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An eclectic mix of the new and near this week. I hope you enjoy the diversity. I like the concept of small groups replacing Whatsapp groups. Mark Zuckerberg has stated this is where Facebook is going. I think other companies may solve the problem from the ground up. We shall see - there have been failures in the space already. If you have 20 minutes, you should watch (or listen) to Yuval Hariri's speech. If your brain is fast or don't have the time, you could listen on 2x and imagine he is a cartoon character professing technology predictions.

My recommendations for this week:

1. Tech in 2020: Standing on the shoulders of Giants Link
2. Yuval Noah Harari: How to Survive the 21st Century- Davos 2020 Link - MUST WATCH
3. Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data Link
4. 3.8 Billion now on Social Media Link
5. Scientists are moving at record speed to create new coronavirus vaccines—but they may come too late  Link
6. Almonds are out. Dairy is a disaster. So what milk should we drink? Link
7. CRISPR could fry all cancer using newly found T-Cell Link
8. 5 top designers imagine the workplace of 2040 Link
9. Mark Zuckerberg: being popular is so over. It’s about winning now  Link
10. Mommy Can’t Talk Right Now — She’s Dopamine Fasting Link

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
What's Amazing
 
1. The Rise of Smart Camera Networks and why we should ban them
"There's widespread concern that video cameras will use facial recognition software to track our every public move. Far less remarked upon — but every bit as alarming — is the exponential expansion of “smart” video surveillance networks. Private businesses and homes are starting to plug their cameras into police networks, and rapid advances in artificial intelligence are investing closed-circuit television, or CCTV, networks with the power for total public surveillance. In the not-so-distant future, police forces, stores, and city administrators hope to film your every move — and interpret it using video analytics. The rise of all-seeing smart camera networks is an alarming development that threatens civil rights and liberties throughout the world. Law enforcement agencies have a long history of using surveillance against marginalized communities, and studies show surveillance chills freedom of expression — ill effects that could spread as camera networks grow larger and more sophisticated."  Link
2. 7 Business Models for the 2020s
Business models evolve - and have been driven by innovation. Diamandis' latest piece sets the scene for the next few years."with the internet’s arrival in the 1990s, business model reinvention entered a period of radical growth. In less than two decades, we’ve seen network effects birth new platforms in record time, bitcoin and blockchain undercut existing “trusted third party” financial models, and crowdfunding and ICOs upend the traditional ways capital is raised. We are now witnessing 7 emerging models slated to redefine business over the next few decades. And today, while countless businesses are anchored by a mentality of maintaining—competing solely on operational execution—it is more vital than ever to leverage these business models for success in the 2020s. Each is a revolutionary new way of creating value; each is a force for acceleration.   Link
3. AI replaces Actors
"One of the six biggest studios in Hollywood, Warner Bros., recently announced a deal with Cinelytic, a startup in Los Angeles that uses algorithms and data to predict a film’s success before the film is made or even greenlit. Cinelytic’s technology uses variables like genre and specific performers to predict how much money a movie could make, based on how those variables typically perform in different markets. So if you want to gauge how a movie will ostensibly perform with Michael B. Jordan instead of Oscar Isaac in the starring role, you can do that. Just plug and play." Link
4. Re-Store: The Future of Shopping
"The pattern of online-only brands moving into physical space is common enough. Direct-to-consumer companies such as Allbirds, an environmentally friendly shoe company, and Glossier, a cosmetics brand, have opened flagship stores in New York, LA and San Francisco. Re:Store, by contrast, tends to stock smaller, less established brands. These firms pay Re:Store for placement (usually $550-850). Re:Store also takes a 20% commission. Aside from displaying new brands, the shop enables consumers to test products before committing and removes the hassle of return shipping. Being able to touch something, a Re:Store sales associate told me, is a major selling point. (It’s almost like those medieval merchants were onto something.)" Link
5. Why private micro-networks could be the future of how we connect
The End of the Whatsapp Group: "On paper, Cocoon sounds a lot like Facebook: it wants to connect people in virtual space. The difference is that it only wants to connect family members in small, distinct groups. Imagine a feed of updates from family members—your brother announcing that he’d landed on his work trip, a video of your niece learning to walk, a location cursor on a cousin backpacking through Europe—all attached to a messaging capability that threads conversations, and all restricted to the members of your group (12 is the current maximum)." Link
6. An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus
On January 9, the World Health Organization notified the public of a flu-like outbreak in China: a cluster of pneumonia cases had been reported in Wuhan, possibly from vendors’ exposure to live animals at the Huanan Seafood Market. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had gotten the word out a few days earlier, on January 6. But a Canadian health monitoring platform had beaten them both to the punch, sending word of the outbreak to its customers on December 31. BlueDot uses an AI-driven algorithm that scours foreign-language news reports, animal and plant disease networks, and official proclamations to give its clients advance warning to avoid danger zones like Wuhan. Link
7. Are you ready for 6G
NTT DOCOMO has released a white paper on the topic of 6G, the sixth-generation mobile communications system that the company aims to launch on a commercial basis by 2030. It incorporates DOCOMO's views in the field of 5G evolution and 6G communications technology, areas that the company has been researching since 2018. The white paper summarizes the related technical concepts and the expected diverse use cases of evolving 5G and new 6G communication technologies, as well as the technology components and performance targets. Mobile communication systems typically evolve into the next generation over a period of roughly ten years; DOCOMO commenced its research into the commercial launch of 5G in 2010. In 2018, the company conducted successful radio wave propagation experiments at frequencies of up to 150 GHz, levels which are expected to enable the much faster and larger-capacity communications that 6G will require.  Link
8. DTC Cookware
"A few years ago, there were only a few digitally native startups selling items like pots and pans — and their branding was pretty straightforward. Companies like Misen and Field Company provided a similar story showcasing high-quality products at more affordable prices than legacy competition. Today, a bunch of new entrants have launched — Great Jones, Made In, Potluck, Brigade, Equal Parts, Sardel — all touting well-designed products made from various materials. They follow a similar industry arc to DTC mattresses: Casper, Purple, Nest, Saatva, Tuft & Needle. Or even the rush to swimwear, evidenced by Andie, Shein, Left on Friday and Summersalt. But as the cooking competition increases, messaging and brand story are becoming much more fine-tuned." Link
9. Mouth Tech
"A toothbrush that uses radio frequency to send a wave of charged molecules to the tooth’s surface? Trippy. A “plaqueless” brush that uses optical sensors to measure film buildup on your enamel? Like a wearable, but for teeth. An AI toothbrush-and-app combo that identifies 16 different zones in your mouth and grades your hygiene with an emoji? I tried this one. When I brushed for longer than two minutes, the recommended length of time, the toothbrush smiled back at me. Mouth tech, particularly in developed markets like the US and Europe, is having a moment. And high-powered toothbrushes are just the tip of the dental pick. Consumer health companies are pitching portable water flossers, dental floss subscriptions, at-home LED whitening kits, and direct-to-consumer smile aligners. The global oral care market is projected to grow to nearly $41 billion by 2025, up from $28 billion in 2017"  Link
10. Japan is building a 60-foot-tall, walking Gundam robot
"The robot is being developed using the open source Robot Operating System (ROS) and Gazebo simulation software, and the team is releasing a full-scale virtual copy of the robot that aspiring programmers can play with to develop their own actions and poses. This includes accurate representations of the motors, gears and sensors used on the actual machine, so, in theory, a fan-made set of actions could be uploaded to the real robot at some point – not that this is currently part of the plan."  Link
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