Box of Amazing: The Future is Faster than you think  
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This is edition number 150! There have been some bumps along the way (last week!) but I hope you find some reward in opening this email and reading the articles I compile for you. Bring on another 150! Email me with your thoughts on where I should focus on my journey to 200.  

My recommendations for this week:

1. Why Amazon knows so much about you Link
2. The global EdTech investment themes of 2019 Link
3. The future of work looks like staying out of the office Link
4. The messy, secretive reality behind OpenAI’s bid to save the world Link
5. The school where children make the rules and learn what they want to learn Link
6. Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet Link
7. I was denied entry into the U.S. because of a “Homeland Security algorithm” Link
8. The Spooky, Loosely Regulated World of Online Therapy Link
9. Shuteye and sleep hygiene: the truth about why you keep waking up at 3am Link
10. Garbage Language: Why do corporations speak the way they do? Link - funny and sad!

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
What's Amazing
 
1. The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Disrupting Business, Industries, and Our Lives.
My fave books over the last few years are Abundance and Bold by Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler. Their latest collaboration has just been released and is next on my reading list. This interview is a nice appetiser. Enjoy!   Link
2. Bioprinting Human Parts is Happening
Enter micro-credentials. While higher education and human resources experts all have slightly different interpretations of what they are, many agree that the concept has emerged in response to the skills gap caused by new technologies. Essentially, micro-credentials are bite-sized chunks of education, whether an online course, bootcamp certificate or apprenticeship from a traditional university, specialty provider or online learning platform like Coursera, EdX or Udacity. Many individuals already use micro-credentials to broaden their skillsets. Still, some have suggested that in the future, a prospective employee might be able to ‘stack’ these credentials together in place of a university degree. The idea is that it would be more accessible and provide a more affordable – perhaps more targeted – path into employment.. Link
3. The Shape-Shifting Jacket
If you step into a warm building on a cold day, the fabric in this new jacket will transform itself in response to the change in temperature—so you can leave the jacket on without overheating. When you go outside again, the fabric will change back, providing more insulation to keep you warm. Inside the fabric, a new type of yarn is what’s doing the transforming. “The yarn was structured to have an exaggerated response to temperature, so it expands or contracts a lot when the temperature changes,” says Brent Ridley, CEO and founder of Skyscrape, the company developing the fabric and a new line of clothing that uses it, beginning with the jacket. The new yarn is combined with a conventional yarn, and as the new yarn expands, it makes the structure of the fabric bend—moving from a flat shape to a wavy shape like the inside of corrugated cardboard. The little pockets of air that form result in more insulation..  Link
4. Face Stealing
As influencer marketing has grown in popularity, using images from their accounts has became the logical next step. Instagrammers often complain about Chinese fast fashion companies copying their looks and using their photos (often with their faces cropped out) to sell cheap knockoffs. Beauty YouTubers constantly encounter ads featuring their own eyes, nails, or whole faces, as well as inboxes and DMs full of fans telling them about such ads. In an economy based on audience trust, the products can be a real blow to their businesses. More often than not, they have no idea what to do next. Link
5. WIll Micro-Credentials replace Degrees?
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6. Mask AI
China’s SenseTime, the world’s most valuable AI startup, said earlier this month (link in Chinese) that it was rolling out a facial-recognition product that incorporates thermal imaging cameras to help spot people with elevated temperatures, and send pop-up alerts to users of the software. With the addition of a mask algorithm, it can also detect those who are not wearing masks in public places. Meanwhile, for building access control, its software can identify people even while they’re wearing masks with a “high accuracy,” said the release, as well as flag people who aren’t wearing the protective coverings and require them to wear a mask to gain access to a building. Link
7. AI Antibiotic
Using a machine-learning algorithm, MIT researchers have identified a powerful new antibiotic compound. In laboratory tests, the drug killed many of the world’s most problematic disease-causing bacteria, including some strains that are resistant to all known antibiotics. It also cleared infections in two different mouse models. The computer model, which can screen more than a hundred million chemical compounds in a matter of days, is designed to pick out potential antibiotics that kill bacteria using different mechanisms than those of existing drugs.  Link
8. Water Blob
Runners in a half-marathon in London on March 1 might be a little confused at the water stations, where instead of getting water in a plastic cup or bottle, they’ll be handed an edible water-filled pod. The package, which is also compostable, is made from seaweed and plant extracts. You simply bite the corner off and drink. “What we want to do is have a bulletproof solution—regardless of where it ends up, our packaging will not create negative consequences,” says Pierre-Yves Paslier, cofounder of Notpla, the startup that makes the packaging. “If nature can deal with it if it ends up in the wrong place, that’s the ultimate kind of protection.”  Link
9. The New Business of AI
At a technical level, artificial intelligence seems to be the future of software. AI is showing remarkable progress on a range of difficult computer science problems, and the job of software developers – who now work with data as much as source code – is changing fundamentally in the process. Many AI companies (and investors) are betting that this relationship will extend beyond just technology – that AI businesses will resemble traditional software companies as well. Based on our experience working with AI companies, we’re not so sure. We are huge believers in the power of AI to transform business: We’ve put our money behind that thesis, and we will continue to invest heavily in both applied AI companies and AI infrastructure. However, we have noticed in many cases that AI companies simply don’t have the same economic construction as software businesses. At times, they can even look more like traditional services companies.  Link
10. Tik "$1m" Tok
And for a very lucky few, taking to TikTok could be a seriously lucrative career option. Marketeers reckon that the most popular TikTokers could currently charge close to $200,000 (£155,000) per post if they promote and collaborate with brands. Researchers at Morning Consult, a US tech research group working on behalf of the games company Online Casino, argue that TikTok is growing so fast in popularity that some influencers might even be able to charge nearly $1m per post by next year..  Link
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