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Say hello to Spring, supposed better weather and an outlook of positivity. This week saw the launch of Amy Webb's mammoth 500-page report. If you want the TLDR, read the first article on the list (A1), but if you want to deep dive into some of the trends by industry, I'd urge you to get to your laptop and download either the whole report or the subreports. (A2) I haven't quite made it through, but the summary report is worth a skim at the very least. In these fast-moving times, it's worth seeing what exactly is going on in adjacent worlds.
Your pandemic must-reads (A5 and A9) are accurate reflections of what we have become and what the opportunities might be. I would highly recommend the NYT coverage of face-scanning (T4), but also AI and brain scans (T8).
Finally, the concept of having two simultaneous career paths (A3) was one that got me thinking the most. It's a bit like having an alter ego - I wonder if that might be a prominent path for those coming into the world of work. Day job + side gig or entrepreneurial activity + influencing. As always, let me know your thoughts.
Onward! - Rahim
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My Reading Recommendations (A)
1. The 6 Emerging Tech Trends That You Need to Know About Now Link
2. The Future Today Institute's 14th Annual Tech Trends Report Link 3. Here’s 10,000 Hours. Don’t Spend It All in One Place. Link
4. The Fake Restaurants of Uber Eats Link 5. Your Pandemic Tech Habits Link
6. 17 Reasons to Let the Economic Optimism Begin Link
7. Private Schools Have Become Truly Obscene Link
8. How to laugh more Link 9. COVID Accelerated the Future: Now Seize It Link
10. Private broadcasts are luxury brands’ new secret weapon Link
My Tech Recommendations (T)
1. Tim Berners-Lee: ‘We need social networks where bad things happen less’ Link
2. 'The future of housing': California desert to get America's first 3D-printed neighborhood Link
3. Loans that hijack your phone are coming to India Link 4. Your Face Is Not Your Own Link
5. The internet is splitting apart. The Internet Archive wants to save it all forever. Link
6. Scientists grow human tear glands in a lab and actually make them cry Link
7. How a social app you’ve never heard of became a haven for Gen Z Link 8. AI Can Generate Portraits Of Your Dream Person By Looking At Brain Scans Link
9. Is Resurrection possible? Link
10. The World's First Programmable Organism Link
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