Tuesday Trends

training rats to play doom in VR, trash houses, and why AR will dominate

January 11, 2022

I don't know about you, but I've got a good feeling about this year.

1 life update ☝

I joined a gym by my house. First time back in the gym in years. This one has an outside section and I live in San Diego, so it's pretty nice doing squats to the sunset at 5:30 pm in 70 degree weather. 10/10 would recommend.

2 crazy things ✌

🏡 a house of the future from trash

if you've been a reader of this newsletter​ for quite some time you may remember I've mentioned earthships in the past. I'm fascinated by them.


I'm excited to see the sustainable houses getting some new coverage in the mainstream media. Let's hope people build a million more of these.

Washington Post

🚗 charge your electric car with your truck

Ford charge

a couple weeks back there was some fanfare around the new Ford F150 charging up other electric vehicles. Now we've got a detailed breakdown in cars.com

Bottom-line is that it's useful in a pinch


3 Metaverse things ✌+👆

🥽 AR or VR in the long run

Dr Rosenberg has been working on XR since I was just knee high.

woman wearing eyeglasses in close-up photo

In his latest article for Big Think he makes a compelling case for why AR will be the predominant use case of the Metaverse and not VR.

TLDR we humans don't like to be cut off entirely from the world and will prefer AR blending the virtual into our worlds over complete immersion


🐀 the rats are in the Metaverse already?

rats playing doom

Despite the absurdity of rats playing video games, long term there's some interesting applications here I'm sure.


👪 parenting in the Metaverse

Oh my god

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Looking ahead

The last two years have been tough, but I'm optimistic for 2022, are you?

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Have an awesome week and see you next year!


Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.
Noam Chomsky

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