I'm been ruminating on points of view. Everyone knows that people see things differently, but is that because they literally see the same thing and perceive it differently (sometimes) or are they viewing the same thing but seeing something different ... because they have a different point of view. A lot of the work in understanding something is moving to different / better points of view. So if you want to know a lot, you have to move around :)
Speaking of points of view, here we have the Tesla Gigafactory as seen from a drone. Wow. It's hard to comprehend just how large this building is...
Not surprising to me: Human intelligence is declining according to Stanford geneticist. "I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas, and a clear-sighted view of important issues." Clear evidence for Unnatural Selection.
Life in 2016: How White Castle will adjust to a $15 minimum wage. A minimum wage is one of those issues where people definitely have different points of view. If you're poor and struggling to live on a minimum wage, you will think this could help. And if you're an economist or student of history, you will think this can only hurt. The challenge is not figuring out who's right, but how to we get the right thinking implemented.
Some people would say this is a waste of time and money, but not me: Yuri Milner is spending $100M on a probe that could travel to Alpha Centauri. I saw Yuri speak at a Caltech event recently, and he's level headed and constructive about this. Most impressive.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the political spectrum, Bernie Sanders is now calling for a nationwide ban on fracking. See, to me, he *really* doesn't understand how things work. But to you, maybe this makes sense.
A sad aspect of today's political environment is that people can't say what they think anymore. Don't believe it? Check out this video, in which a 5'9" white guy challenges people to say he isn't a 6'5" Chinese girl. This is not proof of people seeing things differently, it's evidence that people don't feel comfortable saying what they see.
I'm not one of those people: I see crap, and I call it crap: Brutalist websites. This is a variation of my "patience" rant; people can whip out something ugly, call it style, and move on, instead of taking the time to make something worth making. And once again let's not confuse simplicity (which is good) with brutalism or as I might call it lazyism (which is bad).
An extraordinary read: Stephen Wolfram, my life in technology. Stephen is one of the people I admire most, a thinker who is also a doer, and who has thought and done some amazing things. Mathematica and the Wolfram Language are two of the marvels of our time. From any point of view :)
I'm going to wrap up with this, which is ... great, 1986 in photos. Talk about having a different point of view, imagine how differently you would have reacted to these pictures thirty years ago (or forty years ago!). And how we will look back and view the events of today. As you look at these pictures, which one strikes you?