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In the same way that House Stark warns that "Winter is Coming", we need to all be aware that "September is Coming". In the education setting, the back to school season starts in the UK and students return, and in many European settings, holidays are over, and there is the 4 month run-in to the end of the year. This week, I read 5 articles that came together around this one concept, all interlinked, which paint this weird alter-world that we are now getting to.
And if September if Coming is not interesting enough for you, please read on for an eclectic combo of articles. Only a couple of TikTok this week!
Stay sane, stay safe!
Onward! - Rahim
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My recommendations for this week
1. For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect) Link
2. TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface Link
3. Will Covid make countries drop cash and adopt digital currencies? Link
4. Bill Gates on Covid-19: Most tests are “completely garbage” Link
5. Why a face shield alone may not protect you from coronavirus Link
6. The Airport of the Future will have no Security Lines Link
7. Billions of people globally still can't afford smartphones. That's a major problem Link
8. Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates Link
9. How TikTok’s Owner Tried, and Failed, to Cross the U.S.-China Divide Link
10. The New Network Link
My Tech Recommendations for this Week
1. Millions of Americans Have Lost Jobs in the Pandemic — And Robots and AI Are Replacing Them Faster Than Ever Link
2. TikTok and the Sorting Hat Link
3. These Scientists Just Completed a 3D ‘Google Earth’ for the Brain Link
4. NZ to trial world-first commercial long-range, wireless power transmission Link
5. Are Humans Intelligent? An AI Op-Ed Link
6. The space between our heads Link
7. Immunology Is Where Intuition Goes to Die Link
8. The Quest to Liberate $300,000 of Bitcoin From an Old Zip File Link
9. The Vigilante Hunting Down Cheaters in Video Games Link
10. Pinduoduo and Vertically Integrated Social Commerce Link
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