We’re never done. An infinite number of things are demanding our attention and efforts at any moment. So, how do we decide what to work on next? The answer lies in determining what's important, what's urgent – and what's neither.
By this point, it’s pretty obvious that working from home certainly has its perks. But, there’s certainly a tradeoff in terms of our diminished surface area. That’s where we arrive at one of the most joyful apps I’ve discovered in the past few years: Lunchclub.
How does your heart pump blood? How does a helicopter fly? How does a piano make music? All of these things are exceedingly normal. We aren’t frozen in shock and perplexed every time we flush a toilet or hear a piano player. We should know these things. We might even claim to have a grasp on them. But, when push comes to shove, we probably don’t know as much as we think we do.
Just a week ago, OpenAI dropped the most revolutionary piece of tech of the year in an unassuming blog post: ChatGPT. It’s HAL 9000. It’s the USS Enterprise computer. It’s what Alexa and Siri wish they were. There’s now an argument to be made that 2022 is the historical inflection point where we can no longer trust anything we see, read, or hear – everything can be made by software.
It’s a season of giving thanks, and as I first did a few years ago, I’m looking around at my digital life for a few things to be thankful for in 2022. It’s been a tumultuous year in technology and culture (but then again, when was the last time it wasn’t?), but in the midst of all of that I’m grateful for these little bits of creativity and innovation.