Allwyn Fernandes

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#100DaysofWriting Life as it isn't.

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future work force

I see a desperate lack of automation in the small and large and mid size companies. Case in point, My own employer, a mid sized, 50 year old pharma player has people employed who pick up hefty packages for rule based routine work. I do not blame the management. How could they know better. But moving forward I do see a stark change in the structure of the workforce. Irrespective of the core business of the company. I see each companies employing a 'Chief Automation Officer' either on payroll or as a consultant. Either way, their job will be extremely straight forward. Scout each employees' daily jobs, role and KRA to find tasks that fit this description -
Routine / rule based / repetitive.
With this in place, the work loads of a number of employees will be cut to half if not more. Especially in the slow moving sectors like pharma and Finance.

Alternatively, I also see companies ditching the mid manger for an exclusive programmer or software engineer who's sole job it shall be to moderate and govern these automatons.

All these changes will leave but one crucial job to the humans -
If you want to stay hired, come up with ideas. As at least, as of right now the robots are no where as creative as the best humans.

hypelaw

It has come to my notice that hype too is governed by a law -
This law suggests that there is typically a burst of excitement around new technology and its potential impact. Teams often jump into these technologies quickly, and sometimes find themselves disappointed with the results. This might be because the technology is not yet mature enough, or real-world applications are not yet fully realized. After a certain amount of time, the capabilities of the technology increase and practical opportunities to use it increase, and teams can finally become productive. Roy Amara's quote sums this up most succinctly - "We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate in the long run".

Your goal as an employee

I'd often wonder why certain heads of departments would crib to me about how a certain manager, vendor or employee had not delivered on a promise or had out right not preformed their task. This had directly blocked them from undertaking their own tasks.
Taking action was out of their locus of control. "Why not simply let the VP know that X had not done their job?" I'd think to myself. "Why don't they just go and tell the MD that X was not performing and get them to add pressure."
I now realize that this whole premise is wrong as I have been looking at it in the exact opposite manner.
Today while listening to a podcast I learnt -
Your goal as an employee is not to have to escalate every problem you face to your boss. Your boss wants to see you as a problem solver. Someone who can work through your own issues, who can navigate complex relationships and still get your work done in a really successful manner.

If you are to escalate problems to your boss, that would mean your boss getting involved and him having to solve said issue. In effect he/she will be doing your job. Why the heck did they hire YOU then?

This rules applies no matter what function, hierarchy or department you are hired in.

math vs language and keeping score

the reason why in school one could potentially score 100/100 in math but only 80/100 in history, languages or 'moral studies' is because unlike religion, language or human interactions, math has only one right answer. An answer will either be right or wrong, true or false, 1 or 0.
All my student life I thought it was a huge conspiracy that worked in the favor of smart people, I wish someone stepped in and told me this back then. I would probably have worked harder and even focused more on a given subject.

Disciplinarian culture

"Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt, they cant afford time to think. Tuition fee increases are a 'disciplinary technique' and by the time students graduate, they are not only loaded with debt, but have also internalized the "disciplinarian culture. This makes them efficient components of the consumer economy"

  • Noam Chomsky This. This is so true for almost everything I have to say about the matter.

Life by Roy Anderson

Everyone white face

You have no messages

I'm happy to hear you are doing fine

So depressing but so hilarious but so depressing

How not to tell a story of course
The general explaining his plight

People looking straight at me with slaves burning inside

Made me fear old age more than death

And a life without purpose or reason

Learning happens when you are made to decide

“We can kind of read the animal’s mind in a way, we can predict what the animal is going to do before he does it,” Churchland said. “When you’re a novice at something your brain is doing all different things, so you have neurons engaged in all different things. But then when you’re an expert, you hone in on exactly what you’re going to do and we can pick up that activity.”

R: https://www.cshl.edu/the-difference-between-an-experts-brain-and-a-novices/

Supplements

For the longest time I've thought of taking supplements as being unnatural and inhuman even but my thought is changing.
I've know for long but only recently paid attention to the fact of chickens being injected with hormones, vitamins and yes supplements. For decades I've had no qualms about consuming this form of food. Kind of hypocritic it is of me, now that I think of it that the food of my food is indeed full of supplements, and I am against supplements.
Now that I think of it, food itself is a supplement.

Reeds Law

Reed's Law

Reed's Law on Wikipedia

The utility of large networks, particularly social networks, scales exponentially with the size of the network.

