Sunshine, System Integrity & Redefining Work ☀ 🌳 😎 #29

Sunshine for you…

Enjoy little things: a patch of sunlight or the smooth feel of using a fountain pen.

Quick! Fly somewhere!

Kind ideas.

Get something out.

Pick up surfing.

Be excited about the Southern Hemisphere snow season or the Northern Summer or puffins!

(System) Integrity.

My regular coffee shop, Patricia’s, provides me an incredible experience each time I visit: an underlying interest to provide the exceptional, warm welcomes, happy staff, delicious, stylish products (taste, cups, spoons), fascinated sourcing, a sense of community, lots of awareness / care / kindness, fun and delight (including randomly provided tastings), and a sense of openness.

With such integrity throughout there is a constant focus on the customer experience.

I spotted this in Jony Ive’s foreword in the “Designed by Apple” book. It sums up this idea:

Your turn. Create integrity throughout. Aim high!

Hear’s to your incredible success and recognition Bowen (Patricia’s Founder)!

When you visit Patricia’s, look up and spot the Sunshine…

Redefining “Work”.

John Hagel’s SXSW presentation is a simple, wise, calm view of employment opportunities and threats owing to machines. He reminds that in a traditional sense work is creating replicable, tightly specified, efficient processes and outputs. Who’s best to do these? Machines.

John also mentions microsourcing / outsourcing and how this drives individuals’ unique expression (which is great) though John suggests the ‘gig economy’ will be transitional as activities can be defined and given to machines. Having worked with Virtual Assistants, I found myself nodding.

We’re in the time of working out the next version of work. This is one of my favourite (pretty quick) presentations. Enjoy!

Still anxious about robots and automation? Relax, it’s been happening for ages (cruise control, radio to Spotify/Rdio etc). It’s helpfulness and role is directed by you, by us, as humans. Do what you need to feel empowered (including replying to me here!).

Making Progress.

Writing emails like this gives me a chance to reflect on things that are working for me and pass them on.

A favourite for managing progress is having a ‘returning email’ system. When I buy something and receive an email, I return the order confirmation email to me and set the date to just after the expected delivery date. Usually the email pops up and the order has been delivered – though if not, the email returning has me address.

I can also write an email to someone confirming something important they’ll be doing, click the Boomerang “return in…” checkbox at the bottom of the email and it’ll return at the ETA. …then I don’t have to think about it until the email returns.

I use Boomerang in gmail and gmail’s inbox app on my iphone to return emails.

What tips work for you?

Pump Up The Volume.

It was fun today seeing Apple is releasing a new speaker system. It reminded me of a simple idea I’ve used on the fly – put your iPhone in a tall bowl and it amplifies the speaker. Yay!

Favourite reads & listens:

  • Curious about cryptocurrencies, the Blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum and more? Tim Ferriss’ latest podcast is a great introduction. It’s co-presented with one of my favourite thinkers in the world – Naval Ravikant – who kindly simplifies complex topics as they arise. A more advanced watch or listen on the wider context on the future of cryptocurrencies and finance is Brian Armstrong at this week’s Token Summit (thanks rosshill)
  • Alastair Humphreys’ newsletter.

 

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Have a fantastic week from an increasingly chilly Melbourne!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

P.S. Travel links are Aussie/Asia-biased x

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Life Beyond-Productivity: A Day in February 2027 😎 🚁 👌 #22

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Welcome to the 22nd edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is Life Beyond Productivity.

It’s a slight change of format, inspired by what I’ve been researching. Let me know if you like it.

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Have you ever wondered what your life will be like in 10 years time?

I’ve written a story of a day in February 2027, complete with possible tech (robots, house help, passenger drones, health data and more). I’ve referred to it as “Life Beyond Productivity” as we’ll be integrating robots / AI / machine learning into our lives within the next 10 years and I imagine by 2027 we will have learnt a lot about how we best operate in life, work and any other aspect.

This story is a playful look on this subject and I wonder if it may be easier for people to understand what could be coming through this ‘a day in the life’ style. The first part of the day is below (click on the link to read the full story) and perhaps as you’re reading it wonder:

“What will my life be like in February 2027?”

