The Short Stack 🥞 Vol #18

First emailed to newsletter subscribers on April 22, 2017

Good Morning All ✌️

Hello from Boca Raton, Florida.

A warm welcome (literally) to all of our new subscribers, including those we met at TechDay NY this week. Thanks for stopping by and making our first conference a success. Make sure to check out past editions of the Short Stack on Medium here.

It feels great to write this newsletter with an ocean view. A great buddy of mine is getting married today, one from High School. We’ve changed a lot over the years, but our friendship has remained consistent. I’m the only High School pal at the wedding. How cool is that?

With my wedding story as the backdrop, the theme of today’s newsletter is: change. Change is good. It’s growth. It’s learning, evolving, becoming more human and closer to the real “you.” The best relationships allow each of us to change, not stay the same, including the relationships we have with our teammates at work, our relationship with work in general, and our relationship with technology.

This week we’re bringing back the original format; a brief on two things we’ve been talking about this week. And of course, check out the latest two episode of our YouTube series.

All the way woke 🤙
Mike

Thoughts 🗯

☝️ These are things we’ve been thinking about this week.

1. Superintelligence.

Contributed by: Anthony Tumbiolo

Disclosure — this post is going to get weird. Our heads are still spinning from writing it. Earlier this week, a video featuring a panel of Artificial Intelligence experts circulated the Jakt Slack. Originally published in January, you can check out the full video here. The particular theme of the panel was a discussion on “superintelligence,” and how it differs from what we define as Artificial Intelligence or “AI.” As AI expert Nick Bostrom explains, superintelligence is “an intellect that is much smarter than the best human brains in practically every field, including scientific creativity, general wisdom, and social skills.” Ok, really? “SI” is a bit trippy/crazy even for us technologists. Even more insane is that according to the experts, SI is not a matter of if, but when. While you may brush it off as science fiction, adapting to the real-life Westworld could be a real thing. Topics on the panel above include the prevention of “evil” SI use cases, equal distribution and human co-existence. SI is not Scifi. Experts are actively planning on how people will keep up with and compete with it. So, part of this is a tad scary to say the very least. But at the same time, part of this is also incredibly exciting. With a new venture calledNeuralink announced last month, Elon Musk is betting that equipping humans with SI could eliminate “bandwidth constraints” and increase our communication output to the magnitude of when humans created language. Let’s talk about language for a second. Have you ever thought long and hard about its importance? We have, in fact, many times. Try even having a single thought without language. You can’t! Or perhaps you can, but you certainly can’t process it. How mind-blowing is that? Words are incredible. Now imagine communication so raw, so honest, that your original idea doesn’t even need to be translated linguistically before it can be processed. That’s amazing. While it’s easy to fret about machines taking over the world, the possibilities that SI could create are endless if you believe people are good. Let’s not forget that humans created computing languages the same way we long ago created the spoken word. We can envision a planet where someone with the ambition to solve world peace and hunger could get her ideas to market >1,000x faster. Has anyone started an investment vehicle that follows Hollywood with long time horizon? HBO and Netflix are making some intriguing calls lately.

Recommended Continued Reading — Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future

2. Workplace Wellness.

Most of the Jakt team exercises. Chat about fitness trends and our routines from diet to working is common around the office. Some of us play soccer together on weekends, and from time to time we all hop into a Shadowbox or SoulCycle class before work. All said health and wellness is a part of our company culture. And not because we’ve ever actively worked on it, it just turned out that way. I can say the same for most of our partners (clients) as well. The trend toward working out with teammates and customers vs. traditional drinking and eating is amazing and not surprising in the information age. We’ve all read the success stories and understand the benefits to healthy living, particularly when it comes to entrepreneurship. Aside from a few exceptions, most office environments in NYC are the antithesis of healthy and haven’t caught on yet. Co-working spaces, which cater to startups and forward-thinking creatives, have an odd affinity for sugary cereal, snacks, and beer. We won’t even get into the sleepy office cubicles that make up most of Manhattan’s sky rises. WHY? Perhaps it’s the “never sleep,” “always grinding” mentality that’s been ingrained into us by “successful” business types from bankers and lawyers to company owners. Or maybe us techies love us that old Steve Wozniak, coding all night, living on pizza and sleeping on the office couch story. Either way, those days are done. We know too much about wellness in the workplace to neglect it, and it’s time for a new workplace to emerge. Places like LA and Stockholm are undoubtedly ahead of NYC. Here are a few early NYC adopters that that “get it.”

Primary — Wellness focused co-working space
High Court — 3rd space for health-conscious urbanites
Uber NYC HQ — Treadmills and Peloton Bikes in-office

Making Movies 🎬

Episode 014 + 015 of The Jakt Journey, by our CEO Anthony Tumbiolo.

Reads 👓

1. On the blog: Jakt 1Q17 Financial Results

by Michael Saloio, our COO