To-do and to-read

I consider myself a hyperactive person. Beyond work duties, I always keep in mind a long list of things I want to undertake. As soon as I cross out a few, I add twice as many, and this never-ending process keeps me motivated. The 26th of June will be my last day at Universal Music after six years (I will dedicate a few posts to the music industry in due course), and this will allow ten weeks of holiday before moving to Stanford. It will be the longest time I spent “funemployed” since the summer of 2005. Needless to say that I am deeply looking forward to it, and that I have already set several goals I want to accomplish before September. If I get 70-80% done, it will be a great outcome!

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Reading, writing, number… and coding skills

In the not-too-distant future, coding will be part of the mandatory curriculum in schools around the world. It is just inevitable, since technology will deeply affect the lives of humans and organizations, and “communicating” with a computer will become as important as speaking to a person. Actually, this future is already in alpha version: this year the UK is the guinea pig for introducing programming languages since the first grade. Obviously, not every kid will become a programmer, in the same way that few people ultimately become mathematicians! However, it’s undeniably important to master basic arithmetic in our day-to-day activities. And so will be coding. I did not study Computer Science in college, and I was born in a different era (the “best” CS instruction I received at school was how to use Microsoft Word!), but this is the spirit of one of the goals I have set for the next few years.

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