What is more important, process or outcome?

What is more important, process or outcome?

Obviously we all want positive outcomes. We want to win. We want to get a new or better  job. We want to trade or invest successfully. We want more sales. We want our business or other ventures to succeed. We want positive relationships. We want to reach any goal we set for ourselves.

It is easy to measure the outcomes of any process, just look at the results. It is also easy to blame ourselves or others when we fail to reach a successful outcome.  As a matter of fact, we often go beyond blame and attach our self worth to the outcome. “I’m a failure” or “I’m not good enough, smart enough, strong enough, etc”.  When we start to define our self worth by our outcomes, we will likely stop before we even get started. We actually  imprint limiting beliefs upon ourselves.  Instead, consider focusing on the process. If you don’t like your outcome change your process. 

Process is a system and every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.

Examine your process and develop evidence based best practices (rules) that represents your efforts to systematize your approach and to improve your efforts.  

When we begin to define our self worth by the sincere efforts we make and how well we followed our system, then the the process itself becomes satisfying and rewarding– no matter the outcome. In fact, we need not even concern ourselves much with the individual outcome. While we of course have goals, and certainly want to achieve our goals (winning), we are not focusing on the future end goal. Instead, we are focusing on the present moment. We are putting complete and total effort into the the present moment in time, executing the process, which in turn will define the outcome.

Your process is what will define your outcome.

Consider Coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. The story is often told of the enormous effort in practice and the boardroom perfecting each component of the game. No other team comes close to the development of a rules based systematized approach. Every play of every down is a process to be executed and perfected. The resulting outcome (winning) is defined by their process.

Check out this article on a guy who played a million hands of poker and consider how important the process is to him. “Are you trying to play great?  Or are you hoping to get lucky?”  

It’s useful and interesting.

We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth

“We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth.”

-Vernor Vinge

The Road to Super-intelligence

You may not realize it, but we are living at a most remarkable time in history. The exponential leaps in technology that are upon us right now will rival anything seen in history. The technological change over the next 20-50 years will be greater than what had occurred in hundreds of years through the last several centuries. Imagine living at the point in time on the above chart. Now stop imagining, because that is where you are now living.  

What does it mean to you?  Whether you are an entrepreneur, employer, employee, investor, consumer, anyone– you owe it to yourself to understand where we are and whats coming at us fast. It might then be wise, to think about the threats and more importantly, the opportunities that are coming.

What Is AI?

If you’re like me, you used to think Artificial Intelligence was a silly sci-fi concept, but lately you’ve been hearing it mentioned by serious people, and you don’t really quite get it.

There are three reasons a lot of people are confused about the term AI:

1) We associate AI with movies. Star Wars. Terminator. 2001: A Space Odyssey. Even the Jetsons. And those are fiction, as are the robot characters. So it makes AI sound a little fictional to us.

2) AI is a broad topic. It ranges from your phone’s calculator to self-driving cars to something in the future that might change the world dramatically. AI refers to all of these things, which is confusing.

3) We use AI all the time in our daily lives, but we often don’t realize it’s AI. John McCarthy, who coined the term “Artificial Intelligence” in 1956, complained that “as soon as it works, no one calls it AI anymore.” Because of this phenomenon, AI often sounds like a mythical future prediction more than a reality. At the same time, it makes it sound like a pop concept from the past that never came to fruition. Ray Kurzweil says he hears people say that AI withered in the 1980s, which he compares to “insisting that the Internet died in the dot-com bust of the early 2000s.”

So let’s clear things up. First, stop thinking of robots. A robot is a container for AI, sometimes mimicking the human form, sometimes not—but the AI itself is the computer inside the robot. AI is the brain, and the robot is its body—if it even has a body. For example, the software and data behind Siri is AI, the woman’s voice we hear is a personification of that AI, and there’s no robot involved at all.

Secondly, you’ve probably heard the term “singularity” or “technological singularity.” This term has been used in math to describe an asymptote-like situation where normal rules no longer apply. It’s been used in physics to describe a phenomenon like an infinitely small, dense black hole or the point we were all squished into right before the Big Bang. Again, situations where the usual rules don’t apply. In 1993, Vernor Vinge wrote a famous essay in which he applied the term to the moment in the future when our technology’s intelligence exceeds our own—a moment for him when life as we know it will be forever changed and normal rules will no longer apply. Ray Kurzweil then muddled things a bit by defining the singularity as the time when the Law of Accelerating Returns has reached such an extreme pace that technological progress is happening at a seemingly-infinite pace, and after which we’ll be living in a whole new world. I found that many of today’s AI thinkers have stopped using the term, and it’s confusing anyway, so I won’t use it much here (even though we’ll be focusing on that idea throughout).

Check out the full article here: It’s useful and interesting!