Author Archives: Mazurkiewicz Mateusz

Are we prepared for tech development?

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It is great to observe how we are changing our world. Want to share some story or read some news? We can reach to thousands of people by few swipes of a finger via a device that fits in our pockets. Tired of travelling across the world to meet some business partners? Jump into the internet and organize a conference call. Tired of traffic jams or afraid of your concentration on the road? Use self-driving cars to make sure you will get anywhere on time and without causing any accidents. These improvements and many others make our lives much easier. We do not need some researches to see that more and more people use technology. Even some of the simplest daily tasks are becoming unreachable without the help of a machine. In some cases, it is turning out to have some dramatical impact. Recent studies are showing there is a huge amount of problems caused by new tech. And the number is increasing. Are we ready to develop ourselves among with technology, or are we letting it develop us?


“The fear of being without a mobile phone.”

Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together”- Facebook mission statement

I have recently played a game. I went out to a bar with a bunch of my friends. The rules were simple. We all put down our phones in the middle of the table. The first to pick it up is paying a bill. The reactions were quite the same. We all felt unconscious about not having a possibility to keep in touch with what is happening on social network accounts or about not answering the phone. I thought it is not a problem for me to get rid of my phone. Although I used to reprimand someone about the amount of time they waste on the internet I found it relates to me also. Just the fact I was not allowed to touch my phone stressed me out.

This graph illustrates one of the experiments that took place at California State University. Task was simple. Come into the class, sit down and do nothing for one hour. No talking, no moving, just sitting behind the desk. Students were separated into two groups: half was allowed to have a mobile phone in their pockets and the other half had to lean it to the professor. Surprisingly both groups had the same results. There was no difference whether students carried their phone with them or if it was taken away if they could not access it. They measured the level of anxiety throughout the experiment. It turned out that people considered as daily phone users were close to a panic attack at the end of an hour without using their phone.


Mobile devices are meant to create strong communities and increase the efficiency of communication. Ron Sirgley, the professor on the MIT created a survey among his students. After two weeks of not using their phone here is what he managed to figure out:

  • People bring out their phones in face-to-face conversation. It is rude and unacceptable but still, it is happening.
  • Mobile device is sometimes a shield from awkward situations. People prefer to lock in a small electronic box rather than keep eye contact or start a conversation.
  • “I have to admit, it was pretty nice without the phone all week. Didn’t have to hear the fucking thing ring or vibrate once, and didn’t feel bad not answering phone calls because there were none to ignore.”- one of the students

Students pointed out some benefits of this experiment: better quality of sleep, doing things faster, easier to communicate with others. The tone of some students felt like they were referring to spending time with the mobile phone as a type of harassment. Phones reveal themselves as a new type of addiction. Every addiction influence our life by taking our freedom of choice at some point. It should be for us in our world, not creating new world we can’t live without.

Digital dementia:

Analogous state to Alzheimer’s might be linked to the screen lifestyle is as controversial as it is potentially troubling.”

Ever met someone with Alzheimer’s disease? It is scary to see how negative it affects their perception of the world. It used to be considered as an old people illness. Turns out it may not be anymore.

Recent studies are showing we can destroy our cognitive abilities just by using electronic devices daily. There is plenty of children already with similar brain changes as older people with diseases. Overuse of smartphones lead to replacing our own memory with a digital one. While using all kind of digital technology we are switching from learning, remembering and processing facts to just reacting on some stimulations. Although these symptoms are not as dangerous and advanced as real dementia we should take a closer look at this topic. Computer games can elaborate our imagination, but should we put our cognitive abilities on the line? Especially if we are talking about the youngest? It is safer not to replace normal exercises with some digital tech, although it is easier and requires less effort. It also may transfer into depression, decreasing level of confidence and various learning disorders.



Manfred Spitzer: “Cyfrowa demencja. W jaki sposób pozbawiamy rozumu siebie i swoje dzieci.” (parts)

Technological threats

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We are aware of new technologies. We know the purpose of creating AI. We all know the fields where it is used or where it can be improved even further. The main question is: How is it working?

The unspoken fact is that developers actually do not know what they are developing. We do not follow how it is learning, we only care about the results at this point. The AI is spreading pretty fast, but should we accept this fact and stick to something we can not really understand at this point? Yeah, I have heard about the accuracy of 80% and higher of positive solutions made by computers. With less effort and much less time wasted. That is not the point though. We are not living in numbers. The amount of data stored and analysed is uncountable. At the end of the day, it does not matter for us how many times machine learning will get something right. More important is what type of mistake we are considering. What will be its consequences and the number of people involved?

