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Alta Curated #1 - Stay Curious.

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INTRO

Productivity hacks, 100 books a year, finish an online course every week, so on and so forth. We all share the passion for learning something new every day. However, as much as we all have gotten socially prescribed to constantly get better, more productive, more successful, I believe we should sometimes slow down and divert our thoughts to some abstract ideas. This is how I deal with the feeling of being daunted by my everyday job tasks in this multivariate world.

Let me tell you about my podcast listening routine.

When I drive to the office in the morning, I listen to job-related content (software engineering, startups, business) to propel my brain and get motivated to action. When I get back home in the afternoon, I often go jogging and select something about psychology, philosophy of science. While this rarely gives me applicable knowledge, it keeps me creative and helps come up with fresh ideas.

To put it another way - I balance the purpose of my content consumption. And I think every individual should figure out their way to do it.

My goal is to keep this newsletter 100% authentic. I will only share stuff that mirrors my own interests. Although I don’t want to specify my target audience, I believe as long as you poke around technology, entrepreneurship, software, or philosophy, chances are the content will be closely aligned with your preferences too.

Last but not least - This is not about the latest trends or news. I know that sharing only timeless wisdom is a hard-to-achieve virtue, but I’ll do my best to find the best possible middle ground.

Let’s dive into the first issue!

LISTEN 🎧

Ancient Dreams of Technology, Gods & Robots

a16z.com

Is it possible that ancient Greeks and Romans dreamed of technological innovations like robots and artificial intelligence millennia before those technologies became realities?

The Fox And The Hedgehog: A Story of Triumphs and Tragedy

npr.org

The Greek poet Archilochus wrote, “the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” This is a story about Don Laub, a young surgeon who was eager to make his mark.

DID YOU KNOW…? 😯

“And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time…”

The Elton John’s song “Rocketman,” co-written by John and Bernie Taupin, is based on the science fiction short story “Rocket Man” by Ray Bradbury, published in “The Illustrated Man” in 1951. I read the story last month, and all I can say is you should too 😉

READ 📖

How to write like great entrepreneurs

venturehacks.com

“Entrepreneurs are the best business writers in the world. If you can’t write, you can’t raise money. Or recruit. Or sell. I don’t know a single great entrepreneur who isn’t a great writer”

Nivi nailed it!

We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters

foundersfund.com

Regardless of how well known this essay is, I would feel bad not including it here. While Bruce Gibney is considered a controversial author, this is a masterpiece that resonates more with each year’s pass.

WATCH 👀

The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance

ted.com

Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature’s own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group

I listen to color

ted.com

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color — and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.

THANKS 🙏

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