Box of Amazing: The Growing Impact of Generation Z  
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Editor's Note
I've been spending time trying to figure out Generation Z, essentially those born between 1995 and 2010 (ie 8 to 23 years old today). That bracket just about encompasses my kids' age, so I am trying to figure out what drives this generation, but it also covers those who have just started in the job market.  These are the leaders of tomorrow and they're the real digital natives - born into the Internet era and sometimes because of the Internet.;> You'll see a few great articles recommended in this newsletter and I do hope that you enjoy it enough to share with a colleague or ten.   

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
Must Reads
The end of the beginning - 25 minutes keynote from Ben Evans about how we are moving to a world post access to the Internet. What happens next? Link 

Gen-Z employees don’t do email Link

A Guide to TikTok for Anyone Who Isn’t a Teen Link

The Genius Neuroscientist who might hold the key to true AI Link
What's Amazing?
Gen Zee: Gen Z were born into a world with information readily available, global real-time communication taken for granted and comfortable living in online and offline world. It seems normal when you say it like that but it also demonstrates how far we have come. This is the new normal. Why is it important for someone like me (GenX) to understand Gen Z? Well, because this generation are changing the way of the world. They're cause-centric and their influence permeates through the age brackets. "Young people have always embodied the zeitgeist of their societies, profoundly influencing trends and behavior alike. The influence of Gen Z—the first generation of true digital natives—is now radiating outward, with the search for truth at the center of its characteristic behavior and consumption patterns. Technology has given young people an unprecedented degree of connectivity among themselves and with the rest of the population. That makes generational shifts more important and speeds up technological trends as well. For companies, this shift will bring both challenges and equally attractive opportunities. And remember: the first step in capturing any opportunity is being open to it." The Mckinsey piece on Gen Z is highly recommended for anyone who has an outward facing role. Link
Self Driving Automated Services: Once the self-driving car takes over our streets (and we're probably talking ten years or so) and the cost of operation reduces to zero, we must expect the upside revenue associated with these spaces on wheels. That could be anything from a haircut on wheels to an hour of kinkiness according to a new tourism report. “It’s only a natural conclusion that sex in autonomous vehicles will become a phenomenon,” Free of driver costs, companies could invest more in the customer experience. Interiors may become more spacious. Cabs could come with bedding or perhaps a massage chair, analysts forecast. Passengers might tap an iPad to hear Marvin Gaye. Enter “hotels-by-the-hour” on wheels — a fleet of rolling love dens. Tourists could summon one on yet-to-be-invented apps. “It is just a small leap to imagine Amsterdam’s Red Light District ‘on the move,’ ”  Link
Predicting Baby Brains: Genetic screening has advanced so much that we now can predict with some level of certainty multiple traits from an embryo.  Now new genetic screening can check whether an embryo carries genetic diseases or even whether a child might have a low IQ. This sort of designer baby prediction raises huge ethical concerns that have been plaguing the industry for years. A company called Genomic Prediction has developed a way to search IVF-fertilized embryos. That is quite literally a designer baby - and search for more genetic conditions than have ever been possible before. "Genomic Prediction is the first company to offer polygenic risk scores for embryos rather than adults. The firm is mainly promoting its tests as a way of screening out embryos at high risk of certain medical conditions. But the company’s polygenic test for “mental disability” is more controversial. It isn’t accurate enough to predict IQ for each embryo, but it can indicate which ones are genetic outliers, giving prospective parents the option of avoiding embryos with a high chance of an IQ 25 points below average, says Hsu."  Link
AI Coaching: Over the last ten years, we have thought that having data would provide humans with solutions so that we could provide the advice required in whatever industry. That premise will soon evaporate as we see that AI will take on that advisory. Cue Watson and Kronos. "A new partnership between IBM Watson and the workforce management platform Kronos will give hourly workers access to personalized career-path coaching. The virtual coach will advise workers on available opportunities within their company and the skills training needed to get them. Kronos is used by about half the companies in the Fortune 1000, among other clients. For large employers—especially employers of hourly workers in low-margin businesses like food service and retail—it’s not economically feasible to hire a human advisor for every employee. Though virtual career coaches are limited in the scope of their offerings, the ability to scale professional development with the click of a button is perhaps a benefit in which companies will be increasingly willing to invest."  Why is this important? The cost of services, in this case employee benefits, will be driven down by technology making both niche and expensive benefits that were once provided to the chosen few now available to the masses. Soon.  Link
Quotes Worth Pondering

