I’ve always been puzzled by companies selling cars that could go 200 mph while there are not many roads in the world that are legal to drive beyond 85 mph. It felt like a secret pact made between the car industry and the government, setting a tax-collecting trap targeting and luring ordinary people. Some high-powered cars are capped at 250kph, so why don’t they simply cap it to country’s speed limit? A “Louis C.K. version” of the argument would be something like, “the only reason you’d be driving that fast is to run away from cops. That’s the only reason.”
This is probably a gap that everyone knows, but not a lot argue about.
Now, let’s talk about women and men. It’s a sensitive topic and I admit, I am not a woman, so I can’t say anything on their behalf. I do believe that the world will become a better place if we create more equal and fair working environment for any gender (or culture / ethnicity). It just feels like the right thing to do and pursue.
When I was young, I’ve fantasized about the Wall Street and its masculine bossy cultures. I’m not sure if I admired it, but it was fun to watch in the movies and I felt the catharsis of running a fast-paced organization full of workers doing homogeneous jobs, with the boss being the absolute best at it. Like those Chinese martial art movies where the teacher is the best martial artist in the country.
It became clear to me this was not always the case. In reality, the junior investment bankers stayed up late, crunched numbers, done researches and wrote reports, while their bosses went out to grab drinks and have fun. When the juniors got promoted, they too became like their bosses, reaping on high salary and bonuses while getting the new blood to serve them well. Deep inside, I’ve always felt this wasn’t really the kind of leader I respected nor wanted to become.
When I worked for a tech company back in my early 20s, our team’s manager was an eccentric guy. He joked a lot, sounded silly from time to time, didn’t seem that intense or focused on work, felt like he was laid back most of the time.
I’ve been a strong advocate of the future of VR. Let’s assume we have a device that allows us to wear for a long period of time without motion sickness or sore-eyes, with full peripheral vision and good-enough input device to express ourselves virtually. It doesn’t have to provide full tactile feedback yet.
If we can do just two things: creating/adding value (what people call ‘work’) and having fun (what people call ‘consume’) in such VR-enabled world, it could disrupt a lot of industries and solve many of today’s problems as a side-effect.
Think about some of the high-level problems we face today: energy problems (mostly used by transportation and industrial usages), pollution and climate change, lack of adequate healthcare, unemployment, education inequality, diversity issues (racism, gender, etc.). If VR is done right, we can solve most of these problems pretty efficiently.