Death

There is a pretty high probability that most of us will be in medical treatment when we die. Given this, it might be worthwhile asking the gatekeepers to our death, our doctors, how they would want to die — in order to make sure, they do the same thing with us.

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Thomas Schindler
Compassion

Is compassion necessary for the evolution of machines? It surely has helped humans on their journey through time and change, but it might not be a necessity for the rising species of technology.

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Childhood

We don’t only owe it to our children to create a future that is better than the present, we also owe it to them to equip them with everything they need to navigate their future.

The most crucial time for building the foundation to this is childhood. This is where the fundamental biases are set and the trajectory into the future is defined.

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Competence

Again and again i am struck by the calm and confidence of a person who is really good at what they do. This bliss seems to reserved for people who do things that have a very clear and measurable outcome like having repaired something that was broken or having baked a beautiful and tasty loaf of bread.

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Culture

Culture is like an operating system. It defines the possibilities of action and interaction between entities who opt in to being part of a specific culture. And just like any operating system a culture can be empowering but also limiting in many ways. It can limit basically any possible activity, but it cannot limit thought.

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Curiosity

Once a child figures out how to ask questions, you’re under fire — 25 to 50 questions per hour are the norm. This drops significantly — to 2 questions per hour — once the kids get to school. The reason for this seems to be rooted in the pressure on the teachers to perform and teach very specific pieces of information.

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Confusion

Confusion is like a box of legos. It is an unordered pile of things that seemingly don’t have any connection. But with some concentration, creativity, fantasy, willpower it is possible to create a vast variety of things from it.

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Education

The best education enables people to educate themselves. Like never before almost everyone has the chance and the tools for inquiry into almost any imaginable topic. The best educators explain, show and live the tools that enable people to answer questions that life will inevitably confront them with. I

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Energy

Where and whenever energy cannot flow freely and instead is blocked by something and accumulates in a reservoir, it will eventually break free in a massive explosion, if not released in a controlled way. 
I think that this applies to physics, health of the body as well as of the mind and last but not least the societies we live in.

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Determination

Determination can mean the process of establishing something exactly by calculation or research as well as the quality of being determined — firmness of purpose.

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Discipline

Discipline is often perceived as something that contradicts joy. I feel differently. Discipline to me is about deciding things upfront and having a plan to stick to once circumstances or timing requires the plan to spring into action. This frees the mind of lots of wondering and wandering and allows you to focus much more on the moment.

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Diligence

If i were to define diligence i would say that it is means being tough and candid in order to prevent harm. Very often we let small or big things slip because they don’t matter very much for and by themselves, but accumulated and as a part of a whole they often are disastrous.

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Fashion

My understanding of fashion is that it provides the variable in a social clustering algorithm that helps group likeminded people together.

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Fate

Fate only makes sense in the context of the things and the people you love and care about. Only in the face of some future event that might impact this context, fate becomes worth thinking about.

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Ethics

Each day we make decisions. A lot of them. Some impact lives more than others, but all of them have some impact on us, but usually at multiple people. For some of us these decisions change many things for many people but for most of us our impact is limited to a small circle.

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Fantasy

Our brains are really bad at remembering things the way they were. A big aspect of our past is pure fantasy — made up.

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Places

I want to have a map that shows the historic density of all places in the world and which allows me to drill down into this density based on vectors like “positive sentiment” or “negative sentiment”, type of material at a point in time, types and quantity of animals in that specific place over time, etc.

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Transport

The other day my five year old son was standing outside watching the cars go by with a very concentrated look on his face. When i asked him what he was doing he responded that he was counting the electric cars going by.

The way we think about transport is beginning to change and it is good. Usually we associate this change with EVs, space-travel or the Hyperloop because that is what the media is focussing on.

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Friends

Whenever i read or hear about the interpretations of statistics talking about the importance of friendship for a long life, i’m not sure i will grow very old and i get a strange feeling that something might be wrong with me.

But then i think again and discover that i’ve never had many close friends, but the ones that are close, remain close over a long period of time and through times of severe communication-drought.

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