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I was asked recently why I put this email newsletter together every week. There are lots of reasons. One of the main reasons is because I strongly believe that we are living at an extraordinary time in history. In semi-recent history, I think we can go back to some critical moments to understand things in context. We had life before electricity, life before the Internet and now we are moving to a new phase. Whether it's AI or AR or another emerging technology that becomes front and centre of where we see ourselves going, this new phase is happening faster and with groups of new technology. Some call it the Fourth Industrial Revolution. I'm calling it the new normal. 

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
Must Reads
Just like the Kindle, our AI and AR future will be here sooner than we think Link

Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked Link

Have smartphones really destroyed a generation? We don’t know. Link

Inside the London tech scene's frantic plan to stop Brexit Link

When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online 

AI is reinventing the way we invent Link
What's Amazing?
Brainjacking: Is it inconceivable that a future thief could steal our thoughts in the future. As humans, we aspire to the faster and better and when it becomes a commercial reality, we will all plug ourselves in to increase our processing power. In a parallel path, neurotechnology is advancing at a rate and in the future, we will be able to upgrade and rewrite our brains, but such advancements leave us open for manipulation. "But the consequences of control falling into the wrong hands could be "very grave". Imagine a hacker has broken into the neurostimulator of a patient with Parkinson's disease and is tampering with the settings. They could influence his or her thoughts and behaviour, or even cause temporary paralysis. A hacker could also threaten to erase or overwrite someone's memories if money is not paid to them - perhaps via the dark web."   Link
Innovation rules the world: Who are the companies that will rule us in the years to come? Well, we know the Unicorns and those that dominate our daily lives already. But who are the companies that are evolving a new age - and who are the ones that are pushing the boundaries of the status quo. You will know many on the list. There are a few surprises and you will learn about new business models in play around the world.  Link
Cashless: It's only the barber and the piano teacher who still want my cash. Everyone else is cashless - but we are not yet a cashless society. Countries are trying to move forward with initiatives but invariably don't have a practical plan to deal with the issues. But it looks like Sweden is going to be the first country to really go cashless. "For the past years, in Sweden, almost all purchases have been paid electronically, by debit/credit card using chip and Pin rather than the old-fashioned magnetic band, using contactless technology, or the mobile application Swish especially designed to help Swedes embrace a cashless life. This means, now more than 80 percent of all retail transactions have been conducted electronically. This is similar in the rest of the other Nordic countries which include Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland. The way the Nordics are quickly embracing a cashless lifestyle strongly contrasts with the countries in the south of Europe, where cash is still a strong form of payment and with several places accepting only cash. This is the complete opposite of what happens in Northern Europe where cash is no longer accepted in many establishments. Moreover, in Sweden, businesses, where cash is still accepted today, are going to stop accepting cash in 2023. "    Link
Quotes Worth Pondering
Your online data is a bit like single-use plastic: there’s tonnes of the stuff and it’s very hard to get rid of. When you die, your physical body will slowly decay, or be sent to a crematorium or dissolved in a tank filled with potassium hydroxide. But that pesky digital corpse? That’s going to be around for a while, like a data soul stuck in online purgatory, never to receive salvation. Unless, of course, you set it free.

The weird rise of cyber funerals
Amazing Links Worth Your Attention
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Top of the News
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Galaxy S10, Galaxy Fold launch: 5 phones, smartwatches, new headphones and more Link

A digital gangster destroying democracy: the damning verdict on Facebook Link

Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret' Link
Tech, Science and the Future
How can we regulate disruptive technologies?  Link

AI Is Rapidly Augmenting Healthcare and Longevity Link

China will corner the 5G market and we do not have a plan Link

From air taxis to driverless cars, here's an exclusive look at how Uber is building the future Link

This is Microsoft’s AI pipeline, from research to reality Link
Improving Your Life
Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught in School Link

Use the KonMari Method to Tidy Your Mind Link

24 Books for Getting Ahead in Life Link

Four-day week: trial finds lower stress and increased productivity Link

The devastating allure of medical miracles Link

How do the insanely wealthy pay for million dollar things? Link

How smart are Gmail’s ‘smart replies’? Link

Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared Link

A German Artist Illustrates the Bitter Truth About the Modern World, and It Got Us Thinking Link

When to Check if You're Hangry Link
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