I agree that the technology is still in its infancy, and there are still some problems with infrastructure and app store, BUT Amazon delivers a small and smart product that serves as an easy entry into the future voice-dominated world. It is still early and more a gimmick instead of anything real, but to be able to play music, radio, listen to audio books, ordering FMCGs, dim your light and wake you up or simply remember your grocery list, Alexa will develop fast in the next 18 months.
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:
Every year I am looking forward to checking out new devices or services in the early stage of the year to test them and see if they are worth keeping over the year. My newest obsession is to get faster from A to B. Especially in a city environment. There were many times in 2016 when I had to wait for the bus, go by foot because there was no train and so on. I have an adversity towards bikes because they get stolen, they are huge and just not practical (for me). Skates are great but you always have to carry around shoes, new socks and they will not fare well when it rains. I always wanted to ride the skateboard but pushing this board all the time with one foot seems strenuous, at least up til now...
I was never a big fan of traveling, but today everything became so convenient that it is not much of a chore anymore. For ten years now we have smartphones, and I am amazed at how much you can achieve with just your phone and the right data plan or even Wifi. It has never been a better time for writers or artists to work creatively on the go. Also, your office work is also the perfect thing to do on the go. Of course, it highly depends on the type of labor and the intensity you are looking for.
I want to tackle the new year with a similar mindset but keep some of those things I learned and picked up in 2016. Since this might be interesting to some of you, I wanted to share these things. I documented most of them in the last 50+ posts I wrote this year (another habit which I will continue), so this is just a summary of the most important ones that are here to stay.
"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.
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.
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 Monday morning, the best thing for many people is the first sip of hot coffee when they start their week. I've been a part of this cult for more than a decade. A short trip to Colombia this year didn't help my "addiction". But for more then two weeks I've been abstinent from the black goodness and I recommend that you should at least try it too, to get to know what your body actually feels like in its natural state.
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...
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.