Are you someone that has their priorities straight, knows what needs to be done to get where they need to be and goes about their day in a highly focused and structured way? No? Then go ahead and read this essay by Stanford professor John Perry and don’t feel bad about spending the next 30-45 minutes of your day clicking every other link below.
When the food is great but the music sucks
Annoyed by his favourite restaurant’s playlists, master musician Ryuichi Sakamoto made them a better one. Very relatable. But in fact, this article is really about attention, consciousness, context and that, often, good-enough isn’t good enough. Oh, and besides the article, the playlist is also amazing.
The sleepless artist
The incredibly minutious ways of the enormous team around Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Fascinating in its pure Japaneseness (we know this is not a word, spell checker, thank you).
A completely different perspective on AI
The Chinese tech giant Alibaba is investing huge sums in AI research and resources—and it is building tools to challenge Google and Amazon. This brings up interesting questions too; because technology made in Western countries are build and programmed based on Western values (and laws/rules). But what about tech made in China?
What will it mean if technological infrastructure created in China, used in our cars, phones, and houses get involved in our lives, with maybe a different set of principles and ethics? If you’re still with us, you may want to read this long piece by MIT’s Technology Review.
Die with me
We will end with a more lighthearted find than you might think based on the title, don’t worry. “Die with me” is a chat app you can only use when you have less than 5% battery power left on your phone. The app was developed by Belgian artist Dries Depoorter and we just love the simple but original idea behind it. Its promise? “Die together in a chatroom on your way to offline peace.”
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