“I’m a musician and not much more than that. Sometimes musicians say things like, ‘I’m so happy they see beyond the music.’ I’ve said it too. But people aren’t seeing beyond the music; they’re seeing something in it. I’m always thinking I’m so eclectic, but the truth is that everything boils down to music for me. That’s the key to my success.”—
Pharrell Williams, on how his primary purpose enables him to do so many other things.
“I don’t watch a monitor. I’m right there by the camera with the actors, there to gauge and aide in the performance. And the actors know that there are no mistakes. That’s why god gave us ‘Take Two’ and ‘Take Three.’ We just do it again so just keep going. And I won’t move on until I think we have it.”—
“To-do list stickiness is a common problem … First, one of the best pieces of advice I’ve heard about to-do lists is to be honest about how much you can get done within a given day.”—Productivity expert Drake Baer is answering your work/productivity questions live right now. Ask your questions here.
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“I started smoking a massive amount of weed. Even for me it was truly out of control. My cofounders were furious at me because I wasn’t doing shit. They said, ‘You have to get your act together.’”—Rap Genius cofounder Mahbod Moghadam was acting like an ass. He personally offended Mark Zuckerberg. Worse, he wasn’t taking his business seriously. He developed a hand tremor. Finally he went to the doctor. What he found out changed everything.
Now, Japan’s NEC Corporation thinks it can sell robotic butlers, and to do so, it’s using the power of cuteness. The machine NEC just revealed is called PaPeRo Petit, and it is a reincarnation of some older robot tech NEC has been working on for years under its Partner-type Personal Robot research program. At just inches high and less than three pounds, the new machine is much smaller than its predecessors, but it still packs in impressive tech. This includes camera-based facial recognition, microphones and speakers, and a sensor package that can monitor the environment by measuring temperature and distances to objects.
“Television is a visual medium,” says Netflix VP of Product Innovation Chris Jaffe, using a remote control to flip through his Netflix account on a Playstation 3. “For decades, people come home, sit on the couch, press one button, and there’s something visual happening on the screen. The Netflix experience has been, ‘Okay, I need to turn it on and then I start navigating through things and then I select something,’ and it’s not that rich.”