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The FT examined commuter costs once again. It is nice to see that I am living on the edge of commuter costs vs. house prices. I guess money is not everything and our life in the South Downs is just amazing (if I may say so).

I absolutely love reading Success – and this article is about mentally tough people and what their character looks like. I am pretty darn close 😉

And this article on AEI (Artificial Emotional Intelligence) describes something mixing the tech with emotions. Or something like that. I found it researching some AI stuff and whilst a couple of years old, this article is a good read.

Hope you enjoyed it.
See you in a flash 😉
Volker

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Thursday Flash (15)

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This article about IBM Watson and AI (Artificial Intelligence) is mind blowing. Amazing what technology and AI can do these days. Respect Big Blue!

Amazing weight loss – no this is not about some super pills but about a man who lost 400 pounds (ca. 200 kg). Just nice to read and encouraging for anyone who is looking for some motivation.

And last but not least this week, an article on Apple’s patent on docking stations – I said it before, the future will be us running around with a ‘smart phone’ sort of device that plugs us into any screen or keyboard and accesses data from the clouds. No more laptops or tablets to be carried around.

But as of last week, the future is changing daily.

Have a great Easter,
Volker

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Thursday Flash (11)

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Having just spoken on a conference about AI (Artificial Intelligence), it is just fair to share this opinion piece by Stephen Hawking about whether or not we all die in 1,000 years…because robots take over?!

To mix it up a bit, this post talks about Evernote alternatives. I was surprised that at my current work I’d say about 90% of people using Evernote. It is an amazing tool and whilst there are alternatives, I am not sure there are…. 🙂

And since I read a lot about productivity, this article on Morning Routines is worth reading!

Hope you enjoyed this week’s bulletin, and if you did, please share this forward.

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Thursday Flash (10)

Welcome to this week’s bulletin. We are well into March! Wow, time flies, and we are celebrating my 10th Thursday Flash. That means we are 10 weeks into the year I suppose 🙂

In line with my interest in productivity, I am a enthusiastic user of Slack for private groups and work groups and communication. This article on ‘Slack Hacks‘ is useful for the user of Slack and makes the productivity tool more productive. Double win this week!

Tying your data to phone numbers? Oh yes, that’s possible and scary. There are endless possibilities, including cookie data. I am advising a start up in that space and I am astonished to what possibilities there are. Stay tuned for more on that in the coming months I’d say.

And yes, there is more on Artificial Intelligence (AI) – this week is ‘only’ a summary of what AI is and how it is use and how useful it is for organisations. It also outlines the trend of acquisitions/growth of the industry. A worthwhile read in my opinion if you are interested in that topic.

I am sure there is more next week on AI.

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Thursday Flash (5)

Flash! Here we go again.

Working for a company at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence, AI, I enjoyed reading this article in Adage.

We have applied AI for a while and we monitor it closely. The results are phenomenal and are only getting better. I believe 2017 is when AI goes mainstream, away from ‘simple’ machine learning 😉

Industry predictions – I enjoyed reading Exchangewire which predicts our industry, online/digital/programmatic marketing, adtech and martech. Whilst I don’t buy it all, it is a great read if you work in the industry.

Last but not least, a personal development article about The stories we tell ourselves, had to be on the list of my articles I enjoyed reading. The narrator in your head, the one you can tame. I am reading a good book about that at the moment, about someone who started a journey to discover himself after having had a panic attack. No, I don’t think I am at risk, but being able to deal with your inner voices and inputs – let it be via meditation or other means – is something I enjoy studying at the moment.

Hope you enjoy those.

See you again next week, and remember, if you enjoy reading those articles, please share them forward.

Volker

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Thursday Flash (2)

Happy Thursday!

My first article is about something different: Earwax. Maybe not the most interesting topic to talk about, if you talk about those topics at all; yet the interesting bit is that we all have it, and a lot of us are using those cotton buds to clean our ears, actually doing ourselves more harm than good. And since I am very interested in any topic and any learning, I thought I share the importance of earwax with you.

Then, after my article on Artificial Intelligence, I saw more of those articles around. This one in particularly on Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence is worth a read. If you keep your eyes peeled you find more and more articles. And as some of my commentaries state, the topic isn’t new but I believe the application of AI becomes more diverse and you see more of it in our every day life. That is fascinating.

Another article I enjoyed reading was about AR (Augmented Reality). Whether that is Pokemon Go or more advanced applications, we will see more of that happening. I am actually due to meet with a start up that is looking into advertising applications around AR that go beyond what we have seen so far. Definitely an area to watch!

In my opinion, the rise of AI in every day life and AR will be the key developments in 2017.

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Thursday Flash (1)

Happy New Year….again.

I have been thinking on how I can improve this blog – besides a new profile picture – to add content that you find useful. Since, for the time being, I have more time for writing, I have more time for reading and sharing. I finished writing and editing and reviewing my next productivity book, so please stay tuned for more news over the next few months. Each week I want to share my most interesting articles and findings besides my personal opinion. Let’s see how we get on. And, I figured an own post would do justice, just because my Sunday Columns are getting quite long already.

It is a bit like Tim Ferris’ 5 Bullet Friday, however I think it is more useful to publish it on a Thursday. So I called it the Thursday Flash.

Top 3 articles I read:

1 How to only work 40 hours a week – really? Yes, I believe with the right company culture and the right attitude of your manager, you can be as productive as you are now with only 40 hours a week. Or even less to be honest. We measure far too much on time spend on the job than results. Being a veteran sales guy, I always remember the one guy who spends his whole day playing golf, not being in the office. Some would argue he never worked but playing golf was his working day – making connections, building relationships and closing the deals. Quality over quantity.

See also:

Tony Schwartz Energy Project

Six Hour Work Day in Sweden

2 Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. This very topic is key to the future of adtech. I have been researching a bit for this article and you can find references in the article itself. No, I am not a scientist or data geek, not yet anyway, but the nature of machines taking over to do some of my work, would be amazing. Or wouldn’t it be? The application of more and more technology in the adtech space is giving us so much opportunity. Having been on the forefront of RTB (real time bidding), later programmatic, now machine learning is exciting. Something I am truly passionate about.

3 Exertion Headaches – yes, I agree, we all had too much booze, cheese, fun and little or too much sleep in my case over Christmas. I am just not used to sleeping more than 6-7 hours. Also I felt like I didn’t exercise enough. I kept running, but then had a massage and took it easy. Why wouldn’t I for a while. Now, January being January, I am back to my routine. The 5 am alarm and weight lifting, strength exercises. And as usual it comes with some headaches as the body isn’t used to it anymore. They should be gone in 1-2 weeks but we shall see. They did disappear last time when I took a break from strenuous exercises. Also, I am cutting some food intake again, so January should see me slimming down a bit. Not yet decided on the ‘Dry January’ or not. Probably not 😉

Hopefully those articles are useful for you too, and you enjoy reading it.

Thanks and see you next time.

Volker

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