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Must Reads
We should treat algorithms like prescription drugs Link

Neuroscience Is Going to Change How Businesses Understand Their Customers Link

Five important lessons I learned from ‘Raising Humans in a Digital World' Link

These 50 Start-Ups May Be the Next ‘Unicorns’  Link

57 startups that will boom in 2019, according to VCs  Link
What's Amazing?
Bill says: I've been rereading a lot of Bill Gates recently. Much of what he says is governed and tempered by exposure to unique situations and dataset that us common folk do not have access to. So when Bill speaks, I listen. In their annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates outline the things that surprised them in a piece entitled "We didn't see this coming". There are a handful of "surprises", good and bad. I'd draw your attention to two. Firstly, Mobile phones are most powerful in the hands of the poorest women. What an Indonesian woman living in squalor can do to transform her life through the power of a phone is phenomenal. Secondly, textbooks are becoming obsolete. I think they have always been useful, but the reason why they haven't yet been surpassed is because of publishers' business models. But personalised learning will soon trump the passiveness of a textbook in the real learning stakes. Read the article. It's an eye-opener.    Link
Envisioning the future of education and jobs: regular reader of BOA will know that I obsess about the future workplace and how kids can traverse a path between education today and an unknown future world. What is that path? What fork should one take? Indeed, what fork shouldn't one take? The OECD has put together an excellent report covering these areas in general: "The future will be about pairing the artificial intelligence of computers with the cognitive, social and emotional capabilities of humans so that we educate first-class humans, not second-class robots. It is our responsibility, as concerned adults, to acknowledge and understand the trends that are shaping this industrial revolution, and to impart that understanding to our children as early as possible. It is our responsibility, in other words, to help our children get ready for their future." I couldn't have said it better myself. Read the report. It's very accessible.  Link
Data is the danger: While it's creepy to imagine companies are listening in to your conversations, it's perhaps more creepy that they can predict what you’re talking about without actually listening. That's the premise of a new world where the data gives more away than what you actually do. If your data is crunched versus others, and there is a predictive algorithm behind what you might do next, that's more scary than the simple face of someone or something knowing something about you. "But this sort of data is so powerful that it produces results far more powerful than traditional advertising. For instance, Facebook offers the chance to pay not just for a certain audience size, but an actual business outcome, like a sale, an app download, or a newsletter subscription. Once upon a time advertisers paid a “CPM” — cost per thousand views — for a marketing campaign.That was just the chance to get in front of people. Now Facebook offers a rate based on “CPA,” or “cost per action,” a once-unimaginable metric offered because the company is so confident in its understanding of people and their preferences that Facebook can essentially guarantee a certain number of people will do certain things. And the data can do more than that. As we’ve seen in the past few years, data can predict not just which shirt you might be willing to buy, but which topics are so emotionally charged you cannot look away from them — and which pieces of propaganda will work best upon you. And that makes the platforms that collect data at scale an amazing way to influence human beings. Maybe not you. Maybe not today. But it’s enough influence, at scale, over time, that the outcomes on the whole are both overwhelmingly consistent, and yet individually invisible." It's about to get real - if it wasn't already. Link
Mirrorworld: Augmented reality is about to spark a whole new world, one that exists side by side with our real world. "The mirrorworld doesn’t yet fully exist, but it is coming. Someday soon, every place and thing in the real world—every street, lamppost, building, and room—will have its full-size digital twin in the mirrorworld. For now, only tiny patches of the mirrorworld are visible through AR headsets. Piece by piece, these virtual fragments are being stitched together to form a shared, persistent place that will parallel the real world. " The dual nature of these two worlds coexisting will mean that there will be a blending between reality and the augmented reality, dissimilar to a VR world. "The full blossoming of the mirrorworld is waiting for cheap, always-on wearable glasses. Speculation has been rising that one of the largest tech companies may be developing just such a product. Apple has been on an AR hiring spree and recently acquired a startup called Akonia Holographics that specializes in thin, transparent “smart glass” lenses. “Augmented reality is going to change everything,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said during an earnings call in late 2017. “I think it’s profound, and I think Apple is in a really unique position to lead in this area.” The emergence of the mirrorworld will affect us all at a deeply personal level. We know there will be severe physiological and psychological effects of dwelling in dual worlds; we’ve already learned that from our experience living in cyberspace and virtual realities. But we don’t know what these effects will be, much less how to prepare for them or avoid them. We don’t even know the exact cognitive mechanism that makes the illusion of AR work in the first place." Mirrorworld is not about today - it's about a new tomorrow. In ten years time, we will be able to blend our world and augment it and perhaps exits in a world that's a little more happier, and as we choose it to be.  Link
Quotes Worth Pondering

“There are plenty of people with STEM skills,” Shell said. “What social scientists have found just in recent years is what kids lack are what they call analytic skills. That is not problem-solving per se, but knowing what problems to solve ... What homework is worth doing? Where should I apply my efforts? Kids who grow up in privilege have a lot more exposure to that than kids who grow up in poverty.”

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Amazing Links Worth Your Attention
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Top of the News
Baidu Launches Plug and Play Blockchain Platform Link

Elon Musk Reveals Future Price Plan for a Return Ticket to Mars Link

Facebook’s Future Is Private Groups, for Better and Worse Link

Five things you need to know about 5G, the next generation of wireless tech that’s fueling tensions between the US and China. Link

ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com uses AI to generate endless fake faces Link
Tech, Science and the Future
AI is reinventing the way we invent Link

This is why AI has yet to reshape most businesses Link

New Study Suggests You Can Learn While You Sleep Link

New Bionic Heart Charges Wirelessly Inside Patient’s Chest Link

Our artificial cornea breakthrough could lead to self-assembling organs Link
Improving Your Life
How to remember what you read: What to do before, during, and after reading anything Link

The Science of Developing Mental Toughness in Your Health, Work, and Life Link

How to stop overthinking your decisions Link

Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction Link

The Life-Changing Magic of Noticing Link

Miscellany
Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think Link

Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You? Link

Complex emotions shown by a lego face Link

Snapchat & Lego Wear’s AR boutique Link

How the Best CEOs Get the Most Out of Every Day Link
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