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Editor's Note
I'll be on hols next week so expect something different in your inbox. Normal service will resume the following week.

My long(er) read recommendations of the week are:

1. How the Internet Broke Our Brains and How We Can Unbreak Them
2. I Tried Hiding From Silicon Valley in a Pile of Privacy Gadgets
3. How Peppa Pig became an LGBTQ icon
4. How TikTok could fail
5. The 8 Ways Companies Get Work Done, and How to Align Them
6. 3 Traits of a Strong Professional Relationship
7. Want to Be Super Successful? Science Says Do Any 1 of These 10 Things
8. China’s herd of unicorns

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
What's Amazing
 
1. Artificial Tongue
"Scientists develop 'artificial tongue' to detect fake whiskies. The technology can also be used to identify poisons as well as to monitor rivers. The team, based in Scotland, say their device can be used to tell apart a host of single malts – a move they say might help in the fight against counterfeit products. “You could train your particular ‘tongue’ to know what one of these whiskies ‘tasted’ like, so that when the fake stuff came along it could identify it and when the real stuff came along it could confirm that it was the real stuff,” said Dr Alasdair Clark, the lead author of the research from the University of Glasgow." Link
2. Making Food out of Air
"NASA worked out how to make food out of thin air - and it could feed billions. A company from Finland, Solar Foods, is planning to bring to market a new protein powder, Solein, made out of CO₂, water and electricity. It's a high-protein, flour-like ingredient that contains 50 percent protein content, 5–10 percent fat, and 20–25 percent carbs. It reportedly looks and tastes like wheat flour, and could become an ingredient in a wide variety of food products after its initial launch in 2021. It's likely to first appear on grocery shelves in protein shakes and yogurt. It could be an exciting development: Solein's manufacturing process is carbon neutral and the potential for scalability seems unlimited — we've got too much CO₂, if anything. Why not get rid of some greenhouse gas with a side of fries?" Link
3. Three trends that will reshape life in the 21st-century
It's worth considering David Mattin's view of the trends as he heads up trends for trend watching. Watch the video. It's 15 minutes worth spending.
1. Connection: The Nature of our relationship with technology will change and we will have more relationships with AI fuelled entities.
2. Status: Human Beings are status-seeking - and so humans want to upgrade themselves to become "lab rats" infusing themselves with tech to become cyborgs of sorts.
3. Belief (higher meaning): Humans will establish augmented belief with political and spiritual meaning from the virtual and augmented world.   Link
4. The Android Coup and where next?
"In 2018, Apple still had about 15% of the market, but total smartphone sales had mushroomed to 1.4 billion. Versions of Android powered more than 8 in 10 of those new devices. Three principal forces pulled off this coup. There was Google, with its software and services; Samsung, a South Korean electronics giant waking from its slumber; and China, where a stunning economic rise created a massive audience for life-changing gadgets. Together, this unwitting coalition created an unprecedented technological transformation. Essential to Android’s success: It was, as it still is, a hot mess." Link
5. EZOIC - AI-powered websites for you and me.
"“Despite accelerating advances in technology, digital publishers still rely on many legacy processes from print and early online web publishing. Ezoic gives publishers a way to capitalize on all the opportunities that exist with digital content,” said Lafleur, who claims that a typical publisher spends 50% of their time managing ads and website infrastructure. “Our platform has enabled thousands of web publishers to incorporate personalization and data science into their sites. The benefits of this approach are exponential and still untapped by many large brands and enterprises in the world of digital publishing.”" Link
6. Baby Amazons
What are the traits of the Amazon upstarts in emerging markets? 
1. First, they were born adapted to tricky local markets. 
2. they often had to build their own infrastructure in places where payment and delivery systems are rudimentary or non-existent.
3. the emerging e-merchants tend not to hold and sell merchandise themselves
4. they do not make much money (at the moment) 
So, if you want to become the next big thing in e-commerce, head these points.  Link
7. Hoverboard Hooray
"French inventor Franky Zapata has successfully crossed the Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard on his second attempt, after being knocked off balance during his first try last month. The 22-mile trip from Sangatte in northern France took Zapata 20 minutes" Watch the video. Link
8. Automation Could Replace 40% of Jobs in 15 Years
"Kai Fu Lee said that he believes 40% of the world’s jobs will be replaced by robots capable of automating tasks. He said that both blue collar and white collar professions will be affected, but he believes those who drive for a living could be most affected.“Chauffeurs, truck drivers, anyone who does driving for a living—their jobs will be disrupted more in the 15-25 year time frame,” he said in the interview. “Many jobs that seem a little bit complex, chef, waiter, a lot of things will become automated."” Link
9. Self-Healing Robots
"A European commission-funded project, led by scientists at the Free University of Brussels and the University of Cambridge, aims to create “self-healing” robots that can feel pain, or sense damage, before swiftly patching themselves up without human intervention. The researchers have already successfully developed polymers that can heal themselves by creating new bonds after about 40 minutes. The next step will be to embed sensor fibres in the polymer which can detect where the damage is located. The end goal is to make the healing automated, avoiding the current need for heat to activate the system, through the touch of a human hand." Link
10. AI Education
"China has started a grand experiment in AI education. It could reshape how the world learns.In recent years, the country has rushed to pursue “intelligent education.” Now its billion-dollar ed-tech companies are planning to export their vision overseas. Experts agree AI will be important in 21st-century education—but how? While academics have puzzled over best practices, China hasn’t waited around. In the last few years, the country’s investment in AI-enabled teaching and learning has exploded. Tech giants, startups, and education incumbents have all jumped in. Tens of millions of students now use some form of AI to learn—whether through extracurricular tutoring programs like Squirrel’s, through digital learning platforms like 17ZuoYe, or even in their main classrooms. It’s the world’s biggest experiment on AI in education, and no one can predict the outcome. Silicon Valley is also keenly interested. In a report in March, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation identified AI as an educational tool worthy of investment. In his 2018 book Rewiring Education, John Couch, Apple’s vice president of education, lauded Squirrel AI. (A Chinese version of the book is coauthored by Squirrel’s founder, Derek Li.) Squirrel also opened a joint research lab with Carnegie Mellon University this year to study personalized learning at scale, then export it globally." Link
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