Box of Amazing: What You Missed: 3D printed eyes, AI Anchors, Future of Work and Chinese Billionaires  
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Editor's Note
I've been spending a chunk of time reading and thinking about the jobs of the future, where we are and where we are going. There are waves of change about to come: the impending tech avalanche that will displace some current jobs, the new jobs that are coming, and the wave of new workers who are about to be connected to the Internet. What does that mean for us? And what does it mean if we are not savvy enough to be up with the transforming tech? Will we have a world of haves and have nots? And how does education feature in this world? Any thoughts on this, feel free to reply to discuss. I'd be very interested in your thoughts.    

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
Must Reads
Is the Era of Voice Texting Upon Us? Link

Why Technology Favors Tyranny 
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The future of work won't be about college degrees, it will be about job skills Link
What's Amazing?
AI Anchors: Some of the really interesting applications of AI involve the programming of values to AI. This is what a person thinks and so this is the AI version of a person. That could be a human, a concept, a person from history or just you and me. Essentially, your conscience and beliefs could exist at a later time and could supercede you. That tech is in development. In the mean time, we have AI Anchors. "Xinhua, China’s state-run press agency, has unveiled new “AI anchors” — digital composites created from footage of human hosts that read the news using synthesized voices. It’s not clear exactly what technology has been used to create the anchors, but they’re in line with the most recent machine learning research. It seems that Xinhua has used footage of human anchors as a base layer, and then animated parts of the mouth and face to turn the speaker into a virtual puppet. By combining this with a synthesized voice, Xinhua can program the digital anchors to read the news, far quicker than using traditional CGI."  The tech looks impressive. It's certainly not an AI conscience, but you can imagine from the video what it might be like.   Link
Future of Toilets: Solving the world's problems is looking at things that have the potential to affect billions of people. But sometimes solving problems revolves around legacy issues. Bill Gates, this week, drew attention to a problem facing many in developing countries - not enough toilets. The billionaire said more than half of the world’s population suffers without clean, comfortable sanitation facilities. “When you think of things that are basically right up there with health and enough to eat, you think that having a reasonable toilet certainly belongs on that list,” Gates said. “China has an opportunity to launch a new category of innovated non sewered sanitation solutions that will benefit millions of people worldwide.”According to UNICEF, 892 million people worldwide have no choice but to defecate in the open. India’s government says its public health drive has slashed the number of people in the country forced to defecate in the open from 550 million in 2014 to less than 150 million today. Solve the toilet problem, become a billionaire, save the world.  Link
Huangs and Qings: We are slowly shifting to world that will be dominated by China. I have no doubt that with the strategic investments across technology, with the wealth of talents available and the focus on IP generation across areas like science, that China will become the driving force of this century. That trend has already started and the rush for wealth to ride the early goldrush has resulted in a huge number of billionaires across China. "That’s the surprising title and conclusion of UBS’s fifth annual survey of billionaires. The bank analyzes the landscape of the super-super-rich once a year. This year, it comes to the conclusion that the next generations of Rothschilds and Rockefellers are actually Huangs and Qings. This year’s survey—dubbed in full “UBS/PwC Billionaires Insights report: New Visionaries and the Chinese Century”—has primarily been covered from the Western perspective, with the focus usually on U.S. and European billionaires. But the real story is that “there are already more billionaires in Asia”—most of them Chinese—than in all of the U.S. And UBS is betting that in China, which is minting billionaires at the stunning rate of two a week, a recent economic slowdown won’t be enough to halt the boom."     Link
3D Printed Eyes: 3D printed organs are no longer the story of science fiction. It's possible to create an organ that replicates the function of what your real body part used to do. Not all organs are readily available but one startup claims it’s almost ready for human trials of what could prove to be the first 3D-printed body part to go mainstream: the cornea. "In October, North Carolina-based bioprinting startup Precise Bio announced plans to advance its research into bioprinted corneas. The company had already earned the distinction of being the first to transplant a 3D-printed cornea graft into an animal, and CEO Aryeh Batt claimed in the press release that this put it in a prime position to do the same for humans. Batt elaborated on the company’s cornea focus. “We plan to put our printers in eye banks,” he told the magazine. “Physicians can use tissues that are printed, not taken from donors.” 10 million people have corneal blindness worldwide. And this is the solution.  Link
Quotes Worth Pondering

"Consumers bought more than 1 million electric vehicles last year, an increase of almost 60 percent from 2016, even as global car demand turned lower. China, with an aggressive green vehicle policy, accounts for almost half of worldwide electric passenger-car sales. The average price of lithium ion batteries, which account for almost half a car’s cost, has dropped from $599 per kilowatt-hour to $208 per kWh over the past five years. Drivers now have almost 600,000 charging outlets globally, of which more than half are in China."

Source: Electric Cars Face a $6 Trillion Barrier to Widespread Adoption - Bloomberg


"The increased importance and complexity of the internet has also brought new issues to light. What level of encryption should be standard on the internet, if any? Or what security practices must a company take to ensure customers’ data is safe? What kind of privacy can be expected when entrusting personal information to companies online? How can companies enforce digital rights management, or crack down on piracy? "

Source: The internet tried to function like a democracy. It failed — Quartz


"Today’s A.I. programs can recognize faces and transcribe spoken sentences. We have programs that can spot subtle financial fraud, find relevant web pages in response to ambiguous queries, map the best driving route to almost any destination, beat human grandmasters at chess and Go, and translate between hundreds of languages. What’s more, we’ve been promised that self-driving cars, automated cancer diagnoses, housecleaning robots and even automated scientific discovery are on the verge of becoming mainstream. "

Source: Opinion | Artificial Intelligence Hits the Barrier of Meaning - The New York Times
Amazing Links Worth Your Attention
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A cure for cancer: how to kill a killer Link

Why Doctors hate their computers Link

Here Comes ‘Smart Dust,’ the Tiny Computers That Pull Power from the Air Link

Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’ Link
Tech, Science and the Future
China can identify citizens based on how they walk Link

Using Wi-Fi to “see” behind closed doors is easier than anyone thought Link

Inside the ‘World Cup of E-sports’ Link

Ikea wants you for its startup bootcamp Link

Lenovo opened a cashier-less store in Beijing 
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Improving Your Life
The healthiest people in the world don't go to the gym Link

How to be a more patient person Link

Skill Stacking: A Practical Strategy To Achieve Career Success Link

Bring Your Breakthrough Ideas to Life Link

The key to a long life has little to do with good genes Link
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