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Why work so hard now when you are going to work for the rest of your life?

Abstract: The next best thing you are chasing right now is always going to change as you proceed with life. You will never feel the satisfaction of "arrival", and your perception, needs, wants are all going to change as we go. In essence, we are in a perpetual cycle of always living "incomplete".
  • What are your thoughts on how hard you should work.
  • Should you work hard
Desmond: I believe we tend to bifurcate work and leisure, and label work as a drudgery / something unpleasant we must get through to survive. We need to start seeing this
Also, how hard we work will change as we grow older and take on new responsibilities and obligations such as having a family or starting a business. It is a spectrum. Ultimately, I believe it is a matter of how comfortable you want to be in life or what is the level of discomfort can you tolerate

What happens when a disruptive/superior technology or plugin is introduced?

a medium itself, not the content it carries, should be the focus of study.
Examples of disruptive tech
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Automation
Keywords Revolution :
Readings: Medium is the Message
When a new medium is introduced,Media, by altering the environment, evoke in us unique ratios of sense perceptions. The extension of any one sense alters the way we think and act— the way we perceive the world. When these ratios change, men change


  • The bar of creation is lowered and accessibility increased
  • What happens to the current mode of working for existing artists and designers?
    • Examples:
      • A oil painter can sketch his/her layout digitally and use a projector to project it onto a large canvas for accurate proportion
      • Procreate: inexpensive, accessible, all you need is an Ipad and you can be a professional illustrator that always be on the move
      • DeepFakes — Face replacement
      • AR filters - why track in AE and comp a face or object on someone's face when you can do it realtime with a user's phone?
      • Red Giants
        • Accommodates to dominant demand of Motion Graphics eg. UI, particles, etc.
      • Real-time rendering engines
        • Eevee in Blender - it's free and more on the rise so why pay for C4D or Houdini
        • Unreal Engine - Free, why not port your animations or models to Unreal for real-time rendering
  • Should you develop new skills? Move to another field for job security and future-proofing?
  • What is the next innovation?
  • Compare the improvement of smartphone cameras with a DSLR
  • Who cares HOW you make it as long you get the job done?
    • The client does not pay for the process, only the output