We live in some interesting times. Digital technologies effortlessly connect us to strangers and loved ones all over the world. Artificial intelligence and automation is becoming smarter and more capable, reducing the need for human labor or even human-to-human interaction. Planet Earth is teetering on crisis – climate change threatening famine, war, natural disasters and […]Read More The Future of Humanity: Losing and finding ourselves again
Imagine this. Your basic expenses are covered. You don’t need to work anymore. You have Monday to Friday free. Nowhere you need to be. Nothing you need to do. You can live (reasonably) comfortably. You have all the time in the world. Now what? With the rise of automation and technological advances, some researchers predict […]Read More What if people run out of things to do? Automation, Basic Income and the “Purpose” problem
I’m re-reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. For maybe the 5th time. Underlined, highlighted and bursting with multi-colored post-its. I’m at a crossroads in my career – deciding between the safe option that I know I can do (and can do pretty well, according to some others), versus learning […]Read More I looked to see what was holding me back – and I realized it was me.
Let me start with a confession. A (not-so) well-kept secret. In the five years since I’ve started this blog, this is the first post I’ve written about technology. The very first. This might make me a terrible computer scientist. Or it might make me a really focused one. Let me explain. Researcher Dr. Eric Baumer […]Read More Addictive technologies and the race for our attention
I’ve been pondering the nature of spaces. How their design can make us feel the way we feel, and the subtle ways our environments can impact what we do and how we interact with each other and ourselves. Take where I’m at right now. A Starbucks in Calgary, Canada. It’s -20°C outside, cold wind and […]Read More A beautiful, honest mess
There’s an episode of the Robcast called “Listener Questions“. As the name suggests, listeners write in with questions and Rob Bell answers them. Of all of his podcast episodes, this is one of my favorites. Lots of goodies in here, though I’d like to bring your attention to minute 4:20, when a woman named Susan […]Read More Figuring out your thing in life
There is something beautiful about watching lightly falling rain. Clear glass droplets rolling off of autumn leaves. Small pools of cascading ripples. Me, inside, with a cozy cup of tea. Writing. It has been one month since I’ve moved to Germany. The PhD feels close yet far away. I’ve been learning how to slow down, […]Read More The next right thing