Software Hacking. Hardware Hacking. Mind Hacking. Body Hacking.
If the drugs don’t work.
Culture is a group project.
Digital is dead.
The most important question is not “how does the mind work?” but “how does something that builds a mind work?”
1. Load my brain with all the context of a problem. 2. Step away from the computer and go live — do the dishes, go for a run, vacuum the carpet. 3. Once potential solutions distill in my mind, go back to my desk and write them down or sketch them out. 4. Prepare a presentation, demo, or prototype to convey my idea to others and gather their feedback. 5. Rinse & repeat.
Work at MIT found that brainstorming—where a bunch of people put their heads together to try to come up with innovative solutions—generally “reduced creativity due to the tendency to incrementally modify known successful designs rather than explore radically different and potentially superior ones.”
The first rule of Microsoft Excel: Don’t tell anyone you’re good at it.
Electric cars are here to save the car industry, not the planet.
Creating platforms for others.
There’s a reason why people in hot air balloons would drop weights in order to get higher.
The art of the imperfect.
Let go / Let’s go.
Creativity is just another word for new.
Autobahn – The Game.
The work is to dance between the fun and seriousness of the material.
What goes too long unchanged destroys itself. The forest is forever because it dies and dies and so lives.
Price Tag Brand.
Short-term results come from intensity. Long-term results come from consistency.
Everything is hard, but you choose your hard. You choose what’s worth it. You don’t choose whether or not you’ll suffer, but you do choose what you want to suffer for.
A.I. knows nothing of these dramas. It compiles, sifts, and analyzes, then finally executes. But it doesn’t dare. It takes no risks. Only humans, our vulnerable species can.
Aesthetics used to mean “The Intensification of Perception” in ancient Greece.
Dreamcatcher – an app that visualizes your dreams with AI.
The tools always change. What matters is what you do with them.
You’ll always stuck with the past, because you knew how to handle it.
When’s the last time Google came out with a major new product or update to an existing product? From a consumer perspective, it really does seem to me that they’ve stagnated.
Culture (is) Code.
People can be geniuses in one area and clueless in another.
Life means competition.
Famous people make people famous.
The longer you do something, the more you’ll be asked “what keeps you motivated?”
Coming out of general anesthesia seems like a fairly clean “reboot” of the brain’s dynamic state, without even the continuity of dreaming.
Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.
Adventures spark inspiration. Routine makes you better.
The algorithm has become your god and you don’t realize it.
Microsoft long ago figured out that the secret to succeeding in Enterprise software is making CIOs & CTOs happy, not end users.
Office buildings are our aqueducts. They made sense when we needed to tube mail paper around and meet in person. We have connected electronic tubes now.
Yes, i can’t.
Letting go of rules implies mastery as much as it does chaos.
1. Everyone thinks mediocre ideas are fine. But people either love or hate innovative ideas. 2. When groups judge an idea, the few negative reviews get more attention as “negative evaluators appear smarter”. 3. As a result great ideas are judged more harshly.
When social platforms really want to get in touch with users, they send an email.
The media is a click-seeking machine dressed up as a truth-seeking machine.
In 100 years people will look back at 2022 and be even more astonished at how bad our quality of life was than we are looking back at people who lived 1000 years ago.
Remote Control Anarchy.
Honeybees generate an estimated $15 billion in economic value every year.
Reverse Michael Jackson
Following group chat is like being in an all-day meeting with no agenda.
The community and audience you build on any social platform can be taken away from you within a second. Either by accident or on purpose.
Lowest effort possible.
Digital is down.
Without a common goal, humanity will fight itself.
Data is always past.
Confidence by creativity.
Either have a strong culture and an important mission, or get taken over by the current thing.
Think outside your thoughts.
It’s easy to like a broken system when it rules in your favor, but remember that it can go both ways.
The average adult will spend 34 years of their life staring at screens.
We’ve reached a point where the real barrier is not whether something exists but knowing that it exists.
Do we need doors in the Metaverse?
Digitalization shouldn’t be about humans.
Human attention has become a commodity.
You’re Not Stuck In Traffic, You Are Traffic.
The acid test for any two competing socioeconomic systems is which side needs to build a wall to keep people from escaping? That’s the bad one!
How to be old, for young people.
When we learn more about a stranger, we feel like they know us better too.
Human sperm cells contain about 37.5MB of data each.
It’s not about the tool, but the idea.
Poor marketing talks about features. Good marketing talks about what the features solve. Great marketing talks about the impact of the features’ solution.
Being intriguingly off-trend is almost always on point.
About 90% of all people live in the Northern Hemisphere.
Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
Work is not a place you go, it’s something you do.
