Bento Boxes, Kelly Slater’s Innovation & Josh Waitzkin’s The Art of Learning ūüćĪ ūüŹĄ ūüĒ• #46

Open Up To New Tech.

In many facets of life people are fearful of and threatened by the new. This is often obvious in tech.

‚Äúwe humans sure are insecure when it comes to technology”
Matt Simon of WIRED

If you arrive at a new technology do your best to see it proactively as something to uncover, discover its usefulness, learn the risks too, use positive languaging to see its usefulness take off. When you see the media and others discounting or fearmongering a technology, dig deeper and find your own perspective and reasoning. Self-driving cars, blockchains and digital tokens/currency are a great example.

Would we already have safer driving conditions if more senior government and business leaders, the media and others proactively talked about and influenced the use of the technology? I imagine so, especially when taking into account the risks from the prevalence of phone use while driving. We’ve heard many times that the data shows self-driving cars are safer than human drivers yet the media focuses heavily on cars being hacked. The implications of being hacked are concerning though the conversation can be more constructive and uplifting.

From the new developments around you, what are the opportunities for you as an individual?

Use this calm WIRED article as inspiration. (Thanks Claire.)

Bento box competitiveness.

I had a sensational time recently learning how to make osaka-style¬†okinomiyaki¬†at a dinner party. Flipping them was good fun! I also learnt about the competitiveness around kids bento boxes at some schools in Japan. HAVE A LOOK AT THESE…. (I’m so impressed.)

Innovation.

As a new surfer I was rapt to hear about Kelly Slater’s wave pool. He and his teams have spent years innovating to create perfect, tailored waves and the results are thrilling – even if you’re not a surfer.

In September the world surfing league are holding a competition there which recognises that artificial waves offer a consistent wave for each competitor to show their prowess and personal style.

Enjoy the fun of these videos:

Wave pool built by Kelly Slater

The intentions and when it all started working.

Drone view showing the technology. How’s the train on the side!?

The Art of Learning.

‚ÄúThe Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance‚ÄĚ by master Josh Waitzkin is a peaceful, kind offering of clever learning and high performance tools, including insightful stories from Josh‚Äôs life in uncovering top human performance. Towards the end the steps in creating a calming trigger for high stress situations is fascinating. Enjoy this one. [I know you will Pete Spence!]

Favourite reads & listens

  • A great talk that I’ll be watching again¬†on¬†creating an integrous life¬†– even just the last few mins.¬†Thanks¬†KP!
  • 1. Sleep 2. Water 3. Food.¬†Simplez.
  • This quick “five second” tool for getting stuff done and helping you out of procrastination / a lack of action on important things is great:When you have an instinct to do something or have a great idea,¬†immediately countdown 5-4-3-2-1 while taking action. Try it out![Wend – your clients may enjoy this one.]

The 5 Second Rule: Mel Robbins

Great online presence

  • The simplicity and power of¬†Dan Wernah‘s website.

After my last email highlighting¬†unroll.me¬†to bulk-unsubscribe from newsletters a few people unsubscribed from this one. It’s fun to see people taking action. How’d your unsubscribing go?

Look out for the Falcon Heavy (and accoutrements) launch. It’s¬†scheduled for 6th Feb.

Happy end of January!
~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

Introduction to Blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies – including Bitcoin, Ethers and more

At the moment when you do a Google search, your search is effectively paid for by Google’s advertising, or when you look at Facebook or Instagram, your use of the service is paid for by advertisements. Possibly the next internet will include tokens or digital money to power the activities of the internet. This is one of many reasons to get up to speed.

Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies continue to awe and inspire me with future potential. Below are introductory links to quickly pick up key aspects of Blockchain tech & cryptocurrencies / digital tokens / money / assets.

Scroll down to the YouTube playlist if you prefer to listen / watch.

It’s worth putting aside a few hours to enjoy spotting opportunities relevant to you.

All in all, enjoy. Have faith in yourself when you come across new terminologies – you’ll get it.

This is fascinating. I’ll be so interested to hear your point of view on it.

1. Blockchain technology – the introduction

Do a couple of hours of research, clicking on the links below that inspire you.

Learn about Blockchain tech, smart contracts and how individuals can own their data.

These links may inspire you to research more about the underlying ‘distributed ledger’ tech (DLT) and supply chain innovations.

