People design systems for humans based on their conception of human nature. This has worked pretty well so far! But there’s a lot problems happening right now that can’t be addressed by these old ideas. We need a new, unifying idea of why people make choices. This is where Value-Based Human Systems comes in.
The evolution of our definition of life and species isn’t as static as you might think. You might say it’s *evolved* over time!
Euclidian geometry is generally how we think about space. You have a grid and the lines in a grid never intersect. But there’s tons of other versions of space, like the grid on a sphere where some lines do meet as they go to infinity. This is non-euclidian geometry and it offers interesting opportunities to create fascinating art.
When you want to see the distribution of a bunch of data-points, like grades, you usually make a histogram. But how do you choose the right bin size? Well, with Kernel Density Estimation, you don’t need to. Throw that histogram out the window!
Chefs create recipes from the first principles. One of the ways they do this is by looking at the end product they want and combining the ingredients at hand. This is reminiscent of the Theory of Change put forth by Aaron Schwartz. Here we cover both of these while trying to make an awesome bowl of ramen!
The “mono” in the word “monogamy” means having one romantic partner. Similarly, “poly” in the word “polyamory” means multiple romantic partners. It’s a VERY personal choice that many people make that basically boils down to eschewing cultural norms (with all the challenges that implies) in exchange for greater relationship freedom and versatility.
In Sept 2015, Chenyu returned to LA from Shenzhen and lived in different Airbnbs for 365 days, during which she knocked open 99 doors and shared a slice of life with pilots, filmmakers and artists.
Chenyu “travelled” within the city of Los Angeles, explored 20 neighborhoods and experienced the full spectrum of humanity from empathy, conflict, help from strangers, and culture differences. This journey made her belong to LA, a mega-city that she used to feel distant to.
Her live blog and lifestyle has become a media phenomenon in China, and inspired hundreds of Chinese travelers to use Airbnb.
After moving to SF, Chenyu’s urban nomad life has been more challenging. To make it affordable, Chenyu started pet-sitting and paint dogs for hosts to exchange for stays.
– urban nomad: Why, what, how, challenges, memorable stories
– Take aways for hosts & guests
– co-living & subscription service to productize urban nomad lifestyle
– culture differences as an Asian traveler, such as recycling / composting, continental breakfast does not include eggs, and “bed sheet” is not common in Asia, which can lead to better guest/host experiences