Digital Coffee #17

Happy Sunday — sorry for switching the days (again). I had a couple of free hours this evening, so thought why not write Digital Coffee!? 🙌

By way of brief update, I’ve just been head down trying to focus on completing my next book, ‘10 Minute Guide to AI Product Management’. It’s almost there, next week I’m going to be sharing the link to the site where you can download the first couple of chapters, for free! 

I’ve continued to focus on health, diet and sleep. At the moment my routine looks a little like this.. gym at least 4 times per week. Cooking at home Mon, Tues and Wed. Alcohol only on a Saturday night with a meal. Journal writing each morning. In terms of metrics — everything is going the directions you would expect them too, I’m going to be writing up a deep dive where I walk through all the graphs and the impact that changing the items above has had on my body.

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Now have a great week, and onto the content 🚀

Some thoughts to ponder 

”Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

”Worry is wasting today’s time cluttering up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.” – Unknown

“The more you know, the less you need.” – Aboriginal Saying

“Procrastination, more than anything else I can think of, separates those who want to be successful from those who are.” – Lee Silber

“You can’t be too kind or too generous.” – Patricia Fripp

Tweet of the week

Five interesting reads 

🌍 (Via BrainFoodThe Story of Us

In case you aren't following his new series, Tim Urban (the writer behind the brilliant blog) is sharing in weekly instalments his longest post to date. After nearly three years and two million words, he is tackling the difficult task of explaining the nature of our current society — by going all the way back to the beginning of time and the cellular level. With his signature hand-scrawled cartoons as literary sidekicks, this series is both educational and entertaining.

🤖 The US plans to spend nearly $1 billion on non-military AI

This week, the US government announced a commitment of $973.5 million in non-defense AI research spending for the fiscal year ending in September 2020. In accordance with the president’s AI executive order, the amount was laid out for the first time on an agency-by-agency basis in a supplemental report. Michael Kratsios, the US chief technology officer, said that the report would allow the government to better coordinate internal strategic investments as well as external collaboration opportunities with industry and academia.

But in response to the announcement, several business executives said the funding still wasn’t enough to maintain American leadership in AI. In addition, they said, the government needed a clearer national strategy, better data and privacy regulations, and more training programs to cultivate talent — as well as more AI roles within government.

🥦 The last conversation you’ll ever need to have about eating right

Mark Bittman and doctor David L. Katz patiently answer pretty much every question we could think of about healthy food. “It’s beyond strange that so many humans are clueless about how they should feed themselves. Every wild species on the planet knows how to do it; presumably ours did, too, before our oversized brains found new ways to complicate things. Now, we’re the only species that can be baffled about the “right” way to eat...”

📝 Bezos: A CEO Who Can Write

“The more I read Jeff Bezos’ twenty-one annual letters to Amazon shareholders, the more I like his views on growing Amazon’s business, on focusing on constitutionally discontented customers. I also became convinced that letters give us a unique opportunity to see a genius explain his work.”

🤔 How to write concisely

This link should help you identify wordiness in your sentences, paragraphs, and essays and offers strategies for writing concisely.

Want to become an AI Product Manager? 

I launched, a free 10 week course that teaches you all the basics on how to build and launch artificial intelligence products. Check it out, or recommend it to a friend who you think would find it useful. 

Until next time, thanks for taking the time to check out this issue of Digital Coffee.

“Be a voice, not an echo” — Unknown