Digital Coffee #18

Happy Sunday — wow, what a week, with quite a lot to cover! Welcome back to all of the loyal readers, and welcome if you’re new to the community 👋 . 

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Some thoughts to ponder 

Stress comes from within; it is your reaction to circumstances, not the circumstances themselves.” – Brian Tracy

Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.” – Corrie Ten Boom

The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry souffle. I did that at least twenty-eight times before I finally conquered it.” – Julia Child

I don’t believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.” – Ronald Reagan

Tweet of the week

Some interesting links to kickstart your day

Climate strike

Millions of people around the world took part in Friday's climate strike, and estimates of total crowd sizes are still rolling in — some as high as 4 million. From New Delhi to Antarctica, protesters marched to draw attention to the climate crisis ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit, which kicks off Monday. Worth noting is the Economist running the image above on its cover and dubbed this week as “The Climate Issue”. 

The image they explain, “from one year to the next, you cannot feel the difference. As the decades stack up, though, the story becomes clear. The stripes on our cover represent the world’s average temperature in every year since the mid-19th century. Dark blue years are cooler and red ones warmer than the average in 1971-2000. The cumulative change jumps out. The world is about 1ºC hotter than when this newspaper was young”

Open AI — hide and seek

An AI learned to play hide-and-seek. The strategies it came up with on its own were astounding. This week, leading AI lab OpenAI released their latest project: an AI that can play hide-and-seek. It’s the latest example of how, with current machine learning techniques, a very simple setup can produce shockingly sophisticated results. I’d highly recommend you check out the video. There’s also a good deep dive on the science behind it here

WeWTF, Part Deux

A follow-up post from WeWTF, where Professor Scott Galloway jumps into the craziness behind the We Company and their proposed IPO (which has now been put on hold). Galloway puts it quite well in the intro “We has gone from unicorn to distressed asset in 30 days. In just seven days, We lost more value than the three biggest losers in the S&P 500 have lost in the last year combined: Macy's, Nektar Therapeutics, and Kraft Heinz.”

Advice from a 33 year old who wants you to stop worrying as much

Something I’ve really tried to reduce over the past couple of years is the amount I worry. Something within me gives me a natural predisposition to think the worst in some scenarios. The author of this article, Tim, puts it quite well in the opening: 

“If today was the last day of your life and you were going to be buried in a casket tomorrow, how much of what you are currently worrying about would no longer matter?” 

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

“Be a voice, not an echo” — Unknown