Day in February 2027

New tunes wake me. It’s 6am. The music is new to me and was chosen from analysing my body’s morning brainwaves. It has the desired effect: I’m feeling ultra-calm. A great way to start the day.

My partner is sleeping in today so the music is playing through my ear implant. I get out of our ultra-comfortable bed. It dynamically moulds to each of our bodies and is made from materials that aid sleep (we used tech that matches our health data and personal preferences). Plus the bedding regulates our temperatures. I daresay if I checked my overnight sleep data I’ve had a deep, high quality sleep which is a regular occurrence, on-par with others of similar DNA and age.

The blinds automatically open showing the view and I glance at the superimposed weather and surf forecast for today as I pad into our ensuite. The lights come on at the morning brightness setting. I brush my teeth with a comfortable toothbrush and floss – they’re both designed for my specific mouth conditions and their sensors take another reading on my health. On the mirror, I see there’s only one preventative health measure prescribed (tablets, food or exercise) – there’ll be a slow release Vitamin D supplement in my morning juice.

Being increasingly aware of my health data over the past 10 years has been a blessing and a curse. The past 3 years I’ve actively worked on improving my body’s nutrient absorption, gave up coffee and I’ve increased my bone strength. The blessing is all that comes from better health, the curse is the extra logistics to do what’s prescribed – this is part of the reason we invested in Marta (She’s our house help (robot)) and since then, things have been super easy, assisted by ultra-fast home-delivery of such a wide selection of specific foods that are good for our health – raw, pre-prepared or fully-cooked.

I change into workout gear that has the usually sensors and temperature-regulation and head downstairs, saying “Hi” to Marta – she’s preparing our breakfasts. I can hear the kitchen 3D printer creating my Vitamin D supplement.

Popping my slim headset on I see our spare room transform to a workout room with my (virtual) personal trainer. My implants and house sensors accurately track my vitals and workout results. As my workout finishes my favourite beach surrounds me as the environment changes for a guided meditation. The technology has worked out from my current brainwaves, recent moods and today’s schedule that the meditation length will be 9 minutes.

I head into the kitchen ready for Marta’s green juice. She’s just started making my cooked breakfast in our tiny kitchen with it’s few, multi-functional gadgets. Cooking from scratch these days is a novelty with so many accessible, delicious, healthy, quick options. Since the identification of so many health-affecting germs over the past 10 years and home help that can eradicate them real-time with sustainable products, everything on the food front is so easy.

Marta suggests I chat with my cousin who’s free. While I eat breakfast we chat generally then notice the suggested discussion topics on our hologram screens that then strengthen our conversation (recent birthdays, family activities, new health innovations and her recent virtual build of another use for their spare room). At the end of the call I see that my productivity tech picked up a couple of actions we talked about and is already making them happen (namely logistics for our next catch up and booking in time to try out my cousin’s new virtual room that could be useful in our home). It’s great to be in regular contact which is now easier owing to less work hours these days.

After the call, my mobile hologram switches to my fun, daily checks of today’s selections for travel (air/passenger drones and ground/self-driven capsules), clothing and meals. A quick scan has me aware and satisfied. There’s nothing to alter and I’m mindful that my (artificial) assistants are constantly learning and their suggested selections and automated choices are amazingly helpful now both as time savers, productivity enhancement and to free my mind of mundane decisions. I review Marta’s list of suggested actions to have our life running smoothly and agree to most and answer outstanding questions via verbal comment. Marta receives this information immediately and starts working on it while she’s sorting the washing.

I pad upstairs to our wardrobe and see today’s outfit suggested by my stylist. She’s had such a fast knack of finding great clothes that are ultra-comfortable, made of sustainable fabrics (my tech identified I’ve a sensitivity to certain dyes), and incorporate useful new tech. She’s cleverly integrated tech and data to complement her work skills and experience. She’s based in Tel Aviv.

Her process starts by her tech analysing (pretty much) the world’s outfits based on my measurements, my personal and health data (including my skin toning) as well as all of my data on the internet (much of this shows my preferences for style and lifestyle). It then gathers 1,000 outfits and as you skim through the first 20 many are discarded with respect to what you don’t like. – saying what you do and don’t like – it has worked out a wardrobe. I particularly like the colour pallets, the consistent geometric tailored necklines with a hint of femininity from the 20’s, and that every outfit has a pocket (I remember a time when women’s fashion didn’t). Over the following three weeks and then the following seasons, the stylist checks in with suggested tweaks. Now it constantly receives measurements via my sensors and fast communication connections and combines it with a vast database of new clothes and fabrics. She’s saved us time and money as my clothes and wardrobe is actually pretty small and much has been printed at home – including accessories from the library she has installed on our 3D printer.

