Issue # 1 – 20/09/2020
A metric to measure your life | artificial intelligence | musical taste | wisdom of nature | writing tricks | quantum computers | today vs. tomorrow
I’m really excited to write my first newsletter, and I really appreciated you have subscribed to it. It was on my mind for a couple of weeks, but I didn’t have any idea what I can write about. Then it hit me, I am always reading different stuff and talking about it with my friends and family. So it made sense to share all that stuff on a weekly newsletter.
And, why I picked the name Yntro? Because I see it as an introduction to different topics or ideas you might find helpful.
On to Yntro!
A metric to measure your life
Success, money, fame, love, or happiness are some concepts on which we can evaluate our life or achievements. We always think from our self-perspective, but when our journey comes to an end How Will You Measure Your Life? The article states you shouldn’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become a better person.
Think about this metric by which your life will be judged, and make a resolution to live every day so that in the end, your life will be judged as a success.
The Guardian took a brave approach and let an artificial intelligence, or AI, write an entire article Does that scare you, human? It is an interesting approach to read what an AI can produce given a little input. The text is intriguing and a little scary, because of the ideas it discusses. It feels human, in a rational way but a little disconnected. It made me think about how other intelligence can see us, as humanity.
We always hear that music from past decades was better than today. An for some musical genders that might be true. Being a matter of personal taste, you can hear for yourself how the music taste evolved hearing Billboard’s Hot 100 from 1958 – 2016. It is a great way to hear and see how the songs change over the years and months.
Wisdom of nature
If you enjoy looking at nature, or in your garden, you probably found a bird’s nest several times. Have you realized why bird nests aren’t covered in poop, like a park’s statue? The answer is that some species of birds produce a fecal sac, where the poop is stored, and the parents throw it away from the nest or in some cases eat it. Keep that way a clean nest.
Writing is not an easy task, especially when we want to structure all the ideas we want to convey. A cool trick you can do is to write down “tk” (meaning to come) instead of writing a whole section, you are struggling with. As Sasha explained in her article The Best Writing Trick I Know, you can use it as a pinpoint to leave a mark to work on it later. Or maybe your brain will keep working on it by itself.
I came across Quantum Computers two years ago when I attended a talk. Being curious about that topic, I found a great learning experiment, Quantum Country project, that uses a new mnemonic medium which makes it almost effortless to remember what you read. It uses some space-repetition questions to make sure you understand concepts and ideas.
I’m just started reading the book, but what got my attention so far is that we can think of computers as a fundamental feature of the universe, the answer to a simple and profound question about how the universe works. And they have likely been discovered over and over again by many intelligences.
Today vs. tomorrow
We are always thinking about the future, making plans, dreaming of what we can become. But now, due to these uncertain times, we need to appreciate more the now, the present. The article “Life is a Picture, But You Live in a Pixel“, offers an interesting analogy on how to think about our life. People idealize the future believing that happiness will arrive when a specific moment, goal, or dream is reached. But in fact, each day we live is a pixel in what will be an image of our life.
I keep asking myself, why we idolize so much the future? An answer could be based on The Impact Bias by Dan Gilbert, Harvard professor. It describes our “tendency to overestimate the hedonic impact of future events.” Humans have the ability to simulate future situations in their heads to predict what it’ll be like to experience them. The problem is that the simulator doesn’t always work so well and tends “to make you believe that different outcomes are more different than in fact they really are.”
Medieval Europeans believed the earth was flat. Actually, Pythagoras and later Aristotle and Euclid wrote about the earth being round in the sixth century B.C.
Hopefully, you didn’t find this first edition of Yntro too long. But I really wanted to share it with you. Also, this will give you a better idea of what to expect from this weekly newsletter. I hope you found, at least, one of these ideas interesting or useful.
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