Box of Amazing: The Future of Blockchain, AI influence and broken payments  
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It's been a milestone week: Apple reached a market cap of 1 trillion dollars, Facebook started testing its dating app and Starbucks looks like it will be accepting Bitcoin for coffee. Go back ten years and these headlines would seem like we were stretching the truth. But this is what the future is bringing us: big companies, changing models and unexpected things, like a Tesla Surfboard. Onward! - Rahim
 
Business Model gone wrong: This is a drone of a shared-bicycle graveyard. There are more than 100,000 bicycles neatly arranged on unused land. Photo: Wu Guyong

What's Amazing?
The Future of Blockchain. Where is Blockchain going and what are the traits of this technology that will cement itself into all that we do? Trust is core to what it represents, but central to truth is proof. According to CZ, the CEO of Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange, he sees a handful of things happening: one, the future will eventually become decentralised; current blockchains are too slow and will be replaced; and crypto markets are large and will dominate financial systems."By 2020, CZ says we’ll see broader use of blockchain-based messaging, games, social networks and rating systems. The next stage after that will be e-commerce, he expects."   Link
AI making you buy: According to ebay, AI and machine-learning are key contributors to more than $4 billion per year. Ebay uses machine learning to match buyers and sellers, but is now utilising AI to affect search rankings and make the buying experience as personal as possible. "AI and ML are driving incremental sales that wouldn’t otherwise have happened, he said, citing in particular AI used for search ranking, inventory understanding, buyer intent, and personalization. He said these incremental results are being achieved “quarter after quarter, and year after year.”" Link
 
Payment are broken.... and no-one is trying to fix them. "There was a time when I knew exactly what would happen next. I’d hand over my card, the cashier would swipe it, a little receipt would curl out of a machine, I’d sign it, and I’d crumple the bottom copy into a pocket. Easy. Now all kinds of things can happen. I might stick my card directly into a point-of-sale (POS) system. Maybe I swipe; maybe the cashier does. Perhaps a screen is swiveled at me. I could enter my pin on a little purpose-built machine; I could sign with my finger on a screen; I could not have to sign or enter a pin at all. I could tap my phone on a terminal to pay. Usually, there’s a chip reader for my no-longer-new chip card. When I put the card in one of the machines, sometimes it takes four seconds; other times, I have time to pull out my phone and stare at it, which means I forget about the card until the reader begins to beep at me, at which point I pull it out, mildly flustered" How do we fix this as we move away from a cash based society? Apple Pay and Google Pay have essentially failed. And, to be frank, payments online is another problem. So long as we have competing services in addition to legacy operations, we will continue to have problems. Everyone talks about fintech - we need someone who is solving a wholistic problem like this. Consolidate online and offline POS.  Link
Amazing News Nuggets
What's amazing?

"On 28 March this year, the scientific peer review of a landmark United States government study concluded that there is “clear evidence” that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer, specifically, a heart tissue cancer in rats that is too rare to be explained as random occurrence."

Source: The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones | Technology | The Guardian

"In almost every classified Pentagon scenario for how a future confrontation with Russia and China, even Iran and North Korea, might play out, the adversary’s first strike against the United States would include a cyber barrage aimed at civilians. It would fry power grids, stop trains, silence cellphones and overwhelm the internet. In the worst-case scenarios, food and water would begin to run out; hospitals would turn people away. Separated from their electronics, and thus their connections, Americans would panic, or turn against one another."

Source: The age of cyberwar is here. Now, citizens need to have a say | David Sanger | Opinion | The Guardian

"They have weaponized social media, and we are all paying the price. "

Source: Opinion | The Expensive Education of Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley - The New York Times

"The Terminator was written to frighten us; WALL-E was written to make us cry. Robots can’t do the terrifying or heartbreaking things we see in movies, but still the question lingers: What if they could? "

Source: Artificial Consciousness: How To Give A Robot A Soul

"We tend to think of espionage in the United States as an East Coast phenomenon: shadowy foreign spies working out of embassies in Washington, or at missions to the United Nations in New York; dead drops in suburban Virginia woodlands, and surreptitious meetings on park benches in Manhattan’s gray dusk. But foreign spies have been showing up uninvited to San Francisco and Silicon Valley for a very long time. According to former U.S. intelligence officials, that’s true today more than ever. In fact, they warn—especially because of increasing Russian and Chinese aggressiveness, and the local concentration of world-leading science and technology firms—there’s a full-on epidemic of espionage on the West Coast right now. And even more worrisome, many of its targets are unprepared to deal with the growing threat."

Source: How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies - POLITICO Magazine

"Earlier this month I was in an operating theatre at University College Hospital in central London watching a 59-year-old man from Potters Bar having his cancerous prostate gland removed by the four dexterous metal arms of an American-made machine, in what is likely a glimpse of the future of most surgical procedures. "

Source: The robot will see you now: could computers take over medicine entirely? | Technology | The Guardian

"The future of work is upon us. Many are predicting a massive shift towards artificial intelligence (AI) in the workforce in the coming decades. Machines don’t get tired or take breaks, and computers can perform multiple tasks or processes simultaneously, allocating resources as needed for peak efficiency. To stay relevant in this automated workforce, multitasking has become a required skill. Ironically though, it is the ability to single-task that distinguishes us from computers and will ultimately preserve a place for humans at work."

Source: Multitasking: does it fit into the future of work?
You can now learn how to fly like Iron Man. Available in Selfridges. £340,000 
Amazing Links Worth Your Attention
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Tech Links
Coinbase Brings Crypto Payment Option to Millions of Online Merchants Link

The Top 10 Bitcoin Cities In The World Link

How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can Link

 Chinese Citizens Are Using Blockchain to Talk About Unsafe Vaccines Link

Buying Your Starbucks Fix With Bitcoin Is Now Closer to Reality Link

Elon Musk Just Detailed A.I. Chip That Will Power Tesla Full Self-Driving Link

Google Maps can predict how much you'll like a restaurant Link

The future role of AI in fact checking Link

Why the Next Silicon Valley Will Probably Be Outside the U.S. Link

Masayoshi Son’s secret to running his $100 billion fund: Telling start-ups to treat each other like family Link

The Digest: Five AI Algorithms Worked Together to Beat Humans at a Strategy Game Link

GM launches a peer-to-peer car-sharing service Link
Amazing Life Links
I Interviewed More Than 300 Successful People About Their Morning Routines — Here Are The 4 Common Themes Link

The Ultimate Guide to Sleep Link

30 Self-Care Tips: How to Avoid Sickness, Burnout, and Exhaustion Link

How to Stop Saying “Um,” “Ah,” and “You Know  Link


15 Traits of Unstoppable People Link
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