Today I had to say farewell to my co-workers as I leave for Hong Kong tomorrow
Because I switched departments half-way through my internship, I essentially had to say goodbye to two departments of people
Although short-lived, 3-weeks, I still got to know these people
And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little sentimental
It’s the realization that people, humanity, all around the world, is beautiful
All of us, each living these lives, each pursuing individual goals, but together forming a community with other people doing their own sh*t
Hong Kong culture is not something I can say I am fully familiar with. And because I wasn’t sure of the etiquette, I didn’t get the feeling that a hug was appropriate.
But I wish I hugged them
I don’t know if I’ll ever see these people again.
But it’s the same as when I had to leave Singapore last year (where I did get to hug my co-workers before leaving)
3-weeks and I formed genuine connections. Doing this around the world makes me truly and fully love humanity.
This life is so beautiful.
Just make sure you hug the people you care about.
Add Oil, Hong Kong.
Going your own path is always difficult and it always will be
Those that forge their own path are either crazy or maybe just crazy enough to succeed
But if you’re not willing to break the societal mold that we’ve fabricated, then you won’t survive on that arduous path
The path is meant for people who don’t care about what others think
I’m still trying to learn how to foster that type of mindset
Then I can truly live life on my own terms
With the rise of AI and robotics, there is a lot of fear surrounding the job market and job losses in the developed world.
In Kai-Fu Lee’s book, AI superpowers, he mentions three potential solutions to the rise of AI
- Retraining people
- Shifting people (maybe 3-4 day work weeks?)
- A general minimum income, or universal basic income
He notes that although a UBI may be necessary, the fear is that the winners of the AI revolution will simply use UBI as a sedative for the real problem
The real problem is that with any revolution, particularly with the respects of technology and the digital era, the winners are becoming bigger winners in the economy.
Facebook has low or no marginal cost for pumping out ads
Advanced AI will be able to do more for less
And the rich will get richer, and instead of finding a solution, governments will put a “bandaid” called UBI for those that fall behind in the revolution
Which is why education is important. Which is why action is important.
a Universal basic income, no strings or restrictions attached, may have the issue of making society complacent.
He proposes instead to instead offer a societal standard income with criteria to meet.
- Educators, teachers
- Public workers, government workers
- Social workers
- those who contribute back to society in some way
- Meeting criteria of education and retraining programs
We don’t want to live in a world like Wall-E, where AI and robots are so advanced that humanity falls complacent, inactive
AI and robots will increase productivity. But humanity needs to continue running the race as well.
It’s easy to be a critic
It’s easy to be negative
When society sees someone going the road less traveled, or going a road that’s never been traveled, our instinct is to condemn the individual for being irrational
But realism and optimism are not polar opposites
In fact, a realistic optimist is the best type of person
They see an opportunity, and instead of simply dreaming about the potential, they actively take steps towards realizing that opportunity
But when someone is too optimistic, they are condemned, or criticized, or surrounded by negativity
Extreme optimism is powerful
But extreme optimism alone means you won’t get anything done. It’s okay to dream of being an NBA star one day. But if you aren’t practicing every day, taking care of your diet and health, and training your mindest as hard as you train your body, then it’s just irrational optimism.
Realistic optimism is unstoppable.
You train every day, you actively work towards your goals, and you are full of unbounded optimism and reach for your dreams.
Rational optimism is how you achieve goals.
Reach for the moon. Just be prepared to also build the rocket ship to get there.
Singapore is the easily the most gorgeous country I’ve been to
Marina Bay is on another level when it comes to innovation, design, and creativity
Returning back to Singapore makes me truly appreciate the intricate details that Singaporeans have put into designing a wonderful city-state
Singaporeans are proud of their country. They are proud of their work. And they are diligent and careful.
There is no wonder that Singapore is one of the prettiest, safest, cleanest, diverse, and richest countries I’ve ever been to.
I want to live here at least for a few years.
it’s really hard to go against the elephant in your head
elephants are huge
no one messes with them
and when they want something they’ll go for it
that is your mind
most of the time
but your rational self is sitting on top of the elephant
you can’t tame the elephant completely, but you can guide it with your reigns and nudge it in the right direction
in the long term, even a small nudge will take you in a completely different direction than just simply going straight
“Consider this. If you’re going somewhere and you’re off course by just one degree, after one foot, you’ll miss your target by 0.2 inches. Trivial, right? But what about as you get farther out?
- After 100 yards, you’ll be off by 5.2 feet. Not huge, but noticeable.
- After a mile, you’ll be off by 92.2 feet. One degree is starting to make a difference.
- After traveling from San Francisco to L.A., you’ll be off by 6 miles.
- If you were trying to get from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., you’d end up on the other side of Baltimore, 42.6 miles away.
- Traveling around the globe from Washington, DC, you’d miss by 435 miles and end up in Boston.”
with the advancement of AI and robotic technology, one fear is the fear that robots will become better parents than humans
though no robot will ever be able to emulate true passionate emotion as humans are able to, the basic necessities of caring for a child can be easily replicated and be enhanced by robotic AI
robots won’t lash out at children
robots will be programmed to carefully care for the child
robots can be perfected to not make mistakes
robots can take the place as parent figure while the parents are working–although working for the child– the child may perceive the robot as a more caring figure due to the absence of the parents
sort of seems like a dystopian-future out of Black Mirror
but it’s a fear that is grounded
and it makes me question the necessary steps we need to take in order to ensure we don’t lose too much to the advancement of technology
even small steps towards habits that don’t completely depend on technology
maybe it’s good to put your phone at home once and a while
Climate change—or let’s be blunt here, global warming—is a difficult topic of discussion not only because no one genuinely understands the ramifications of a warming Earth, but also because there is not one unified blueprint to tackling the problem.
We fight fire with water. We fight obesity with exercising and dieting. We fight lethargy with sleep. We fight boredom with Netflix. But how exactly do we stop global warming?
First off, this is a global issue. When one person is obese, that individual can fight obesity with independent exercising and dieting. But global warming requires the entire world—or at least, a large majority of the population—to come together and tackle the issue. And this is where we have a quagmire because pollution is an externality:
“For economists, the problem is that polluters are not required to bear the full cost of the pollution they create in terms of the costs to wider society.”
My proposed solution?
Look. I won’t give you one.
Because, let’s be honest, we all know how to reduce our carbon footprint.
And if you legitimately don’t know how to help the environment, then you’re not being creative enough.
Instead, I urge you to think more about what it means to our world if we don’t do anything. And I mean now. And even if it means baby steps towards a better future, at least we are doing something, anything.
Because in a world where everyone wants to take take take, let’s remember that we need to give back to Mother Earth too.
Putting yourself first isn’t selfish
Putting yourself first is a natural and healthy habit
They always say to put your oxygen mask on first before you help others on the airplane
Before you can save the world, you need to ensure you are alive and healthy to actually do any saving
It’s all about baby steps
I still remember these words from
my grade 8-9 basketball coach
1% better every day
Whether that be personal life, academics, career, health, or basketball
1% better every day
Don’t worry about being a millionaire overnight
Celebrities aren’t made by one movie (they usually did several crappy movies before the star in the movie that “makes” their career)
Rome wasn’t built in one day
It’s not a lot, but baby steps eventually turn into strides, and before you even realize it, you will be running fast towards your goals