My clothing style is quickly solidifying. It’s been an enlightening process as I was never that interested in clothes before though my style is now clear and we’ve co-designed unique pieces that work so well that they’re being sold and I gain a small commission. Who knew there were others who wanted similar pieces to me!

I head down to my office where there’s a standup desk with VR 3D sensors around it, and (old school style) a physical A3 sketch pad with a few colourful pens ready to go for jotting ideas. A tea (tailored for concentration) is atop my standup desk. I sip it while I look at today’s list aside my computer. There’s not much to do before my surf this afternoon.

I voice activate my virtual office and the team appears around me. We’re a specialised think tank that finds current and future opportunities for subscribed companies. It’s fast, focused, fascinating and exhilarating work. The team (from Madrid, Yemen, Paris, Boston, Argentina and Melbourne) is a lot of fun. Practical jokes are a regular occurrence. Today we’re scoping the impacts and the opportunities from a potential new piece of software to incorporate through an organisation. If it works for this organisation, we’ll include it as a quick-to-implement bonus report for other relevant customers. We do a quick brainstorm for 30 minutes, then 20 minutes to see how far we can implement / analyse on our own, onto a 20 minute focused debrief with next steps. Dynamic, fun and interesting.

We check in with each other and see what’s happened overnight on other projects and ideas. A new system we suggested for a client has worked well (all implemented by specialised robots). After a high five (that feels real!) and a check in about other plans we say bye, leaving our virtual assistant (robots) to sort out the details of our next meetings and some of the actions we agreed on. I write a few notes, send a few messages to gain more information on a few things, check in with my assistant to answer her questions.

Marta calls out that my transport is here to take me to a new cafe for lunch. It’s 15 minutes by passenger drone. I’ve heard it has the latest tech to integrate personal taste preferences and health data into their menu which is co-designed each day by a local chef, a coastal nutrition expert, and the latest health AI. Marta uploaded my health data and personal preferences this morning.

… the rest of the day is here (click this link).

 

Image credit: Business Insider and Moley Robotics

I hope you enjoyed the story and perhaps your reflection. What will your life be like? I’d love to hear your perspective. Shoot me a reply with ideas, challenging comments, or even questions to expand parts of this story. I’ll be fascinated.

Here are aspects I wanted to incorporate:
– constant experimentation
– feedback loops
– shared collective data – it’s more interesting and useful to share data and experiences
– consistent, startling innovation that reduces life friction
– less work
– an individual’s refinement of style, productivity and attention
– smaller houses as VR transforms spaces

Be aware, take an interest and guide your world.

Fly high,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

 

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Deep Work, Self-Driving Cars, Automation & Great Online Presence 👀 🚘 🎰 😊 #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?

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Digital Strength

Mindset & Behaviours

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  • Online behaviours – Integrity, openness, respect, empathy, prudence. Participate, know the rules, timely responses, disclosure, engaging & sharing, being aware of the risks you create from posting certain content. Digital ethics – digital diligence, ethical product design, automation (AI) rules & ethics.
  • Listening, social & emotional awareness, respect of others’ ownership & empathy.
  • Autonomy – to get things done, to be responsible for your online representation, info systems and increasing productivity.
  • Experimentation mindset – experimenting, proactive, curious, review,…
  • Simplicity… it’s the new trend. Think: Uber reducing complexity of ordering a taxi and its simple app.
  • Seeking opportunities and find potential risks and smartly (fast) addressing who needs to be aware of them.
  • Sharing, collaborative culture – seeking to provide value and share – within an organisation and as an individual to engage relevant people & industry / market influencers.

Agility & Co-Creation

  • Agile and responsible decision making – speed, intuition & trust is of the essence. Encouraging this in your workplace for you and your peers.
  • Constantly being industry- and market-aware, finding risks & opportunities, creating innovation, encouraging innovation.

