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Editor's Note
Extraordinary writing comes in many forms. Read these:

1. My Frantic Life as a Cab-Dodging, Tip-Chasing Food App Deliveryman
2. The Amazon dilemma: how a tech powerhouse that fulfills our every consumer need still lets us down
3. The Hidden Costs of Automated Thinking
4. The Man Who Built The Retweet: “We Handed A Loaded Weapon To 4-Year-Olds”

If you are interested in how banks are being trampled on by platforms, I'd recommend this article

Have a great week! (and hopefully a bit cooler than last week)

Onward! - Rahim
 
What's Amazing
 
1. Smart Diapers
"google’s sister company verily has partnered with US consumer goods giant procter & gamble (P&G) to sell ‘smart diapers‘ that monitor baby’s sleeping patterns and track their pee. the new product, called lumi, will be sold by pampers and comprises an all-in-one connected system that includes two activity sensors for diapers, a logitech camera that works as a wi-fi monitor and an app to record all the data." Link
2. Uber Subscription
"Uber is actively testing a monthly subscription pass that combines rides, Eats, bikes and scooters. In this pilot phase, Uber is testing a few different iterations in San Francisco and Chicago, but each version includes a fixed discount on every ride, free Uber Eats delivery and free JUMP (bikes and scooters) rides. The pass costs $24.99 per month. In other cities, Uber is testing lower-priced passes that offer discounted rides and free delivery on Eats orders above a certain amount." Link
3. Cloud Gaming Is Big Tech’s New Street Fight
"If you’re not a gamer, you may not realize just how monumental a metamorphosis streaming promises to be. Today’s video game industry is a behemoth expected to generate $152 billion worldwide this year, according to market researcher Newzoo. That’s 57% more than the $97 billion generated by the global theatrical and home-movie market last year, and eight times the $19.1 billion generated by the global recorded music market. Like those industries, video game makers are grappling with the seemingly boundless potential of streaming, and the race is on to see who gets it right first." Link
4. Cancer’s penicillin moment: Drugs that unleash the immune system
"This new generation of anticancer drugs – called checkpoint inhibitors – is having such a profound impact that some scientists are pitching it as a turning point in cancer treatment. “Melanoma and lung cancer used to be death sentences, but they’re not any more,” says Gordon Freeman at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. “It’s a revolution, and it’s only the start.” The idea that drugs might boost the immune system’s ability to fight cancer – so-called immunotherapy – has been the subject of intense research for decades. Ideally, our immune system would do this on its own. But one of the reasons that cancer is so good at thriving and spreading in the body is its ability to quieten the immune system. For this reason, most conventional treatments use brute force, zapping tumour cells with drugs or radiation. Such treatments work to a varying degree, but they are unspecific, damaging healthy cells alongside the tumours. They are also unable to keep up with cancer as it evolves in response to their onslaught." Link
5. The Buildings of the Future are Alive
"What if our homes were alive? I don’t mean smart homes with the disembodied voice of Alexa deciding the setting for your living room spotlights. I mean actually alive—growing, living, breathing, and even reproducing. The idea might seem far-fetched, but in the face of a climate crisis, we humans need to think radically about the way we live in and build our environment."

1. Buildings that Grow
2. Buildings that Heal
3. Buildings that Breathe
4. Buildings with Immune Systems
5. Buildings with Stomachs (?) Link
6. Obsolete Technology in Our Life time
What Technology Is Most Likely to Become Obsolete During Your Lifetime? Depends who you ask. "Certain Boomer basements are little shrines to obsolescence, untidy stockrooms of the one-time cutting-edge: VCRs, corded telephones, immense beige PC monitors, etc. Way fewer Millennials will have basements to store trash in (‘home ownership’ itself quickly verging on obsolete), but presumably, once climate change really hits and they’re all renting cots in corporatized storm shelters, they’ll have little lockers to put stuff in. And it’s worth wondering: what worthless old technology will they be inexplicably hoarding?" An interesting take from a number of futurists. Worth a read! Link
7. How you might die in the Future
From Futurism:
1. Boiling from the inside when your off-brand spacesuit springs a leak
2. Getting killed by a sex robot
3. Ceasing to exist when someone unplugs the simulation
4. Impaled on the tusk of a resurrected woolly mammoth at a futuristic zoo
5. The Earth is struck by a six-mile-wide asteroid
6. Perishing in a fiery wreck when internet pranksters hack all the self-driving cars to crash simultaneously
7. Dying in blissful old age after automation and basic income grant you a leisurely life to explore the arts, sciences and hobbies Link
8. Amazon Prime Video Oculus VR Style
"You now have yet another major video service to watch on your Oculus VR headset. Amazon has released a Prime Video VR app that allows Oculus Quest, Go, Rift and Gear VR owners to stream the internet behemoth's shows in a virtual space. There will even be 360-degree videos to watch, although there are just 10 "handpicked" titles that include the climate change documentary Greenland Melting and the animated short Invasion." Link
9. The Next 5 Printing Breakthroughs (2019-2024)
The latest from Peter Diamandis: 
1. 3D printing speeds are slated to increase by 50-100X
2. Sustainable, affordable, 3D printed neighborhoods are launching
3. Convincing and delicious 3D printed steaks and burgers in fine restaurants on Earth and in space
4. Metal 3D printers will overtake plastics
5. “Hey” will be the most frequently used command in design engineering Link
10. Artificial throat could someday help mute people ‘speak’
"Most people take speech for granted, but it’s actually a complex process that involves both motions of the mouth and vibrations of folded tissues, called vocal cords, within the throat. If the vocal cords sustain injuries or other lesions, a person can lose the ability to speak. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Nanohave developed a wearable artificial throat that, when attached to the neck like a temporary tattoo, can transform throat movements into sounds." Link
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