Box of Amazing: Forget 2020  
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Welcome back to some level of normal service. Thank you for the feedback on my epic list. If you haven't read it, make time to skim through and get some ideas on what you should expect from this year. I also got picked up by the predict channel on medium which was nice. 2020 feels like we are straight out of the gates. It will be 2030 in time. Enjoy this decade - it's sure to be fun!

My recommendations for this week:

1. 50 Emerging Technology Themes to watch out for in 2020 Link
2. What Will Happen In The 2020s Link
3. Mark Zuckerberg's Vision for 2030 Link
4. 8 Tips To Lead The Next Generation Link
5. Products I Wish Existed, 2020 Edition Link
6. 20 Megatrends for the Roaring 2020s Link
7. Coolest things I learned in 2019 Link
8. Tech’s Biggest Leaps From the Last 10 Years, and Why They Matter Link
9. The Gig Economy Is Coming for Your Job Link
10. We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously Link

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
What's Amazing
 
1. Forget 2020, what will 2050 be like?
"The family in 2050 will be subject to external pressures nobody I speak to wants to confidently predict; the only certain thing is how diverse families will be in the coming decades. The moral panic about the rapid decline of the nuclear (heterosexual) family hasn’t proved justified. “What we’re finding is that family structure is actually less important for children than the quality of relationships within families,” says Golombok. “And also the social acceptance of their family in the wider world. Families are changing and it’s not necessarily a bad thing for children or parents.”"  Link
2. What went wrong with virtual reality?
"There are clearly benefits using it to train people where real life 'on the job' training is dangerous, such as pilots, surgeons, deep sea divers. But beyond that and specialist video gamers, I have not seen any compelling use cases that would make it more mainstream." Link
3. Uber's Flying Taxi Arrives in the mid 2020s
"The five-person vehicle will have a cruising speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) and a cruising altitude of around 1,000–2,000 feet (300–600 meters) above ground. Hyundai says by using smaller, electric-powered rotors, the vehicle will produce less noise than a combustion engine helicopter, which is crucial for cities worried about noise pollution. During peak hours, it will require only about five to seven minutes for recharging. And Hyundai says it will have a range of 60 miles (100 kilometers) between charging." Link
4. The End of the Beginning
"Today’s cloud and mobile companies — Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, and Google — may very well be the GM, Ford, and Chrysler of the 21st century. The beginning era of technology, where new challengers were started every year, has come to an end; however, that does not mean the impact of technology is somehow diminished: it in fact means the impact is only getting started. Indeed, this is exactly what we see in consumer startups in particular: few companies are pure “tech” companies seeking to disrupt the dominant cloud and mobile players; rather, they take their presence as an assumption, and seek to transform society in ways that were previously impossible when computing was a destination, not a given. That is exactly what happened with the automobile: its existence stopped being interesting in its own right, while the implications of its existence changed everything." Link
5. Quibi
"Quibi is either going to be brilliant and influential to how we consume media, or we’re going to watch Hollywood and Silicon Valley shit the bed in a way that just not common in 2020. The new streaming service, dreamed up by Jeffrey Katzenberg, founder and CEO of Dreamworks and one of the architects behind Disney’s golden age in the early ‘90s, is a mobile-first platform delivering movies and TVs to your phone in 10-minute chunks. It can either be galaxy-brain goodness or incredibly stupid. Right now, I’m heavily leaning toward Quibi being good. The technology, at least, is extraordinary."  Link
6. The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, but Should We?
"Gene drives are the latest in a string of new genetic tools designed to help us improve our environment or our lives. But while we’ve become adept at making technological breakthroughs, we’ve mostly failed to create real forums for talking about them. “There are big philosophical questions that have been raised at various points but never answered,” says Ben Hurlbut, a historian of science at Arizona State University. “Like, What does a good future look like, and who gets to decide?”"  Link
7. Ballie, the launch of Samsung's Droid
The star of the show was Ballie, a robotic sphere with a passing resemblance to a volleyball. It’s fused with Samsung’s artificial intelligence tech, meaning it can identify people, stream live video, and operate various smart home gadgets like lighting, smart TVs, and even a Roomba. It’s somewhere between a Star Wars droid or perhaps real-life company Sphero’s very own discontinued BB-8 toy and the ill-fated Cozmo robot from defunct startup Anki. Hopefully, Samsung’s Ballie fares better than those two droids. Link
8. Trends in Audio
"A credit to the pace of our world’s technological innovation, today’s audio landscape is almost unrecognizable to the previous decade. We now ask our smart speakers and headphones to play music for us, our wireless headphones are good enough to consign wired pairs to a museum, and modern turntables mean that we're increasingly listening to a format that was on its deathbed in the late ‘80s. Accessing millions of high-quality songs at the touch of a button is no longer a pipe dream, either." Link
9. Walmart Robots Replace Workers
"Walmart stores will begin testing the deployment of robots to collect grocery items for online order fulfillment. According to an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the new robots are able to collect items about 10 times faster than a human worker. Walmart stores will undoubtedly benefit from not only faster collection times for items, but also from needing to hire fewer workers - particularly during peak seasons such as the end of year holidays. However, this could come at a cost of local communities where workers may find fewer retail jobs available as stores begin transitioning into an increasingly automated model." Link
10. 2020s Generational Shift
From Azeem Azhar's Preparing for 2030: "During the 2020s there will be a generational shift. Those in their mid-forties, who enjoyed their college years with the Internet and careers with international colleagues from a young age, will graduate to be global leaders. The divisional work of large firms will be handled by those in their 30s today, a generation of the Internet, a group that understands how the Internet enables individual creators, self-organisation and innovation. The agitators and the creators of our economy for the next decade are between 15 and 25 now. They grew up with the smartphone. The arrival of these younger cohorts into positions of power will shape the world deeply."  Link
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