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It's beginning to feel a lot like it's time to wind down for this year/decade! There'll be one more issue this year and will probably take the form of a roundup or trend focus. If you have any thoughts on how Box of Amazing should continue to shape up in 2020 - I would love to hear them!

My recommendations for this week:

1. The Pisa Rankings show China leading again in Education Link
2. The 15 Best TV Shows of 2019 Link
3. Breast Cancer Linked to Hair Dye and Chemical Hari Straightners Link
4. How to explain anything to anyone: 4 steps to clearer communication Link
5. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin relinquish control of Alphabet to CEO Sundar Pichai Link
6. Meet Sundar Pichai, Alphabet's new CEO Link
7. Inside Ring’s Quest to Become Law Enforcement’s Best Friend Link
8. As WeWork Stumbles, These 11 Co-Working Companies Could See New Opportunity Link
9. Career coaches on the biggest mistakes people make in the job search Link
10. How to Break up with your Bad Habits Link

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
What's Amazing
 
1. Rise of the No-Diner Restaurant
"Rather than having to build a physical brick-and-mortar store, we do that on their behalf. And then they move into our DoorDash kitchen and then overnight they're live on the DoorDash platform," said Fuad Hannon, DoorDash's head of new business verticals. He oversees the new kitchen venture. Not long ago, food delivery in many places was limited to pizza and Chinese takeout. But now, thanks to apps like DoorDash, Grubhub and Postmates, customers can summon their favorite dish with a tap on a smartphone screen, whether they live in a city or the far-flung suburbs. Link
2. How we will buy things in 2030
In the next decade, AI-driven personalization, AR/VR interfaces, and sensor-geared smart environments could turn today’s “shopping center” into a booming, invisible platform for education, entertainment, digitally enhanced community, and new business models we’ve never even imagined.  Link
3. How Tencent is transforming healthcare for 1 billion people
More than a billion people are active users of the WeChat app. The mobile platform, launched by tech giant Tencent in 2011, allows users to send messages, make payments, play games, and do many other things—including, increasingly, take care of their health. WeChat offers a growing range of healthcare-related services: users can now book medical appointments, pay hospital bills, purchase over-the-counter medicines, and consult with doctors via chat. Tencent’s digital platform gives patients access to the network of more than 38,000 healthcare providers who have opened WeChat Official Accounts. And the company is continuing to explore new ventures within the healthcare space. For example, Tencent is investing in dozens of medical start-ups; it is also collaborating with hospitals to develop diagnostic imaging solutions powered by artificial intelligence (AI).  Link
4. Top 20 scientific discoveries of the decade
An astonishing list of some of the amazing things that have happened this decade just gone by. A must-read for this weekend!  Link
5. The AI Index Ranking
More than 10,000 artificial intelligence (AI) companies have been founded since 2015, attracting private funding of $37 billion, and thousands of extra programmers have been drafted onto AI projects globally in the last three years as demand for the technology soars, a new index by Tortoise Intelligence shows. AI technology simulates human intelligence to process information faster than conventional computers – often by learning from its mistakes. It has the potential to transform multiple industries from healthcare to finance, but has also been used to covertly monitor populations, develop deadly weaponry and transform the labour market. TLDR:1.US. 2. China 3. UK Link
6. EduTube Influencers
“Universities are looking to platforms that their target audiences spend the most time on. Viewership figures show that they’re finding those audiences on YouTube,” explains Denis Crushell, a managing director at Tubular Labs. “This will continue to develop into a crucial channel for educational content as well as promotional. We’re seeing that already with influencers and vloggers using the platform to talk about their experiences on campus, and tips on how to make the most out of university life.” Eve Cornwell, a 22-year-old trainee solicitor, is a successful vlogger who gained 239,0000 subscribers while studying at Bristol University and the University of Law. She considers herself part of a community of “EduTube” or “StudyTube” creators, who record themselves learning information for a test or completing an essay to inspire other students grappling with their workloads.  Link
7. How a New Smart Skin Patch Uses Vibrations to Track Your Health
This week, a team led by Dr. John Rogers at Northwestern University in Chicago described a smart patch that could ostensibly track nearly every vibration your body generates. We’re not just talking about steps or other movement, such as walking or stretching. The soft patch, not much larger than a Band-Aid, uses high-bandwidth accelerometers that also capture delicate, minute internal movements in the body. In other words, nearly any bodily function that causes your tissue and organs to mechanically shift is hypothetically trackable with the patch: movements, body orientation, swallowing, breathing, heart rhythms, vocal vibrations, and sleep. Link
8. China gene-edited baby experiment 'may have created unintended mutations'
The gene-editing performed on Chinese twins to immunise them against HIV may have failed and created unintended mutations, scientists have said after the original research was made public for the first time. Excerpts from the manuscript were released to show how Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui ignored ethical and scientific norms in creating the twins Lula and Nana, whose birth in late 2018 sent shockwaves through the scientific world. He made expansive claims of a medical breakthrough that could “control the HIV epidemic”, but it was not clear whether it had even been successful in its intended purpose – immunising the babies against the virus – because the team did not, in fact, reproduce the gene mutation that confers this resistance.  Link
9. China due to introduce face scans for mobile users
People in China are now required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of the country's hundreds of millions of internet users. The regulation, announced in September, was due to come into effect on Sunday. The government says it wants to "protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace". China already uses facial recognition technology to survey its population. It is a world leader in such technologies, but their intensifying use across the country in recent years has sparked debate.  Link
10. Google Photos launches private messaging for quickly sharing photos
A new social network: "Google is finally acknowledging that photos nowadays are as much about communication as they are form of memory collection. For years, the only way to share photos through the company’s otherwise fantastic Google Photos service has been to create a cumbersome shared album. But starting today, Google is launching a revamped share option that’s effectively a private messaging feature built into the Google Photos iOS and Android mobile and website. Now, when you want to share a photo, you no longer have to create an entire album. You can send a one-off message to a friend, so long as they also have Google Photos installed, that contains a photo, just as you would on Instagram, Snapchat, SMS, or any other chat app. If you want to turn that thread into a conversation, you can both start chatting, as well as react to the photos with likes and share more. That way, the photos become a starting point for a conversation, much in the way photos have become just another form of communicating on social platforms."  Link
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