Summary of “8 Staggering Predictions From Ray Kurzweil”

Want to know what the future’s going to be like? There’s no better person to ask than Ray Kurzweil, the intellectual and inventor who predicted – among other things – the fall of the Soviet Union and the rapid expansion of the internet back in 1990.
According to Kurzweil, “The singularity” will occur in 2045; but even though the point of the singularity is that technology advances so rapidly that humans can’t even fathom what the post-singularity future will look like, Kurzweil himself seems to have no problem imagining the craziest set of possibilities.
That’s because, as Kurzweil describes in his 2005 book The Singularity Is Near, we’ll have “Very high-bandwidth wireless internet access woven in our clothing.”
Virtual Reality = RealityBy the late 2020s, it will be impossible to distinguish reality from virtual reality.
The implications of this are endless, but one of the things Kurzweil mentions in TSIN is how this will affect your sex life.
“In virtual reality,” he writes, “We can be a different person both physically and emotionally. In fact, other people will be able to select a different body for you than you might select for yourself.” People won’t need sex dolls to sleep with Scarlett Johansson lookalikes.
Computers Surpass Humans Really SoonBy 2029, a computer will pass the Turing test.3.
Humans Become MachinesBy the early 2030s, technology will be able to copy human brains and put them onto electronic mechanisms.
In TSIN, Kurzweil says our immortality will work like computer software: “When we change from an older computer to a newer one, we don’t throw all our files away. Rather, we copy them and reinstall them on the new hardware.”
The Universe Will Be a SupercomputerBy 2099, machines will be creating planet-sized computers, and eventually we’ll make the entire universe into an enormous supercomputer.

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Summary of “What’s the Problem with Men?”

Men are 10 times more likely to commit murder and nine times more likely than women to end up in prison.
Why us? Why men? Is it in our biology? Did we evolve this way? Are we inherently more aggressive? Is it part of our innate male psychology? Are there unhealthy social pressures causing us to act in such inappropriate ways? Are men just fucking evil? Bueller? Bueller?
Men commit suicide at a rate five times that of women while teenage boys commit suicide nine times more often than girls.
One survey found that 40% of the victims of domestic violence are men, yet they were far less likely to report the violence and far less likely to be taken seriously by police.
15 Men take on more dangerous jobs and are less likely to report any injury suffered at work.
In short, most men treat themselves as nothing more than a walking paycheck.
Men are so emotionally incompetent without women, getting married is literally the healthiest thing a man can do in his life.
Marriage is apparently so important for men’s emotional stability that some sociologists go as far as to state that simply being married can raise a man’s life expectancy by almost a decade.
The problem with the traditional masculine formula – protection, providing, procreating – is that they require men to measure their self-worth via some external, arbitrary metric.
It’s like, “Dude, what more do you need?” And the answer with men like Escobar is: more.

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Summary of “Why You Should Have Two Careers”

By committing to two careers, you will produce benefits for both.
In my case, I have four vocations: I’m a corporate strategist at a Fortune 500 company, US Navy Reserve officer, author of several books, and record producer.
The two questions that people ask me most frequently are “How much do you sleep?” and “How do you find time to do it all?”.
My corporate job paycheck subsidizes my record producing career.
With no track record as a producer, nobody was going to pay me to produce his or her music, and it wasn’t money that motivated me to become a producer in the first place – it was my passion for jazz and classical music.
My day job not only afforded me the capital to make albums, but it taught me the skills to succeed as a producer.
A good producer should be someone who knows how to create a vision, recruit personnel, establish a timeline, raise money, and deliver products.
After producing over a dozen albums and winning a few Grammys, record labels and musicians have started to reach out to see if they can hire me as a producer.
While I was in Cuba making an album, one of my clients observed about the dancing musicians, “I’ve never been around people who have so much fun at work.” That my clients have a phenomenal experience only helps me drive revenue at work, so my corporate and recording careers are mutually beneficial.
People wanting to book a musician for a party in New York could find a band on my organization’s website, which would then ask the booker to add a “Tip” which would be allocated to a New Orleans-based charity.

