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How will we look back on 2020? We talk of it being a reset moment in society, but, to me, 2020 feels like a new era that starts with a blur, almost a cacophony of conflicting societal priorities that sit amongst the backdrop of the virus. The left versus the right. Astounding technology versus extreme poverty. Power versus hacktivism.
In twenty years time, there will be memories of low-fi masks we needed to wear, the convoluted steps to join a "zoom" call, and being "locked down" to save us from death. This week London returned to multiple restrictions with confusing rules while places around the world are rocketing to their highest daily infections.
This winter of discontent is just beginning. I draw your attention to article 7, so that this winter and, indeed, this era, don't completely feel like the most depressive days of our lives!
I've had many messages of support these last few weeks in how this newsletter is becoming a formative part of your Sunday/Monday. If this provides value for you, please consider forwarding it to a friend or two.
Stay sane, stay safe!
Onward! - Rahim
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My recommendations for this week
1. Vitamin D may lower risk of contracting COVID-19, says new research Link 2. Disney and Integrators Versus Aggregators Link
3. The impact of AI on business and society Link
4. The Swamp That Trump Built Link
5. QAnon isn't going away Link
6. It took a pandemic to make QR codes a global sensation Link 7. How to make this winter not totally suck, according to psychologists Link
8. Why social media makes you feel so old Link
9. Meet the Excel warriors saving the world from spreadsheet disaster Link
10. A Framework for Leaders Facing Difficult Decisions Link
My Tech Recommendations for this Week
1. The future of AI depends on 9 companies. If they fail, we’re doomed Link
2. Zoom is getting into ticketed online events Link 3. Why Facebook Can't Fix Itself Link
4. Scientists Found a New Way to Control the Brain With Light—No Surgery Required Link
5. Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet Link 6. In Singapore, facial recognition is getting woven into everyday life Link
7. Here’s a first glimpse of China’s digital yuan Link
8. Is wind power’s future in deep water? Link
9. Law of Touch could help make VR indistinguishable from reality Link
10. Google Street View for the human body: New virtual reality software allows scientists to 'walk' inside cells Link
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