If you asked me where to start to learn about this topic, I’d send you these links:

  • MIT‚Äôs¬†2 min Blockchain explainer.
  • 4 hour read or listen to get up to speed on the main aspects (4 hours goes quickly when you listen in between other activities) by master Andreas Antonopoulos~
    “After watching and reading loads of bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrency, ethereum talks and posts, I’ve found “The Internet of Money” book written by Andreas M. Antonopoulos the quickest, most engaging listen. It’ll take you from not understanding to really clever, easy-to-comprehend ideas.”
  • What’s in store for 2018.
  • This¬†Blockchain documentary¬†with world leaders‚Äô interviews ‚Äď 30 mins well spent.
  • Satoshi‚Äôs original Bitcoin paper¬†is definitely worth reading ‚Äď even the Introduction on the first page¬†as it explains the role of blockchain / cryptocurrency and going beyond third party trusted sources. Especially important to read if you are a consultant advising clients.
  • What is Blockchain.
  • How to explain blockchains and cryptocurrencies¬†to your friends and family.
  • Why Bitcoin matters (NYTimes).
  • This Forbes podcast: ‚ÄúThe blockchain is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and fintech will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.‚ÄĚ
  • Andreas on the future of Bitcoin
    “Bitcoin will be attacked through its mining, the network, legally, and every other possible way. If you don’t think Bitcoin is going to be attacked, you’ve misunderstood what this is about. You don’t go and poke a $20 trillion industry and go, “Hey, we’re going to disrupt you!” You can’t just wait for it to roll over.”
  • Early, simple and clear to understand videos from top investors, leaders and venture capitalists (all who explain the tech and the macro view simply):¬†Introduction to blockchain technology¬†by Mike Hearn in 2012,¬†¬†Chamath Palihapitiya in 2014 and Marc Andreessen and Balaji Srinivasan in 2014.

2. Cryptocurrencies

  • Introduction to Cryptocurrencies by the master, Nick Szabo [Tim Ferriss podcast, 2.5 hours] This is a great introduction. It‚Äôs co-presented with one of my favourite thinkers in the world ‚Äď Naval Ravikant ‚Äď who kindly¬†simplifies¬†complex topics as they arise.
  • Cryptoassets¬†– [11 hours listen] easy to follow calculations on working out the potential Bitcoin price (and other assets’ price) and great blockchain & new digital assets insights by Chris Burniske & Jack Tatar. Clearly explains uses and provides useful distinctions between currencies, tokens and assets.
  • Want to understand¬†Bitcoin, Ethereum and other coins?¬†This YouTube channel¬†has fast and clear introductory videos.
  • Why crypto tokens matter” on the A16z podcast.
  • The role of cryptocurrencies¬†presented at Ethereal Summit 2017. I highly recommend watching this full video. The first 4 minutes highlight where banking is headed, how online currencies could become the backbone to improve many systems in the world, and how they‚Äôre also not a ‚Äėgolden chalice‚Äô. At 10:30 there‚Äôs mention of how through the blockchain you can pay for your coffee at a cafe and also directly tip the coffee farmer a very small amount without fees on either side. There are incredible supply chain opportunities as the supporting tech comes to be and great opportunities in developing countries too.
  • A beginner‚Äôs guide to Ethereum.
  • Ethereum is the Forefront of Digital Currency.
  • Current prices¬†of cryptocurrencies¬†and upcoming ICO’s / new tokens are listed¬†here¬†and here.
  • If you‚Äôre thinking of investing in Ethereum and aren‚Äôt sure where to start,¬†this could inform you. It could also be a bit too heavy on words such as ‚Äúexchanges‚ÄĚ. If so, read below this amazing view‚Ķ”…the crypto sector is much more than Bitcoin, fintech, trading and crypto currencies ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs about building a better, decentralized, (digital) world. By using the term ‚Äúdecentralization‚ÄĚ I refer to a process of redistributing functions, people, powers or things away from a central authority. The problem with centralized systems is that they lack transparency, allow for single points of failure, censorship, abuse of power and inefficiencies.” Enjoy the¬†map.
  • Keep¬†up to date with cryptocurrencies¬†‚Äď especially good to read if you‚Äôre investing¬†in BTC, ETH¬†etc.
  • A more advanced watch or listen on the¬†wider context on the future of cryptocurrencies and finance is¬†Brian Armstrong at Token Summit.
  • How to Get a Job in Crypto (by AngelList).

