My Nightly Routine

Oh, this has been a LONG time coming, but I’ve finally figured out something whereas I can calm/quiet my mind down towards the end of the night.

I’m not a person who likes teaching past 6pm, but since I was offered a unique class and on the BTS line, I said “ok.” However, I needed to be serious about coming up with a very strict routine in terms of shutting down before going home.

Last year I encountered a couple of sleepless nights. One day I had too much caffeine, pushing myself to a 4am sleeping time (and that was at the assistance of a sleeping pill). Another night I slept 1pm because I didn’t have control of my mind and was thinking about the most absurd thing imaginable (I won’t even say it because it’s that ridiculous). So, I do get anxious, at times, before I go to sleep.

But thanks to Dr. Joe Dispenza’s words, I’ve been able to overcome that: “train your mind and tell it what you want to do.”

So, I told myself “how can I shutdown before getting home?” This was a three-step routine.

So, while walking to the skytrain, which takes about 7 minutes to get to, I’m listening to affirmations. Mind you, social media and everything is turned off for the evening. At 8pm, I’m off of it. I love detoxing from it because sometimes I get messages that I can’t handle at night, and if it’s a message of someone complaining, I would lose sleep.

When I get to my platform which is outside in the sweltering heat, I’m swaying side-by-side, not looking at a soul and just basking the environment all in. Perfect way to live in the moment when there’s chaos around you.

The train comes, I go to the middle (because it’s often packed) set my things down and really start saying all the affirmations under-my-breath for about 5 stations. Once the train makes it over the river, I switch to a Glen Harold meditation and then I start winding down even more, along with some running bath water and rain noises in the background.

By the time I get home, my mind is ready for sleep…literally. Technology has already been shoved aside, and I even put my phone outside my bedroom to charge. I turn on my Bose soundlink, laydown, and smile away, counting the successes that I had achieved that day. Yes, somedays I do the mirror exercise, which helps a lot, too.

So, here’s the podcast of how I do everything little-by-little.

Business English: Case Study – Gen Y Smartphone Addicts

This is something I just LOVE talking about. Yes, this is about 8 months too early, but Business English is the next aspect of English that I’ll be getting into. When I speak about business, in any form, it’s when I feel most alive. So, yesterday I found something super interesting in a book and wanted to share this article with you guys.

‘Gen Y’ or Generation Y refers to young people between 18 and 30 years old. Cisco publishes annual report on technology use in the world — the Cisco World Technology Report. Part of this report looks at how Gen Y people use their smartphones in 18 different countries. Many Gen Y people are smartphone addicts.

These are the points of being a smartphone addict…..

– You check for emails, texts, or social media updates every 30 minutes.

– You look at your smartphone as part of your early morning routine. You gets up — then check your smartphone and get dressed — then check your smartphone and eat breakfast — then check your smartphone.

– You take your smartphone to bed.

– You don’t leave your smartphone behind when you go into the bathroom.

– You send text messages while driving.

– You regularly use smartphone apps in your daily life.

– Does the smartphone addict enjoy life? Perhaps not — two out of five users say they feel anxious without a smartphone to check.

 

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The Future of Technology (1/2)

It’s already been 10 years since The Great Recession of 2008.  It caused a massive lay off and it just swept the world into global panic about the future, especially the young and ambitious millennials unable to get their first employment. However, it gave way to the unconventional financial services which emerged and are disrupting the traditional financial services like crowdfunding, P2P funding and Kickstarter.  Now millennials are able to invest their capital into meaningful projects, sparking a new trend of investment like a social investment.

According to the giant audit firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), they came up with a recent report showing what traditional financial services would need to keep up with the disruptions.  Kickstarter and Indiegogo already disrupted the traditional mortgage services and venture capitalists to invest in startups and other social enterprise projects as well as raising funds for your medical bills with Indiegogo.  By the year 2020, financial technology will be the future.

