Grant Gochnauer: Awesome Humans — Issue #76

“Awesome Humans” is a weekly curated newsletter highlighting content at the intersection of becoming extraordinary individuals, building extraordinary teams, and the future.

Awesome Human

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How Being Bored Out of Your Mind Makes You More Creative — 
 An unoccupied mind might be the most fruitful mind. But boredom is harder and harder to come by.

The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership

Fascinating! Neuroscience research shows how to become a better leader.

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I trained myself to be less busy — and it dramatically improved my life — 
 My overwhelming schedule left me exhausted and empty. Here’s how I fought back.

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The 5 Personality Traits That Make for a Better Life — 
 There are many paths to a good life. Some are just more rigorously studied than others.

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Machine Vision Helps Spot New Drug Treatments — 
 A startup uses algorithms that understand the anatomy of cells to discover new uses for existing drugs.

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The Purpose of Sleep? To Forget, Scientists Say — 
 Two studies suggest that the brain edits itself during sleep, paring back the tangle of neurons that grows in waking hours.

We sleep to forget some of the things we learn each day. In order to learn, we have to grow connections, or synapses, between the neurons in our brains. These connections enable neurons to send signals to one another quickly and efficiently. We store new memories in these networks.

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Human Builders

Entrepreneurial Insights from Davos, the World Economic Forum 2017

Terry Howerton of TechNexus summarizes key points from the Davos World Economic Forum covering topics from calls for inclusiveness, automation & AI, educating our youth, and immigration reform.

It’s great that these extremely important topics are receiving global attention by leaders. We have a lot of work to do.

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20th CEO Survey — PwC Global —

Awesome deep dive on a broad set of relevant topics to today’s businesses:

In PwC’s 20th CEO Survey we’ve asked 1,379 CEOs about the impact of globalisation and technology on business growth, talent, trust and society at large.


The Science Is In: Greater Equality Makes Societies Healthier —

“The big idea is that what matters in determining mortality and health in a society is less the overall wealth of that society and more how evenly wealth is distributed. The more equally wealth is distributed the better the health of that society”

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How to build an inclusive future in the time of AI —

“ During the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on AI & Robotics held recently in the United Arab Emirates, my peers in the AI community and I identified four fundamental areas where leaders must act now to shape an inclusive and safe future: Education, Employment, Healthcare, and Ethics”

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The Gradual Disappearance of Jobs —

“Here’s our second delusion: the idea that a wage-earning employment system closely linked to the capitalist age would last forever, and thus that adaptation to innovations means reinventing traditional wage-earning employment to follow. But the incoming change involving overwhelming automation of labor isn’t a simple evolution, it’s more a shift to a new era of civilization. Humankind has gone through such a radical change only twice in the past with a shift of this scale: first from the paleolithic to neolithic; and second from agrarian societies to the industrial age.”

Future Humans

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Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich — 
 Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, was nearsighted until November, 2015, when he arranged to have laser eye surgery. He underwent the procedure not for the sake of convenience or appearance but, rather, for a reason he doesn’t usually talk much about: he hopes that it will improve his odds of surviving a disaster, whether natural or man-made. “If the world ends — and not even if the world ends, but if we have trouble — getting contacts or glasses is going to be a huge pain in the ass,” he told me recently. “Without them, I’m fucked.”

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Scientists have confirmed a brand new form of matter: time crystals —

It’s official, time crystals are real.

“Normal crystals have an atomic structure that repeats in space — just like the carbon lattice of a diamond. But, just like a ruby or a diamond, they’re motionless because they’re in equilibrium in their ground state.

But time crystals have a structure that repeats in time, not just in space. And it keep oscillating in its ground state.

Imagine it like jelly — when you tap it, it repeatedly jiggles. The same thing happens in time crystals, but the big difference here is that the motion occurs without any energy.”

Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer 
 The long read: For decades, computers have got smaller and more powerful, enabling huge scientific progress. But this can’t go on for ever. What happens when they stop shrinking?

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The Internet of Things’ Dangerous Future: Bruce Schneier — 
 We’ve created an internet that senses, thinks, and acts. How can we protect ourselves if it goes wrong?

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Social instability lies ahead, researcher says — 
 Cliodynamics is a new “transdisciplinary discipline” that treats history as just another science. Ten years ago I started applying its tools to the society I live in: the United States. What I discovered alarmed me.

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Pig-human hybrid brings us closer to barnyard organ factories — 
 It’s a big, ethically murky step, but pig-human organs are still far away.

One More Thing

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Fake News Is About to Get Even Scarier than You Ever Dreamed — 
 What we saw in the 2016 election is nothing compared to what we need to prepare for in 2020.