3. Blockchain technology – going a bit further

  • How blockchains could change the world by¬†McKinsey & co.‚ÄúThe blockchain is ‚Ķa platform for truth and it‚Äôs a platform for trust. The implications are staggering, not just for the financial-services industry but also right across virtually every aspect of society.‚ÄĚ
  • ‚ÄúA tipping point could be reached where people will realize ‚Äėthat data belongs to me.’‚Ä̬†SirTim Berners-Lee
  • Examples of Blockchain uses¬†beyond money / currency.‚ÄúWhat if you opened Spotify and paid the artist directly?‚Ä̬†

    “Lots of great things have happened, but overall the benefits of the digital age have been asymmetrical. For example, we have this great asset of data that‚Äôs been created by us, and yet we don‚Äôt get to keep it. It‚Äôs owned by a tiny handful‚ÄĚ
  • How¬†Blockchains will transform markets¬†from master-tweeter Naval.
  • “Nick Szabo has compiled a list of links to guide an introductory study of the computer science behind Bitcoin”

  • “bringing the internet closer to the benefits we experience in everyday life”¬†(“building out the next version of the internet”)
  • Open networks, privacy and data: As blockchains and other tech comes along to bring about greater individuals‚Äô privacy, there‚Äôll be more expos√©s on corporations selling data without customers‚Äô full understanding. Quite possibly shared economy darlings such as Airbnb will be in the spotlight.¬†This gives more¬†insight¬†(watch the first 47 seconds).

Easy Watching.

Here’s a YouTube playlist to make things even easier. It includes links above and a few more. I plan to keep adding top videos to it.

Great Newsletters

Great podcasts

12+ best podcast episodes on the cryptocurrency / blockchain / token / ICO / bitcoin economy (many of these are also listed above).

Example startups

 

More blockchain reading is here.

~ Sam

What if you lived to 120, Beyond Entitlement, & It’s a Vacation. ūüė≥ ūüėé ūüĆī #33

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Hi Sam,

Welcome to the 33rd edition of this email.

Did you know you can read past editions right here?

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Being 120 years old.

What if you live to 120? With replacement body parts and other heath-tech coming in your lifetime, how does that change the way you see your life now and what you’re choosing to do?

If you’re in your 40’s you’ve experienced a third of your life.

Feeling old? Compare your age to being 120.

Wondering if you’ll regret not doing something? Here’s a¬†quick way to check.

Image credit (thanks Troy).

Fun-inducing concept from the name to the palm tree shirts: the new Melbourne coffee shop called “It’s a Vacation”.

I’ve a feeling¬†Taylor¬†and¬†Tina¬†would like this one.¬†

Leaving Entitlement Behind.

It’s easy to act entitled – from leaving a messy hotel room to getting a cut price service and not giving something in return (kindness, a smile, words of appreciation).

People have the potential to be more aware of their actions and their ripple effects.

As we go beyond the industrial model of work and with greater tech spotlighting poor use of data / bad behaviours, there will be more ‘human’ qualities appreciated – from people pulling for more fairness in their work to seeing the benefit of generally being a good person.

Here’s to the change that’s happening – we’re all leading it.

Favourite reads & listens

  • Control your news.“Regardless of the dramatic drop in crime over the last 30 years, more than half the population believes crime is worse than it was in years past.”¬†
  • Yes, watching¬†Chasing Coral¬†is worth your time.
  • For parents:¬†Cyberhygiene. Don’t freak out. Take action.
  • How far are you¬†from the¬†ease of buying cashless?
  • Kevin Kelly’s helpful Blockchain definition:“For now, think of it as a way of transferring a digital message from one party to another, where both parties can count on the integrity of the message, even when they don‚Äôt trust, or even know, each other. Right now, these messages are mostly virtual cash. But they could be any kind of information.”
  • Dine in more and eat a different shaped¬†banana after watching the “War¬†on Waste” series.
  • Become more aware of the warming planet via this¬†post.
  • Hear’s to the life of¬†Gurrumul.

For your CEO and senior leaders

Great online presence

  • Ryan Holiday’s¬†ask¬†on LinkedIn.
  • The extended list is¬†here¬†and¬†here.

We continue to have light blue, sunny, winter days here in urban Melbourne. May you and yours be having an easeful day,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

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True Shared Economy, Voicetech & the Gig Economy ūüôĆ ūüĎĄ ūüĎĆ #32

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True Shared Economy

WOW! Airbnb is about to turn 9. A great success and service.

They’ve still a way to go though to be a true “shared economy” example as their balance is still skewed towards the guest versus a balance with the property host.

As Airbnb drives for more hosts there’s greater supply of properties and the economies drive prices down. This leads hosts to compete on price and quite possibly opt-out of long term involvement.

The term ‘shared’ economy is about contribution from all players. After staying at a home, Airbnb’s questionnaire is just like a hotel’s. Airbnb has the opportunity to influence behaviour internationally with questions such as:

  • When leaving the host’s home did you leave something that’d delight¬†the next guest?
  • What did you contribute to the home or host for the privilege of staying in their home?

If you’re designing new organisational systems, I imagine you’re putting in place a way to regularly seek and add shared value over time.

Here comes privacy.

