Ready Player One, Semi Lattes, and Extending Senses ~ Online Highfliers Issue 41

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Hi and welcome to the 41st Edition of this email. Enjoy!

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It was the “latte” in this Tesla semi post that made me grin.

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Books that you miss upon finishing.

I was entranced and entertained listening to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

VR/AR leaders often recommend it to experience one of our possible futures: ultra-simulation (in 2045). The impressive narration by Wil Wheaton often had me chuckling, the detail in the book astounded me and of course it was fun to hear the vast number of (familiar) 1980’s references.

It’s also a Spielberg movie to be released next year.

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Kevin Kelly in Recomendo.

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Favourite reads & listens

  • What senses would you extend?

    Neil Harbisson talks about going from full colourblindness to installing an antenna so he could hear sound. Apparently the cleaning product isle in the supermarket is like a fun nightclub! It’s an uplifting, fascinating, futuristic, 9:35min watch. Actually even the first few minutes is worth it to imagine a new dimension for you.

    Photo credit: Ted.com

  • Rolling Stone followed Elon around for months.

    Here are a few quotes that struck me:



  • The world is getting better at a stunning rate“. This report has “evidence of abundance” graphs and insights. Big thanks to Peter Diamandis and his team for showcasing how the world is improving. Here’s to balanced news.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Using algorithms and radical transparency at work may make your workplace even easier. (thx Jacqui Hocking)
  • The Websummit opening remarks are a great call for designers, creators, entrepreneurs and technologists to focus on building tech that is useful and fair for society. Included are: Stephen Hawking on AI, Bryan Johnson on HI, a regulator’s view of Facebook and other ultra powerful tech companies.

Great presence

  • Thanks for the laugh David Roberts (of Innovation and Disruption at Singularity University). Here is his bio: “His fascination with technology began In fourth grade after building a hovering electric drone, to carry his younger sister to the bus stop, powered by what was formerly his mother’s vacuum cleaner, and fortunately limited by the length of an electric power cord.”Have you added humour to yours?
  • Good fun at the London tube:

Have a wonderful week,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS. One of the companies and experiences that have most impressed me in the last couple of years is Manly Ocean Adventures. Knowledgeable, exceptional value, and thoughtful, they’re advertising their incredible experiences (with or without whales) as great Christmas gift ideas. If you’re near Sydney or your people are… this could be for you!

 

 

PPS. in a previous email I wrote about the Apple Airpods. My update from a month of using them is that I’m still loving the earphones quick change between computer and iPhone and watch phonecall pickup. I am missing the ease of the Jaybirds hanging around my neck. The Airpods are a bit more of a cognitive load for me. They’re fiddly to remember where they are / to put in my pocket when I’m on the move and I sense I’ve a higher risk of losing them. Jaybird X2 Sport were around my neck all the time and I could use one or two earphones and never think about the battery or getting into the practice of taking out one Airpod during a long phonecall to make sure I have enough battery. The tech of the Airpods is beautiful and clever and it’s wonderful they can be used across many bluetooth devices – not just Apple’s. Airpods around the neck!?!

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Apple Watch 3, EDU Disruption & Information Density ~ Online Highfliers Issue 37

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Saving Time.

I originally bought an Apple watch to open myself to possibilities I couldn’t predict. Sometimes it’s best to say “yes” and explore rather than wonder.

Regularly I use the watch to quickly view messages and respond (often with a thumbs up or other emoticon), receive a phone call while I’m on the move / doing chores and it’s great to ask Siri to set timers for cooking (5 minutes works well for soft-boiled eggs).

I’m now happily wearing my new series 3 Apple watch and am impressed with the long battery life, being able to call people without the phone around and the faster speed. Well done Apple!

I’m looking forward to more accurate exercise (read: skiing) data and more time savings via Siri and the clever tech incorporated. I’ve found Siri improves the more I use/speak to her and the recent Apple event inspired me to explore more of the new functionality that’s increasingly like having an assistant… on your wrist!

I like these quotes from a couple of Apple watch reviews:

…more here.

read on.

Roadtrip Meetings.

If autonomous cars change the interior layout of cars and you can eat, sleep, work, watch a movie, have a meeting… will you go on roadtrips with your colleagues? will the workforce be more ‘on the move’? Will people travel more? go to and stay in more remote places?

