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I'm writing this on the US Independence Day weekend, just before England's quarter-final in the Euros. The holiday and the extent of sport (Football [aka Soccer] / Wimbledon / Olympics [soon]) to watch with stadiums make the world feel somewhat normal. But we're not quite there just yet. Even if North America and Europe are 60% vaxed, you only need to look at the data to see that Africa sits at 4%. The danger of delta (A1) is real, especially if unvaccinated, and even if that is not you, that's the world. With booster rollouts being talked about, the real race is global vaccinations. That 4M global deaths number will continue to increase at a steady rate if we don't vaccinate. I state the obvious because world normal doesn't return until we support the countries behind the curve.
For anyone wanting to understand Gen-Z, the Bain report is excellent. This generation, so different from the millennials, will be the leaders of the future. (A2). I'm also biased because I want to understand what makes my kids tick.
If you have read anything stoic related by Marcus Aurelius, it's time to get with the program. (A8) T5 is a primer on how data and AI is changing work while T9 helps you control the algos in your life (T9). A10 is an intricate look at the world as a media platform, at how we talk at our audience as if we are friends - just like I'm talking to you right now, because we are, right?
A4 is is terminator long read nostalgia for anyone who remembers how groundbreaking it was.
Onward! - Rahim
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My Reading Recommendations (A)
1. The 3 Simple Rules That Underscore the Danger of Delta Link
2. The Future of Futureproof - a report on Gen-Z Link
3. Try these 9 easy exercises to train your brain to be more productive Link 4. The Tin Man Gets His Heart: An Oral History of ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ Link
5. $1B+ Market Map: The World’s 728 Unicorn Companies In One Infographic Link
6. Why the Pentagon Can’t Identify Flying Objects Link
7. Reddit's Beloved No-Weights Workout Is Famous for a Reason Link 8. The Revival of Stoicism Link
9. The World Slows up and we Slow down Link 10. Why Can’t We Be Friends Link
My Tech Recommendations (T)
1. A New Brain Implant Automatically Detects and Kills Pain in Real Time Link
2. Fired by Bot at Amazon: ‘It’s You Against the Machine’ Link
3. The darkest side of online dating Link
4. Everyone should decide how their digital data are used — not just tech companies Link 5. The Ghost Work Behind Artificial Intelligence Link
6. WuDao 2.0 Generates The First Virtual Student Link
7. Can We Survive Extreme Heat? Link
8. ‘Time and space don’t exist in the spirit world’: How psychics are embracing remote work Link 9. Algorithms control your online life. Here's how to reduce their influence Link
10. The hunt for extraterrestrial life is about to enter a new era Link
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