As blockchains and other tech comes along to bring about greater individuals’ privacy, there’ll be more expos√©s on corporations selling data without customers’ full understanding. Quite possibly shared economy darlings such as Airbnb will be in the spotlight.

This gives more insight (watch the first 47 seconds).

#Voicetech

Future Employment

Are you looking unique online? Is your global proposition and bio clear on online sites?

These guys are showing their style via Medium and LinkedIn:

Be inspired to stand out online through this insight.

“think like a supermodel if you want to win from the gig economy”

 

Favourite reads & listens

  • True¬†pop up houses. Endless possibilities…
    [innovation, construction, tech, minimalism]
  • Again Apple shows a humane approach at¬†their new office.
    [Apple, Future of Work]

“…we have lost confidence in offices altogether as nomadic workers huddle in caf√©s and in their own bedrooms.”

  • It’s good to be¬†laughed at.
    [leadership, VC, Fred Wilson]
  • Wonderful to see a¬†successful Aussie (Qld) entrepreneur¬†in the Blockchain space.
    [fast innovation, ledgers, luxury goods]
  • Engaging¬†overview of business trends.
    [business strategy, future, tech]
  • Imagine¬†computer to computer regulations.
    [Vinay Gupta, Internet of Agreements, future web]
  • Future of work‚Äú[your] GigBot will talk to your alarm clock; $10 or $10,000, just name the price that would tempt you from your lie-in.”
  • I’m really enjoying Spotify’s radios. Choose your favourite song and click radio – works well.¬†(I’m not missing Rdio so much now!)

 

For your CEO and senior leaders

“We will definitely see a range of steady, incremental improvements in everyday AI. Online product recommendations will get better, your phone or car will understand your voice increasingly well and your vacuum cleaner robot won‚Äôt get stuck as often.”¬†

“Instead of replacing jobs, our overall quality of life will go up. For example, right now few people can afford a personal assistant, or a full-time life coach. In the near future, we‚Äôll all have (a virtual) one!

“It‚Äôs likely that a significant fraction of jobs will be under threat over the coming decade. It‚Äôs important to note that this won‚Äôt necessarily be divided by blue-collar versus white-collar, but rather by which occupations are easily automatable.”

Great online presence

  • Innocent again come up with a cracker of a¬†headline.
  • The extended list is¬†here¬†and¬†here.

Writing these emails continues to delight me. I’m adding this email and those sent in the past¬†to LinkedIn as articles and possibly on Medium so people checking me out virtually ‘get’ what I’m fascinated by and my approach.

 

If we’re not connected, let’s do so by clicking¬†here¬†and¬†here.

Have a fantastic week!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

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Bustin’ out my favourite moves: Blockchain technologies, Ethereum, and AI ūüėáūüí•ūüĎĆ#31

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Welcome to the 31st edition of this email. Did you know you can read past editions right here?

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I’ve heard Japan is starting to swelter! On the weekend in Melbourne I started to see my misty breath in the air. The chill is starting to set in down here in the south.

Happily I’m at a snowy mountain right now…

Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies continue to awe and inspire me with ideas for the future. Join me in reading these fascinating insights over a coffee and a spectacular view:

“A tipping point could be reached where people will realize ‘that data belongs to me.'”

  • Examples of Blockchain uses¬†beyond money / currency. Thx Lucy. (Claire S¬†–¬†there’s a good Tesla Powerwall example.) 
  • “What if you opened Spotify and paid the artist directly?”
  • “Lots of great things have happened, but overall the benefits of the digital age have been asymmetrical. For example, we have this great asset of data that‚Äôs been created by us, and yet we don‚Äôt get to keep it. It‚Äôs owned by a tiny handful” 
  • “The blockchain is …a platform for truth and it‚Äôs a platform for trust. The implications are staggering, not just for the financial-services industry but also right across virtually every aspect of society.”¬†McKinsey & co.
  • How¬†Blockchains will transform markets¬†from master-tweeter Naval.
  • Keep¬†up to date with cryptocurrencies¬†– especially good to read if you’re investing¬†in BTC, ETH¬†etc.
  • Current prices¬†of cryptocurrencies. Last week there were 863 currencies listed here and now…
  • If you’re thinking of investing in Ethereum and aren’t sure where to start,¬†this could inform you. It could also be a bit too heavy on words such as “exchanges”. If so, read below this amazing view…

Book a 45 minute session with me to get a quick-start on learning about Blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies, setting up an online wallet, ask your current questions and receive tailored links.
Get involved fast.

Recent favourite reads & listens:

Great online presence:

Reply¬†to let me know the¬†favourite things you saw this week. I’d love that.

Have a fantastic week!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

* Did you pickup my play on letters? bwahahah

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