Here’s the most interesting things that I found this past week.
1. Adversarial AI. Short Wave a new podcast that I picked up that is hosted by NPR is a 10-20 minute podcast usually. Quick focus docus that are really interesting. This one was about 10 minutes and focused on studying how attackers could hack AI systems by exploiting how the systems actually work. Kind of neat and at the same time incredibly troubling. Check it out here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/short-wave/id1482575855?i=1000454722258
2. Fasting. What good can it do? I’ve tried intermittent fasting and a full day fasting. There are some CEOs that swear it makes them more productive. Here’s one person’s experience with it: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/this-is-what-happened-when-i-tried-the-silicon-valley-biohacking-fasting-trend
3. That constant feeling of being overwhelmed? Yeah, I have it too. There’s two months left in 2019, I doubt we’re the only ones. As the next two months of the holidays creep in, there will be a lot of us in that same boat. So how do we deal? Got a fresh article I found on HBR yet again on just that thought. Pretty balanced advice and a way to look into your planning different. Here it is: https://hbr.org/2019/10/how-to-deal-with-constantly-feeling-overwhelmed?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=mtod_notactsubs
4. Find a worthy adversary. Not because you need to work on your competitiveness, but because you need someone that can make you better than you are. A worthy adversary is someone that you may feel has better skills than you and that’s why they create a rub or tinge of anxiety when you are close to them. What that feeling actually is, is you recognizing skills you don’t have, not ones that they do better. Lean into that. Find a worthy adversary and find your potential to be greater than you are as you learn from them versus compete against them.
5. Late night cravings? They are the worst and I still have to kick the habit of late night snacking. So, naturally I wanted to learn about why I have them in the first place. I found this one from GQ. You can read the top four reasons why for yourself here: https://www.gq.com/story/your-snacking-urges-explained-2019
6. EI. Emotional Intelligence. The job skill of the future. Here’s a test to take to see where you land with your skill. It was very accurate for me as well as it was for the writer of the article. Here you go: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/this-emotional-intelligence-test-was-so-accurate-it-was-creepy
7. While we are on the topic of emotions how can we deal better with our own? Especially the ones that are dark. Hiding them and driving them deeper inside doesn’t make us better. Just passive aggressive and unapproachable. Acceptance of those emotions is key. Here’s a short article that can get us started in the right direction: https://qz.com/1034450/accepting-your-darkest-emotions-is-the-key-to-psychological-health/
Enjoy your curiosity and I hope you find them as interesting as I did. Maybe even useful.