Free stuff (like hugs)

Had an interesting conversation with Juan Mann today in Sydney (accompanied by free hugs, of course). We discussed free hugs, free stuff in general and it made me conscious of how many offers for free stuff that we receive that are actually not free. Instead, they are usually designed to get us to buy some other item. This idea of free stuff has been taken over in our commercialised world and we even joke that there is ‘no such thing as a free lunch‘.

But on the other hand, we also have a saying ‘the best things in life are free‘. The free hug I received today made me really mindful of how much I want to tune into those non-commercial things, the best things that are free. Things like a sunny day, a hug or a puppy.

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.