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Summary of “Most productive people: 6 things they do every day”

Research shows how you start the day has an enormous effect on productivity and you procrastinate more when you’re in a bad mood.
Studies demonstrate happiness increases productivity and makes you more successful.
Doctors put in a positive mood before making a diagnosis show almost three times more intelligence and creativity than doctors in a neutral state, and they make accurate diagnoses 19 percent faster.
So think a little less about managing the work and a little more about managing your moods.
I’ve interviewed a number of very productive people and nobody said, “Spend more time with email.”
Want to be more productive? Don’t ask how to make something more efficient until after you’ve asked “Do I need to do this at all?”.
Preliminary analysis from CEOs in India found that a firm’s sales increased as the CEO worked more hours.
No. What you do have is more tantalizing, easily accessible, shiny things available to you 24/7 than any human being has ever had. The answer is to lock yourself somewhere to make all the flashing, buzzing distractions go away.
Helping others takes time but research shows it makes us feel like we have more time.
Once you are more productive, you’ll have a lot more hours to fill.

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Summary of “10 simple ways to focus when you don’t feel like working – A Life of Productivity”

Takeaway: 10 ways to get your productivity back on track: set intentions for the day; work slower; disconnect while you do your most important work; download a distractions blocker; consider consuming more caffeine; carve out time to deliberately daydream; take more breaks; work shorter days; work around how much energy you have; and develop a skill or two if you’re going through a less demanding period at work.
Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 42s. Today is the first day back after the long weekend-if you find your productivity and energy levels waning, as I usually do after stepping back from my work for a little bit, this post is for you.
At times like this, here are 10 strategies I use to re-engage with my work!
Before you begin working, define a few things you want to accomplish by the time the day and week are over.
These intentions can be simple or complicated, large or small-the key is to step back from your work and ask what’s important, both today and over the next seven days.
Working slower calms you and allows you to work more deliberately and purposefully.
This week, try working slower and on fewer things at once if you find yourself struggling to become re-immersed in your work.
These apps let you pre-decide which sites you want to block yourself from accessing so you can focus more deeply on your work.
Curiously, the more diffused our attention, the more creative we become because we’re able to connect more disparate ideas in our head. Try spending a bit more time daydreaming this week-like by going for a walk without your phone, or working out without listening to anything.
It’s a lot more difficult to focus on your work when half of your team is on vacation.

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Summary of “Tech is distracting and addictive, but it doesn’t have to be”

There’s a way to put technology back in its place, says Nir Eyal.
In his talk in Amsterdam he showed how we could turn these methods around to make technology work for us, instead of us working for it.
Many people tell me that they want to use technology less, but that their workplace doesn’t let them disconnect.
It’s not necessarily an addiction, because if they won the lottery they’d stop using those technologies, because they wouldn’t need to go back to work.
People constantly look to company leadership for the appropriate amount of technology to use.
Is a great example of that, despite being the product that most people associate with being constantly tethered to technology.
Eyal’s message is that it’s not technology that’s the problem, it’s the work culture around technology.
It’s not only social norms that we need to change we also need to fix how we use technology by ourselves.
There’s nothing inherently wrong or distracting about technology, we just need to adjust it to fit our needs.
We can’t go back to when things were simpler, but we sure can put technology back in its place.

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Summary of “If Humble People Make the Best Leaders, Why Do We Fall for Charismatic Narcissists?”

The research is clear: when we choose humble, unassuming people as our leaders, the world around us becomes a better place.
Humble leaders improve the performance of a company in the long run because they create more collaborative environments.
A study of 161 teams found that employees following humble leaders were themselves more likely to admit their mistakes and limitations, share the spotlight by deflecting praise to others, and be open to new ideas, advice, and feedback.
German sociologist Max Weber defined charisma as “Of divine origin or as exemplary, and on the basis of it, the individual concerned is treated as a leader.” Research evidence on charismatic leadership reveals that charismatic people are more likely to become endorsed as leaders because of their high energy, unconventional behavior, and heroic deeds.
Although the socialized charismatic leader has the aura of a hero, it is counteracted with low authoritarianism and a genuine interest in the collective welfare.
In contrast, the personalized charismatic leader’s perceived heroism is coupled with high authoritarianism and high narcissism.
The problem is that we select negative charismatic leaders much more frequently than in the limited situations where the risk they represent might pay off.
If humble leaders are more effective than narcissistic leaders, why do we so often choose narcissistic individuals to lead us?
My own research shows that our psychological states can also bias our perceptions of charismatic leaders.
As a result, crises increase not only the search for charismatic leaders, but also our tendency to perceive charisma in the leaders we already follow.

