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Are you ready to give up the driver seat yet?

Are you ready to give up the driver seat yet?

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?

The Best Ways To Declutter Your Mind

The Best Ways To Declutter Your Mind

I have been unusually passive the last few weeks in everything I am doing, and I took step back to see what is causing this.

You might experience something similar; you might call it writer's block (although that is just a bogus excuse), or any other feeling around being stuck in the middle and not knowing what is next.

So, what is the best way to find footing again? Probably writing about it to get it off my chest I guess... What is the best way to declutter your mind than to get back on track?

Here we go:

Sitting All Day In The Office? Say Goodbye To Your Back Pain With These Hacks!

Sitting All Day In The Office? Say Goodbye To Your Back Pain With These Hacks!

The most common advice you will hear is to do more sports. Well, yes but what do you do if you are not that into sports and don't want to start something? It was me in early 2012. I was young, and I was on my semester abroad, and I had to do something.

Why I Backed Over 100 Projects On Kickstarter

Why I Backed Over 100 Projects On Kickstarter

Funding on Kickstarter is a little bit different than shopping on Amazon. Some of the advertised projects are on a prototype base and the campaign helps them fund the production so you'd have to wait for 6 - 18 months (or even longer) on the final product, depending on the status quo. Instant gratification after your purchase is usually not the case.

Looking At Showmanship From Within

Looking At Showmanship From Within

Being on stage is an art form of its own. We all know how it feels to experience a good show, an exceptional speaker or a brilliant band. We also know everything about bad shows. If you want to emulate one or the other, it is inherently easier to copy a bad show. However, standing out and perform to your best potential is a long road and needs a lot of practise and self-reflection.

It's Never The Right Time!

It's Never The Right Time!

Well, however it might be, the one thing that came to mind this week was that sometimes I won't do something unless the time is right. Go for a walk, yes but it is cold, maybe it will be warmer later on? I should do the laundry, but I wanted to go shopping, maybe do laundry later? I really gotta push this project forward, but there are 20 new emails I have to tend to...

"Why Do I Get Up In The Morning?"

"Why Do I Get Up In The Morning?"

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. 

Design The Game So You Can Win

Design The Game So You Can Win

I've been thinking  about habits lately and how I design my goals so that I keep on going forward. The most basic change I've made over the last decade or so is that I stopped setting milestones extraordinarily high. There might still be overall goals that are partnered with me for life, but on a daily basis, I've gotten far more realistic. Translating goals and achievments into habits is crucial to see it through. So anything that you want to succeed in, start with just 10-20 minutes a day.

Stop Counting The Days, Be Patient.

Stop Counting The Days, Be Patient.

It doesn't matter if we are talking about business development, learning new skills or simply training your body or mind. Everything takes time and success is not achieved over night, even though mass media would like us to believe that.

Trust me, I love to say that everything is possible and encourage myself and others to try out everything and not to be afraid of consequences, the future or anything else. 

It always comes down to what you want out of it. Becoming a best-selling author without ever writing a book is very(!) hard. 

How To Make Time?

How To Make Time?

Not everything needs to be perfect, but by pushing yourself into doing stuff, you'll get the luxury of finally realising what your strenghts are and how you might achieve perfection, at least to a degree. Pareto's Law (20/80) was never more relevant in our modern world, where we are over-stimulated with information...

10 Days Of Meditation - A Look Back And Ahead

10 Days Of Meditation - A Look Back And Ahead

So, why was meditation even on the list for 2016? Well, good question. I've always been a fan of thinking, creativity and stoisism. So the art of meditating, becoming one with the mind, being calm with a razor sharp focus is a very nice aspiration for me. As a natural introvert I also enjoy activities that does not include a social paradigm, something that can be done anywhere, anytime without anyone else. So, meditation is basically the perfect set up. 

Restrictions And The Way Creativity Works - Part 1

Restrictions And The Way Creativity Works - Part 1

When you think about an artist, what comes to mind? Someone looking like Dalí, entering a complete empty and white room with just a brush and some colors on the floor? Do you think of a monk who enters a room full of motivational posters or do you think about someone like Steve Jobs?

People experience creativity differently, but I think the one thing that uniquely combines all of those creative types is how theyhandle restrictions.

On How To Be An Autodidact - 5 Cornerstones

On How To Be An Autodidact - 5 Cornerstones

Learning something new and trying to teach it yourself takes time and effort, it's a marathon and not a sprint. Usually I set a date of 10 days in a row to test my determination and applicability in my daily routines. If something does not fit in or simply lost my interest in that period, I won't continue. If I can keep it, I'll integrate it. Don't get me wrong, when you want something badly but stop after three days, that doesn't mean you should give up, but sometimes there are things that you'd like to accomplish but somehow it just won't land or you are just not ready for it. So determination in itself is the test.

Why Vulnerability Is The Key To Real Strength

Why Vulnerability Is The Key To Real Strength

The one fact that does have an impact on yourself and on your social circle, is that people will definitely sympathise with you, if you are vulnerable. Appearing to be Superman only brings you this far. By showing your human site, you can win massively and have more impact on your surroundings. One of the things I value most is honesty. By being honest you build trust and relationships. Being grateful for that and communicating your feelings when someone disappoints you or vice versa, only strengthens the bond - otherwise the relationship might not be as strong as you thought it was.

If You Are Still Using Your Smartphone To Call People In 2016 - You Are Retro!

If You Are Still Using Your Smartphone To Call People In 2016 - You Are Retro!

Do you remeber the time when SMS was a thing and all the kids were doing it and how it transformed the way we treated emails more like chats and everything became more informal? Then came the smartphone and made us all addicted to it. Seriously, just look around you on the street, in the tram or on the bus. So there is definitely over-stimulation of our senses. Less and less people are actually calling each other on the phone, in fact I observed a trend in sending voice messages instead of calling - using apps like WhatsApp or Snapchat.