Zuckerberg for President? Don't bet against it...

Happy Saturday, y'all. Can you believe we're already almost through January? Seems like time is flyin
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Zuckerberg for President? Don't bet against it...
By Daveslist • Issue #29
Happy Saturday, y'all. Can you believe we’re already almost through January? Seems like time is flying by.
We’ve got some great stuff this week. Let’s get it on…

Yeah. No.
Well, this isn’t going to surprise anyone, but humans suck at driving. You might remember several months ago that a Tesla on autopilot was involved in a fatal crash. The results of the ensuing investigation were just released this week, and they’re pretty stunning. The short version? Installing autopilot functionality reduces crash rates by at least 40%. It won’t be long before auto insurance providers insist on it.
Once human drivers are removed from the equation, the sky is the limit. Amazon is already working on reversible lane technology to optimize the flow of traffic.
Holacracy is the practice of eliminating management hierarchy in favor of self-selecting teams, and it’s something I desperately want to see work even though deep down I know it never will. Shoe giant Zappos is the largest company to try it thus far, and their results have been mixed to put it politely. 
Awesome Humans is one of the newsletters I look forward to every week. If you like Daveslist, you’ll love Awesome Humans. Grant finds killer stuff around technology, disruption, and human performance, and I always come away learning something new. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
I was surprised to learn that Mumbai has had a hybrid version of Seamless and Uber Eats for over 100 years now. The Dabbawalas deliver hundreds of thousands of meals every single day within the city, and they do it all on foot or bicycle. The logistics alone are astounding.
We’re all just one accident or illness away from total ruin, no matter how good your insurance is. The perverse incentives that rule the landscape of American health insurance virtually guarantee that you’re at odds with your insurance carrier when it comes to paying for the big stuff. And I say that as a former health insurance agency owner.
If you’ve ever stopped to wonder about targeted Facebook ads and how they seem to know your deepest desires, you can see how Zuck could be President pretty easily. He probably knows more about you than your closest friends and family members. It would definitely be an interesting campaign.
The dollar has enjoyed a nice surge against the other major world currencies since November, and here’s a handy way to determine if the rally has gone too far. While it’s not exactly scientific, the Big Mac Index has been reliably accurate for the past 30 years.
This is a hard one to write about, and I’ve been sitting on it for a while. As a former Marine, it hits uncomfortably close to home. The making of a Marine is not an elegant process; it’s messy, it’s violent, and it’s abusive. Not everyone survives it.  
It seems each year we lose a handful of recruits during training, and that’s been the case for our entire history (a kid one week ahead of me in boot camp was killed in the boxing ring when I went through in 1987). This most recent incident has exposed many of the darker aspects of Marine Corps recruit training, and I’m purposely understating that. 
The question I always come back to is that of cost. Warfare is a dirty business, and to prosecute it with anything less than precision savagery only prolongs civilian suffering. If you’re producing a Corps of warriors so effective that their mere reputation prevents a certain amount of violence in the world, what is the acceptable human cost of weaponizing those who would call themselves Marine?
As a productivity geek, I struggle with this on a daily basis. Technology was supposed to free us up and give us more time for the things we enjoy. Instead, I’m now doing what used to take 24 hours in the space of 8. I use a variety of apps and techniques to maximize my productivity, and I find that it doesn’t benefit me personally much at all (but I get a lot of work done!). 
That’s it for this week, y'all. I hope you enjoyed the links. Let me know if you have any questions or comments by hitting REPLY and, as always, feel free to share far and wide.
Stay safe, have a tremendous weekend, and I’ll see you next Saturday.
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