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Things to pay attention to in 2023
Amplifying the VCP's foresight recommendations and adding some of my own.
As I’ve mentioned in many past posts, I produce a show called ‘The Vance Crowe Podcast’ where we interview guests who spot patterns in business, culture and science that others don’t—or haven’t yet.
We look for people that are ‘up-the-graph’ in that the things they are building, the groups they are leading, and the ideas they are exploring are upstream of where society is headed as a whole.
In our most recent episode, my friend and business partner Vance sat down to highlight some things that he thinks are worth paying attention to in 2023 based on the conversations we’ve hosted in 2022.
He talks podcasts to get valuable ideas and information from, novel tools that are being worked on like nostr and ChatGPT, and finally about the people in our gravity well who have made the biggest difference towards the things that we are producing.
At around the 10 minute mark, Vance also talks about how I’ve personally been using the podcast to build relationships that have been critical for me in jumping past accreditation barriers in the scientific world since I choose not to go to college but am still passionate about doing work in this space.
We encourage others to do the same. Use our show as a conversation opener to build the relationship that will change your life. Send one of our guests who made an impact on you an email or a direct message saying why you appreciated something they said, and it will always be a warm introduction. If you’re really hesitant to reaching out directly, then you can always send Vance or myself a note asking for a personal introduction. We are not trying to bombard our past guests with these introductions, but we have done this quite a few times in the past and the results have always been more positive than we’ve expected.
A large portion of the ideas that I share, the events that I explore and the people that I reference on this newsletter are a direct result of working on this podcast, and so I thought it would be pertinent to amplify this episode we recently put out here. I hope that you take 30 minutes—or 15 on 2x speed—to check it out, and consider what you’re paying attention to in 2023. After all:
attention is your bandwidth for changing the universe
Substacks I’m paying attention to
Aside from the items and individuals mentioned in the episode, and in spirit of my own write-ups here on Substack, here is a list of other publications like this one that I recommend checking out:
Research I’m paying attention to
I’ll be having some of my first research publications coming down the pipeline this year. I’m pretty excited by this since it was at one point something I never thought I’d have the opportunity to accomplish once I made the decision to pivot out of university. I will share updates on those as they come out. I am currently in the *very fun* stage of learning about the peer review process.
In the meantime, I’ve kept notes on some of the directions I’m exploring here, and below are some of the individuals heading labs whose work I’m following very closely:
Michael Levin | “Theory and applications of understanding diverse intelligence in evolved, designed, and hybrid complex systems.”
Andrew Adamatzky | “Computer science, applied mathematics, artificial intelligence, unconventional computing, nature-inspired computing, physics of computation, automata theory, cellular automata.”
Oded Rechavi | “Challenging basic dogmas regarding inheritance and evolution, using simple powerful genetic model organisms.”
Albert-László Barabási | “How networks emerge, what they look like, and how they evolve; and how networks impact on understanding of complex systems.”
3/4 of the above have been guests on the VCP.
Aside from the podcast, Vance and I work together on something called Legacy Interviews. These are privately recorded conversations that capture a person’s stories, values and wisdom in a format designed to last 1000+ years. If you have ever wanted to support what I do here or the podcast and haven’t been sure how, this is a great way to do so. Since moving into our new studio and adding leather bound transcripts to our service, we’ve really caught a stride in what we’re doing here.
It is deeply important to me because it is a way to help people come to terms with time.
For the next few weeks, I’ll be paying attention to beauty in Europe.
Be intentional with your attention.
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