Learning pods, creator economy, and the weather

Published almost 3 years ago • 2 min read

Hi nerds -

I salute you from Miami!

I've been traveling through California and Oregon these past few days, doing some bookshop hunting and pondering about how much the how the climate of a city impacts people's behaviors.

3 intellectual goodies

  • Learning pods: I am ever more convinced that learning pods will replace schools. Learning pods are hyper-personalized, educational groups, where kids get together as they receive their online courses individually. This is the sweet spot between online education and physical schools. Kids take classes specifically tailored to their learning journey, while they get to hang out with other kids and get guidance from a local teacher. Parents, kids, and teachers design together the child's educational path based on their interests, talents, and eagerness. Kids learn from the best teachers around the world and have friends all over cyberspace.

  • The Weather: People who live in the same types of climate behave similarly even when they may be on opposite sides of the planet. They wear similar clothes, eat similar foods, and enjoy doing similar things during their spare time. There's an undeniable connection between our environment and our behavior. Finding a way to use that to our advantage is well-design urbanism.

  • Creator Economy: Currently, consumers are spending ~4.2 hours a day using apps on their smartphone. That's a 30% in increase from two years prior, translating to 38% increase in app spend. And it makes sense. We are studying, working, celebrating birthdays, and dating online, which explains why most of us feel overwhelmed with the infinite possibilities and overload of information. This is why we're willing to place our most valuable resources, trust and attention, in creators. Creators are virtually acting as our filter of the internet. The problem is, if we consume the same information everyone else does, we'll get the same results and ideas. The most interesting patterns come from obscure data, combined with life experiences and insightful observations.

2 brain farts

"In a world awash in information, the curator is king. Behind each digital throne is an algorithm, a specialized artificial intelligence that is powered by data. More data means better machine learning which attracts more talent that build better products that attract more users that generate more data. Rinse, repeat."
~ Imagining New Institutions for the Internet Age

"The art of debugging is figuring out what you really told your program to do rather than what you thought you told it to do."

~ Andrew Singer

1 funky audio

I listen to Poolside.FM about the same amount I listen to Spotify these days.

Tokyo Disco, Hangover Club, or Friday Nite Heat, Poolside is a retro-modern version of your favorite summer radio station - with playlists for all moods and pods.

Wrapped around a Miami Vice design, Poolside.FM is candy for the eyes, the ears, and the soul. I highly recommend their Indie Summer playlist and their mobile app.


Thank you for reading! Juicy ideas always welcomed 💡

Until next time,

Jules 🤸🏻‍♂️


Learning to code is 21st century super-power. I work as a Software Engineer and teacher around the world. My purpose is to empower others by showing them what we can do with our brain, a computer and wifi.

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