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Facial tracking and related tech have been intriguing me for much time, especially as they are being used in nefarious ways around the world. The discriminator interactive movie (T2) is 15 minutes long and gives you all the ways this could apply to your daily life. The somewhat related lip-reading AI article builds further on this (T4) and should scare you into becoming privacy-centric if you are not already. It's too late is not an excuse. 

I personally found the re-application of the Netflix playbook by Roku as an interesting case study in a competitive space where Apple, Amazon and Google play. (A3) More on Netflix and personalisation (T8) if you want to deep dive and I can recommend No Rules Rules if you want to immerse yourself in the story of Netflix. 

Three long reads if you have time this week, covering Airbnb, Amazon and Telegram (A1, A8, T1)

Stay curious!

Onward! - Rahim

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My Reading Recommendations (A)


1. Airbnb Is Spending Millions of Dollars to Make Nightmares Go Away Link
2. How governments and spies text each other Link
3. How Roku used the Netflix playbook to beat bigger players and rule streaming video Link
4. The Document Culture of Amazon Link
5. You're Apologizing All Wrong. Here's How To Say Sorry The Right Way Link
6. The Health Benefits of Coffee Link
7. Radical acceptance Link
8. The Amazon That Customers Don’t See Link
9. When does sharing become oversharing? Link
10. Don’t Go Back to School: How to Fuel the Internal Engine of Learning Link

My Tech Recommendations (T)

1. The Telegram Billionaire and His Dark Empire Link
2. Discriminator Link

3. Does Tech need a new narrative? Link
4. Tech Companies Are Training AI to Read Your Lips Link
5. Ransomware claims are roiling an entire segment of the insurance industry Link
6. Meet Wu Dao 2.0, the Chinese AI model making the West sweat Link
7. Here's What Science Can (and Can't) Tell You About the Best Way to Lose Weight  Link
8. A Brief History of Netflix Personalization Link
9. Replotting the human: the thorny ethics of growing babies outside the womb Link
10. We're living Longer but not cheating death Link
 
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