Can you remember a world before the smartphone? Back in 2008, ten years ago, the iPhone was introduced to the world. Since then, everything changed about how we interact with people and how we consume media. Blockchain and Crypto-Currency are just the newest addition to an ever-changing society, the likes of which we haven't seen yet.
You may have already encountered a massive movement of friends and family migrating into new platforms. I currently see this in Germany regarding Instagram. I have been there for a couple of years now, but lately, I see more and more people creating their account. Sure, Facebook is actively pushing people to go there or giving you the power to invite people to the platform, yet the real movement is coming in 2018.
How can we teach machines a lesson in morality? One of the most interesting questions of our time.
The discussion about how autonomous driving can change our society, help us save time and ensure traffic security is at the heart of the current media. However, when we think about scenarios in which you won't have a steering wheel in your transport vehicle and something malfunctions, what does the car do? Does it come to a complete halt? What if the brakes won't work and the car has to decide to I crash into a wall, and the driver will die or do I drive into the next shopping mall in the hope that I won't hit anyone?
Especially the automotive industry is trying to innovate with new electric vehicles concepts, urban transportation, and autonomous driving, but all those topics are currently just trends and not scalable because there is just no ecosystem to drive this change. I am a bit concerned about the future of "German Engineering" and if we will keep our status, although we are not part of this fast and dynamic new market.
Currently, everyone is caught up in this mega trend called "Digitalization." Every company started initiatives around this topic; they began to put out prototypes of new products, offering new services or simply renamed items on their portfolio to fit this new hype. However, what is digitalization?
I recently got ask, how would you explain digitalization to someone? What is it is core ingredient and why are we doing this?
If you ask me, I will try to make this sound as simple as possible. A tangible statement that describes such a virtual process in human history. My definition of digitalization is this:
As I matured as a gamer, I've seen a lot of changes in the last three decades of video games. But one of the most profound experience is still manifested in kids from the 90s - the local multiplayer or as we call it today: Couch-Coop.
Without a doubt, the biggest impact of the coop experience was made by Nintendo with their 4-player game Mario Kart. To this day, people have their N64 ready to go when friends come over and want to do something together. Albeit video games are still a stigma for many people, who would prefer the outside world.
Virtual reality is going to be big in the future and it might just be the platform that will substitute the laptop. Today you turn on your laptop and got your desktop with applications ahead. Tomorrow you might wake up and just put on VR glasses and you find yourself in a different reality where everything can be virtually processed and shown to you. Writing an email, fixing a machine, scanning for viruses...
"Reality has a way of hitting you in the nose, if you don't pay attention..." It's a quote that Barack Obama says to DiCaprio in the clip above and it couldn't be more on point.
I'am not the greatest activist on earth but I would never deny that we as humans do a lot that harms our planet. I always think of Agent Smith's quote from The Matrix :"Human beings are a disease". And I'd say yes, we are a disease to this planet in the sense that we destroy it more than we help it to flourish. So the message of climate change is to really take it serious and even if we can't phatom the implications (might they be 50, 500 or 5000 years in the future) they will hit us in the nose.
To get this out of the way first: I'm not an Americanist, I'm not even that interested in politics and I'm German, so please take my writing with a grain of salt.
Then why bother writing about the result of the possibly biggest election this decade? I'm not sure but through Social Media and global broadcasting I feel somehow part of what goes on and I see a lot of people outraged about the result even though Donald Trump haven't even started his new job.
His philosophy is timeless
The reason why I'd like to share my thoughts on this is that I believe his philosophy and life can be an inspiration for a much wider audience. We can adjust and improve our everyday life if we take a few hints from the lessons provided in the podcast regardless of our affiliation with martial arts or Bruce Lee.
It's been roughly 20 years ago when the first Pokémon games were released. A pop culture phenomenon around the globe and a delight for children and their Gameboys. What a time to be a kid in the 90's.
In 2016 the pocket monsters strike again, this time they come to you on your smartphone. Dust of your nostalgia, Pokémon GO is here and it leads the way to a bright future of AR apps and a long awaited success for Nintendo.
Imagine this: You wake up, you know that you are not at home but you feel close to it. You take your first step out of the house, breathe in the air and take a look around. Everything seems familiar but also new at the same time. There are buildings you've seen before, roads you've taken before but something is different. Is it yourself or the city that changed?
It is a simple framing method, but one that is very powerful: "Don't work for the weekend". It means that I often encounter the mindset of: Thank God, it's finally Friday! Off to the weekend!
Of course, I'm excited too, don't get me wrong, but on a Sunday evening I think: What a great weekend, but finally I can work again tomorrow! I know, it sounds odd, especially for people who live the above. But stay with me for a moment.