Personal Representation

  • Personal branding for future employment and to promote your organisation (e.g. entrepreneur tweeting “Another great meeting with the Bank”).
  • Being consistent across all sites.
  • Appropriate and engaging organisational representation.
  • Digital footprint, who sees you, what you put online.

Digital YOU

Profile

  • Clear target audience. Representing yourSELF online – your key attributes, experience and thought leadership. A true, long-term representation.
  • Seeing the consolidated online profiles across the company.

Content

  • Engaging and clever content targeted at your audience.
  • Setup of content planning, creation and publishing systems – including engagement of ghost writers as required.
  • How to write professional online posts. What, when, where, who.

Tools & Sites

  • Website, social media sites, integration, email newsletters, scheduling tools,…

Digital Relationships

Audience & Promotion

  • Who do you want to reach, who will promote you and how.
  • How to broaden your audience & influence.
  • Audience Outreach Planning – Sharing your experience, thought leadership and findings (such as your latest project / initiative). How to reach people who are interested. How to get onto relevant podcasts and influential sites. How to promote you and your business / the organisation you work for.

Quality Connections

  • Connecting with colleagues, industry peers, previous colleagues and organisations.
  • Connecting with new contacts who get to know you / can send you relevant information & influencers knowing you.
  • Contact risks and your personal rules for sites such as LinkedIn.

Involvement

  • Contributing in relevant forums and in places people see you as a thought leader / contributor.
  • Promoting you and your organisation.

Digital Literacy

Sites Awareness

  • Knowing social media sites & tools, using them, learning the languages and seeing how they work (beyond theory).

Personal Information Systems

  • apps, useful alerts, email unsubscribing, tailored inbound information on relevant sites such as Twitter and Reddit.

Continuous Learning

  • Keeping up to date with new sites & tools that are relevant for you and for your organisation. Finding apps and tools that will help, experimenting with and evaluating.

Digital Speed

Agility & Productivity

  • Internal communication & collaboration tools (e.g. Slack, Yammer).
  • Collaboration tools to connect you and your organisation with supporters, partners etc (e.g. use of relevant platforms – such as Facebook Messenger between organisations and people in Singapore).

Co-creation

  • Open innovation. As relevant, involving your colleagues, industry peers, customers and stakeholders in developing new processes, products and services. How can you extend your collaborations with partners and suppliers?
  • Crowdsourcing.

Automation & Systems

  • Being aware of and integrating into business and life: process automation, API Economy, AI, Machine Learning, Robots, IoT, and more.
  • Learning the latest, relevant business digital tools – such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning.

Digital Wisdom

Business Intelligence

  • Relevant industry news.
  • Finding/seeking relevant innovations, new business models, new business & life trends (e.g. VR), and integrating this into relevant internal channels so you and other relevant people (in your organisation and beyond) act.

Customer Awareness

  • Customer awareness throughout your organisation. Being aware of your impact on the customer and engaged to enhance their experience. How can extra value be created for customers? Do customers experience a unique, engaging, seamless customer experience, independent of the channel used? What do customers engage in online? How do they move through your organisation’s & the market’s channels? What can you involve them in?
  • Making sure you and your organisation are relevant, purposeful & contributing to the global economy. Think: UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Empowerment & Place

  • Know where you do your best work and encouraging this in/for others. Working in different spaces for different activities.
  • Virtual meetings, VR meetings, location independence, remote operations. Job-sharing, global talent/workforce, fluid work, diversity.
  • Analytics and feedback.

Digital Security

Data Privacy

  • Data protection & privacy.
  • Apps (the sea-saw of trading privacy for ease of use / productivity).

Intellectual Property Rights

  • Data ownership (e.g. Facebook data ownership).
  • Using photos of others.
  • Copyright and credits.

Security

  • Password protection.
  • VPNs, hardware security (mobile, desktop, tablet and other devices).

Digital Use

Digital Health

  • Screen time.
  • Wellbeing.
  • Blue light.
  • Emotional awareness/regulation.

Resourcing

  • Being pragmatic with plans and activities (e.g. Do you / your team have the time for a new tool or new site?)

Experimentation

  • Setting up experiments, use of metrics (choosing relevant ones) and tracking / reporting / analysis / reset.

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