"The sudden ramp-up of technologies ranging from phone components to wireless networks to data centers points to a new kind of automation, more pervasive and smarter than ever before seen. It affects every industry, not just manufacturing, logistics or transportation, and is unique in the degree to which it is affecting white-collar as well as blue-collar workers."

Source: Inside the New Industrial Revolution - WSJ

"Patrick Collison, chief executive of Stripe, talked about how much of Asia is leapfrogging the West because there isn’t tons of old infrastructure—like gas-guzzling car fleets—to update, so the latest technology catches on right away. In China, this is especially true in payments, which are now overwhelmingly made through mobile phones. The world’s leading face-recognition and drone companies are in China, and its electric-vehicle, autonomous-driving and AI companies are already on par with their U.S. counterparts"

Source: What’s the Next Big Thing in Tech? It’s Up to Us - WSJ

" A team from China’s Hefei Institutes of Physical Science announced that its Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor — an “artificial sun” designed to replicate the process our natural Sun uses to generate energy — just hit a new temperature milestone: 100 million degrees Celsius (180 million degrees Fahrenheit). For comparison, the core of our real Sun only reaches about 27 million degrees Fahrenheit — meaning the EAST reactor was, briefly, more than six times hotter than the closest star."

Source: The Pentagon Needs Help Intercepting “Hypersonic” Nukes


"Zume, based in Mountain View, Calif., launched three years ago. The company set out to revolutionize pizza delivery by turning pizza-making over to robots, and then cooking the pizza in the back of delivery vans in ovens controlled through cloud-based software. Zume has pitched van-based ovens as a vastly more efficient model for pizza delivery than using people to make the pizzas, cooking them in large ovens at the restaurant, and then sending the already-cooked pizzas out with drivers. The company has also indicated that using robots for making crusts, spreading sauce, and cutting slices can improve quality control. And Zume hopes that, once it gets the technology established for pizza, it will be able to adapt the systems to other food products and sell robots instead of just pizzas. "

Source: Zume, the Robotic Pizza Company, Makes Pies Only a Robot Could Love - IEEE Spectrum
Amazing Links Worth Your Attention
Below is a selection of recommended reading that you can get by following Box of Amazing on Twitter.
Top of the News
Uber continues to lose money as it scales scooters, bikes and other new businesses Link

....& Uber launches loyalty reward Link

Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’ Link

Volkswagen plans to make 50 million electric cars, CEO says Link

Why innovation isn’t dead in Silicon Valley, according to this tech expert Link

Jeff Bezos Says 'Amazon Is Not Too Big To Fail.' He's Right  Link
Tech, Science and the Future
Are Killer Robots the Future of War? Parsing the Facts on Autonomous Weapons Link

Are You Ready for the Nanoinfluencers? Link

The $367 million Chinese startup invading the world’s classrooms Link

Nike’s huge new flagship looks like the future of retail Link

Peter Chernin: The Future Of Digital Entertainment Link

Experts warn of Amazon's accent detecting technology Link
Improving Your Life
How to avoid losing your memory in the digital age Link

5 Tactics Used By Passive-Aggressive Arguers (And The Best Forms of Defense) Link

Being single in your 30s is a global phenomenon Link

How Our Careers Affect Our Children Link

3 Mental Shifts Highly Successful People Make Right Before Their Careers Take Off Link

19 Simple Psychological Tricks That Actually Work Link

Cancer and Diet 101: How What You Eat Can Influence Cancer Link
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