How to make the most of meetings, with Tim Ferriss, Elon Musk, and Carson Tate
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- What are subscribers learning this week? Tim Ferriss explains why the smartest person in the room may be the person least afraid to look dumb.
- In one of our Deep Dives, learn how the quality of our future lives will depend on the answers to 3 technology questions.
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Successful people tend to have a couple of everyday superpowers for breaking through, says podcaster Tim Ferriss, whose lesson for Big Think Edge this week reveals where you can get yours.
Lawyer and therapist Bill Eddy charts through the jungle of amped-up, and conflicting, news coverage we face every day. Tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa proposes a framework for balancing the benefits and perils of technology that will change the way you look at humanity's future.
You'll also learn to put Elon Musk's unorthodox meeting philosophy into practice to change the way you attend, and run, meetings forever.
All this and more is coming to Big Think Edge this week!
Become the smartest person in the room: Develop superpowers by investigating what others won't, with Tim Ferriss
Author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss interviews a wide range of luminaries on his business podcast, many of whom employ a pair of odd techniques: These people are not afraid to ask dumb questions, and they appreciate the value of absurd ideas. Dumb questions, Ferriss explains, often aren't really so dumb, and absurd ideas can be eye-opening as a way of shaking up your thinking. From building his own career, Ferriss vouches for both strategies, and he presents some persuasive evidence that you should give them a try.
Available September 9 in Boost Your Professional Intelligence
Get past crises, evil villains, and superheroes: Essential questions for screening fake news, with Bill Eddy
We live in an era in which conflicts regularly occur between people operating from completely different sets of "facts." It's largely because we take in great gulps of (mis)information as we spin from one crisis to another, feverishly reported by news outlets and individuals whose success depends on keeping us in a state of near-panic. Author of Why We Elect Narcissists and Sociopaths Bill Eddy has some questions you can ask yourself that will help you separate the fake news from the real.
Available September 11 in Boost Your Analytic Intelligence
Evaluate future possibilities: 3 lenses for analyzing the potential of disruptive technologies, with Vivek Wadhwa
Our technology-driven future will be amazing. Or terrifying. Probably both, if its development is left to chance as it has been so far. As Paul Simon wrote in 1986, "These are the days of miracles and wonders, and don't cry, baby, don't cry." Vivek Wadhwa is the author of The Driver in the Driverless Car, and he's watching the road ahead. He suggests a reset and a more careful consideration of the future we're building before it's upon us. The answers to three questions, he asserts, can help us get there safely, equitably, and together.
Available September 12 in Boost Your Analytical Intelligence
Elon Musk’s 3 Rules for Effective Meetings
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In a world where time is money, how do you make the most of the meetings you attend? Or if you're the one calling the meeting, how do you make sure it doesn't suck? Working smarter rather than harder means questioning the format of existing routines.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk has disrupted multiple industries, but that all started with disrupting his own organizations: This week, we dive into his 3 rules for running smarter meetings, and pair his insights with productivity expert Carson Tate to bring you customizable strategies for making your meetings magic.
Available September 9 in Deep Dives
Scientists have found evidence of hot springs near sites where ancient hominids settled, long before the control of fire.
Finances can be a stressor, regardless of tax bracket. Here are tips for making better money decisions.
- Whether you have a lot of money or a lot of debt, it matters how you handle your personal finances. A crucial step when it comes to saving is to reassess your relationship with money and to learn to adopt a broader, more logical point of view.
- In this video, social innovator and activist Vicki Robin, psychologist Daniel Kahneman, Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton, and author Bruce Feiler offer advice on achieving financial independence, learning to control your emotions, spending smarter, and teaching children about money.
- It all starts with education and understanding. The more you know about how money works, the better you will be at avoiding mistakes and the easier it will be to take control of your financial circumstances.
The electric car manufacturer says updates to its battery design and manufacturing process will help lower production costs.
- The high cost of batteries is the main reason why electric vehicles cost more than gas-powered cars.
- At the company's 'Battery Day' event on Tuesday, Tesla announced a new battery design that will give its cars more power and a longer range.
- The success of Tesla's plan depends on its ability to scale up production.
Screenshot of Tesla's 'Battery Day' presentation
Tesla<p>It's unclear when Tesla will stop using cobalt, or when it will stop sourcing its batteries from Panasonic. But the company claims that its new battery design and manufacturing changes will allow the company to cut the cost per kilowatt-hour in half. If Tesla can successfully scale up production, the company could hit its goal of $100 per kilowatt-hour sooner than expected.</p><p>Hitting that mark could usher in the electric-car revolution, considering $100 per kilowatt-hour is <a href="https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/How-Soon-Can-Tesla-Get-Battery-Cell-Cost-Below-100-per-Kilowatt-Hour" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">generally regarded as the threshold</a> the industry needs to reach in order to make electric vehicles cost competitive with gas-powered cars. </p><p>A $25,000 electric car would also be Tesla's cheapest offering by far. The company had previously promised a $35,000 car, but only offered one at that price for a limited time. Tesla's website says its Model 3, its cheaper car, starts at about <a href="https://www.industryweek.com/leadership/article/22027923/tesla-declines-as-model-3-price-cut-renews-demand-concerns" target="_blank">$39,000.</a></p>
Photo of Tesla's new battery design
Tesla<p>To be sure, Musk is known for promising big on his projects, but not always following through on the promised timetable. But despite having an "insanely hard" 2020, as Musk said, Tesla's had a good past couple years.<br></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"In 2019, we had 50% growth," Musk said at the event. "And I think we'll do really pretty well in 2020, probably somewhere between 30 to 40 percent growth, despite a lot of very difficult circumstances."</p>
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