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I spent some of this week in Frankfurt where the global book community came together (all 250K) to do the bulk of the business of the year. It's been eight years since I last went - and I can confirm that nothing's changed. Books are books. They take years to write and take to market and are the antithesis of emerging tech. The multi-medium approach changed with ebooks, and content will continue to be consumed in many different ways. For book worms, your world is safe!  

My recommendations:

1. Why I think we can predict the future - A must read from Bill Gates Link
2. Disney Over the Top: Bob Iger Bets the Company (and Hollywood's Future) on Streaming Link
3. We Analyzed 14 Of The Biggest Direct-to-Consumer Success Stories To Figure Out The Secrets To Their Growth — Here’s What We Learned Link
4. Science Says the Most Successful Kids Have Parents Who Do These 9 Things Link
5. How remote work is quietly remaking our lives  Link
6. The new Gods of esports are paralyzed from the neck down Link
7. How Pinterest Built One of Silicon Valley’s Most Successful Algorithms Link
8. The numbers behind successful transformations Link
9. Why Don’t Rich People Just Stop Working? Link
10. Digital dystopia: how algorithms punish the poor Link

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
What's Amazing
1. AI Bar: Getting scanned for a pint at the pub
"In a pub in London, England, complicated technology is taking on a simple problem: waiting for a pint in lines that can sometimes be unruly. It uses facial recognition software to form a digital queue and prevent people from cutting in line. A large TV screen is mounted above the bar with a live video feed showing the people waiting for a drink. Beside the image of each customer, a number pops up to indicate where they are in the line.  "We just want to make the experience more frictionless and fair," said John Wyllie, managing director of DataSparQ, the company behind the technology called A.I. Bar. Bartenders are equipped with tablets and can keep track of the queue, eliminating people from the line as they are served.  Link
2. Electric Flying Porsche
German carmaker Porsche is teaming up with aerospace giant Boeing to build a resplendent flying car — a speedy and elegant way for the ultra-wealthy to glide over frustrated peasants stuck in road traffic below.  “Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility,” said Porsche exec Detlev von Platen in a press release. “In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel.”  Link
3. Earbud Advertising
"Aside from our phones, earphones are the next best way for any company to connect with us. They’re always with us, and in the AirPods era of “smarter” earbuds, they can hear everything we do, know where we are, and talk back to us unobstructed by annoying inconveniences like having to push a button or being stuck in a pocket, purse, or bag. They are the latest evidence of Big Tech’s race to get into our heads right through our ears.Headphones have been a status symbol since at least the original white Apple iPod accessories, but now they’re the most underrated aspect of each major tech company ecosystem. At their best, they’re the ultimate tool of 21st-century convenience. Speak a command, and it shall be done. At their worst, though, these earbuds are the physical manifestation of our bodies becoming one with the 21st-century surveillance economy."  Link
4. AR Companies are Mapping your world
"For years, users of these technologists’ products—from Google Street View to Pokémon Go—have been questioning how far they’re going with users’ information and whether those users are adequately educated on what they’re giving up and with whom it’s shared. In the process, those technologists have made mistakes, both major and minor, with regards to user privacy. As Niantic summits the world of augmented reality, it’s engineering that future of that big-money field, too. Should what Niantic does with its treasure trove of valuable data remain shrouded in the darkness particular to up-and-coming Silicon Valley darlings, that opacity might become so normalized that users lose any expectation of knowing how they’re being profited from." Link
5. Robot Radio
Can a robot host a radio show? How far will Robots and AI integrate with our lives? Could we really be learning about the world? Could the coordinate our listening pleasure based on our mood? Could they take a call in? Excellent podcast from the BBC.  Link
6. AI thinks like a corporation—and that’s worrying
"“Many of the fears that people now have about the coming age of intelligent robots are the same ones they have had about corporations for hundreds of years,” The worry is, these are systems we “never really learned how to control.” After the 2010 BP oil spill, for example, which killed 11 people and devastated the Gulf of Mexico, no one went to jail. The threat that Mr Runciman cautions against is that AI techniques, like playbooks for escaping corporate liability, will be used with impunity. Today, pioneering researchers such as Julia Angwin, Virginia Eubanks and Cathy O’Neil reveal how various algorithmic systems calcify oppression, erode human dignity and undermine basic democratic mechanisms like accountability when engineered irresponsibly. Harm need not be deliberate; biased data-sets used to train predictive models also wreak havoc. It may be, given the costly labour required to identify and address these harms, that something akin to “ethics as a service” will emerge as a new cottage industry. Ms O’Neil, for example, now runs her own service that audits algorithms." Link
7. The Economic Opportunity of Autonomous Vehicles
"But the data volume is massive; a few thousand AVs generate as much data per day as Facebook does, but the quality and continuity of that data is unlike anything we've seen before. This data can do a nearly unlimited number of things from helping smart cities, enabling new businesses, and even improving occupant wellness and personalization. The data generated by the AVs will become the next great business opportunity--by some estimates, $500B/yr by 2030. Imagine a world where the amount of money made per mile from data is higher than what is made by transporting you. Would that even be a transportation network? Or would it be a data network that has a byproduct of transport?"  Link
8. 3D Printing your own organs
At $7500, open source 3D bioprinting is closer than you think. Yes, that means you can print anything that is a "self" material, e.g. collagen, silicon etc. Watch this very accessible video that focuses on a brand called Lulzbot.    Link
9. Use your brain less to live longer
"One key to a longer life could be a quieter brain without too much neural activity, according to a new study that examined postmortem brain tissue from extremely long-lived people for clues about what made them different from people who died in their 60s and 70s. “Use it or lose it” has dominated thinking on how to protect the aging brain, and extensive research shows there are many benefits to remaining physically and mentally active as people get older. But the study, published in the journal Nature, suggests more isn’t always better. Excessive activity — at least at the level of brain cells — could be harmful."  Link
10. Edutok - Learning English through TikTok in India
TikTok, the viral video-sharing app, is testing the limits of its platform through EduTok, a new program it launched today (Oct. 17) in India. The company claims to have more than 200 million Indian users. The #EduTok hashtag, which began as an in-app challenge over the summer, has already racked up 46 billion views, according to TikTok’s website. Users have created about 10 million educational videos so far. With EduTok, the company has essentially created virtual miniature classrooms. By watching short, free, and entertaining videos, users can learn English phrases from minor celebrities. TikTok India highlighted two language channels in particular, English with Geet and Awal Creations. Geet, a disabled woman, teaches her followers English idioms like “kicked the bucket,” “spitting image,” and “I’m on the fence.” She has nearly 5 million fans on the platform. The latter, run by influencer Awal Madaan, provides translations from Hindi to English. He has more than 6 million followers. Link
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