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Must Reads
How China walled off the Internet and became a Superpower Link

The disturbing world of Deepfakes Link


The Decline and Fall of the Zuckerberg Empire Link

The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really? Link

Self-driving trucks in US offer window into where machines may replace humans Link
What's Amazing?
Google Shoes: Google has a new invention that has surfaced at the US Patent Office: VR Shoes. These are shoes that allow you to walk into an unlimited abyss, essentially allowing you to walk in a confined area. This would allow virtual reality to become more immersive as an experience. "Right now, the main problem with VR’s believability is that you are stuck in one position. You can’t freely walk through a virtual room or open space unless you have a special VR rig. This is too voluminous to have in a house, which is why the best VR experiences now are those that make the player stay still in one place. The only way to “walk” in VR is jumping from hotspot to hotspot, which doesn’t require any real walking at all." But that will change with these smart shoes.  Link
Beijing Behaviour: The concept of social credit has seeped into our daily lives and its apparency became clear in and episode of Dark Mirror where your social rating could affect your life. China is implementing this in real life and plans a social credit system by 2021. "China’s plan to judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior is moving a step closer to reality, with Beijing set to adopt a lifelong points program by 2021 that assigns personalized ratings for each resident. The capital city will pool data from several departments to reward and punish some 22 million citizens based on their actions and reputations by the end of 2020, according to a plan posted on the Beijing municipal government’s website on Monday. Those with better so-called social credit will get “green channel” benefits while those who violate laws will find life more difficult." China already rolled out a similar system with those with low scores not being able to travel. By combining AI recognition systems, this essentially creates a caste system - which I guess is what China wants. It remains to be seen what the end game is   Link
Brain Implant Brilliance: A new system that is in testing allows a brain implant to help paralyzed people turn thoughts into text. The experiment is exciting not because this is another brain implant experiment - it's already been proven - but that this allows the users on regular devices available from anywhere. That's amazing for someone going from very little communication to near full communication of thoughts and actions. It's not perfect, but it's a scale change. " the findings demonstrate how communication, mobility and independence can be partially restored to those with otherwise limited control over their environment, and without the need for expensive or specialist equipment -- a major development that will have a hugely positive impact on the lives of people around the world." For me, if we took this to the able-bodied, we would have sensory conversations, but I don't think we are quite ready for that yet. Link
Dollar Disease tests: Envision is a new portable device that can quickly and accurately screen for a variety of diseases, including Zika, Ebola, hepatitis, dengue, and malaria. "The portable device, called enVision (enzyme-assisted nanocomplexes for visual identification of nucleic acids), can also screen for various types of cancers and genetic diseases. EnVision takes between 30 minutes to one hour to detect the presence of diseases, which is two to four times faster than existing infection diagnostics methods. The device also costs less than 75¢—100 times less than tests currently in use." The device, created at the University of Singapore, allow test results to be denoted by a colour change and could be further analysed by a smartphone app, making it attractive as a point-of-care diagnostic device. The impact of this could be immense, especially in disease-ridden areas of the world.     Link
Quotes Worth Pondering

"We're just now beginning to truly see the the first 'real' robots in the home, from Roombas to toys to companions to... well, much more. How are humans beginning to forge relationships with these robotic devices (/entities!) -- and how will those relationships develop? What do we learn as we begin to forge relationships and interact with robotic toys like Cosmo and Vector -- about robots, and about ourselves? And what do these learnings teach us about the possibility of adding a "personality wrapper" to new technologies? "

Source: a16z Podcast: The IQ and EQ of Robots by a16z | Free Listening on SoundCloud

"As the epistemic dystopianism genre goes, we’ve entered a post-truth era, one where everything is dangerously fake and the only solution is a righteous retreat back to truth. The blame usually goes to Donald Trump, social media, or — incredibly — postmodern social theory. But the so-called “fact-based community” rarely produces convincing evidence that there ever was a “truth” era that we are now “post.” Is our current crisis of the real so new or different from eras past? "

Source: Faked Out — Real Life
Amazing Links Worth Your Attention
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Top of the News
The five most important tech stocks are getting slaughtered, with each down more than 20% from highs Link

When Elon Musk Tunnels Under Your Home Link

The Case Against Quantum Computing Link

Toronto is a City of the Future and is a Data-Collection Machine Link

Facebook and The Innovator’s Dilemma Link
Tech, Science and the Future
How Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality will reshape the food industry Link

How WeWork Plans to Be the Ecosystem for Your Entire Life Link

Waze-fed AI platform helps Las Vegas cut car crashes by almost 20%  Link

The DIY Tinkerers harnessing the power of AI Link

High score, low pay: why the gig economy loves gamification Link
Improving Your Life
Time-management tips from the productivity expert who trains Google executives Link

How to make better life decisions Link

The case for slowing everything down a bit  Link

A New Way to Become More Open-Minded Link

Make up your mind(s)! Link
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