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Efficiencies are for robots

Efficiencies are for robots. Opportunities, on the other hand, are for humans. (…) The problem with trying to measure productivity is that it measures only how well people can do the wrong jobs. Any job that can be measured for productivity probably should be eliminated from the list of jobs that people do.

-- Kevin Kelly, New Rules for the New Economy, p. 147

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Last Chance

This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill–the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill–you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more. – Morpheus, The Matrix


Reading every day

Reading science, math, and philosophy one hour per day will likely put you at the upper echelon of human success within seven years.

-- The Almanack of Naval Ravikant


No marginal costs

The most interesting and the most important form of leverage is the idea of products that have no marginal cost of replication. This is the new form of leverage. This was only invented in the last few hundred years. It started with the printing press. It accelerated with broadcast media, and now it’s really blown up with the internet and with coding. Now, you can multiply your efforts without involving

-- Eric Jorgenson, The Almanack of Naval Ravikant.

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Diversity and Problem Solving

Solvable problems are usually solved by surprising, non-trivial alternatives. If an obvious solution from an obvious source could have provided an answer, it would have happened already. Instead, it’s the unlikely approaches—the odd combinations that come from diversity—that often win the day. Diversity might involve ethnicity or physical abilities. But it’s just as likely to involve idiosyncratic approaches and differences in experience. If enough peculiar people get together, something new is going to happen. Author Scott Page has shown that as systems get more complex, diversity creates ever more benefits.

-- Seth Godin, The Practice (p. 52)

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