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Quite unusually, I read more around the coronavirus, and you can find my ten recommended stories as a bumper inclusion. Hope it gives you a greater feel for what's going on than simple numbers and locations.  

My recommendations for this week:

1. Doing Western students' homework is big business in Kenya Link
2. The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President - How new technologies and techniques pioneered by dictators will shape the 2020 election Link
3. Work in the Age of Web 3.0 Link
4. Barons of Crap: Review of new book, Billion Dollar Brand Club Link
5. Dark kitchens: Where does your food delivery really come from? Link
6. Elon Musk teases advancements in human-computer linkup Link
7. How to Run a Business in 2020 Link
8. Infinite scroll: life under Instagram Link
9. 50 Cognitive Biases to be aware of in the modern world Link
10. Amazon Dating Link - HaHa!

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
What's Amazing
 
1. 10 "Must Reads" on the Corona Virus
1. Coronavirus Forces World’s Largest Work-From-Home Experiment Link
1. The three things we really need to know about the Wuhan coronavirus Link
2. In a recent simulation, a coronavirus killed 65 million Link
3. Experts envision two scenarios if the new coronavirus isn’t contained Link
4. Six ways coronavirus will change our world Link
5. The New Coronavirus Is a Truly Modern Epidemic Link
6. How WeChat and Weibo fight coronavirus fake news Link
7. How soon will a treatment be ready and will it work? Link
8. What does coronavirus do if you catch it?  Link
9. China Sacrifices a Province to Save the World From Coronavirus Link
10. Live Mapping Data Showing where the virus is Link
2. Inside the future of online dating: AI swiping and concierge bots
"The script learns your preferences once you feed it data, for example swiping on Tinder 100 times. Customizations can be added on as well, such as programming the bot to have conversations for you. Once it knows what you want, it can essentially use the apps for you. Winters used a program called Tinderbox, later called Bernie A.I., but there are many others"  Link
3. Musicians Are Using AI to Create Otherwise Impossible New Songs
But there are many musicians who feel that the onset of AI won’t end human art, but spur a new golden era of creativity. Over the past several years, several prominent artists, like Arca, Holly Herndon and Toro y Moi have worked with AI in order to push their music in new and unexpected directions. Meanwhile, a host of musicians and researchers across the world are developing tools to make AI more accessible to artists everywhere. While obstacles like copyright complications and other hurdles have yet to be worked out, musicians working with AI hope that the technology will become a democratizing force and an essential part of everyday musical creation.  Link
4. Skin String
Yarn grown from human skin cells could be used to make implantable “human textiles” for tissue grafts or organ repair. “We can sew pouches, create tubes, valves and perforated membranes,” says Nicholas L’Heureux, who led the work at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux. “With the yarn, any textile approach is feasible: knitting, braiding, weaving, even crocheting.” Synthetic materials used for stitches and scaffolds for growing tissue grafts can often trigger an immune response, causing inflammation that can complicate healing. Surgeons can use dissolvable materials to reduce this risk, but these aren’t great for complex tissue reconstruction if they fail prematurely.  Link
5. Schools of the Future
New schools and new views on teaching are springing up around the world to help prepare the next generation for a rapidly changing employment landscape. This overhaul of teaching and education methods is much needed – and not only because of the breathtaking pace of change being ushered in by digital technologies, AI and data. It’s also necessary because current models of teaching and education are still firmly rooted in practices that have been around for 200 years or more. In the new report Schools of the Future: Defining New Models of Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the World Economic Forum looked at how education needs to change. The report identified eight "critical characteristics in learning content and experiences" and highlighted 16 schools, systems and initiatives around the world that are leading the way.  Link
6. What Will the World Look Like in 2030?
When people imagine the future, they tend to assume that most things will stay the same, or that the trends of the recent past will continue in a linear fashion. But the world today looks very different than people expected it to look in 2010. And one thing that is virtually certain about this coming decade is that the world by 2030 will look very different from what most expect today. This is a good reason to look ahead to the next 10 years with an eye for the unexpected. Although making firm predictions is always a foolhardy endeavor for political scientists, raising plausible outcomes that, from the current vantage point, may seem inconceivable is often clarifying. Link
7. Future Fatigue
The longer the time frame one is making predictions about and the more complicated the prediction, the more room there is for error. This means that while it might be rational to make a projection about something simple in the near future, it is probably pointless to make projections about something complex in the very distant future. Economists have known for many years that people tend to discount the future. That means we put a greater value on something which we can get immediately than something we have to wait for. More attention is paid to pressing short-term needs while longer-term investments go unheeded.  Link
8. Can AI ever rival human creativity? Here’s what the science says
As of now, many aspects of creativity remain uncontested terrain for machines and AI. However, there are disclaimers. Even if machines cannot replace humans in the creative domain, they are great help to complement human creativity. For example, we can ask new questions or identify new problems that we solve in combination with machine learning.  Link
9. A new implant for blind people jacks directly into the brain
“Allí,” says Bernardeta Gómez in her native Spanish, pointing to a large black line running across a white sheet of cardboard propped at arm’s length in front of her. “There.” It isn’t exactly an impressive feat for a 57-year-old woman—except that Gómez is blind. And she’s been that way for over a decade. When she was 42, toxic optic neuropathy destroyed the bundles of nerves that connect Gómez’s eyes to her brain, rendering her totally without sight. She’s unable even to detect light. But after 16 years of darkness, Gómez was given a six-month window during which she could see a very low-resolution semblance of the world represented by glowing white-yellow dots and shapes. This was possible thanks to a modified pair of glasses, blacked out and fitted with a tiny camera. The contraption is hooked up to a computer that processes a live video feed, turning it into electronic signals. A cable suspended from the ceiling links the system to a port embedded in the back of Gómez’s skull that is wired to a 100-electrode implant in the visual cortex in the rear of her brain. Link
10. Cyberloafing
Cyberloafing is often presented as a negative. “Some of the early research into it was framing it as procrastination,” explains Dr Fuschia Sirois of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Psychology. “People were cyberloafing to escape.” Yet more recent research suggests that a degree of cyberloafing may be beneficial to employees; that small breaks help them refocus between tasks and even deal with workplace stress. Briefly stepping back – also known as “psychological detachment” – helps them muster energy to continue through the workday. Yet employers know that distracted workforces mean lost productivity. Some block access to certain websites and social networks, or develop strict internet use policies. Others say trusting employees to decide what’s appropriate is a better way to ensure good job performance. But is it possible to establish exactly how much time spent surfing online rejuvenates, without tipping over into slacking off?  Link
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