Sensors and doughnuts: united to rescue humanity.

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When we think of progress, we almost always think of growth. After all, the conventional idea of progress is about positive or negative trends.

And as a society, we’ve grown exponentially in almost every category imaginable. Still, the question arises: Is this growth sustainable?

Take a look at this graph. While the growth in resources has allowed for population growth, it has also led to a considerable rise in fossil fuel emissions.


In short, it’s a lot like watching a toddler grow

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Landing on the moon? That’s old news. Touchscreen phones? Ok, boomer. The latest technology is machine learning, and it’s here to stay.

The term “Machine Learning” is thrown around quite often. So, what is it exactly? Well, the name speaks for itself. Machine learning algorithms use experience and statistics to improve. In the beginning, the algorithms might not work. However, it will continue trying and trying, progressively getting better each time.

It’s like watching a baby trying to say it’s first words. For months, they’ll be talking in gibberish. Then one day, inexplicably, the word “mama” comes out.

Continuing with…


Understanding the emotional cycle of change

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From screen time to exercise, everyone has things they’d change about themselves. I couldn’t bring myself to learn about web development.

So I set out to change, 30 minutes at a time.

I stuck to it for a week, maybe two. Then, I had a slip-up. That small mistake turned into a week-long break, then a month-long hiatus, until it became a year-long habit.

Let’s just say, I wasn’t who’d you ask to build your website.

It wasn’t until the quarantine started when I decided to make a change. …


Reason #2: I have lower inhibitions

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True writers write every day. They hone their language, tweak their sentences, and critique their ideas. They experiment.

As a student, it’s hard to maintain a writing habit. I can only write after school hours, after finishing my homework, and after all my extracurricular commitments.

Still, this is nothing compared to some full-time workers. In some ways, I still have it “easy.”

Writing at night may not be everyone’s preference, but it has its benefits. I would keep writing at this time, even when I’m not forced to by my schedule.

Reason #1: It’s my only free time

When I started writing, nighttime was the only time…


EDUCATION

A break? Yes. A three-month-long absence of education? No.

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Ah… the well-anticipated summer vacation. Three months of lazy afternoons by the pool, late nights of teen movies, and non-existent mornings from sleeping in. Oh, and three months away from education.

The summer vacation is notoriously difficult to manage. Parents are forced to entertain and teach their children. Teachers are forced to find a second job. Worst of all, children spend their summers on YouTube, Netflix, or TikTok.

In a normal year, the summer vacation is bearable. Summer camps, sports tournaments, and job opportunities easily fill the majority of it.

But in 2020, it was a bad decision to let…


It’s easier than you think.

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On three separate occasions, I’ve tried writing on Medium every day. It wasn’t until the third time that I accomplished it. Now, I post every other day, without fail.

So what made the third time go differently?

Besides the obvious good luck that comes with the third time being “the charm,” I changed my approach. Here are my changes.

1. Make it clear

You can only stick to a habit by making it clear. That way, you don’t give your brain any loopholes to not complete it.

On my first two attempts, I wasn’t clear about the setting of my habit. In order for…


Like a computer, sometimes your brain needs a restart

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Our brains are designed to focus only on a couple of things at once. It can’t handle the barrage of stimuli around us, so it sometimes shuts down. Often, this comes when you’ve been working for a while and as a result, your productivity just drains away.

When this happens, you can’t seem to get anything done. If you’re writing an article, the words you string together seem forced and choppy. If you’re learning a new subject, the concepts get lost in your brain.

It’s unlikely that you can prevent this feeling forever, but there are ways to conquer it…


Money doesn’t run the world — time does.

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Think of the richest people you know. The list probably includes Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates. You can probably think of a billion things they have that you don’t. Time isn’t one of them.

They’re mortal, just like the rest of us. All the money in the world won’t change that.

Successful people don’t have more time, they’re just better at using it. The average person is bad at budgeting time because they can’t see it. There’s no clock that counts down the seconds until their death. …


And here’s why you should care.

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Humans are emotional creatures. From lawyers to programmers, it’s impossible to remain completely impartial at anything. However, acknowledging that you are biased is the first step in being more rational.

We like to think that evidence is concrete. It’s indisputable. If there’s one thing you can’t argue against, it’s evidence. But is it? Are the experiments made impartially, the data collected impartially, and the conclusions drawn impartially?

If you think about it, everything is tainted by subjectivity. However, just because nothing is completely unbiased, doesn’t mean you can’t reduce its impact. …


From physics to weightlifting, this method applies to everything

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You’ve probably heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule. Popularized by bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers, it explains that it takes around 10,000 hours to become world-class in a given field. From composers to doctors, this number applies to everyone.

However, not all practice is created equal. If you want to be an NBA player, you won't get better by playing middle-school teams every day. Instead, you have to spend the 10,000 hours on practice that stretches your limits.

One way is to get better is by progressive training. Get better every day, making small but substantial steps…

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