With the rise of the robo-adviser like Stashaway and Smartly, which allows its users to invest a small amount of money, you can expand your wealth and even build your investment and wealth portfolio based on the algorithms.  They are highly based on individual customisation which is the preference of the millennials and Generation Z. Those two financial technology firms are startups looking for their niche where most probably the millennials, who preferred cheaper, are in the higher income brackets based on the international survey by WEF. Also, the newly elected Malaysian government leverage the power of crowdfunding which was the P2P lending to allow millennials, or the ‘homeless generations,’ to purchase their first home. According to one Senior Vice President of J.P Morgan, he stated that the financial technology would eliminate a lot of manual work which is done by the teller clerks and the mortgage service processing clerks.

The most intriguing technology will be the blockchain. No one really knows about blockchain, which is the foundation of Bitcoin. When Satoshi published his white paper, his agenda was clear, to break off the monopoly of the centralised financial system at the Central Bank — the bank that allows rich and powerful CEOs to do as they want. 

The power of blockchain has gone up since the Bitcoin boom; and shortly after that, people wanted a piece of the pie, even the traditional banking system like J.P Morgan. They wanted to invest in blockchain just like Goldman Sachs also wanted to invest in blockchain and a platform for crypto trading where it was enough to crash the Bitcoin and other crypto prices. Luckily, that turned out to be a hoax.  Blockchain is a distributed ledger network and a decentralise network, however, bear in mind that not many distributed ledger technologies are built on ledgers or blocks like blockchain is. 

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The biggest thing that’s about to occur will be virtual reality or augmented reality in medical science where it allows doctors to make a better diagnosis and learn more about the function of human being’s organs that are deemed to be vital to doctors — especially in training of trainee doctors. With the power of virtual reality or augmented reality, it will lower cases of medical malpractice. Even VR technology can be used for online shopping and fully utilised in property purchase and tourism as a typical client or tourist could only display their intended products and tourist destination.

Learning about artificial intelligence is going to be magnificent because the ability to enhance intelligence.  With deep learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, Elon Musk seemed to be quite pessimistic as he envisioned judgment day like the 1990s famous science Рfiction movie where robots were out on their mission to terminate humans (remember Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Ok, the US government, after all, isdoing R&D on artificial intelligence robots as their soldiers and high, technological defence weapons that may deploy into war in the future to come. Moreover, Google AI managed to defeat a professional Go player and Facebook previous AI technology research did bring some horror to the team by experimented their AI to code a software by automating it.

However, AI is capable of creating its own programming language to replace the programming language that the AI was originally unable to use.¬† The Facebook research team quickly shut down the experimented programme, prompting fears that something can happen. I think because AI is capable of self-teaching and defeated a professional Go Player that required creative thinking and critical thinking, most importantly, humans were biologically programmed genetically as a risk.¬† That’s what makes us unique and different from AI and other deep learning machines.

All isn’t lost with hope because PwC did research that AI is capable of creating many jobs for people to earn an income, despite many jobs becoming automated.¬† Many opportunities are already being laid on the table, provided we have the necessary skills to make ourselves employable once again. The real big thing will be the law of singularity which means the AI and the human brain would eventually merge and become known as the neutral link. Many futurists already foresaw it since the internet boom and being depicted by a Hollywood science-fiction movie where it was known as the human hybrid which you conversing with. A couple of years ago, despite Elon Musk’s pessimism about the AI, but, amazingly, he was interested to merge both the human brain built out of biological tissue with a supercomputer.

It is interesting to know about all these predictions by futurists, technologists, business leaders and venture capitalists. All I can say is that we are living in an exciting era that just like our great grandparents and our forefathers had witnessed the twi Industrial Revolutions in the late 18th century and the early 19th century, till the dawn of the 20th century where Henry Ford managed to master the production lines that were so perfect that he managed to increase his factory’s output and his workers’ productivity. This managed to bring these people from their farms and stuck in poverty into great urbanisation and ushered the new era of the 20th century and the 21st century as an age of the rise of Middle Class and Upper-Middle Class.

