The Friday Four #7

This week has been a busy one and I’ve spent half of it in a daze of sleep deprivation due to the illness of my son. Only a cold, so nothing serious. However, the little chap hasn’t been sleeping well, so that goes for me too!

As a result, finding time to read articles or listen to podcasts hasn’t been easy, but I’ve managed to fit in some time in the nooks and crannies of my daily routine.


6 Rules To Live By When You Work In An Office But Have Remote Team Members

First up this week is an article I was reading as research for a currently half written blog post. I do a lot of work managing remote freelancers and geographically distributed in-house teams. There’s a lot to think about if you really start to take into account all the ways in which people working in such a way could communicate better. This was partly what triggered my blog post about email earlier this week.

Something that I think is really important is for those team members working in an office to pay attention to what it’s like for freelancers who aren’t. It’s easy for misunderstandings to develop and for communication, in general, to be of poor quality. Tips #3 and #4 in this blog post really resonated with me.


Being a Better Freelancer 

I’m a sucker for articles on this kind of thing. I’m always looking for tips on areas where I feel I can improve. Not all of this is directly relevant to me, as the writer is a freelance UX designer, but some of the ideas he presents are useful for most freelancers.


How publishers can utilise artificial intelligence (AI)

I like to read and discover the possibilities of things like AI and machine learning. We live in interesting times, as someone once said about another time; every time is probably interesting to those living in it.

Whether we like it or not, AI is here, developing very quickly and is likely to force large-scale changes in society at some point pretty soon.

Personally, I think it’s important to at least understand the basics of what AI actually is and apart from the ideas for publishers, there’s a nicely written simple overview in here, with some common examples.


Jaron Lanier: ‘The solution is to double down on being human’

Speaking of AI and futuristic stuff, the ‘inventor’ of virtual reality, Jaron Lanier, was recently interviewed by The Guardian. I was curious to read this from the title, looking to find out what someone so embedded in the field thought about the way things were headed, in terms of human behaviour and existence.

In actual fact, the most interesting thing about the interview is that it focuses mainly on Lanier’s life, which is absolutely amazing! The interview has been arranged ostensibly to promote his memoir, which at times is obviously so ‘out there’ that at one point he is compelled to address the reader, having described the very peculiar world he inhabited in his youth: “You might be thinking by now that this book is a work of magical realism”, he says. Worth a read if you’re interested in curious human experiences.


OK, that’s me done for this week. Thanks for reading! If you know of any related stuff I might be interested to know about, give me a shout below.



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