Box of Amazing: New Internet, brain networks, your digital ID and the top UK startups  
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This week: Delta confirmes that Wifi is as important as water, Chinese spies compromised US tech's supply chain with chips in your iPhone and Kindle supposedly (must read), 3-day weekends are confirmed to make people both happier and more productive and cyberhacking is now the new war as Russia is accused of mastering cyber-plots around the world. While traditional universities still have a place in our world, where does yours place in the list of the best universities in the world 2019? Have a great week. Onwards! - Rahim 

What's Amazing?
The New Internets: With the death of net neutrality, we arguably have two Internets. Consider that China has a ringfenced Internet of its own, and places like India are creating their own infrastructure, we are shifting away from the globalised promised land that the Internet promised. Over the last ten years, we are shifting away from globalisation to a more nationalist way. Think Brexit, think Trump, think everything. At the same time of this separation, we need a joined-up decentralised infrastructure more than ever as we look to support new and emerging technologies. Enter the Godfather of the Intenet. "This week, Tim Berners-Lee will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for dreaming is over. “We have to do it now,” he says, displaying an intensity and urgency that is uncharacteristic for this soft-spoken academic. “It’s a historical moment.” Ever since revelations emerged that Facebook had allowed people’s data to be misused by political operatives, Berners-Lee has felt an imperative to get this digital idyll into the real world. In a post published this weekend, Berners-Lee explains that he is taking a sabbatical from MIT to work full time on Inrupt. The company will be the first major commercial venture built off of Solid, a decentralized web platform he and others at MIT have spent years building."    Link
Brain Network Telepathy: Scientists have managed to connect the brains of three people, allowing them to share thoughts. I'm already imagining the Minority Report. If we were linked up you would be reading my mind. The neuroscientists managed to synchronised three brain to brain connections of three people. The use case was to play a game of Tetris! And if we can link three people, we could one day link up more than three, we could link up a network. "An obvious next step is to allow several people to join such a conversation, and today Stocco and his colleagues announced they have achieved this using a world-first brain-to-brain network. The network, which they call BrainNet, allows a small group to play a collaborative Tetris-like game. “Our results raise the possibility of future brain-to-brain interfaces that enable cooperative problem-solving by humans using a ‘social network’ of connected brains,” they say."   Link
Your Digital IDs: Data has had its time in the news this last year, but digital IDs are going to now take centre stage as we become more defined by an identifier, no matter how far we try and hide from them. In fact the ID and the data linked to it is more valuable than straight cash as demonstrated by a coffee shop that takes payment using your personal data. "We are building near-perfect facial recognition technology and other identifiers, from the human gait to breath to iris. Biometric databases are being set up in such a way that these individual identifiers are centralized, insecure, and opaque. Then there is the capacity for geo-location of identifiers—that is, the tracking of digital “you”—in real time. A constant feed of insecure data from the Internet of Things may well connect you (and your identity) to other identities and nodes on the network without your consent. In addition, systems using artificial intelligence and machine learning are used to make decisions based on our identities. Those systems are often built on data that can reinforce bias and discrimination and are wielded without sufficient transparency or human review. Ultimately, social credit systems, such as those that are currently being developed in China, will be based on digital ID, thereby enabling or disabling our full and free participation in society." We can not trust the data that is held about us, how it's held and what people might do with our data.  Link
Top UK Startups: As you know, I love lists, best ofs, top this, top that. I found the top UK startup list from LinkedIn an interesting one. These aren't necessarily the best or fastest growing, but the ones that people want to work at. There are some expected, some known and some unknown. The top ten were: 1. Monzo, 2. Gymshark, 3. Revolut, 4. Clearbank, 5. Skinnydip, 6. Dazn, 7. Improbable, 8. Charlotte Tilbury, 9. Blockchain, 10, Talentful. It's worth checking out the profiles as well as the rest of the top 25. It's interesting to see what companies are cementing the future in the country that I live in.    Link
Amazing News Nuggets
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"In the last year, the social media app has added 300 million monthly active users — doubling in size and bringing its total global user count to twice the size of the population of the United States. Of that immense user base, nearly half follow 10 or more verified musicians. And even more are making regularly posts and Instagram stories about music, with concerts a particularly popular photo and video subject. “A show no longer starts when the curtain rises,” entertainment architect Ray Winkler, who designed Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run II tour, told Rolling Stone earlier this summer. “The show starts the moment the first person takes a picture of it."

Source: Instagram Is Deciding the Future of Concerts, Says LeRoy Bennett – Rolling Stone

"A new study shows that after years of declines, BitTorrent usage and piracy is on the rise again. The culprit: an increase in exclusivity deals that force subscribers to hunt and peck among a myriad of streaming services to actually find the content they’re looking for. Sandvine’s new Global Internet Phenomena report offers some interesting insight into user video habits and the internet, such as the fact that more than 50 percent of internet traffic is now encrypted, video now accounts for 58 percent of all global traffic, and Netflix alone now comprises 15 percent of all internet downstream data consumed. "

Source: The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy - Motherboard


"Imagine having to scan your face and prove your age in order to play a video game. Tencent, the largest video game publisher in the world, just made that a reality for Honor of Kings, one of its most popular games."

Source: Tencent’s Honor of Kings is using face ID to limit kids' play time — Quartz
Amazing Links Worth Your Attention
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Tech Links
Growing Our SaaS Company To $1M+ ARR: 7 People, 3 Years, No VC Money. Key Lessons Learned Link

Why Amazon reportedly wants to open 3,000 automated stores Link

Netflix is planning a choose-your-own-adventure episode of ‘Black Mirror’ Link

The future of electric car design has yet to be written Link

The anti-Netflix: Free, ad-supported video streaming services are growing Link

Music on the blockchain Link
Amazing Life Links
The Art of the Elevator Pitch Link

How To Improve Yourself In 6 Months Link

How algorithms are controlling your life Link

This Is How To Make Your Life Amazing Link

Your IQ Matters Less Than You Think Link
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