It is truly a good time to be alive to see history in the making once again and live with history. The Millennials, like me, are already the pioneer of a new way of doing things that don’t need to lock up in the old way of building a business and working place by leveraging the power of the interconnection and globalisation. This allows us to work with others through collaboration, to build new things, and bring social changes that are truly making a great impact as long as the Roman writer once said as he wrote Aeneid by Virgil “Fortune favours the bold….”

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The future trend that many people need to keep up with will be data science because the world is moving towards digitization; a world where many users would give their data in return for better services. Therefore, Deloitte suggested that data needed to be free and shouldn’t be like Orwellian like the dystopian novel ‘1984’ that popularised the word ‘big brother’; scrutinizing everyone’s daily lives.¬† Even giving up on too much information could wipe out the concept of privacy which Deloitte called ‘data sovereignty,’ which encourages the government and technological companies to conserve their users and the government to protect the data privacy by freeing up data. The advantages of using data would make marketing agencies and enterprises become more competitive so they can know more about their customers. As the saying goes, ‘customer is king’ because the market will become more customer-centric and social.

Furthermore, the power of data would make products and services become more customer-centric where it allows the products and services to be customisable as sellers and buyers will be moving and incline towards marketplaces. Chelsea Rustrum once said ‘the future of economy will be the marketplaces as the economy is inclining and becoming more like a big marketplace.’¬† Therefore, as an employer, you need to empower your employees and give up your rights by giving rights them to your employee. This kind of trend was known as the “sharing economy” or “sharing capitalism” because of Airbnb and Uber, which pioneered giving and sharing. Also, the second generation of startups fully utilised the crowds for funds to kickstart a project¬† known as crowdfunding.¬† I still remember my short mentorship with the founder of Crowdsourcing Week, Epi, who showed me the future of crowd-basedbecause of the sharing economy like Airbnb and Uber and the p2p money network, Bitcoin, and its heart of technology that powered Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain, really revolutionised the status quo so that we can do things at a lower-cost and eliminate fixed costs.

This type of trend would disrupt traditional supple-chains where it used to be based on pickup and transporting goods. However, a data-driven supply chain would make things easier and sufficient as customers would pay for goods and services through online payment since there are many financial technologies like Venmo and PayPal (the company that pioneered online payment system), but with the blockchain, which could revolutionise the internet into the internet 2.0, it would make payment systems safer and more trusted by consumers as it would be more safe and unable to be compromised by hackers. Also, blockchain would possibly make huge disruptions to health services. A good example will be Estonia, a real futuristic e-Governance in the making and attracted many digital nomads and global citizens with their e-residency. It was a real inspiration for the Singaporean, Australian and New Zealand governments to have their own e-passports being issued by the government. At the end of the day, data and the cyberspace will be democratised and citizens would fully own their own data and the cyberspace through its decentralised framework of the blockchain.

 

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The technologists, business leaders, politicians, and government officials went off to Davos for the World Economic Forum to sit and talk about the new economy; how the world is about to shift into a new type of economy unlike the billionaires who are trying to save themselves from a bleak future as being envisioned by the technology pessimists. The way for you to future-proof yourselves will be to become life-long learners, pursue your own passions, and be positive against all odds.

According to the Deloitte report, this year is suppose to be the year that technological advances happen.  Deloitte had predicted that in order for enterprises to survive, they need to re-engineer their companies from both ways: the top down and bottom up. Every company needs to modernise their IT infrastructure, using automation and the outcome budgetary will be the way to go.

Since the recession, which caused many people and millennials to go unemployed and underemployed, there were many startups that sprang up and changed the status quo of the old economy of capitalism where enterprises were still being built on the traditional business hierarchy.  The capitalists would cut costs and maximise profits at the expenses of their workers till one innovator changed the way we work for 100 years, Henry Ford, who invented the American automobile industry and the 9 to 5 pm for the weekdays with increased wages.

