The past week has gone by in a flash, and plenty has happened to show for it. I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few events as part of the Humanities festival held by my university, and I’ve attended workshops and talks on everything from the topicality of poetry to the accuracy of translation.
One of the talks I attended included poetry readings from the BBC World Service, a radio programme that allowed people to access poems from different authors around the world without having to go to the pains of finding their books (usually not in print in their own countries) elsewhere. It was kind of amazing to hear the radio talked about in this revolutionary way - we’re so far removed from that age with our Netflix subscriptions and e-books, we forget that there was a time where the radio was a technological marvel in its own right.
It’s pretty awe-inspiring to think of the implications of this - will we be talking about Artificial Intelligence the same way we talk about how cute it was that the radio was once considered cutting-edge? In his book Abundance, entrepreneur and author Peter Diamandis discusses what he sees as the exponential growth of technology - that is, we’ve progressed from a linear form of progress to one that is rises at incredible rates exponentially. To imagine LEAP forms part of the landscape of this growth is pretty amazing.
Speaking of LEAP, some exciting things have been in the works at HQ, and I’ve been keeping myself in the know with weekly check-ins with our Marketing Manager, Stephanie! These may or may not include checking in on how everyone’s pets are doing, but that’s neither here or there (in case you’re interested, they’re all very well and still extremely cute). It can be easy to get lost in the mix of things when you’re working remotely, so as much as is possible, I recommend keeping open lines of communication with your boss.
This is easier for me since at the moment, the time difference between London and Dubai is only three hours (dreading the arrival of daylight savings). If you’re working from an area that is quite literally on the other side of the world, maybe consider sending out a weekly email that contains updates about what you’ve been doing and enquiring about things around the office – it’ll help keep you feeling in the loop, and will also give you an excuse to buy yourself cake when you find out someone in the office has celebrated a birthday (Happy birthday, James and Melissa!).
If you just can’t get enough of me (and lets’ be honest, who can?), I’ve written a nifty little piece on holding down an internship with a master’s degree over on our articles page.
Until next week!