This law is based on graph theory, where the utility scales as the number of possible sub-groups, which is faster than the number of participants or the number of possible pairwise connections. Odlyzko and others have argued that Reed's Law overstates the utility of the system by not accounting for the limits of human cognition on network effects; see Dunbar's Number.

hutbers law

Another cool piece of triva I recently came across that is more principle than trivia. I present to you Hutber's Law -

This law suggests that improvements to a system will lead to deterioration in other parts, or it will hide other deterioration, leading overall to a degradation from the current state of the system.
I see this law hold true in many aspects of my work life. It reminds me of this podcast that spoke of the Galileo principle (by Tim Harford) that speaks of how improvements meant to solve complex structures end up creating more complications. If only the others on my team could see the same.

Better than you

The old men would go hunting every first Friday of the month. This one summer Friday morning they decided to take Malcom along. They had this strategy they described to Malcom - when the hunt dog dumps a Rabbit, the rabbit runs a whole circle and sooner or later it returns to the exact same spot where it was jumped.
Malcom, after understanding the strategy simply position himself such that the Rabbit could not get to that spot without passing him first.
The old men could not stop singing his praise knowing that he had caught 7 rabbits when they had caught only one.
The funny thing is that they never got to know about Malcolm's corollary to their strategy.

This taught Malcom a valuable lesson - if someone is successful in what they are doing especially in the same field as you, they are probably doing something that you aren't.

R: Malcolm X biography audiobook on YouTube

Options when your industry tanks

When your whole industry is sinking you really have only 3 options -
Bond together with your rivals and get people to buy more of you products
Pivot to next closest product in demand
Fight for the scraps

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3BDaZl5CsevUQN9owZuAyj?si=smZWVZLLR3Wo-ZDVDinSWA

kiss

The KISS principle is something cool I recently came across -
The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore, simplicity should be a key goal in design, and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. Originating in the U.S. Navy in 1960, the phrase has been associated with aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson.

Google search fluff articles and my need for help

I hate the Google search front page whenever searching for help on say note taking you'll be introduced to the most useless content possible.
This one article was literally an image along with an intro and a conclusion both of which was referencing some other study
The image too was an infographic prepared by some other University.
What exactly made them deserving of the top spot on the search result? I have no idea. (Do comment below if you do)

The second link had a similar story to tell except this time it was general over view of the benefits of taking notes.
See google, if I was looking for the benefits of taking notes that's exactly what my query would read verbatim. Serve we what I have asked for, if you don't have it tell me so and then add the relevant results as just that 'other relevant results'

find #blog #result #marketing #seo

Light darkness and Shadows

I love his these three play with each other, one more so with the other. Like colors at war. I do not want to miss one of the most crucial part of game however - architecture. Lines and curves that provide the three with a canvas.
I also have an unusual proclivity to dim lights. Especially the yellow sodium street lights and the dense shadows they allow

goal of an mr

As said by Saj on 191114 -
"The goal of the MR is not to just generate prescription, it is to get into the mind of the doctors"
I take it a step further in saying,
The Moto of the MR is to generate prescription
The Mission of the MR is to become a part of the minds of the doctors

Wasted potential

I hate wasted potential, that shit crushes your soul.
./ Tyler the creator

Elders siblings set standards

In a family, what the eldest child does often sets the standard for each that follow. This is more so true with career and education. Seeing the eldest one talk about markets, finance and economics may get the younger ones curious about the matter. Thereby causing them to pursue similar fields if not the exact same industry.

Dunbar number

Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships— relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. There is some disagreement to the exact number. Dunbar proposed that humans can comfortably maintain only 150 stable relationships. He put the number into a more social context, the number of people you would not feel embarrassed about joining uninvited for a drink if you happened to bump into them in a bar. Estimates for the number generally lay between 100 and 250.
Perhaps you too could check your 'follwers' to see how many of them you actually remember.

arithmetic refresher

Some notes on integers that I learnt today.

Integers
Integers are numbers you count with (hence fractions and roots cannot be integers)
Even integer - divisible by 2
Odd integer - not divisible by 2
prime - divisible by 1 and itself (1, 3, 5). They have to be greater than 1.
./ #star 2 is the only even prime number
0 - is the only non negative, non positive integer
./ #star Non integer value cannot be determined as odd or even

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Factors
are positive integers that make up a number evenly. (finite)

Multiples
integer divisible by another integer (infinite)

Remainder
Left over after dividing two numbers. Will always be smaller than the number being divided by.