Happy Saturday! Here are your 5 things from the mind of Miles for this week.
Freeing Energy: I mentioned the new book Freeing Energy briefly last week and wanted to highlight it a bit more. The foreseeable future of energy is electric, solar and distributed. If you’re looking to be a part of that, check out the book. One thing I learned is that shared or community solar should be a bigger part of our mindset, not just rooftop solar. The author does a good job with his taxonomy of levels of innovation and business models.
Error Correction in Governance. Popper said: “Democracy has got nothing to do with who should rule. Democracy is the system which allows you to remove policies and rulers most efficiently without violence. And that’s how you judge different democratic systems.” A good reminder from Naval’s podcast.
SALT is Good. If you’ve never tuned into the Long Now foundations Seminars About Long Term Thinking, you’re in for a treat! Years of talks from big thinkers about the past and the future. Consider it a more thoughtful TED talk with room for questions. Stewart Brand moderates and asks insightful and thought-provoking questions.
Enough Sleep. I’m curious for views and research on how you know you’ve had enough sleep. With our kids sleeping through the night, I’m able to prioritize getting sleep. If I wake up and conceptually could have slept longer, I find myself wondering if I got what I needed and my body did the right thing and woke up? Or is it healthier to try to sleep longer?
Extra Senses. I’m fascinated by using our existing senses to take in other kinds of data. Like artificial synesthesia that allows some to see via a camera sending electric impulses on their tongue. Or a device that taps on your waist, always on the north side of your body. What if you had background music that incorporated information about the stock market? Or this article has a few other examples. The brain is so plastic that with training I’m told these become as intuitive as another sense.
Until next week,