Unlocking Yourself - Here’s a mind-boggling statistic for you: In the last year, Americans spent 200 billion hours watching TV. In comparison, it took about 100 million hours to create the entire Wikipedia encyclopedia. Imagine what we could accomplish with 200 billion people-hours put to work in one year! SingularityHub has an article by Clay Shirk who did just that, and the amazing potential we could unlock in ourselves with just a little effort.
Thanks to the Internet, individuals all around the world have more productive ways to spend free time. Instead of sitting on the couch mindlessly watching sitcoms, individuals can engage with others in online communities, collaborate on open sourced projects, and contribute to knowledge platforms like Wikipedia and Quora. It’s sparked a renaissance of ideation and created opportunities not dreamed of just a few decades ago. The cognitive surplus formerly contained to passive consumption is now being utilized for projects and philanthropic good, and the result is an explosion of innovation and collaboration that’s driving the world forward.