Happy travels…

A Quick Tip on Financial Diversification.

“I like a mix of cash (t-bills, money market funds, etc), blue chips stocks (Amazon, Google, etc), real estate (income producing with little to no leverage), and a risk bucket (venture capital, crypto, etc). I think 25% in each would be a good mix.” thanks Fred.

Overdue EDU disruption.

keep reading.

Favourite reads & listens

  • Sharing the most expensive things. Wonderful!
  • Prior to her wedding this week, Maggie Doyne put out a call for advice.
  • Business is getting real.
  • Another wonderful introduction to Blockchain technology. This one is good too.
  • Fred Wilson’s tips on providing hope to others:“Of course, how you worry is critical. You can’t weigh down the leadership teams with your worries. You can’t fill up the board meetings with angst.You have to be supportive, optimistic, encouraging, and positive in your interactions with founder/leaders and their teams. But you must also flag areas where there could be trouble. Getting that balance right has been a work in progress for me for my entire career.

    So being a worrier is an important characteristic in an investor. But you have to mostly keep those worries to yourself and your partners/team (this is a place where partners are invaluable). And you have to decide when a worry is significant enough to share it with your portfolio companies and then you need to find the right moment and narrative to communicate it. When you do it right, the teams appreciate it immensely.”

  • Will Amazon offer Bitcoin payments!?

Where is Your Attention?

It’s Springtime here in Australia… so say the two out-of-hibernation echidnas we spotted last week. What a treat to see them!

Smile 🙂

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

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Winning Newsletters, Inspiring People, and Clever Tech ~ Online Highfliers Issue 36

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Welcome to the 36th edition of this email. Did you know you can read past editions right here?

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Winning Newsletters

While enjoying the Wilsons’ newsletters (Fred and Joanne), I’ve ‘gotten’ a bit more of why they’ve written regularly for so long.

The thing is, you can start a newsletter for business development, marketing, self expression and other reasons and my recent experience is there’s more to this regular activity.

Here’s an update on what I’ve noticed:

  • Each fortnight I’ve the opportunity to get onto ‘paper’ what’s currently on my mind that’d be useful to others.
  • As more peers, colleagues, people in my network, friends and family show interest in new business and life opportunities (such as blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies), I can easily forward previous emails knowing they include easy to pick up introductory links after I’ve distilled much reading.
  • I’ve a timeline of my interests since I started writing. I like this.
  • It’s fun to engage. People send fascinating and lovely replies.
  • My writing and choice of subjects has (naturally) refined as have my systems (for example, collating links throughout the fortnight in one place) and use of tech such as Mailchimp’s new editing feature on their smartphone app.
  • Having written each fortnight for a year and a half, I’ve a fun sense of achievement and I’m a bit in awe!
  • I’ve published previous emails on LinkedIn and gain comments there. My Linked profile (online resume / CV) shows more of my expertise, interests and style. Opportunities have come from this and possibly I appear in more (relevant) LinkedIn searches.

It’s a great use of time. Maybe you will try it?

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Marketing via cryptocurrencies.

“Burger King launched its own cryptocurrency known as – what else? – WhopperCoin. The new currency was launched as part of a rewards program for the company’s customers in Russia. With each purchase of a Whopper customers will receive a WhopperCoin token in a digital wallet. …WhopperCoin owners can either use them to purchase products at Burger King or trade or sell them to other interested parties.”

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Favourite reads & listens

  • So clever! (thanks Ross)
  • Just in case you haven’t yet watched this. #privilege #equality #pursuePurpose #BigVisions #JustTry
  • Because markets are inspiring.
  • The scale of Internet of Things (IoT) and some of the many players.
  • This wonderful Tiny House ~

Great online presence

  • Experience design a la LJ Darveau.
  • Share YOU.“The boys. No exaggeration to say these two fine gentlemen — @enriqueallen and @henretig — changed my life, made me a much better human. We…”
  • The extended list is here and here.

We’ve had incredible snowstormshere in Victoria. Huge snowflakes have amazed me on the chairlift and have filled in my tracks so that each new run is a fresh adventure.

Warmer Spring days are coming soon. What’s happening there?