However, the startup entrepreneurs have been leveraging technological innovation since the 1990s Age of Information like free software and hiring remotely through marketplaces like Upwork and Elance that allowed their business models to disrupt the traditional business models. This was built on labour-intensive.¬† Meanwhile, these startups were capital intensive, which allowed them to expand fast with the money from well – known venture capital. A good example will be this startup that doesn’t require traditional brick and mortar offices who practised a hierarchical organisation which they were responsible for this popular term at their height of the glory ‘holacracy,’ pioneered by the founder of Zappos, Tony Hsieh. With this new concept, it allowed many co-working spaces to develop and disrupt the traditional office spaces like mushrooms; and this kind of trend inspired daredevils, who are risk takers, to run their startup companies. Another company that popularised open – source platform for blogging that brought the world WordPress, Automattic was a company which started the remote companies that inspired entrepreneurs to run their business.

As technologies are getting more advanced due to their efficiency and becoming more user – friendly, repetitive jobs can be easily automated. According to the Oxford University report, 47% of jobs will be automated, a worrying trend as the current SME entrepreneurs who haven’t been adaptable would need to deploy their current workers and another workforce to re-skill their obsolete skills and adopt automation as technology.¬† AI and machine learning, like algorithms, would easily detect and match things compared to humans’ manual work. Therefore, it showed that these technologies are getting highly cognitive where Deloitte called it cognitive technology. AI and machine learning will be the trend in healthcare and marketing. However, PWC reported the AI would create many jobs for future to come if the current workforces and future generations could future – proof themselves.

The Myth of Hardwork Is Bullshit

Gary Vee said “every time I hear passive income, I throw up in my mouth.”

Grand Cardone says, “success is HARDWORK!”

Valuetainment’s Patrick Bet-David used a video of him walking out of a big house before going into a lambo to attract fools into watching his content.

I see and hear so many things all the time.¬† It’s hard to really accept one’s opinion on such a controversial topic, but I’ll have to side with MindValley’s Vishen Lakhiana on this one.

It’s a bullshit myth.

If you look at the labor workers from Dubai, to child slavery across Africa, crop growers in both Thailand and Mexico, and we can go on and on and on.  These are the hardest working folks, yet they make the least amount of money.

Bob Proctor said, “you know working is the worst way you can earn money.”

People have been working their ass off for ages.¬† You have Chinese who are severely underpaid working in slave factories in China — brought to you by Apple and Nike.

You have Americans working dead-end jobs at clothing stores, wal-mart, and other minimum wage retailers.

All of these people, to a certain extent, work remarkably hard for…..nothing.

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The Differences Between VR & AR

By Jiun Ting Yong

To begin with, after the VR sensation, which was followed by AR a few years ago, playing Pokemon Go on your Android and iOS devices was and incredible experience . However, those two technologies were different — which brings us to the real question: what is a virtual reality?

Virtual reality is a technology where you use¬† computer technology to create a simulated environment. When you put on a VR headset, like Oculus hardware, you are viewing a completely different reality than the one we’re in. Remember it isn’t real, but a simulated world.

Virtual reality allows you to move around and look in each direction, even sideways and behind you,  or maybe in a 360-degree panorama view as if you are physically there. A VR simulated world can be photographed, events and places like a museum and ancient Rome! With virtual reality apps in Android and iOS, you can visit places you have never been such as planet Mars, Moons, the Mt. Everest, or areas deep under the sea and countries you have never been to. You can use Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift to simulate the virtual reality world by downloading those apps on your Android and iOS apps.

Also, the Google Earth allows you to view the VR app. Also, VR is a good tool for teaching and learning in History and Medicine.  Can you imagine if you learned more about the human anatomy and visit ancient ruins like Sumerian, Babylon, Assyrian, Persia, pre РColumbian Mesoamerican ruins and Greek/Roman temples!

Augmented reality is a technology where it will be an advanced version of reality created by the use of technology that allows you to add digital information on an image. AR is used in apps which are installed on your smartphone or tablet. AR apps use your smartphone’s camera to help you to view the real world around you with a layer of information with some text or images.

A great example of an AR app would be the Pokemon Go app, which was quite popular among children, young adults and adults who were fans of Pokemon. It was an example of a simulated environment using AR technology. The future of smartphones, like the latest iOS and iPhone released already, included AR as part of their functionality — even VR apps have already gone mainstream.

