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Editor's Note
Everyone is talking about CES - which feels like it's less of a reveal about what's going to happen but more about a marketing opportunity for things that companies want us to buy. Marketing! There is some splattering of CES, but hopefully, this gives you some respite from large rollable TVs.    
Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
Must Reads
The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2018 Link

I work with kids. Here’s why they’re consumed with anxiety. 
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9 Habits of World Class Startups Link

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation Link

Digital Growth Depends More on Business Models than Technology Link
What's Amazing?
Teslasuit - Yes, I also imagined Elon Musk wearing something futuristic, but this is nothing to do with the car company. Teslasuit is not new but it was announced again at CES this year. The Teslasuit is a full immersion skin tight suit used to create the haptic feedback to give the fullest experience. Essentially this full body haptic suit lets you touch and feel virtual reality, has full body motion capture, climate control and biometry systems so that virtual reality feels like reality. "Motion capture reveals how a person moves and responds to their environment, while climate control can adjust the temperature inside the suit. Biometric data reveals things like their current heart rate, stress levels, and overall mental and emotional state. Combine these features with the haptic feedback system and you get a real-life version of Mushroom, the AR computer that put Cooper through the most terrifying video game of his life in Playtest."  The scary and exciting thing about this is the use of biometrics that can be plugged into the virtual world. And that's when things become interesting.  Link
Sample Advertising: Amazon is way behind when it comes to the overall advertising market, but it's only just begun, so that's not a surprise. Allowing in site cross-promotion was a genius move once it launched a couple of years ago and it has become an important advertising channel for those who are dependant on the platform for distribution, from publishers to single line product companies. And now Amazon is trialling an approach to let brands pay to send free samples to consumers based on what Amazon knows they're likely to buy or thinking about buying already. That's powerful data to have and a powerful position to be in. Amazon is so close to the consumer that it can command this kind of guarantee and for brands with repeat buying, this  is a phenomenal marketing opportunity. "Turning free samples into new targeted ads plays to Amazon's strength as a trusted delivery service of everyday goods, something Americans already expect from the company. Amazon is betting the sample strategy is something its biggest competitors — Google and Facebook — can't match. Analysts see this as a big advantage for Amazon in its efforts to take on Google and Facebook's ad dominance. The tech giant has the purchasing data and logistics infrastructure to offer samples of actual products, which could be more effective than display ads on Facebook or search ads on Google for certain kinds of consumer packaged goods brands."  Link
Generation Alpha: Move over Millennials and Generation Z, the next generation are catching up - they're called Generation Alpha. If you're born before 2012 or are having kids before 2025, they are the new generation. "Henry Rose Lee, the intergenerational speaker and author, describes them as “millennials on steroids”. “The oldest millennials didn’t really grow up with digital technology, though of course they’ve inherited it and made it their own,” she says. “People under the age of 22 have virtually grown up with it in its increasing sophistication. They are thus quite different from us oldies.”" For the record, I'm an oldie and my kids are GenAs, but we're still communicating  Link
AI Toilets: Real time disease analysis needs to think outside of the box (or inside the bog...sorry). "Imagine smart toilets in the future that will be analyzing human waste in real time every day. You don't need to be going to visit a physician every six months. If any sign of disease starts showing up, you'll be able to catch it much faster because of urine analysis and stool analysis." Will this happen? There is a high chance that it could - chips in toilets may be too close for comfort, but to get the kind of data to keep us healthy it may be as normal as going for a checkup, especially if it could save your life.  Link
Quotes Worth Pondering
When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, it mystified its competitors, because it wasn’t built for the world as it existed. Wireless networks were too slow. Smartphone users only knew how to use physical keyboards. There were no software developers making apps for touchscreen phones. It frequently dropped phone calls. But the iPhone was such a remarkable device — fans called it “The Jesus Phone” — that the world adapted to it. Carriers built more wireless capacity. Developers invented new apps and interfaces. Users learned how to rapidly type on touchscreens. Apple kept releasing better versions, fixing problems and adding new capabilities. Smartphones are a good example of a broader historical pattern: technologies usually arrive in pairs, a strong form and a weak form.

Strong and Weak Technologies Chris Dixon
 
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The unacknowledged fictions of Yuval Harari Link

Microsoft and Kroger to create data-driven connected grocery stores Link

Standouts from CES Link

Amazon stands for nothing. That almost makes it beautiful Link
Tech, Science and the Future
Never mind killer robots—here are six real AI dangers to watch out for in 2019 Link

Re-decentralizing the Web, for good this time Link

The bacteria in your gut may reveal your true age Link

A "Bionic Face", Brain Transplant could treat facial paralysis Link

Clayton Christensen: Innovation Is The Answer Link
Improving Your Life
The lifesaving food 90% aren’t eating enough of Link

The Four Pillars Of A Fulfilling Career
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Stop Wasting Your Hard-Earned Free Time Link

You should meditate every day Link

How to Think Better Link

Miscellany
Chessboxing Link

Self Driving Suitcase Link

Ranking Every Type of Sushi by How Healthy it is Link

16 People Who Lost 100+ Pounds Share Their Best Tips Link

Meat-free 'Impossible Burger 2.0' tastes even closer to the real deal  Link
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