Wells Baum is a Futurist, Creator, and Music Explorer. Always connecting the dots on screen.

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Beware the Bots

Our worst fear is being replaced by a bunch of machines. But I’m afraid that day is already here. Desultory nods and copy-pasted emails are just the start.

People think there’s a template to life that requires both obedience and automation. Life’s not that easy, unless you want it to be.

There are cogs and then there are people with curiosity and courage that want to make shit happen. These people don’t need to necessarily change the world but they want to be in it. They want to be present and awake so they can see through society’s smoke and mirrors.

Machines don’t know who they are but people should.

Nothing seems more miserable & more dead than the stabilized thing, nothing is more desirable than what will soon disappear.

Creatures of Habit

Some of this may sound familiar:

  • Waking up at 6:30 every morning
  • Wearing the attire laid out the night before
  • Repeating the same motivational mantras in front of the bathroom mirror every morning

The benefits of establishing diurnal habits is the pre-planned automation that puts the body in motion before your mind. As a result, you don’t have to think, which saves brain space for other stuff like work priorities.

The drawbacks for habits, even the stuff you don’t want to think about, is that these things lose meaning over time. You’re doing them without questioning their utility in the first place.

Daily routines are meant to be switched up. You may wake up 10 minutes later or earlier. You may decide what to wear in the morning. You may want to choose a new set of mantras to motivate you, or none at all so you can just live.

Change is good. Change often to keep the mind fresh from repetition. Mix it up every once in a while in order to stay awake.

Sunday Social Roundup

  1. Chris Anderson’s “Long-Tail” theory argued that the mass of niches would collectively surpass the hits and the superstars. In other words, the world of Beyonces and Katy Perry’s would be over. That never came fully true. But it has meant that previously underground music genres like electronic dance music could emerge to become mainstream, if not the most popular.

    I never saw this coming but I think it says more about the culture the sound. Most of the popular electronic music is absolutely garbage. The best stuff is in here.

  2. Snapchat is the third most popular social network amongst Millennials. It’s private, it’s social, and it’s fun, unlike your typical messaging apps.

  3. The events in Ferguson demonstrate once again that Twitter is the default social networking for breaking and following live news.. Kudos to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey for broadcasting his own Ferguson experience in a thread of Tweeted Vines.

  4. There are officially more Internet subscribers than cable subscribers. Of course, this still leaves people in the hands of cable companies providing the Internet service. Technology changes but monopolies stay the same.

  5. Social networking is more popular than games, reading, and all other forms of distractible media. But you can’t possibly be checking it all the time; instead, designate time and use it in batches. I’m trying to get better at this as well.

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