If we will be able to program things like us, what if we were programmed or we can be programmable?” ~Kristian Hammond

Actually, we should be terrified. Only way to defend AI development, as it is right now, is through accepting all science-fiction movies and the theories of us destroyed by some “Greater Mind”. We are aware of our cognition. It is easy for us to research a new topic with understanding of the path we followed. What is the way to describe AI cognition? How it is improving new skills? We are basing on such things as:

  • Emotions
  • Creativity
  • Humour
  • Consciousness
  • Intuition

Machine learning cannot take those elements to consider. There is no way to implicate it. We can share our experience by uploading and feeding programs with more data. Our own intellectual laziness makes us blind on the possible tragedy. What makes us believe that the algorithms we created will work properly? Look at the self-driving cars. Car is on the road. Legal speed, everything normal. Then a kid on the bike suddenly appears from the left side of the cars traffic pass, just before it. From the right, there is an older woman going straight under the wheels. Too late for breaks. What is the decision to make? Within those options: turn left- hit the kid, turn right- hit the woman, go straight and possibly make them both suffer. It is a moral dilemma. Personally, I do not know and will not ever make such a decision. It would be an impulse I suppose. That’s all. Life is life and we have no rights to choose between one or another. Let’s follow the process of self-driving car decision making. Which option is better? Who has more chance of surviving? Who is responsible? I would love to see the explanation of that kind decision making.

Autonomous weapons, social manipulation, invasion of privacy, discrimination. We can not let AI dominate these fields. One word connecting all globally successful people- INTUITION. Scientists, businessmen, trend influencers, all of them followed “the gut” which allows them to improve. How to define intuition? Where does it come from? How to implicate it into AI? We are not conscious about the source of it, so we can not program it what so ever. The change FBI’s Cyber Security Department statement is summing this up perfectly, from- “There are two types of organisations: those who suffered a cyber-attack, and those who didn’t yet” to- “There are two types of organisations: those who suffered a cyber-attack, and those who don’t know yet”.

We all know AI will kill many workplaces in a while. In my opinion, it will create almost the same amount. If the awareness of threats will raise we will need a huge amount of people to analyze its steps. People partnering AI will be necessary for the successful development of this technology. Manipulate questions to ask not to be manipulated. We need to lead, not follow.



Keep it simple!

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Nowadays almost each and every day new technology or idea is appearing. Especially it affects us, participants of this blog. We are more likely targeted as potential customers of those inventions. It is a huge opportunity to gain experience, see how it works for us all and how innovations will grow in time or collapse as a huge waste of money, time and effort. We are a young generation with a huge potential for developing new things. We will be the ones to change the actual market in the future. That is why it is so important not to lose a track to where we are going to improve.

I assume most of us would like to become an entrepreneur one day. It does not mean we are obliged to start a company within a few years. Just at some point in career, we will see the whole market from a whole new perspective. Things to improve or new ways of starting companies may just pop into our heads. With such fast changes around you never know what will come. It is crucial to remember one thing- technology is for us, it should not take over our life to turn this model upside down.

Majority of the population see technology as a very complicated topic. Just keep in mind where does improvement come from! Humanity through the centuries is trying to make life easier. New inventions are just a way of expressing our willingness to improve. Even only to fulfil our basic human needs in a much enjoyable, or useful way. The fact we live in such a well-developed society is not an argument just to focus on finding new blockchains or other mindblowing, difficult technologies. We have still many fields to create some new ways of adjusting normal life activities. Think in an even simpler way. One of the fastest-growing fields is global wealthiness and ecology right now. We can try to solve most pressing problems of the world, which also includes, for example, lack of food. We do not need some advanced tech to achieve that goal. Hunger is one of the biggest tragedies in the world, but it is just an example. Open your minds and search for many others, smaller improvements before overcomplicating the case.

In those “rush hours”, it is necessary to ask yourself a few questions:

  1. What is my great idea?
  2. What is the problem I would like to solve?
  3. Why this area? Why it may work?

In most cases, there are three ways to start creating your own value on the market.


Sometimes all what it takes is to jump into the bath to shout out loud “Eureka!” one day. Just watch your environment carefully.


If you find any new technology do not over complicate it. The most important thing is not to lose the client or target problem from your vision. At the end of the day, he will be the one who will keep you moving.


Nothing can relax more than keeping up with our hobbies. Doing and searching for stuff around something that you truly admire is the best way to find innovative solutions. Just keep digging into it!


