6 Tech Waves ūüé° ūüŹĖ ūüĖ• #65

6 Tech Waves ūüé° ūüŹĖ ūüĖ• #65

Byron Beauty

These are my recent, favourite Byron Bay eateries and lookouts The random pins on the maps list are either roadside honey / ginger / vegetables /avocado stalls (oh, so, creamy!) or lookouts.

Here’s a local website with a homepage image that *popped* out at me.

Graves’ Research

Having gained much from the Never Ending Quest book mentioned recently, I’ve put together these links for newcomers to Spiral Dynamics and Clare W Graves’ decades of research into human evolution:

Start with the introduction here (thanks Steve McD) and listen to Steve and Nyck‚Äôs weekly, “Future Sense‚ÄĚ radio show for practical, relevant and timely understanding.

Read this

Then read this. Here are the quotes I captured.

Then these images will make sense.

Interesting online news…

‚ÄúLast Friday, Yale, the iconic long-term investor that other endowments look to for guidance, made a historic investment in two funds dedicated to crypto, signalling to many that institutional floodgates are officially open.”
~ Multicoin Capital Management

A podcast for your CEO: the six tech waves explained by entrepreneur and VC Bill Tai. Also includes an easy-to-understand Blockchain tech introduction and the tech’s evolution.

Great to see the progress via Matt’s new Instagram account. Matt was the designer for Do Lectures Australia.

Conversations versus interviews. Oh yeah.

I’m relieved to read that¬†Google plus is closing (thanks KP).

Here’s to now!

~ Sam

Self-Driving Cars ūüĎÄ ūüöė ūüéį ūüėä #21

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


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…


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:

‚ÄúIn 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.‚Ä̬†

“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‚Äôt cultivate this ability, you‚Äôre 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!


Spare Time ūüöė #11

So much spare time. What will you do with it?

Welcome to the 11th edition. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is Self Driving Cars and Tech + Transport.


Are you having a fun week? I’m hoping so.¬†???? ¬†¬†I’ve¬†returned to¬†the flight deck with wonderful memories of¬†skiing at Mt Hotham last week¬†and seeing massive, spring snow flakes on Tuesday.

Did you see our fun video? It was created using Biteable which is an ultra-quick video-maker for creating short clips people love.

I’ve two remaining¬†coaching sessions¬†in the next fortnight¬†so if you’re keen to get rid of those thoughts of “I should fix my LinkedIn, website, setup Social Media, start blogging, grow an online audience, or…”, get in touch. Currently our coaching package of two,¬†45 minute sessions, with support in between is A$500. After this coaching, your impressive online profile can be left for many months or used as a base to build on and grow business leads and audiences.


You future car will drive itself. Get ready!

OK, here comes another meaty, tech-driven conversation.

Are you ready for a self-driving car?

I love the mountains, beaches and road-trips so you can imagine I’ve enjoyed¬†driving in the past. My interest in driving changed when I started imagining what I could be doing if I didn’t need to drive… reading, looking at the scenery, chatting with friends, eating, sleeping, working, watching a movie… Yep, you guessed it, I became a self-driving convert.

“Bring it on!” I say!

Let’s meet in the car.
How will easier transport change our lives?
“Around 2020, …You will call a car on your phone; it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination.”
Udo Gollub / Singularity University Summit
As a qualified engineer, I’m fascinated by the data supporting claims that the self-driving cars are safer.
“Self-driving cars exist today that are safer than human-driven cars in most driving conditions.” Chris Dixon
Go a bit further with your thinking.

Read more ~ the links are below.

Fly high!

~ Sam

PS. I’m often writing about gaining¬†digital presence, online personal branding, business and tech trends,¬†how to gain clients online, LinkedIn tips and morehere. Also¬†similar posts, tweaked for LinkedIn are¬†here.

PPS. Further reading:

PPPS. Thanks Claire Spencer for the Biteable tip ????

Pokemon Go ūüéĮ #6

Pokemon Go shows the next dimension in life.



Nintendo’s runaway success Pokemon Go arrived¬†to¬†smartphones last week and it’s¬†an AMAZING¬†example of what we’re about to integrate into work and life.

In case you’re¬†disinterested because it sounds too much like playing a game¬†or you’re¬†weary from yet-another-new-digital-craze,¬†get ready to be surprised by how your world is gaining…

…another DIMENSION.


First up, here’s what Pokemon Go¬†looks like. It’s called “Augmented” Reality (AR) because the real imagery on your screen is overlaid with objects.

Pokemon Go shows the next dimension in lifePhoto credit: Techcrunch

Millions of people are using it… (but there’s more – keep scrolling down…)

Pokemon Go shows the next dimension in life

Pokemon Go shows the next dimension in life

This is the AMAZING bit¬†(I’m hoping¬†you can read this – if not, click here¬†or¬†zoom your screensize):
Pokemon Go shows the next dimension in life

Even if you never use Pokemon Go you now know an Augmented Reality smartphone app brings about exercise, exploring, chance meetings, connections between people, and potentially reduced racism. WOW.

Essential reading (or listening)

Next, is understanding the unlimited opportunities that AR and Virtual Reality (VR) provide in health, efficiencies, quicker new products and services, easier learning, testing and risk-reduction, and so much more.

The best way to learn this is through reading or listening to this exceptional 32 minute podcast to understand the applications of VR in our day-to-day lives. I want to hear what you think too (hit reply).

Warning: This podcast will have you feeling you’re more prepared in business.

There are so many potential gains from AR and VR and increasingly new uses and outcomes are becoming clear.

As we integrate more technology into our lives, our life experiences are changed and enhanced. There will be advocates and critics.

My role here is in guiding¬†you to see what’s coming.

Start to imagine what you could overlay on your current reality. What do you see?

Happy travels!

~ Sam
Runway Digital.com


P.S. Here are four quick AR examples:

Pokemon Go shows the next dimension in life1. Life: AR app shows you the nearest train stations, updating as you move

Pokemon Go shows the next dimension in life
2. Learning: Move the Sky Guide app across the sky and it displays constellation names as well as links the stars with lines and pictures.
Pokemon Go shows the next dimension in life
3. Fashion: Retailers such as Burberry increasingly use AR for customers to experience other dimensions of their products instore, at home or on the go.
4. Innovation: Last year¬†Hyundai launched a car owner’s manual in an AR app¬†that includes videos and updates as you move around the vehicle.
Pokemon Go shows the next dimension in life

P.P.S. Here is more information and definitions of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR), and a wonderful local example of health benefits for elderly people via VR.

P.P.P.S. Want to know more about Pokemon Go? Get up to speed with these¬†articles:¬†“What is Pokemon Go & why is everyone talking about it?”,¬†“I played the new Pokemon Go for iPhone/Android and it‚Äôs awesome”¬†&“Pokemon Go Is a Glimpse of Our Augmented Reality Future”.

Here’s how Pokemon Go increased Nintendo’s worth in 2 days: