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This week we found out the Uber wants to give equity to its drivers, that Google? Alphabet is the best employer in the world (check out the list of top 2000), Microsoft open sources its ENTIRE patent portfolio, Amazon scrapped its secret AI recruitment tool that showed bias against women but also patented Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you medicine + Google launches Pixel 3 (it has future tech way ahead of the market). Do you live in a megacity of the future? (one of Dubai, Mumbai and Shanghai didn't make it) If you read two things this week, they should be the untold story of Stripe, that's driving Apple, Amazon and Facebook and Raised by Youtube, an eye-opening story highlighting the scary nature of parenting in the 21st century.  

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- Rahim 

What's Amazing?
AI in Education: Personalised education using machine learning and AI already exists but mass adoption to create highly bespoke learning outcomes is more of an evolving goal. AI will provide the 'Uber Moment' for education and edtech. This will start first in online learning and then move into the classroom as cognitive AI starts to assist with personalised intervention across the whole of a learner's journey. The role of the teacher will become more powerful as they work with cognitive AI assistants to provide immersive learning experiences that will not only power how we learn but allow more effective, skills based learning. AI will also be able to support in the development of soft skills, skills like creativity, assertiveness, critical thinking and communication in a limited amount through monitoring of biological data, voice recognition and tracking other data points like expression. This is how the China State Government is deploying AI technology to test a facial recognition system to analyse real-time student engagement. It certainly is an evolving space with companies like Mari using AI to build deep profiles of students to match with employers; and Embibe, backed by Reliance, is building a data AI centric solution to learning in India. I'd love to hear what you think about whether you believe that AI in education is possible. Reply back to me and let me know.
Dark Kitchens: I envisage a day where some device on my body will figure out that I am hungry and lacking in nutrients. That will generate a create food request with bespoke ingredients that cater to my intolerances and allergies from a "kitchen factory" housed by robots creating bespoke meals. That meal will be delivered to me by drone or autonomous car. That premise seems somewhat farfetched but its mash-up of technologies that are all in their infancy today.  One of the cogs in that new value chain is how restaurant businesses are changing. “We’ve had conversations with the biggest and fastest growing restaurant brands in the country and even some of the casual brands,” said Jim Collins, a serial entrepreneur, restauranteur, and the chief executive of the food-service startup, Kitchen United. “In every board room for every major restaurant brand in the country… the number one conversation surrounds the topic of how are we going to address [off-premise diners].”. Food and how we eat it will continue to change - even if you smart device won't trigger a drone delivered biriyani. Link
Magic Mica: Have you seen Magic Leap's prototype virtual assistant. The lifelikeness is so realistic that you could actually envisage what an assistant might be like. Siri, Alexa and Google are just voiced based at present, but Magic Leap takes a magic leap (sorry) to show you what your assistant might like in augmented or virtual reality. "Experts say Mica is a breakthrough in realistic avatars and could have far-reaching implications for society, impacting everything from human connections to education and our health. For starters, she could be used to turn on or off your smart home devices, including TVs, stereo systems and lights. Magic Leap also demonstrated how Mica can answer detailed questions, such as recalling a person's favorite song from a concert attended a year ago" But the implications of such a humanlike interface are wide-ranging from education to ethics. Link
AI Innovation: I keep jumping in on conversations where people keep dropping the AI bomb. Sometimes people mean machine learning, sometimes automation, sometimes they just mean technology and digitization. But AI does exist and is chugging away underneath the surface across multiple industries. "It was the more recent appearance of large, high-quality labelled datasets, distributed computing and the applications of graphics processing unit (GPU) computing which has powered the recent, rapid advancement of deep learning. It is now possible to create deep learning neural networks which operate fast enough and accurately enough to have practical, real-world uses. Because of this, we are experiencing a paradigm shift in computing, an AI boom in which companies are spending billions to develop deep learning AI technology" The latest report from Deloitte and Springwise highlights a whole new world of innovation that could change the world as we know it. The ones I love include geo targeted pricing to optimise sales, AI marketing based on cognitive data, an AI assistant to detect a heart attack on an emergency service call, AI detectives to pre-empt crime, sports video intelligence to provide instant match footage analysis, AI drones to disrupt the construction industry, AI recruitment chatbot, AI algorithm to predict price based on freshness, an AR/AI mashup to let users visualise home furnishings before they buy. AI is innovating behind the scenes. Be ready for it.  Link
Amazing News Nuggets
What's amazing?

"Do you love Amazon anymore? For that matter, do you love Facebook, Google, or Twitter? Interactions like the one I’ve detailed above are starting to chip away at that presumption. Personally, I’ve gone from cheerleader to skeptic over the past few years, and I’m broken out into full-blown critic over the last twelve months. I no longer trust Amazon to have my best interests at heart. I’ve lost any trust that Facebook or Twitter can deliver me a public square representative of my democracy. I’ve given up on Google delivering me search results that are truly “organic.” And YouTube? Point solution, at best. I can’t possibly trust the autoplay feature to do much more than waste my time. What’s happened to our beloved tech icons, and what are the implications of this lost trust? In future posts, I plan on thinking out loud on that topic. I hope you’ll join me. In the meantime, I think I’ll stroll down to CVS and buy myself another bottle of hydrogen peroxide. By the time Amazon’s comes, I’m sure my hangnail will be a distant memory. But that taste in my mouth? That’s going to remain."

Source: Newco Shift | This Is How Amazon Loses

"Cars, door locks, contact lenses, clothes, toasters, refrigerators, industrial robots, fish tanks, sex toys, light bulbs, toothbrushes, motorcycle helmets — these and other everyday objects are all on the menu for getting “smart.” Hundreds of small start-ups are taking part in this trend — known by the marketing catchphrase “the internet of things” — but like everything else in tech, the movement is led by giants, among them Amazon, Apple and Samsung."

Source: A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared - The New York Times

"But gamification’s trapping of total fun masks that we have very little control over the games we are made to play – and hides the fact that these games are not games at all. Gamified systems are tools, not toys. They can teach complex topics, engage us with otherwise difficult problems. Or they can function as subtle systems of social control. "

Source: How employers have gamified work for maximum profit | Aeon Essays

"In the first wave of the internet during the late 1990s and early 2000s, it cost roughly $10M just to launch a web business. By the early 2010s, the emergence of cloud computing platforms like AWS dropped the cost of building websites and apps to roughly $1M and enabled relatively small teams to accomplish a lot. Now, as we approach 2020, we are in an era where most of the important technologies are available for free as open-source repositories or available through easy to use and well documented APIs. In this new era, we’ve experienced firsthand an ability to prototype and test an idea for less than $100K or 1/100th of the cost just 20 years ago."

Source: Atomic II: $150M to Start Companies to Solve the World’s Problems
Amazing Links Worth Your Attention
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Tech Links
Has 10 years of Spotify ruined music? Link

America's first autonomous robot farm replaces humans with 'incredibly intelligent' machines Link

The robots are coming to Vegas Link

The hidden history of poker and crypto Link

Why LADbible Is the Most Popular Publisher on Facebook Link

Alexa, Should We Trust You? Link

Netflix isn't invincible Link
Amazing Life Links
Deep Work: How to Develop the Most Valuable Skill of the 21st Century Link

Teens Are Being Bullied ‘Constantly’ on Instagram Link

Do these 8 things every day to be happier and filled with less regret Link

pajamas, luxury bedding, spooning robots: how sleep became commodified Link

The one-minute full body workout Link

27 Simple Ways Highly Successful People Get Ahead of Everyone Else Link

The best food to eat for a good night's sleep Link
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