What is the more valuable thing than learning from the greatest? Lets research the process in which Bill Gates started his foundation. Under the quote “We are impatient optimists working to reduce inequity” with his wife they are following dream to help poor regions, especially in Africa. Nothing new some might say. How we can fight this problem? By… Reinventing toilets!? Imagine 3 millions of children die every year because of diarrhoea. It is unthinkable that something which need just a pill and glass of water is killing such amount of human beings. There are no toilets or sewer systems in most places, even in big cities. Raising the quality of water which is the key to success. Bill Gates hired the whole team just to provide new type of toilets and invent new sewer systems reachable for Africa conditions. Imagine how improvement in such basic needs like sanitary can solve one of the most tempting problems of the 21st century.


Imagine your greatest fear, especially when you were a child. Connected with doctors? Yeah me too… Everyone is afraid of dentists. Strong anxiety is almost touchable in a dentists waiting room. On the other hand, we all need to visit them from time to time. Let me introduce you to the company called LULU. It is a small ball connected to a pair of headphones which is invented to lower the stress level of this, for some even horrible, experience.

“1. Lu Smart Ball measures and reduces patients’ stress levels, measures medical condition and improves patient-dentist communication.

2. Lu Headphones reduce dental equipment noises to a minimum and help patients relax by playing custom composed, soothing music.

3. Lu Dock collects and analyses data to improve services in the future.”.

It is fantastic!. This Polish start-up was granted and access to participate in the 2nd edition of MIT Enterprise Forum. They are improving pretty fast, because of its usefulness. Currently, they are in a great spot to improve their contacts and set up sales worldwide. The path to great success is in such small things. Just keep your eyes open!


Book: “Przedsiębiorczość zdyscyplinowana” by Bill Aulet




Future of Education

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We are in the place, that we have no idea what’s going to happen in the future”- Sir Ken Robinson.

Nowadays it is hard to follow the changes in a developing world. Due to new technologies, appearing every year, we have to go through a process of constant learning. Not only we have to adapt and change our habits to fit in, but also it is necessary to keep trying to understand how to follow trends effectively. It gives us the comfort of being familiar with new ideas. What’s more – we won’t be shocked in case we wake up in the world we do not understand.

Let’s turn our thinking in another, new direction. Leave behind all this constant and monotonous knowledge insertion. Who does need books in these days? We all have internet access, stop wrapping your thoughts just around hard facts. Learning and teaching how to adapt to new tasks is more valuable. Soft skills are a fundament to switch our brains from school desks lifestyle to tech-aware, new path. “One unifying factor of these trends is the focus on the direct impact technology will have on people.” It has been 50 years of internet development and just next 5 will bring the same amount of impact. ”

Hyperautomatization– combination of ML and automation tools in work. Multi experience– online users perspective will drastically change how users perceive the digital world. Human augmentation– how technology should be used to deliver cognitive and physical improvements in our lives. Transparency– a variety of attitudes and actions we need to undertake to raise awareness of new tech. (Those are only few of Gartner’s new top 10 strategic technologies, link in sources).

What is most important to achieve those goals is to be open-minded and keep the ability of constant learning. If we are talking about learning, we can’t go around the topic of education. The purpose of education is not only to give knowledge. It’s also about teaching how to be able to gain knowledge through the whole life. What this follows- the creativity aspect. It is commonly known that children are creative in every way. Guess what? We all were children one day. We all are born with the potential in inventing new things, having great ideas and fascinatingly connecting things. That’s why the new challenge for education is NOT to kill our creativity throughout the process of learning. Using new technologies innovatively and carefully is the key to success!

Education is meant to take us in the future we can’t grasp. Impredictibility is insane, even in a short period of 5 years. We can’t foresee the future, so be prepared for it! Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself to develop your skills. It especially concerns young students.

Here are some honourable mentions, how new technologies try to develop our education system already:


What is better for children than having some fun, and motion included? What if we can compare those two things with class?

Take a look at this product. „Magic carpet” is nothing more than a projector and a camera which detects the movement. It is forcing students to jump off the desks and teamwork to achieve various goals in plenty of educational games. What’s the better approach, than through something that kids love within seconds? Brilliant!


Sounds strange? Yes, indeed, but it works!

Millennials are, softly spoken, professors in playing Minecraft. It’s one of the most successful projects of the 21st century. Let switch the roles! Let children educate a teacher something! Kids with pleasure will play and even explain everything to the tutor without being asked. The amount of things they can do in this game is insane. Using creativity mixed with interesting topics makes great improvement compared to normal learning. It’s also a good case to observe how many ways kids can develop their own paths of understandings. And it works in almost every subject. There’s just one more thing left: direct their effort in the virtual world in a proper way to lead the lesson!


Just another clear example. Photon Robot allows seeing how your code works. By simple steps solve tasks from teaching him movements to not complicated labyrinths. Learn the basics of coding languages and analytical thinking through playing with programmable robots.