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Over the last week, the UK has seen a furore over regrading of predicted exam scores, and much of that furore will be sure to continue over the coming weeks as students rebel at the unfairness of the situation. The situation was always going to be unfair once COVID-19 hit so the first article I recommend is the HBR article covering the use of AI in grading.
There's also coverage of Anonymous and some ridiculous tech that's either here or coming including a transparent TV, hologram calls and Japanese flying cars. For those of you interested in digitization, I'd recommend the Mckinsey piece about the New York Times. The last article on how to find anything on the Internet is a good reminder of the tricks and importance of how to google!
I had mixed reviews on last week's edition. One reader called BOA their favourite curated magazine, whilst others thought that the selection wasn't diverse enough. I hope today provides that diversity - this newsletter is very much based on a pre-sorting by an algorithmic process that I have defined, I then have a human sorting process using a variety of tools to decide what I will read, before shortlisting what I will share with you all. Wishing you some enjoyment in your reading as well as a wonderful week.
Stay sane, stay safe!
Onward! - Rahim
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My recommendations for this week
1. What Happens When AI is Used to Set Grades? Link
2. Google Lens Announces New 'Homework' Filter, Solves Math Problems With Photo Link
3. The Return of Anonymous Link
4. Why Kamala Harris embraces her biracial roots Link
5. Oatly: The New Coke Link
6. Racing the clock to stop drug-resistant superbugs Link
7. She Helped Wreck the News Business. Here’s Her Plan to Fix It Link
8. Building a digital New York Times: CEO Mark Thompson Link
9. Tomorrowland's virtual festival set a new standard for digital events — here's how they did it Link
10. Want a Record Deal? Call a TikTok Marketing Company Link
My Tech Recommendations for this Week
1. The Secret SIMs Used By Criminals to Spoof Any Number Link
2. A college kid’s fake, AI-generated blog fooled tens of thousands. This is how he made it. Link
3. Taming the Tail: Adventures in Improving AI Economics Link
4. Brain Hack Language Learning Link
5. Tired of Zoom calls? Company offers at-home hologram machines Link
6. Google Lookout: App reads grocery labels for blind people Link
7. Eyes on the skies: SkyDrive plans to launch flying cars in three years Link
8. World's first mass-produced transparent TV Link
9. Zin Boats reinvents the electric speedboat in a bid to become the Tesla of the sea Link
10. how to find anything on the Internet Link
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