Hoping you’re enjoying today,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

 

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Online Highfliers Issue 21

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Deep Work, Self-Driving Cars, Automation & Great Online Presence

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Welcome to the 21st edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is Deep Work.

Ready? Let’s focus…

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Deep Work

Hi from Torquay, overlooking the waves rolling in. I’m freshly inspired from listening to Cal Newport’s “Deep Work”. These words are interesting:

“In this new economy, three groups will have a particular advantage: those who can work well and creatively with intelligent machines, those who are the best at what they do, and those with access to capital.” 

“To remain valuable in our economy, therefore, you must master the art of quickly learning complicated things. This task requires deep work.
If you don’t cultivate this ability, you’re likely to fall behind as technology advances.”

Cal’s book is fascinating with quickly actionable tips and this is a great list by Ryan Holiday on how he does deep work. Fascinating.

Things getting too heavy?

“Piaggio recently unveiled the company’s first product, a personal cargo robot named Gita. The bot can carry up to 40 pounds autonomously using maps, or by following a human operating the bot’s path… It’s fast enough to keep up with you on a bike (22MPH), and [has] the “human agility” needed to navigate sidewalks.” via Peter Diamandis

Gita and other helpful-to-humans technology excites me! You too?

 

Self-driving cars: coming sooner

Recently in conversations I’ve suggested we’ll use self-driving cars sooner than expected, for a couple of reasons:

  1. With so many other things to do, see, read, watch, catch up on (including sleep), car driving will start to be less of interest compared to other things we could do.
  2. As more images of newly designed car interiors (movie cinema, sleeping pod, working space / shared office) appear the idea of the car being a location to do other things than drive will grow on us… quickly.

Automation and employment

This graph shows job titles and their probability for automation. It’s worth reading the sidebar too. It’s from this month’s Oxford University and Citibank Report (good article to read).
“the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative or supervisory roles remaining.” Stephen Hawking

I’ve also recently heard the entrancing term the “post-work economy”. Universal Basic Income anyone? What do you think?

Favourite reads & listens:

Great online presence:

 

Happy week!

Sam
RunwayDigital.com

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Online Highfliers Issue 19

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Flying in VR, Stem Cell Developments & LinkedIn 2017 ???? ???? ????

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Welcome to the 19th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is 2017 Success and I’ve included great links on Virtual Reality and stem cell developments.

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Fantastic 2017

Getting annual health checks in January has me feel soooo organised and glowing with satisfaction for the rest of the year.

“I did that in January!”

Let’s create that feeling for you with your LinkedIn profile:

1. Book 30 minutes in your diary in the next fortnight to polish your LinkedIn so it’s ready for the rest of the year.

2. In that 30 minutes either use these free tips or download our new, 2017 version of The Standout Professional’s LinkedIn workbook (see discount details below).

The new, 2017 version just left the maintenance sheds. Thankfully I had less updates to do than expected and really enjoyed the process of refining last year’s work.

We’ve also updated the price to $19 so more people can learn and if you use this discount code mylinkedinrocks in the next week it’s $10 and remember the bonus tips at the end. Thanks for being a reader 🙂

If you’ve already bought a copy, you’ll receive an email with an updated link so you can use the latest version.

As always, reply to let me know how you’re going. I’m keen to help.

This week’s favourite reads & listens:

  • Always wanted to fly? This VR suit excites the mind with possibilities. Learn more about it and VR/AR news here and remember the Voices of VR podcast – choose the topic you’re interested in and learn about Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality through your preferred lens.
  • Quickly get updated on stem cells. This is an especially great read if stem cells have sounded too complicated to date. Includes the latest developments from banking your children’s stem cells to stem cell transfusions. Amazing. It’s by Peter Diamandis who’s gathering a wonderful selection of futuristic topics on his blog – flick through and read a couple of topics that attract your eyes.
  • Ross Hill’s uplifting, new post on space: one of humanity’s next frontiers.
  • Interesting to see what’s being discussed at Davos today.
  • Especially insightful for Aussie women, this Ita Buttrose podcast with Mia Freedman showcases Ita as a successful, strong, disciplined female as well as being a fun and engaging review of how far we’ve come in the media industry. Refreshing.
  • What are you enjoying at the moment?

I wish you all a wonderful week. Press reply let’s chat  ????

Fly high online,

~ Sam
RunwayDigital.com

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