No matter where you are in the world, it’s safe to say that April has been a busy month! So, before we get started, let’s take some collective inspiration, perhaps with a cup of your favorite beverage or your after-work beverage in hand, as we settle into a series of articles, podcasts, books, and videos that piqued our interest.
Much like our ever-changing seasons, this eclectic mix of inspiration will have you eagerly awaiting what happens next on our Super8 list.
Hosted by Sarah El-Atm, get ready to explore artificial intelligence and art, sad songs and their hidden powers, Arab constitutionalism and what happens when our minds wander.
Now release that breath (queue to exhale) and take a sip of your favorite drink. It’s Super8 in April.
1. Dall.E 2 can create art from text description.
Oh yes, you read that title correctly. OpenAI has released Dall.E 2 – a new improved version of Dall.E 1 and according to this research paper it is also the preferred version for photorealism matching captions.
Explore the OpenAI page to see how Dall.E 2 works. You can compare text descriptions and illustrations to see how they pull together the images.
2. Email client market share.
We often share all kinds of technology and industry updates among team members in August. This email client market share update is a useful reminder of the dominance of certain platforms in the market and that the battle for increased market share is ever-present.
What suspense… the search giant Google is a bit behind the times.
But who could be the favourite? Keep reading Kimberly Huang’s article to find out.
3. What happens when our minds wander.
If you’ve never listened to the ABC show, All In The Mind, we recommend adding it to your playlist.
It’s a wonderful exploratory program that will give you something to ponder, ponder…maybe even take a walk. And this episode is no exception.
What’s weird is that not only do we generate simulations based on our memories of past experiences, when our mind wanders, but we also learn from scenarios that never even happened.
You’ll learn about accidental discoveries, whether our minds and bodies are separated from each other during the day (say what?!), and why letting your mind wander can be so good for you.
4. Arab constitutionalism: an interview with Zaid Al Ali.
Not everyone will find a scintillating constitutional law podcast to listen to, but if you’re in the mood to learn something new, learn something you might not know about constitutional law, and maybe even let your mind wander, so tune in to this episode hosted by Adrienne Stone.
Zaid Al Ali, Senior Program Officer for International IDEA, speaks with Adrienne about his book, “Arab Constitutionalism: The Coming Revolution.”
It was a great conversation to learn more about Zaid’s background, the idea of constitutional revolution and some of the challenges facing the Arab region.
5. Unconditional parenting.
Technically it’s not an article, but we love a good book, even better when it comes in audio form.
Included on purpose, this audiobook version of hardcore parenting by Alfie Kohn may challenge your current thinking about parenthood, while providing a different perspective and insight you may not have considered before.
Narrated by the author, we recommend listening to this on a long walk – let your mind wander, ponder and question.
6. Epictetus and approach to life through laughter.
Ryan Holiday is one of the best known Stoics of modern times. His books contain a myriad of teachings of Stoic philosophy from great names such as Marcus Aurelius, Socrates, Plato and many more.
His podcast series, The Daily Stoic, features short episodes on Stoicism as well as longer interviews with guests who apply the Stoic philosophy in their daily lives.
This episode is a fantastic conversation between Ryan and his guest, Scott Thompson, and explores Scott’s fascinating background and the striking similarities between tragedy and triumph.
7. The hidden power of sad songs.
Admittedly, this TED talk presented by Susan Cain dates from 2019, but its subject is just as relevant today as it was a few years ago. Not only because of recent world events, but also because the topic gives you a taste of the content in Susan’s new book, Bittersweet, released this month.
You may be familiar with Susan’s work in her previous book, Quiet, and the research she published on the power of introverts.
This TED talk sheds light on why some of us find certain types of music uplifting even though it may sound considerably sad, and how we can use this insight to better understand our friends, family, and ultimately ourselves.
8. Tectonics of technological talents.
You’ve seen all the headlines, read the articles, heard the reports, and may even be experiencing the challenges of hiring right now.
We feel for you. The talent market is playing a different kind of post-COVID game.
Here, McKinsey’s Sven Blumberg and associates offer a refreshing and helpful perspective on what you can do as an employer when thinking about your talent management strategy. Besides, everyone loves a listicle, right?