The Dark Side of Virtual Reality

By Jiun Ting Yong

VR is a huge dollar of industry despite it being a new one; and experts said it will grow by leaps and bounds. A lot of research showed VR is one of the fastest growing industries.

People love VR because of its immersive experience. It allows people to enter a virtual space, tapping into the human’s imaginative side. With this type of technology, it gives the power of bending reality like the science fiction movie based on the cyberpunk theme, The Matrix.

In the climax of the Matrix, once you enter into the world of Matrix, you can bend the reality or defy the law of physics like the character Neo. It is addictive — especially for the gamers who love the taste of being the kingmaker because humans love the power of control and manipulation!

Henceforth, some gamers went to an even further extreme, just like the latest science fiction by Steven Spielberg, ‘Ready Player One’, these gamers would rather stay in the virtual reality world rather than the physical world or the real world. With the rise of VR games like the Diablo, Star Trek, Rec Room and other games that you possibly came across in the ‘Top 10 best VR Games’ on the iOS, MacOs, Windows and Android. This could be a big problem.

The real reason why people are stuck in their bedroom with their VR games is because of depression —¬†causing people to hideaway in their VR.¬† This kind of phenomenon was known as a recluse or in Japanese term known as ‘Hikkimori’ where young adults took years to leave their room. This is because Japanese society was, and continues to be a stressful society.

Amazingly, the Japanese VR startup used VR to solve the problem of Hikkimori by using VR for people who are reclused as a way for them to attend school by using VR! That’s the irony of the technology. Furthermore, we have to admit one thing about VR games. It will be the utopian world that resonates in the United Nations Charter and human rights non-profit organization — which they have always advocated free from criminal activities, rights to citizenships, make poverty history, no AIDS and eradicating wars, people sharing similar opportunities, no racism, no human bias, and earn a decent income that will make you rich like Swiss and Swedish nationals.

Now we realised that being stuck in your room playing VR games isn’t that bad after all because the utopian world really resonates with what humans beings have always dreamt of for centuries. This is because in the virtual world, you can’t inflict pain like the real world can.¬† However, bear in mind that VR games can only blur the lines between the virtual world and the real world. You need an avatar, not your real self walk into the virtual world.¬† This can only cause both worlds to collide just like what physicists have predicted.¬† This concept is applicable to people who realise the merging of the real world and the virtual world. These kinds of people would act and dress like their favourite characters!

However, according to a psychologist, Silcox, VR games aren’t that bad or being a lack of benefits because, in reality, people still can keep in touch with their virtual world and characters if they are given the right tools. According to Silcox, this kind of psychology, known as the status quo bias, means people won’t get used to the new status quo, ultimately jumping to an irrational judgement.¬† It is normal for parents to scream at their kids because they waste their time playing their favourite VR games.

Moreover, Silcox believed that the power of imagination can help in their psychologically and behaviour development among teens and young adults. Don’t forget since the dawn of man, our forefathers loved to imagine things that managed to create fantastic epics, poems and novels even the science fiction that earned George Lucas a billion dollars.¬† Don’t forget the famous science fiction horror Aliens trilogy — which was the imagination of the director and surreal artist.

The most famous utopian society that managed to survive through time because these like-minded people read the books and works of the enlightenment thinkers, the Founding Fathers of the new republic.¬† USA was a real utopian under experiment….. based on the principles of liberties and human rights at the time of George Washington with his signing of¬† The Declaration of Independence and it did work. So the utopian society that the VR games provide, it might be the correct tools for us to achieve the equality and equity that the post – World War II have been trying to do for the decades.

This is only the beginning.

Is Technology Really Bad? Or Is It The Older Generations That Are Feeding Us Suggestions?

