What made me think — January 2018
What I read:
- In China, a three-digit score could dictate your place in society. With every iPhone X user sharing enthusiastic stories about the frictionless experience, one wonders how far are we willing to go?
- The human cost of the ghost economy. “One satisfaction about doing this type of temp work was that every day was about what’s in front of you. A landfill. A warehouse. A job folding and filling boxes. A ditch to dig. I’m still, for the most part, unemployed. I stopped temping when my assignment was complete, and while I don’t miss the wage and safety violations, I do sometimes miss the solidarity of being a worker amongst workers. We were bodies. Mostly black and brown. Meanwhile, gazing down upon the snowglobe of our disparity was The Corporation. A man in a suit, getting wealthier, plumper, more powerful, a rapacious beast delivering the shocks.”
- My Internet Mea Culpa. I’m sorry I was wrong. We all were. “What if Silicon Valley’s core beliefs — even the benign ones — are wrong? What if we were never meant to be a global species? What if Zuck’s wrong when he says “Our greatest opportunities are now global.”? What if information doesn’t want to be free?
What I listened to:
- Dirty John. Loved the LA Times series but the podcast brings this story really home. So many warning signs but so much rationalization. We human are so flawed.
- This podcast could make you filthy rich by Monday! A great primer on cryptocurrencies.
- Had to deal with insomnia the last few weeks, the Nocturne podcast kept me company in the dark hours of the night where one begs for sleep and only gets a busy mind.
What I watched:
- Dark. Of course. Like everybody else. Feels like a mix of Lost and Strange Things. Added benefit: A lot of memories of living in Germany in 1986.
- Black Mirror. Of course. My favorite was USS Callister.
- Banking on Bitcoin. Another good primer on a hot topic and one I finally get but not sure what to do about. Maybe invest $20 here and there on Coinbase to start experimenting with it.
What I will read this week:
- Pachinko: Epic saga of a Korean family from 1910 until 1989. I started it and it sucks you in.
- Life 3.0: Being human in the age of AI. How we deal with AI will be one of the defining topics of our time and I want to know as much as I can about this topic.
- Capitalism without Capital: When The Economist calls it one of “The Wise Words Book of 2017”, how can I resist?