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If you read one thing this week, read Ed Yong's piece (A1) on the shifting nature of the pandemic. For a chunk of us, waiting for the lifting of restrictions is like opening the gates of a prison. For the others of us still waiting for vaccinations (just had my 2nd jab - yay!), it's still a survival game. The analysis talks of individualism and how that has changed the course of where we are as countries, because whilst we have different traits as peoples, we are shaped by the rules, policies and speed of those who control us. And for those of us who are lucky enough to start having some sort of life before the rest of us, you're making us jealous. (A4).
What then of the friends that have supported us during this time? (A6, A10) Apparently, it takes 200 hours of investment to make a friend - and this, difficult to maintain. Who have you leaned on this past 15 months? And how many will you continue to be able to keep? Think about it (A8)
In other news, Google has more AI than it needs (T1) and if see look forward ten years, having a petroleum-powered car will be a bit like seeing smokers. They'll exist, but not necessarily have an easy time of it. (T5). Having spent time in publishing, I also can't believe that there isn't a Spotify for books. Actually, I can - it's all about the legalities and convoluted rights. (T7).
For those of you interested in the Beautiful Game, I wish you a wonderful month. I forgot how much I was looking forward to the Euros until the first game. It think it's because it reminds me of a life of normalcy. C'mon England!
Onward! - Rahim
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My Reading Recommendations (A)
1. The Fundamental Question of the Pandemic is Shifting Link
2. Dear England Link
3. China’s Uyghurs living in a ‘dystopian hellscape’, says Amnesty report Link
4. The Return of FOMO Link
5. The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins Link 6. The Circles of Friendship Link
7. The Work-From-Home Future Is Destroying Bosses' Brains Link 8. How to think clearly Link
9. How well your immune system works can depend on the time of day Link 10. Treasure your Friends Link
My Tech Recommendations (T)
1. Google is using AI to design its next generation of AI chips more quickly than humans can Link
2. China's First-Ever 5G Remote Brain Surgery Link
3. How Hackers Used Slack to Break into EA Games Link
4. The internet is flat. Link
5. Why electric cars will take over sooner than you think Link
6. Why Roblox Thinks It Has Massive Long-Term Growth Potential Link
7. Where Is Our Spotify for Books? Link
8. Brain-Computer Interface Smashes Previous Record for Typing Speed Link
9. Scientists Used CRISPR to Engineer a New ‘Superbug’ That’s Invincible to All Viruses Link
10. The hard truth about ransomware: we aren’t prepared, it’s a battle with new rules, and it hasn’t near reached peak impact. Link
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