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Summary of “Benedict Evan from Andreessen Horowitz predicts the future of electric and autonomous cars, VR and MR, machine learning, retail, e-commerce, and more”

On one hand, we have a set of profound changes coming as a result of new primary technology.
Electric and autonomous cars will change cities, virtual and mixed reality will change the entire computing experience, and machine learning is changing the kind of questions that computers can answer.
How do cities change if some or all of their parking space is now available for new needs, dumped on the market, or moved to completely different places? Where are you willing to live if access to public transport is everywhere and there are no traffic jams on your commute? How willing are people to go from their home in a suburb to dinner or a bar in a city center on a dark, cold, wet night if they don’t have to park and an on-demand ride is the cost of a coffee? And how does law enforcement change when every passing car is watching everything?
Once these really come to market, they may change the world just as much as the iPhone.
Machine learning is happening right now and rolls through, or perhaps underneath, the entire tech industry as a new fundamental computer-science capability-and of course enables both mixed reality and autonomous cars.
At the same time we have a set of more immediate changes, that have much more to do with consumer behavior, company strategy, and economic tipping points than with primary, frontier technology of the kind that Magic Leap or Waymo are building.
Again, this is especially important in the US, which is very over-served by pay TV: Almost everyone has it, and the average spend is much more than people in other developed markets typically pay, so there’s a lot of pent-up desire for change.
This will probably change, and the more that viewing shifts, the more that ad budgets will be reconsidered.
More deeply the more that buying shifts, the more that ad budgets might change.
How much, really, do AVs change shopping or the cost of home delivery? And what happens to your buying choices when machine learning means a pair of glasses can look at your living room and suggest a lamp based on your taste, and then show what it would look like in situ?

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Summary of “Making a Marriage Magically Tidy”

A year into our marriage, my husband said: “Would you mind keeping the dining room table clean? It’s the first thing I see when I come home.”
To keep my buzz going, I asked my husband if I could clean his closet.
My husband played hopscotch, never uttering a word of contempt, seemingly O.K. to coast on the memory of a pristine home as if it had been a once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list thrill like white-water rafting or winning a Pulitzer.
I scared myself straight by binge-watching “Hoarders.” What do you mean that woman couldn’t claw her way through her grocery bag “Collection” to give her husband CPR? That was not going to happen to me.
My husband confessed that his inheritance of Greek doilies and paintings of fishing boats from his grandmother did not spark joy.
The downside is that my husband has created a monster.
Without hesitation, my husband will always choose the apartment.
My husband says, “You’re like a dominatrix Donna Reed.”.
In our 21 years together, my husband’s nature hasn’t changed.
Because now, when my husband comes home, the first thing he sees is me.

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Summary of “8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.”

If you don’t purposefully carve time out every day to progress and improve - without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly crowded lives.
There is a growing collective-consciousness that with a lot of work and intention - you can live every moment of your life on your own terms.
If you start every morning putting yourself in a space of gratitude and clarity, you will attract the best the world has to offer, and not get distracted.
If you don’t care about your body, every other aspect of your life will suffer.
Take A Cold ShowerTony Robbins starts every morning by jumping into a 57-degree Fahrenheit swimming pool.
Taking even 15-30 minutes every morning to read uplifting and instructive information changes you.
If you read your long term goals every day you will think about them every day.
If you think about them every day, and spend your days working toward them, they’ll manifest.
A fundamental aspect of that is writing them down and reviewing them every single day.8.
If you take just one step toward you big goals every day, you’ll realize those goals weren’t really far away.

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