Box of Amazing: Fake Food and Food Trends 2020  
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Some personal news: this month I joined Quizlet to set up its first international office. Quizlet is an awesome product (with an excellent team and backers!) used by more than 50M people every month to help them learn anything from the SATs to language vocab, whether you're in school, college, university or.....in life. If you haven't used it, you should - and I'd love to hear what you think of it. It's also free! 

I'm hiring a team in London and specifically looking for high calibre people to join me to do business development, data analysis, and community management. If you know anyone based in London who could be a match for these roles (and could stand working with me!), please share the links (or this email) with them.

On to normal business:

My recommendations for this week:

1. The 2010s Broke Our Sense Of Time Link
2. Spotify Saved the Music Industry. Now What? Link
3. Google CEO Sundar Pichai on achieving quantum supremacy Link
4. 13 Life-Learnings from 13 Years of Brain Pickings (timeless wisdom - Love this!)  Link
5. Fortnite Creator Epic Games Is Now a Harvard B-School Case Study Link
6. The rise of technology for good Link
7. How Do You Like We Now (a great article on the debacle of WeWork) Link
8. Why Nike selected a tech executive as its next CEO Link
9. 38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent Link
10. The World in 50 Years Time (Predictions) Link

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
What's Amazing
 
1. Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak on the Battlefield
"Canada’s Hyperstealth Biotechnology already manufactures camouflage uniforms for militaries across the globe. But now, the company has patented a new “Quantum Stealth” material that disguises a military’s soldiers — or even its tanks, aircraft, and ships — by making anything behind it seem invisible."  Link
2. Writing with your Mind
"People who are “locked in”—fully paralyzed by stroke or neurological disease—have trouble trying to communicate even a single sentence. Electrodes implanted in a part of the brain involved in motion have allowed some paralyzed patients to move a cursor and select onscreen letters with their thoughts. Users have typed up to 39 characters per minute, but that’s still about three times slower than natural handwriting. In the new experiments, a volunteer paralyzed from the neck down instead imagined moving his arm to write each letter of the alphabet. That brain activity helped train a computer model known as a neural network to interpret the commands, tracing the intended trajectory of his imagined pen tip to create letters" Link
3. Emma
Have you seen the Life-sized model showing what office workers might look like in 20 years? You need to.   Link
4. Apple in your Eyes
"The coming year will be critical for Apple Inc. Consumers should expect its most impressive hardware rollout in some time: The iPhone is due for its first major update since 2017, including 5G support, a much beefier processor, and a rear-facing 3D camera. The latter will give the phone a better sense of where it is in physical space, improving the accuracy of object placement in augmented-reality apps, which overlay virtual images on the real world. That could make it easier for users to model, say, the placement of pictures on their walls. Such applications are central to Apple’s long-awaited AR glasses, which are expected to have holographic displays in their lenses. Apple has targeted 2020 for the release of its AR headset, an attempt to succeed where Google Glass failed years ago. The glasses are expected to synchronize with a wearer’s iPhone to display things such as texts, emails, maps, and games over the user’s field of vision. The company has considered including an App Store with the headset, as it does on Apple TV streaming devices and the Apple Watch. It’s hiring experts in graphics and game development to establish the glasses as the leader in a new product category and, if all goes perfectly, an eventual successor to the iPhone."  Link
5. Fixing DNA Mutations
"Scientists have raised fresh hopes for treating people with genetic disorders by inventing a powerful new molecular tool that, in principle, can correct the vast majority of mutations that cause human genetic diseases. The procedure, named “prime editing”, can mend about 89% of the 75,000 or so harmful mutations known to mangle the human genome and lead to conditions such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anaemia, and a nerve-destroying illness called Tay-Sachs disease. The landmark work opens the door to a new era of genome editing, but scientists caution that more research is needed before it can be safely used in humans. Beyond proving its safety, another major hurdle is how to deliver the molecular machinery to cells that need it in sufficient amounts to treat a disorder." Link
6. Google Smell
"On Thursday, researchers at Google Brain released a paper on the preprint site Arxiv showing how they trained a set of machine-learning algorithms to predict molecules’ smell based on their structures. Is this as useful as providing maps for most of the world? Maybe not. But for the field of olfaction, it could help puzzle out some big and long-standing questions."  Link
7. The Internet and the Fourth Estate
"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg began his speech last week by attempting to place free expression in the historical American context, and only then turned to discuss free expression in the context of Facebook, where he proposed something much more modern: 

People having the power to express themselves at scale is a new kind of force in the world — a Fifth Estate alongside the other power structures of society. People no longer have to rely on traditional gatekeepers in politics or media to make their voices heard, and that has important consequences. I understand the concerns about how tech platforms have centralized power, but I actually believe the much bigger story is how much these platforms have decentralized power by putting it directly into people’s hands. It’s part of this amazing expansion of voice through law, culture and technology.

The Fifth Estate is a clear reference to the Fourth Estate — the press — and Zuckerberg’s argument is that while the Fourth Estate entailed gatekeepers the Fifth Estate does not, for both better and worse. It’s a compelling framing, and one that certainly puts in perspective the tension that exists between the press and Facebook in particular: no gatekeeper likes to lose their monopoly on the distribution of information." Link
8. By 2030
Scientists hate soothsaying, but I revel in hearing about what is potentially next. I find that if you can take a punt on where the world is going you are likely to have more success. Check out the list and decide whether you believe in this new normal.  Link
9. Fake Food
Researchers are now able to lab-grown edible muscles. The new method was created to make fake meats closely resemble their real counterparts. Researchers at Harvard University's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) department were able to grow rabbit and cow muscle cells on edible gelatin 'scaffolds.' The structures allowed cells to grow in a way that realistically mimicked the texture and consistency of meat. A future of real-tasting lab-grown produce, which eliminates the need for killing animals, may soon be possible.  Link
10. 2020 Food Trends
Whole foods released their predictions for the foods that will dominate in 2020. Some have been bubbling, some are completely new: Regenerative agriculture, New flours, Foods from West Africa, Refrigerated, ‘single-serve’ packaged goods, Plant-based products, not just from soy, Different butters and spreads, Organic options for kids, Sugar and syrup substitutes, Plant-meat blended products, Alcohol-alternative drinks. Check out the article to find out the detail. Link
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