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These are dark days, and there will be darker days ahead. Nothing quite makes it more real than hearing of friends who are directly affected by this deadly virus. You can be selective about what media you choose to consume or which story you choose to believe, and you can do your best to limit the risks. I'm being extra selective on my media consumption, but find that understanding the data from places like the FT help to understand the scale of change. The escalation everywhere is unnerving, especially in the US, where, if people return to work, there will be mass casualties, if the New York Times' predictions are to be believed.
In the enclosed links this week, you will see how China rapidly clamped down using technology while, in the West, technology seems to be an afterthought. There are lots of ideas that are coming together, but the Chinese surveillance state was well placed to lock down and monitor. Now would be the time for a big tech collaboration to solve what needs to be solved. But therein is the problem - is the problem, to stop the speed of the spread - and if so, how can big tech infiltrate all of the accompanying issues of supply, of political ambition, of financial breakdown - to come together and solve the ultimate problem set.
Stay safe and stay at home!
Onward! - Rahim
My recommendations for this week
1. How the Pandemic Will End Link - LONG, MUST READ OF THE WEEK
2. This is How China Beat the Corona Virus Link - Excellent Video - many warnings
3. Game Zero: Spread of virus linked to Champions League match Link
4. That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief Link
5. The Four Possible Timelines for Life Returning to Normal Link - Chilling
6. I’m on the Front Lines. I Have No Plan for This. Link
7. Deepak Chopra: “If this doesn't bring us together, then we deserve whatever happens” Link
8. 16 Ways Coronavirus May Change the Way We Look at the World Link
9. After Coronavirus the World Will Never Be the Same. But Maybe, It Can Be Better Link
10. The untold origin story of the N95 mask Link
My Tech Recommendations for this Week
1. Countries are using apps and data networks to keep tabs on the pandemic Link
2. AI-powered smart glasses are finding people with coronavirus in China Link
3. We Need A Massive Surveillance Program Link - Excellent
4. How the viral app Houseparty is entertaining a generation in lockdown Link
5. Britons saying final goodbyes to dying relatives by videolink Link
6. Video Of A Drone ‘walking’ A Dog During The Coronavirus Lockdown Goes Viral Link
7. What it feels like to be laid off on Zoom during this crisis Link
8. A Snapchat-owned location app just added a leaderboard comparing who stays home the most Link
9. Bosses Panic-Buy Spy Software to Keep Tabs on Remote Workers Link
10. Smartphone data reveal which Americans are social distancing (and not) Link
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