Box of Amazing: The Best Technologies and Inventions of 2019  
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Earlier this year I recommended TBD as the best conference I went to last year - and some of you grabbed tickets at a super discount rate. Well TBD is around the corner - and if you can't spare the time to go the day, I'm recommending going for the evening  - TBD Lates, at a super discount rate. If you are free (and in London) on Friday 6th December, you should go. It will be awesome

My recommendations for this week:

1. How our home delivery habit reshaped the world Link
2. How to Be a Career-Changing Mentor — 25 Tips From The Best Mentors We Know Link
3. Her Amazon Purchases Are Real. The Reviews Are Fake. Link
4. The 3 core skills that every person needs for healthy romantic relationships Link
5. Services that Google killed or about to kill Link
6. Don't Learn More, Learn Smarter. A Quick Guide to Agile Learning. Link
7. Can You Hack Your Sleep in 28 Days? Link
8. The 50 Best Nonfiction Books of the Past 25 Years Link
9. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino: A Big, Beautiful 50-Year Friendship Link
10. Uber Embraces Videotaping Rides, Raising Privacy Concerns Link

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
What's Amazing
 
1. Best inventions of 2019
Ever get the feeling that you are living in the future? These are Time's best inventions of the year. There are products like Apple Airpods Pro that you will know and the ones that you don't yet know but I guarantee you are going to want to buy immediately. Gadget fiends, go lock up your credit cards.    Link
2. Top 10 Emerging Technologies Of 2019
According to Scientific American:
1 ENVIRONMENT : BIOPLASTICS COULD SOLVE A MAJOR POLLUTION PROBLEM
2 ENGINEERING : SOCIAL ROBOTS PLAY NICELY WITH OTHERS
3 ENGINEERING : TINY LENSES WILL ENABLE DESIGN OF MINIATURE OPTICAL DEVICES
4 MEDICAL & BIOTECH : A SPECIAL CLASS OF PROTEINS OFFERS PROMISING TARGETS FOR DRUGS FOR CANCER AND ALZHEIMER’S
5 ENVIRONMENT : SMARTER FERTILIZERS CAN REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION
6 COMPUTING : COLLABORATIVE TELEPRESENCE COULD RENDER DISTANCE (RELATIVELY) MEANINGLESS
7 PUBLIC HEALTH : ADVANCED FOOD TRACKING AND PACKAGING WILL SAVE LIVES AND CUT WASTE
8 ENERGY : SAFER NUCLEAR REACTORS ARE ON THE WAY 
9 MEDICAL & BIOTECH : DNA DATA STORAGE IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK
10 ENERGY : UTILITY-SCALE ENERGY STORAGE WILL ENABLE A RENEWABLE GRID

Read the full detail on this list: Link
3. The Power of Light
"Bill Gates is backing a new venture which aims to turn sunlight into a source of heat exceeding 1,000C that could help replace fossil fuels.
The world’s richest man is joining investors behind Heliogen, the first company to concentrate sunlight to reach temperatures that are high enough to power heavy industry without carbon emissions. The technology could even reach temperatures of 1,500C to split hydrogen molecules from water to create a fossil-free gas to warm homes, fuel cars and power factories." Link
4. Surprising AI Job Takeover
We all read reports on AI and how they can take over our jobs. Usually they are blue collar roles, but this new report by a Stamford PHD says that white collar workers are also at risk: "AI could affect work in virtually every occupational group. However, whereas research on automation’s robotics and software continues to show that less-educated, lower-wage workers may be most exposed to displacement, the present analysis suggests that better-educated, better-paid workers (along with manufacturing and production workers) will be the most affected by the new AI technologies, with some exceptions."   Link
5. TikTok Streaming music play
No, TikTok's owner still isn't done dipping its toes into other categories. Financial Times sources claim ByteDance is planning an on-demand streaming music service with, as you might expect, a social media hook. The app would reportedly include a collection of short, searchable video clips you could sync to songs and share with your friends. It's also set to cost less than the $10 per month Spotify, Apple and others typically charge for their all-you-can-stream offerings. Link
6. Personalised News from Google
Google is rolling out a new service for Google Assistant that it’s calling “Your News Update.” It takes the idea of an algorithmically determined news feed — the kind you get from Facebook or on Google’s news feed — and turns it into an audio stream. To play it, you simply ask a Google smart speaker or Assistant on your phone to “listen to the news.” Google uses the information it has learned about you over the years alongside your location to custom-build a series of short news updates from partners from which it has licensed audio. It hopes to foster an ecosystem it’s calling “the audio web,” according to Liz Gannes, Google’s product manager of audio news. These aren’t podcasts so much as news bites, similar to the hourly news updates that can be heard on the radio. Link
7. Amazon's Cashierless Stores are happening in 2020
Amazon.com Inc. is preparing to open Amazon Go supermarkets and pop-up stores, an expansion of the company’s cashierless ambitions that includes the possibility of licensing the technology to other retailers. The new store formats and licensing initiative could launch as soon as the first quarter of 2020, according to a person familiar with the project. Amazon is testing a supermarket equipped with Go technology in a 10,400-square-foot retail space in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Link
8. Tesla Cybertruck launch car crash
Elon Musk certainly launched one of the most unique concept cars this week. But it wasn't a concept. It was actually real. If it has stayed there, we might have something to salvage. But Elon being Elon tried to demonstrate how sturdy the windows were but ended up smashing them. Defining the future is touch  -especially when you shoot yourself in the foot. Will this be the point that we look back on Elon Musk's actions speeding up the sale of Tesla to Ford?Apple/Amazon?    Link
9. Spotify’s Daniel Ek Has a Plan to Harness Hollywood for Podcasts and Create "the World’s No. 1 Audio Platform"
On June 6, the Obamas announced they will make audio shows exclusively for Spotify and even plan to get behind the mic. While a slate still is being assembled, it's likely to include fiction projects and unscripted series, spanning genres such as entertainment and sports — don't expect anything overtly political. Where the Obamas go, others follow. In 2019 alone, Spotify has quietly set up more than 30 new podcasts from partners including Jordan Peele, Paul Feig, Mark Wahlberg and YouTube influencer Lele Pons. "We're committed to this," says CEO Daniel Ek as he settles into a table at downtown L.A.'s Zinc Cafe & Market in late October. Across the street, construction is underway on a 154,000-square-foot Spotify campus destined to become the hub of the company's growing podcasting business, complete with 17 recording studios, a mixing suite, green rooms and live event space. It's being designed with talent in mind, with easy (and private) access for high-profile people who want to record a show. "We see a huge opportunity in front of us. It's going to be a big business," adds Ek..  Link
10. New Ideas In The Digital Marketplace
This podcast is worth a listen. Here's the blurb: "In the past, digital start-ups frequently approached the music industry with tech solutions to problems that didn’t exist for most artists and labels. That paradigm has seemingly shifted in the past few years, and now the solutions being brought forth by tech companies are helping to alleviate certain stresses and strains on the music industry. On this episode, we’re highlighting new tech companies like Ursa Music, Corite, and Pitch who are creating new revenue streams for artists and labels, rather than cannibalizing the old ones and taking a cut."  Link
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