Raising the level of consciousness

You can’t program a robot to be bored. It runs on doing. You can’t depend on a robot to pursue a half-baked idea when it doesn’t know what stretches tastes.

At the same time, a robot can multiply randomness. Using AI, It can think of thousands of possibilities at once. It is the ultimate prompt machine.

But human ingenuity is unique. The mind knows when to do nothing but smell the roses. Out of boredom, a melange of neuronal interactions blooms the next big idea, even those half-baked.

Innovation is random, like luck. It is the combination of creativity, timing, and good old cocktail of audacity and persistence.

Raising attentiveness also raises the level of consciousness.

A special kind of permeable concrete system to prevent floods

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This is neat. There’s a special kind of concrete called Topmix Permeable that acts like a giant sponge to soak up as much as 880 gallons of water per minute. The material permits water to drain through the voids to prevent the puddles you’d see created on ordinary concrete.

It seems like a practicable solution to prevent urban flooding and cars from hydroplaning on the highway.

The Seiko TV Watch, 1982

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From AnalogHero:

Sold in 1982 this is one of the smallest TV ever made with a 1 1/4″ Screen.

From the manual:

Seiko TV Liquid Crystal Video Display (LVD) in which pictures appear in response to external light. This means that the brighter the light, the clearer the pictures will be.

The Seiko TV watch has been seen in several movies such as James Bond Octopussy(modified screen for movie magic) and Dragnet.

 

Adults experience ‘a narrowing of the imagination’

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“We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.”

David LynchCatching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

The case for playing the long game

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Jeff Bezos in 1990

Good things take time. If we all settled for immediate results, there would be no Apple, Amazon, or Tesla.

The world’s best leaders are visionaries. They work years ahead, having planted the seeds for what’s happening now to springboard them into the future.

When asked what he thinks when analysts congratulate him on a good quarter, Jeff Bezos said:

“Those quarterly results were fully baked three years ago. Today I’m working on a quarter that will happen in 2020, not next quarter. Next quarter is done already and it’s probably been done for a couple years…If we have a good quarter it’s because of work we did 3, 4, 5 years ago. It’s not because we did a good job this quarter.”

So what type of futurists should we be, the tortoise or the hare, the fox or the hedgehog?

Get ready to go years being misunderstood.

A function of the mistakes

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There is little precedent to predetermine if something works. As Nassim Taleb writes, “Trial and error is freedom.”

Is cryptocurrency legitimate?

Will autonomous cars be safe?

Do social networks divide us?

Even brilliant minds slip up, especially in the incipient stages.

But we should ultimately be judged by the volume of our work rather than our shortcomings.


Rightness is a function of the mistakes we make

That’s why we must keep pushing along in the attempt to nail down the working circuits.

It all looks and sounds stupid before it appears smart.

‘You ain’t seen nothing yet.’

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Skepticism is the contestability of what’s insufficiently peculiar.

There is nothing that can’t be doubted and recasted anew, given the evidence.

Computers are just the tip of the iceberg. Technology shapes our thinking the same way the railroad and microscopes once did, still do.

The tools set free green fields of opportunity. The urge to find and prove something new is what drives science and innovation.

No Longer Amazed

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I’m no longer amazed by technology and social media, which the former makes possible. We live in the era of Murphy’s Law where the processor doubles every 6 months. When Elon Musk introduced Hyperloop, it made sense, a big egg that shoots you on a smooth roller coaster ride from city to city in no time. Apple’s iWatch is an extension of the smartphone but it’s made for the wrist.

But the Smartphone, now that was groundbreaking. You mean I can carry around a computer on the go in my pocket? Everything after that is merely an extension of “smart.” Smart machines like Nest are just an extension of the Internet of things. Cars are ripe to be made “smart.”

Everything that gets created today is a transformation of something that already exists. I’m not belittling incremental innovation. What I’m saying is that I’m not surprised these innovations are happening. They’re the logical next step.

Whatever we dream can become a reality for us. So can what we predict. Just look at what came before us, reshape it, and then magnify it.

Weary of Knowledge

Good knowledge is half-baked. It’s fragile enough to manipulate yet purposeful enough to help make decisions.

A world of facts is too predictable. Facts affirm the right way to go yet impede the will to experiment and try something different.

Why repeat the same old things even if they work? The canvass starts blank because everything deserves to be explored.

Back of the envelope…for starters ✍️✉️

It doesn’t matter where or how an idea emerges. What matters is that the idea exists somewhere on paper, a napkin, an envelope, a Tweet, or a blog post.

We can’t begin to assess and dissect a new concept unless we can see its basic framework and bones visually.

I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now. – Field Notes

Jack Dorsey sketched Twitter out on a napkin. Hugh MacLeod started drawing cartoons on the back of business cards.

There isn’t a perfect time, place, nor medium to write out your ideas. The most important thing is to write it down or sketch it out as the first step toward execution.

Starting is so easy but seems to be the hardest thing for people to do. We can’t write the future until we write it ourselves first. And then we can test, tweak, market, and sell the idea to see it actually works. Turning an idea into a legitimate business is the hardest part.

Forward Thinking

Guessing the future is easier than writing it. Steve Job did both. He knew what people wanted and built it for them.

Most people are either one of the other: analyst/forecaster or developer. The analysts’ information generally direct the developers what to do, mostly because the developers just want to do the work. They want to think in code. But you can’t waste a developer’s time building something outdated.

Research and development flock together, ideally as one, where forward thinking meets predictive doing.

The Irrational Mind

You have to be a little irrational to get what you want. If you’re too practical, you may curb your chances from the start.

The whole point is to at least give it a shot, not because you’ll achieve exactly to your wishes but because you’ll be motivated to keep pushing forward.

Playing in the NBA is a pipe dream for most of us. But by playing basketball you may acquire the leadership and motivation to move on to coaching or take what you learned and apply it to something else like another sport, job, or side project.

The whole point is to build up enough confidence to take action, to persist a little bit, but also to identify your strengths and see new opportunities. Your job is to find the gaps and build up the courage to fill them in.

You have to be somewhat unrealistic to give anything a shot otherwise you’ll hesitate and hold back. You’re just shooting to make a point to yourself that anything is possible if you believe in the unbelievable.

It pays to be ignorant.