Excited by the future

Jordan Gonen

Jordan Gonen

February 20 · Issue #1 · View online

I curate stories that help you navigate the present and think about the future - focused on the intersection of technology, writing, and people.

Hey! And welcome to #Edition1 of my revamped newsletter. 
The purpose of this weekly newsletter is to help you navigate the present and think about the future. 
While the internet has democratized access to information, it has also increased the challenge of filtering the signal from the noise. Distractions are everywhere, and the only guiding light we often have is our own intuition. Rarely, if ever, do we pause for a second, step outside of our bubbles, and explore hard questions. 
But I’m here to help! I hand pick 10 or so pieces of content (articles, podcasts, videos, tweets, etc.)  that focus on the intersection of technology, writing, and people. I’ll keep the newsletters concise and not waste your time. The only purpose is to help you think. 
I want this to be as helpful as possible ~ so if you ever have feedback just hit reply! Oh, and share this link if you enjoy 🌟
Here is Issue #1 - 2/20/2017

TL:DR - Technology, weight loss, and math. 
Excited About The Future
I think predictions are a fascinating thing. Most of the time, as humans, we get them really wrong. There is a ton to learn from the past: 
The absolute worst technology predictions of the past 150 years
Generally speaking, I am not the biggest fan of advice. Most of the time it is filled with hindsight bias and not that applicable to my own life. These two short articles may be the exception - they are incredibly refreshing to read. Absorb them. 
The days are long but the decades are short - Sam Altman
Notes for the New Year (A little late)
I am interested in the all important question: will humans work when there is no work to be done? Here is one take: 
The Future of Labor pt. I — Keynes
My naive view: You can get nearly anything you want if you really really go for it. Of course, there are exceptions - biases, luck, etc. that all filter in. But whether it is weight-loss or graduating college, I wholly believe that you can do it! This story is super interesting and it shows you exactly what you can do when you make sacrifices: 
How I Lost 75 Pounds in 120 Days
When we think of scaling and growing companies - what comes to mind? I think of hiring people as a major component. But, as technology progresses, we find we can often automate large parts of our business. And that is this story - of how a small company stayed small while there revenue got huge: 
4 Years Later - A Huge, Small Company
One of the most exciting externalities of the self driving car inevitability is what we do with all of our infrastructure. Much of it will change, eventually. Traffic, hopefully, will be one of those that change sooner. 
The End of Traffic – John Zimmer – Medium
I am not the best at math, but I found this analysis really interesting and challenging. 
The Riemann Hypothesis, explained
Job automation is controversial. Is technological progress always a good thing? You tell me. From a moral and economic perspective: 
Economics, Morality, and Culture in an Automated World
Three "Hard" Questions
I’ll send a few questions every week just to keep your mind sharp :) 
1) What is the world’s most important and pressing problem? 
2) What is a social standard widely accepted today that will be completely unacceptable 50 years from now?
3) What makes someone smart? 
Ask yourselves the hard questions before someone else does. 
thanks for reading!
thanks for reading!
I hope you enjoyed this *somewhat short* newsletter. I liked making it - and learned a ton doing so. 
I really appreciate all the support. I’ll see you next week.
- Jordan 
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