Box of Amazing: AI Art from Christies, Drone Delivered Coffee (DDC), AI Robot Teachers & Robot Dogs  
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I hope you're enjoying Box of Amazing. If you are, I'd really appreciate it if you would forward this email to colleagues and friends. That would be amazing. If you find something interesting here and care to share it on social media, I'd appreciate a hat tip! This week's news brought news of Farfetch's luxury clothing IPO, Netflix testing commercials, Chipotle launching a farm-tech accelerator,  23&me cuts off 3rd party data access, Facebook is testing the trustworthiness of its users, and Elon Musk changes his mind about taking Tesla public....but it looks like Apple is stealing dozens of Tesla's employees. If you want a glimpse of companies that might change the near future, I'd suggest scrolling through the list of 60 or so Y-combinator startups. Some look ridiculous. Some look amazing. Have a great week! Onward! - Rahim
 
The Magic Leap One is the mixed-reality headset of the moment. Not only is this one of the most interesting devices out there right now, much of the tech inside is completely new, and this video shows three experts trying to figure it out. Whether or not you think the Magic Leap One is worth the $2300 price tag, you’ve got to be a little curious about how it works. 

What's Amazing?
AI Art: Christies, the auction house will auction art generated by artificial intelligence. "Created by the French art collective Obvious, “Portrait of Edmond de Belamy” is part of a series of paintings of the fictional Belamy family that was created using a two-part algorithm. As one of the artists in the collective explains on Christie’s site: On one side is the Generator, on the other the Discriminator. We fed the system with a data set of 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th century to the 20th. The Generator makes a new image based on the set, then the Discriminator tries to spot the difference between a human-made image and one created by the Generator. The aim is to fool the Discriminator into thinking that the new images are real-life portraits. Then we have a result."" The real question about what is art will always remain - but with a target price of between $7-10K, I think this might be more about what the market thinks than the what the critics think. Link
Drone Delivered Coffee: It's not here yet, but IBM thinks the idea is serious enough to register a patent for the concept. "A new patent from IBM could bring new meaning to instant coffee. The patent describes a drone that could detect when a person is tiring and fly over with a cup of coffee on demand—so no need to worry if yours is the one street corner without a Starbucks. In its patent, IBM imagines a drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, flying over a group of people and: "scanning the people, using one or more sensors connected to the UAV...which identifies an individual among the people that may have a predetermined cognitive state, based on sensor data and flying the UAV to the individual that may have a predetermined cognitive state to deliver the drink." IBM is also considering drone delivered alcohol which would detect whether someone is too inebriated to deserve another drink. In this dystopian world, I think I'd prefer to be plugged into an intravenous drip.  Link
AI Robot Teachers: My friends, the end is nigh. The robots are already teaching the kids at school. In. The. Classroom. English-speaking AI robots will be used in 500 Japanese classrooms next year. The robots are a pilot project by the Education Ministry that will cost about 250 million yen (US$227,000). In two years, the national curriculum will require children to learn English starting at age 10 and finding qualified instructors is a challenge. The country will also employ tablet apps and online lessons with native speakers to help bolster English speaking and writing skills. Link
Robot Dogs: The latest version of Sony's Aibo is an expensive ($3000) way to have your very own robot dog. "It's easy to scoff at Aibo. But seeing one up close might change your mind. It moves much more smoothly than before; it reacts to your pets and voice commands realistically; and best of all, it'll get smarter over time. Yes, Aibo is undoubtedly a luxury. But it brings us one step closer to the robot companions we've been waiting for." Watch the video. Is this what companionship might be like? Or is this just a rich man's Christmas present?   Link
Amazing News Nuggets
What's amazing?

"But what most of us don’t consider is how dramatically the way humans spend our waking hours has changed over the centuries. “We used to have to forage for firewood, water, and food,” Diamandis said. “Tech begins to liberate us. It gives us a vacation from survival.” Stopping into your local grocery to grab ingredients for dinner takes so much less time than hunting or harvesting it. Buying ready-made food that’s already been heated or refrigerated for you takes even less time."

Source: Why the Future Is Arriving Faster Than You Think

"On the demand side, technology is providing customers with far more power than ever before — we have far more information about the options available to us and the ability to switch much more easily from one vendor to another if our needs are not being met. Many of us are also becoming more demanding — we are less and less willing to settle for standardized, mass market products when it is far easier to seek out the niche products that are tailored to our specific needs and context. "

Source: 3 Kinds of Jobs That Will Thrive as Automation Advances

"It’s the year 2038. The word “flavor” has fallen into disuse. Sugar is the new cigarettes, and we have managed to replace salt with healthy plants.
 We live in a society in which we eat fruit grown using genetics. We drink synthetic wine, scramble eggs that do not come from chickens, grill meat that was not taken from animals, and roast fish that never saw the sea."

Source: What the future of food will look like in 2038.

"There is something happening here that is deeper than any single algorithm. They are at the forefront of what, at times, appears to be almost a new philosophy. “God is the machine,” the researcher told me. “The black box is the truth. If it works, it works. We shouldn’t even try to work out what the machine is spitting out – they’ll pick up patterns we won’t even know about.”"

Source: The terrifying, hidden reality of Ridiculously Complicated Algorithms

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Amazing Links Worth Your Attention
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Tech Links
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Facial Recognition Tech Catches Traveler With Fake Papers Link

Future elections may be swayed by intelligent, weaponized chatbots Link

Spotify and Netflix both make moves to reduce payments to Apple Link

4 Startups Using AI to Solve 4 Totally Different Problems Link

Uber and Airbus Enlist in Japan’s Flying-Car Plan Link

A day in the life of a Waymo Sel Driving Taxi Link

How to prepare the work force for jobs that don’t yet exist Link

The NY Public Library wants you to read more books–on Instagram Link

Forever 21 Debuts AI-Powered Visual Search Tool Link

Alexa Is Losing Her Edge Link
Amazing Life Links
How To Know If You’ll Be Successful Link

What happens when you spend a year using science to improve your brain LInk

11 incredible habits of Buddhist Monks  Link

The One Rule for Life Link

The Most Epic Book List on the Internet: 80 Heart-Stopping Books That Will Transform Your Thinking Forever Link

This Is How To Make Your Life Awesome: 6 Secrets From Research Link

Just Read the Book Already. Digital culture doesn’t have to make you a shallow reader. But you have to do something about it. Link

101 Time Management Tips to Boost Productivity Every Day Link

First Impressions Are Everything. Here Are 20 Ways to Make a Great One Link
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