. As we design for the future in a global community with more and more powerful tools, let’s not forget to reflect on the human element of any technology, since bullets don’t kill people; people kill people.
Reflecting on 2013, I’m grateful for a lot of things.
Looking forward to a transitional and promising 2014!
We’ve all been told, to succeed we need to focus, focus, focus. Author and psychologist, Daniel Goleman talks about how leaders actually need three kinds of focus.
Goleman says high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, and in his book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, explains how techniques like mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental tips to improve habits help us excel.
Had breakfast and lunch with friends today. Both times, the topic of meditation had come up during conversation. Each time, they talked about how transformational it is in their lives.
Couple of weeks ago, I started to form a tiny habit for meditation. As BJ Fogg says, start small (ie. want to form a habit of flossing? put out one strand of floss on the bathroom counter each night (add trigger), and just floss one tooth (make ability to do easy) each morning. when you get a hang of it, floss two, etc) This is really good for new habit formation via GreenDot -> BlueDot -> BlueSpan -> BluePath (see behavior grid). Following this technique, for meditating, I choose, after waking up, I will meditate for one minute (I use Insight Timer app). After about two weeks, I’m now at two whole minutes. I haven’t yet realized the benefits of meditation, but hopefully forming the habit of meditating will increase my chances of sticking to it for the long term, and when I get to 15-30 minute meditations, I’ll start to feel the transformation. :)
A game has rules, constraints, and challenges. To play a game is mostly a conscious, voluntary action. Earth has it’s own rules (gravity), constraints (atmosphere), and challenges (evolution). We as individuals in society voluntarily participate in daily interactions that have rules (social norms), constraints (physical, mental, emotional), and challenges (physiological, safety, love, esteem, self-actualization). What if we’re inside some sophisticated game? Are we the actual player of the game or are we a character in the game thinking we have agency yet are being manipulated by something greater than ourselves? Luckily, even if we end up in game over mode, we only put ourselves and some innocent bystander species at risk of extinction. Earth will be fine. The game will continue. Maybe the player will select a new race to play next time. I heard crows are pretty smart.