The last moment, the hour or the day before the deadline, should always be free. That’s your buffer zone. That’s your leverage of control – both inside and outside your mind. And the ubiquity of tech has rendered that buffered so thin that it’s bordering non-existence. But it’s up to us to impose to ourselves the discipline to retake it.
The future of our civilisation is not necessarily un dolce far niente for humans while machines do all the work. More likely, it’s a symbiotic future, where human get to do the cooler, more challenging, more value-adding parts of jobs, while machines take care of the rest. Therefore, not being able to interface with machines effectively 20-30 years from now will be the equivalent of illiteracy.
Last night I started watching a TV series called Mr. Robot. It’s centered around this…
This summer I decided it was high time for slimming down, mostly because I got tired from the simplest things – like going up the stairs for 4 floors. So in the way worthy of a project manager with engineering background, I set an objective, I made a plan and I started tracking the metrics. After all … You cannot manage what you do not measure.
One of my personal projects which had been put on the back burner for to long was publishing a book on Amazon. The somewhat controversial subject is a process-modelling engineer’s view to dating: what metrics to track, what behaviors to expect, what rules of thumb to apply and what action to take.
I wanted to avoid the whole how-to-get-laid-tonight approach altogether, as I believe in dating, as in other aspects of life, a balanced view is preferable to immediate results based on fake assumptions. Under the disclaimer that the stuff presented in the book should not be used as a recipe or as an ultimate truth, I aimed to give the readers some tips, a few new perspectives and some good laughs.
If you’re leading a team, big or small, at your startup or in a multinational,…
All I’m saying is you should be aware of the downsides and shouldn’t drink the Kool-Aid. Know fact from bullshit and don’t lie to yourself on behalf of the company (“they’re gonna make me Executive Shelf Stocking Manager next year”). Don’t take empty promises and beware of fake principles which people use to push their agenda. Try to work in a profit center instead of a cost center, because bringing in money gets you a better image. Failing that, try to work in a department which is at the business’ core, because you’ll matter more. And while having a good personal relationship with co-workers is great, remember that you’re doing your job for the money – making friends is a secondary objective.
Neural interfaces (i.e. brain computer interfaces) are the destination of our technological journey which brings people and machines closer together. Computers were initially programmed by manually rewiring components, then by keyboard and mouse and nowadays by touch and gesture. However, the interface begins to be more and more the bottleneck in man-computer processing. In other words, people think faster and computers tend to work faster than you can type or touch.