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Articles on how life and work are changing. Topics include: digital nomads, remote work, the future of work and much more.

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Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019

Sid Sijbrandij: “People don’t want to commute; they just don’t want to miss out”

We’re remote because people stopped showing up. In the beginning, there was no office because it was me in the Netherlands, Marin, in Serbia and Dmitriy, in Ukraine. Later on, I had two desks next to each other. But the Dutch team member who just joined after a few days didn’t show up because you could just work from home and everyone else was doing that. It was natural

Monday, Oct 7, 2019

Do we have to love our work?

Passion or love doesn’t have to be part of the work/job equation. The value of work is that you get paid to do it, not that you’d do it even if you didn’t get paid. It even bothers a lot of other writers that my main reason for being a writer is that I get paid to write. Sure I like it, but I don’t like it more than my other hobbies.

Friday, Oct 4, 2019

This Simple Structure Unites All Human Languages

Human language is amazingly creative. If you make up a sentence of any complexity, and search for that exact sentence on the Internet, it’s almost never there. Virtually everything we say is novel. Yet at the heart of this capacity of ours lies an incredibly simple piece of mental technology: Merge. Merge takes two bits of language, say two words, and creates out of them another bit of language. It builds the hierarchical structures of language.

Thursday, Oct 3, 2019

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019

Talent is everywhere, opportunity is not. We are all losing out because of this.

The world needs ideas and innovation to make progress against the many problems we face. Creative and talented people that can contribute to this important work are everywhere, but the opportunity to develop is limited to only a small number of well-off children. As a consequence of this, we all – the entire world population – are missing out on the creativity and innovations that would enrich our world and help us move forward.

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019

Monday, Sep 30, 2019

Friday, Sep 27, 2019

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019

Photographer removes our smartphones to show our strange and lonely new world

Are you reading this on a handheld device? There’s a good chance you are. Now imagine how’d you look if that device suddenly disappeared. Lonely? Slightly crazy? Perhaps next to a person being ignored? As we are sucked in ever more by the screens we carry around, even in the company of friends and family, the hunched pose of the phone-absorbed seems increasingly normal.

Digital nomads, what's your end game?

Are you planning on traveling until you find somewhere you want to live forever, or will you eventually return to your home country? Are you investing money while you travel (In your home country or elsewhere)? I’m about to start being nomadic, so I’m interested in reading about any long-term plans that current nomads have.

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019

The Rise of “Remote Working”

This means that companies are now in a position, if they choose, to give any worker the choice of whether they want to do their job remotely or stick to an office. Some companies have taken to quicjkly, offering workers the chance at a higher quality of life in lower-cost regions, others haven’t — yet.