Templates doesn’t make you happy.
The more you design timelessly, the less you have to redesign.
The more the Internet exposes people to new points of view, the angrier people get that different views exist.
Always search for the source.
You will always be ahead of the pack if you make it a habit of asking “what can I learn from this?” instead of simply reacting to situations.
Most of us will be forgotten 2 generations ahead or end up as UTF-8 characters on Wikipedia.
Human as a concept.
Build your own systems.
Many people struggle to keep the idea in their head that people are multi-dimensional. Someone can both be a juvenile internet troll and the CEO/co-founder of transformational tech companies like Tesla, SpaceX and OpenAI.
Are we living through traumatic event after traumatic event or are we just the first generation with worldwide communication and social media and life has actually always been this fucking horrific?
Visionaries are doomed to loneliness due to the necessary dissonance with their current reality that makes them visionaries in the first place.
Capitalism’s greatest superpower is aborbing all critique and selling it back to you as a luxury consumer good.
When you join a new organization, it’s easy to criticize them for not using the tools & processes you’re familiar with. This is a path to failure. Your first job is to observe if they have the right goals & understand their customer needs. If not, focus on that. Process is icing.
Relationship between stock price and a public company is the same as the relationship between a pro sports team and betting markets. Sort of related, but irrelevant to the players on the field.
Hoody without hood.
Branding: People should either be for or against you. You have to stand for something.
Human population in space today: 13
Good teaching should ignite curiosity.
Technology moves, our sources of joy remain still.
Not afraid of the future.
Teaching is a slow process of becoming everything you hate.
Against the machine.
Half of the world’s population makes less than $5.50 a day. Billions of people will buy a Coke before ever touching an Apple product.
A good education leaves students immune to brainwashing tactics. A bad education leaves students brainwashed.
A web server running only/relying on natural, political, technical, behavioral, economical dependencies.
Disinformation is free.
When learning a new technology, it’s more important to understand the foundational concepts over details. The details change over time while foundational concepts rarely do.
Time spent per day on mobile devices:
2022: 4.5 hours 2021: 4.4 hours 2020: 4.3 hours 2019: 3.7 hours 2018: 3.6 hours 2017: 3.4 hours 2016: 3.1 hours 2015: 2.8 hours 2014: 2.6 hours 2013: 2.3 hours 2012: 1.6 hours 2011: 0.8 hours 2010: 0.4 hours
“If the work doesn’t require creativity, delegate it, automate it, or leave it.”
You can’t save everyone.
Companies are nation states now.
It is reported that Meta spent $10 billion on their metaverse effort last year. Ten billion. That is colonial spending power, show them that virtual worlds are not for the taking.
Most companies could have 50%+ less people and still have the same output.
Subcultures are limited in growth.
Single purpose products.
Digital experiences are based on analog behaviour.
How much is a moment worth?
Well structured chaos.
Tech companies must keep shipping cool new things or die. Not because customers require it, but because the best employees do. If your best programmers stop being able to ship new things, they’ll leave to work somewhere they can.
I will never understand why characters in TV shows aim their gun and then pause for 5 seconds having a convo with the bad guy.
Risk-taking always has a negative connotation, but it is also very hopeful. You can discover new things which, from a creative point of view, can be hard to do. It’s much easier to stay in your comfort zone and stagnate.
Web1: login with email/password. Web2: login with Facebook/Google. Web3: login with crypto wallet. The Web3 login has less friction than Web1, more privacy than Web2, and comes with a native bank account which neither Web1 nor Web2 does.
If you’re willing to change your opinions when you get new information, you can’t be “owned” in the sense of being defeated. You just change your opinion.
The smartest people often pretend they’re dumb because that’s what the world wants to see.
My friend said people have children because it feels like a save point at a game.
Technology = Cool Stuff to Work On. Intellection = Smart People to Work With. Certainty = Repeatability in Work Environment.
For the first time in history in 2020, the weight of things produced by humans (concrete, metals, plastic) was greater than the weight of the global living biomass.
Instagram is ran by celebrities. Twitter is ran by the streets.
Advertising is dead. Again.
One thing people constantly underestimate about tech ecosystems is that incentives matter.
Whatever the system has done before, you can be sure it will do it again.
Too weird for the normies, too trad for the freaks.
Cleaned my desk and now I’m just sitting at it, listening to music and vibin, not doing anything.
Instead of studying how Bezos made his billions, it’s much more useful to learn how someone like you is making $10K/mo.
Cigarettes don’t even get you high, right? Like they’re literally just for cancer.
Do you lose interest in things once you understand them?
“Generation Stupid”: has the science, but doesn’t act.