Replied to Future of Things (FoT): In An Era of Encroachment (DCulberhouse)
The question is no longer as much about whether automation and artificial intelligence will come after my job, but whether or not I am continuously learning the skills, skillsets, and knowledge that will still make me viable and valuable whether automation or artificial intelligence comes after my job or not.
David, I am really intrigued by the comparison between flight and AI. What I feel is missing in the conversation are the consequences associated with such change. For example, we are now grappling with the challenges associated with fuel and pollution. Listen to RN Future Tense for an interesting take on where things are at.

I am not against the ‘future of things’, AI and changes in work, but I think that we need to do more work to understand and appreciate such changes. For me, this involves:

  • Asking questions as a part of critical reflection
  • Learning from and through others (as you touch on elsewhere)
  • Continually engaging in new challenges to disrupt habits
Listened EPISODE 12: Freelancers and Professionals from EPISODE 12: Freelancers and Professionals
The ideas covered in this episode:

  • Get a better boss
  • Entrepreneur ≠ Freelancer

  • Improve your tools and your skills

  • Find an industry that wants you

  • Becoming a category of one

  • Focus on the smallest viable audience

  • The confidence to say ‘yes’ and the strength to say ‘no’

  • The challenge of free

  • The discipline of prospecting

  • Get better clients

This is a thought-provoking episode, which raises many questions.

Liked Work-life balance is actually a circle, according to Jeff Bezos (Doug Belshaw's Thought Shrapnel)

All of the most awesome people I know have nothing like a work-life ‘balance’. Instead, they work hard, play hard, and tie that to a mission bigger than themselves.

Whether that’s true for the staff on targets in Amazon warehouses is a different matter, of course. But for knowledge workers, I think it’s spot-on.

Liked How your workplace is killing you by Jeff Pfeffer (bbc.com)

The evidence is unequivocal: job-related anxiety is a growing health crisis with repercussions for your mental and physical well-being.

People need to choose their employer not just for salary and promotion opportunities but on the basis of whether the job will be good for their psychological and physical health. Business leaders should measure the health of their workforce, not just profits.

In this presentation, Austin Kleon considers the question of “How to keep going” He answers this with ten points:

  1. Everyday is Groundhog Day
  2. Build a ‘bliss station’
  3. Forget the noun, follow the verb
  4. Make gifts
  5. The ordinary + extra attention = extra-ordinary
  6. Art is FOR life
  7. You’re allow to change your mind
  8. When in doubt, tidy up
  9. Demon’s hate fresh air so take a walk
  10. Spend time on something that will outlast you

I find Kleon one of those writers (and artists) who you can come back to again as a point of reflection.

Image via “Happy Little Trees” by nolnet https://flickr.com/photos/nolnet/5589665399 is licensed under CC BY-NC
Quote via Austin Kleon ‘How to Keep Going’
Listened Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs – podcast by Andy Beckett from the Guardian
Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative
This long read provides a dive into the world of work and what it might mean to live in a ‘post-work’ world.

Post-work is about the future, but it is also bursting with the past’s lost possibilities.

Read the text version here.

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Is it a reflection on the current climate and culture of work? Assumptions that become ingrained. Although about art, these posts might interest you as I think that there are some cross-over.
Listened 014: The Key Ingredient in Work-Life Balance by Jocelyn K. Glei from Hurry Slowly
At the end of every interview, I do a little Proust questionnaire with all my guests. One of the questions I always ask is: “What’s the key ingredient in work-life balance?” This episode is a supercut of my favorite responses.

Animated gif by Amalteia.

via Austin Kleon