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The marketing machine around Bill Gates' new book - How to avoid a climate disaster - finally made me succumb and I'm part of the way through. So far it's well written, easy to understand and I'd recommend it. My knowledge on climate change is limited so this is a good primer. Why listen to Gates? Isn't he just a tech guy? Well, he's probably one of the brightest people on the planet and after stepping down from Microsoft and setting the Gates Foundation he's trying to help save us from ourselves. We also didn't listen to him when he predicted a pandemic. So there's that. So, he's worth listening to, especially as he articulately details how difficult it will be to get to zero emissions from where we are. The lack of travel due to Covid-19 made a little dent but it's nowhere near what we need to do in moving away from fossil fuels. Of course, you don't need to read the book. Just read the great article from Wired (A4).
Your two Covid pieces look at the past (A2) and the future (A3). The Mars story (T6) was exciting, but I was bamboozled by news of inception style communication within dreams (T4) and memory transplants (T7).
If you're interested in what Clubhouse is all about without jumping the queue, you can read about it sudden spread (T1).
My favourite short piece is about the future of work skills (A1) and if you are looking for a great long read, the lunchbox piece is a great Sunday read. (A10)
Onward! - Rahim
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My Reading Recommendations (A)
1. The Future Of Work Will Demand These 8 New Skills Link
2. How will we remember Covid-19? Link 3. A Quite Possibly Wonderful Summer Link
4. Bill Gates has a plan to save the world. Will the world listen? Link
5. Nothing Is Flattening Music Like TikTok Link
6. How a Shadow Army of Ghost Kitchens Took Over America’s Restaurants Link
7. Persuading the Unpersuadable Link
8. Sweatpants forever Link
9. How Much of Your “Authentic Self” Should You Really Bring to Work? Link 10. The Limits of the Lunchbox Moment Link
My Tech Recommendations (T)
1. Four countries, one Clubhouse Link 2. Thought-detection: AI has infiltrated our last bastion of privacy Link
3. The Human Genome and the Making of a Skeptical Biologist Link 4. Scientists Achieve Real-Time Communication With Lucid Dreamers in Breakthrough Link
5. A Cure for Baldness May Lie in Engineering Stem-Cells That Regenerate Link
6. NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully lands on Mars Link
7. Scientists Successfully Perform A ‘Memory Transplant’ Between Living Organisms Link
8. 'Robotic nose' could be created after detection dogs sniff out lethal cancer Link
9. This flying AI robot can pick fruit – preventing waste in the process Link
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