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J'ai une théorie là dessus 1 : Il n'y a ni amitié ni amour (spontané)

Premier post d'une série sur mes "théories" que j'assène souvent à mes proches, parfois avec fondements et parfois sans, me basant juste sur une "vision". Elles sont souvent à propos de comportements humains inconscients.

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Il n'a pas d'amitié avec le ou les sexes que nous préférons. Il n'y a pas d'amour spontané non plus.
On est intéressé par l'autre et/ou attiré par l'autre à divers degrés.

Le niveau d'attirance, d'intérêt et des règles sociales vont déterminer jusqu'où nous allons aller en terme de témoignage affectif. Tout ceci se fait inconsciemment bien entendu.
Draguer consiste à augmenter l'intensité de témoignages affectifs par des mots, des touchés, un rapprochement.
Parfois des consentements explicites sont demandés pour passer sur une certaine gamme de témoignages affectifs. Le fameux "tu veux sortir avec moi" par exemple.
Parfois les choses se font plus naturellement.
L'alcool, drogue la…

Automating generosity to beggars

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How many people begging for money do you come across per day? 1, 2, 3, 4?



Do you hesitate to give, to not give, about how much to give, do you wonder if they need it if it worth it? Yes

Do you often end by almost not giving anything to anyone, to avoid any complex choices? Yes

Is it frustrating? a bit stressful? Yes

Solution:

Let's imagine something.
Each time you come across someone asking money, you give money to him/her. Systematically.

Small amount.
No thinking.
That's the key point. No thinking.
Generosity should be a reflex, just turn off light when you exit a room or lock your door when leaving your house.
You can still apply some exclusion criteria if you make them easily applicable.

How it will look like:

Conservative projection:
You come across 1 person a day, you give 50 cents.
Budget per...
...week: $3,5
...month: $14
...year: $168
As you won't have the exact sum every day, you can vary the amount a bit of course.
And you won't have everyday coins in your p…

Why do we build sand castles?

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When we were kids, we built sand castles on the beach.
We knew it will be destroyed. We knew it's somewhat useless but we loved it.

When we are adults, we still do kind of sand castles.
We spend a lot of time "chilling", checking Facebook, watching series, checking Facebook again, watching TV, playing video games.

Why don't we spend our free time being useful to someone/something, helping others, creating meaningful things?


Voice interfaces and bots are hitting the metadata wall, just like classic search

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What is a metadata?
"It describes the types, versions, relationships and other characteristics of digital materials." Wikipedia.

How is it used in search?

Imagine that "shirt A" has the following metadata in an e-commerce website:

Size: S, M, L, XLColor: blackStyle: funnyAvailablity: US, EuropeMaterial: syntheticDesign: street art.

If you search on the e-commerce website search engine:
"street art shirt", and narrow color to black shirts, "shirt A" will pop up.

If you ask this e-commerce website's bot:
"do you have a funny black shirt?" It will pop!

Metadata magic.

Without metadata, search engines can't work, neither than voice search or bots.

If you seek a restaurant serving good fish, with decent veggie options, with a terrace, at 10 km max from where you live, you'll suffer finding it.
Indeed:

Most search engines don't attach quality of a certain category of dishes (here, fish) to a restaurant. Most list veggie restaur…

Kickbox, Adobe's "basic income" to transform people into innvoators

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I've attended a Kickbox session at Adobe. I wanted to share some learnings with you.
Why Kickbox?
Transform all Adobe employees into innovators.
Adobe seeks ideas nobody else can do, ideas providing an unfair advantage to Adobe.

Why not just letting employees suggest ideas in an “idea box”?

Because the idea without the "ideaer" is useless. Adobe doesn’t need a database of ideas. It needs innovators driving ideas from a zen statement to a productised feature.
Why do I say it's  like basic income? Because each participant to a Kickbox session receive 1000 dollars to work on its projet. No control on money spending. Adobe give full confidence to its staff. It makes me think of basic income principle!
And the good thing is that as a Kickbox trainee, getting this sum motivates me! I feel I need to make great things in exchange of this generous gift!

Gathering feedback tips
No idea survives the first contact with a customer intact. It’s important to confront ideas to customers, p…

Brands will die if they continue to focus on list browsing and don't embrace conversational interactions

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People don't want what they wanted 15 years ago: lists.

People don't like to search, they like to find.
15 years ago, they wanted to find pages. Google solved it. The web was a bunch of walled garden portals. It was hard to just reach a website.
10 years ago, they wanted to find lists of things they are interested in to browse them: flights, clothes, hotel rooms, articles, anything. Tripadvisor, Expedia, Amazon, eBay etc. emerged.
Now people (for now early adopters an in the coming years, everybody) want to find answers to their questions. They don't care lists. They don't want to browse.
Uber (and other taxi apps) got it. You don't care what car, what guy, you want to know how much to go from A to B with a good quality.
Amazon Now got it. You don't want an infinite choice of goods, just a limited set of references, delivered quickly.
TimeToSignOff (a newsletter in France) got it: a limited set of information, high quality, picked with caution.
Tinder got it. Y…