I was reading an article with my students about 2017 being the safest year in aviation history.¬† That’s right.¬† 52 deaths in a 365 day calendar year.¬† Half of those deaths came within the last week (what I call freak accidents) with what it seems to be a very bad plane model (forgot the name but I think it’s a Cessna).¬† Nonetheless, no commercial airlines crashed.¬† Is it because Air Traffic control and communication improved vastly? Oh, no? Ok, plane models got much better than? The horrendous 747-400 is finally retired in America, leaving behind a pretty horrendous crash report (and these planes should’ve been retired after the 80’s).¬† Nonetheless, we have to say that technology, in general, has improved in this area.

Deadliest decade? 1970’s and 1980’s with over 100,000 deaths per decade (correct me if I’m wrong).¬† Hmmm….so let’s think about that.¬† Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination along with JFK (which happened a bit earlier); the horrendous Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge ransacking Phnom Pehn Cambodia, the introduction of cocaine in the Americans.¬† It’s safe to say that it was a batshit crazy couple of decades, and it’s very important to acknowledge what has happened in the past.¬† But it was a lack of communication that fueled wars, was it not?

However, the focus here is technology.

No social media.¬† International calling? Ceased to exist, right? Landlines only.¬† Took forever to send mail and packages.¬† You name it….but because technology evolved so much, I can send a text message from where I’m sitting now to the other side of the world instantaneously.¬† News outlets, such as all of them, are pleading that it’s the end of the world, yet they’re the ones who technically created the “beast.”

Let’s focus on the kaleidoscope.¬† How nuts was it to look into lens of some object to the stars? Let’s look at the introduction of the Atari – the first “inventive” video game system in the 80’s (I think?).¬† Let’s fast forward to the SNES and Sega Genesis.¬† Oh, those were supposed to ruin the lives of many people, yet I was able to befriend the best basketball player in my elementary school by having him come over and play a game with me before our 3rd grade class.

What about the introduction to MSN messenger and AIM?! Who remembers that? Ok, Korea had Xanga and Thailand had Hi-Five.¬† Yikes…that was into the dawn of the new millennium.¬† Remember pagers? I mean people were complaining about those, Myspace, and now they’re pointing fingers at FB.

Yes, just recently in Thailand there was a suicide on FB live.¬† Hell, there are beatings, killings, and all types of other things happening on FB live, YouTube, Twitter and so many other things….but it’s just exposing what human beings actually are.¬† That’s what it comes down to.

I mean how can we say something, which will continue to evolve and disrupt the world, is actually destroying our lives? Can you say accountability?¬† We’re now flying with in-flight entertainment systems before our eyes in some of the biggest aircraft to ever inhabit the sky; we can send messages and FaceTime with a human being who’s on the other side of the world; Air Traffic control, which I haven’t mentioned just yet, can redirect more than a dozen planes at one time and manoeuvre them around the city to avoid collision.¬† If we look at the deadliest years in aviation history, to what’s happening right now with Bitcoin…..which age groups exactly are the ones pointing fingers? Those that saw the JAL flight go down in Japan? The ones that were around while the USA invaded a small country in southeast Asia because of something called “communists?”¬† The only ones complaining about social media are those from a completely different time.¬† On the other hand, young one’s are on their phones and just adapting to what’s in front of their eyes.

Gary Vee, “technology is exposing exactly who we are, not changing who we are.¬† Everybody shows their best life on Instagram.¬† But that’s what we always did…we just did it over some coffee with a friend.¬† Mike Tyson’s punch out was suppose to ruin my life.¬† The walkman. You name it.”

Who’s profiting from the penny ads on these “fake news” websites? Can I ask you a question? How much money was made by each click when there was a “tsunami triggered” just off the coast of Alaska? Do you know how much these “news” websites make by delivering “circle of concern” type news to make it seem like it’s the end-of-the-world.

Everything is not what it seems.

Embrace the change.¬† Embrace the fact that this world is evolving into a magnificent planet….one that has evolved drastically in the last 4, 3, 2, 1, decade and a half.¬† Yes, we need to clean up the plastic island mess, stop hoarding all the damn fish with these fishing companies in the pacific, polluting our coral, and clean up our greenhouse emissions – but it will take an overall gigantic effort from us.¬† The individuals.¬† You…who are reading this.¬† It starts now.

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