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Weekly review #40: Drones, attentional thinking, and robots stealing jobs

I got a DJI Phantom drone last week, and have playing with it nonstop since. It’s incredibly how far up you can get it with little effort, and once you attach a GoPro the footage is incredible, simply because its taken from hundreds of feet up.

Accordingly, I’m now also somewhat of a drone expert. Right now it’s sort of a Wild West legally speaking, – you can’t fly them within 25 miles of airports or within national parks, but that’s about it. And the technology is headed towards crazy scifi levels. Check out the nancopters that can catch things with nets and perch on walls. Until then, there’s all sorts of ersatz drone footage on Youtube, from the Game of Drones guy who flies his through flamethrowers and shotguns, to the guy who turned his drone into a flying Grim Reaper.

The NYT taught me that the brain has two systems of thinking: task positive and task negative. The former is when you pay attention and the latter is when you don’t, but each one is better at different things. But both suffer when you take breaks to check on frivolous things – budget your time in the internet firehose.

Another Paul Graham essay treasure relic- is what you’re working on going to be mentioned in your obituary? If not, why aren’t you workign on that? Also, why procrastination can be a good thing.

GCP Grey points out that robots aren’t going to take our jobs away – they already have. All that remains is for them to scale up to the 45% of the economy. The world isn’t ready for this – we are the horses in 1915, complacent with the advent of the automobile.

Some worthy startups: Naytev  lets you A/B test social media posts, RememberWin tracks your successes and uses them to fuel further wins, and Shadow makes dreamlogging super easy.

Sam Parr’s summary of Made to Stick is a worthier read than the book itself, IMHO. lets you test business viability in no time flat.

Fiona Duffy preaches on Startup Marketing: Know your customer, define a clear purpose, engage customers, make people feel like they’re part of something, and invest time in design thinking.

Ryan Holiday with a stellar post on Information vs Knowledge vs Experience. You have to DO things to get the latter – no passive absorption. Speaking of Ryan, he and Tucker Max have a new website/book up about self publishing a best seller – check it out.