Box of Amazing: Why technology has a will  
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It's beginning to feel a lot like the end of the year, but in a year of nothingness and turmoil, it will become especially important for us to rebase our personal goals for 2021. In a year where we probably found it difficult to focus on what we wanted to do in amongst the tragedy, the change in normality, the stress, and foreboding - we will need to wrestle our in conscience to go after what we really aspire. 

This week, please read Kevin Kelly's interview (1) if you want to understand conceptually where technology is going. The spending time with people piece (6), made me appreciate the loneliness of life ahead. The technology pieces by Andreessen Horowitz in Tech 4 spell out the world of social and community with the best piece on The Future of Video (Tech 5) worth 2 minutes of your attention.

Stay sane, stay safe, stay curious!

Onward! - Rahim

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My recommendations for this week

1. Kevin Kelly on Why Technology Has a Will Link
2. How the US, UK, and China are planning to roll out vaccines Link
3. Super cubes: inside the (surprisingly) big business of packaged ice Link
4. The chart that shows how we’ll get back to normal Link
5. Facebook Sees WhatsApp As Its Future, Antitrust Suit or Not Link
6. Who do we spend time with across our lifetime? Link
7. China’s Radical New Vision Of Globalization Link
8. The Economics of Christmas Trees Link
9. In 2020, Disinformation broke the US Link
10. The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020 Link

My Tech Recommendations for this Week

1. Self-driving robotaxis are taking off in China Link
2. DeepMind’s brain: the shape of things to come Link
3. The First Hologram Machine That Projects Life-Size In Full-Color Link
4. Community Takes All: The Power of Social+ Link
5. Live, Social, and Shoppable: The Future of Video Link
6. The robot kitchen that will make you dinner – and wash up too Link
7. Roblox and the Dispersal of Creativity Link
8. Steve Wozniak is starting another company, 45 years after co-founding Apple with Steve Jobs Link
9. The vaccine miracle: how scientists waged the battle against Covid-19 Link
10. The pandemic was great for Zoom. What happens when there’s a vaccine? Link
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