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My recommendations for this week:

My reading was sporadic this week, after announcing our new office and spending the week at BETT, so please consider my recommendations as ones I have read or will soon catch up on! I was sad to hear of the passing of Clayton Christensen, the father of disruptive innovation. Known for the Innovator's Dilemma, I found his concept of "How Will You Measure Your Life?" hugely inspiring. Buy the book or watch the TED talk. RIP.

1. How Will You Measure Your Life? Link
2. $1tn is just the start: why tech giants could double their market valuations Link
3. Facial Recognition: The controversial and nearly ever-present technology that could replace the fingerprint Link
4. Can wearing masks stop the spread of viruses? Link
5. Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World Link
6. An Ethical Future for Brain Organoids Takes Shape Link
7. The Rich Are Preparing For The Apocalypse Better Than You Link
8. Controlling AI Link
9. My AirPods Fell Through a Subway Grate. Here’s How I Got Them Back Link
10. Facebook has trained an AI to navigate without needing a map Link

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
What's Amazing
 
1. Coronavirus outbreak: doctors use robot to treat first known US patient
Doctors have been using a robot to treat the first person known to have been admitted to hospital in the US with a new strain of the coronavirus, as part of an effort to prevent the spread of the disease, which has killed at least 17 people in China and infected hundreds more.  Link
2. AI Controlling the Jobs
"Much has been written about the potential of AI to replace human jobs in the future, but the use of services like HireVue highlights a different concern: that AI can act as a gatekeeper for the jobs of today. Companies may not be ready to outsource vetting candidates for C-Suite and executive positions to algorithms, but the stakes are lower for entry-level roles and internships. That means some of today's college students are effectively the guinea pigs for a largely unproven mechanism for evaluating applicants." Link
3. How Microsoft Lost its Power
The end of Microsoft’s dominance of tech actually came in two phases. First, as above, it lost the development environment to the web, but it still had the client (the Windows PC) and it then provided lots and lots of clients to access the web and so became a much bigger company. But second, a decade or so later, Apple proposed a better client model with the iPhone, and Google picked that up and made a version for every other manufacturer to use. Microsoft lost dominance of development to the web, and then lost dominance of the client to smartphones.  Link
4. Amazon Pay with Your Hand
Technology giant Amazon is working to allow customers to connect their credit card information to their hands, so that they can scan for purchases with their palms at checkout areas in physical stores. While Amazon’s plan is in the early stages, the company has reportedly begun working with Visa on testing out the terminals.  Link
5. The End of WiFi
In ten years, we won’t need Wi-Fi. At least, that’s what Azhar Hussain, the CEO of IoT company Hanhaa, told me on a phone call late last year. He thinks the end of Wi-Fi is nigh because he believes that allocating spectrum in smaller chunks will let municipalities, universities, and companies create private 5G cellular networks. The convenience of those networks will impel companies to choose cellular connections over Wi-Fi for their IoT devices.  Link
6. Meet the Chinese robot worm that could crawl into your brain
"According to an ancient southern Chinese form of black magic known as Gu a small poisonous creature similar to a worm could be grown in a pot and used to control a person’s mind. Now a team of researchers in Shenzhen have created a robot worm that could enter the human body, move along blood vessels and hook up to the neurons. “In a way it is similar to Gu,” said Xu Tiantian, a lead scientist for the project at the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. “But our purpose is not developing a biological weapon. It’s the opposite,” she added."  Link
7. TikTok AI
Given all the anxiety in the West about China’s A.I. ambition, even TikTok has come under scrutiny. In November, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) opened an investigation into whether TikTok posed a national security threat, prompted by reports alleging that TikTok shares user data with the Chinese government. Bytedance, which declined to be interviewed for this article, has denied the accusations and says its U.S. data is stored on servers in either the U.S. or Singapore.  But for most of TikTok’s billion-plus users, such concerns aren’t on their radar. They are focused on chasing fame, 15 seconds at a time.  Link
8. Digital Twins
As its name suggests, a digital twin is a virtual replica of an object, being, or system that can be continuously updated with data from its physical counterpart. Supported by an estimated 25 billion connected global sensors by 2021, digital twins will soon exist for millions of things. A jet engine, a human heart, even an entire city can all have a digital twin that mirrors the same physical and biological properties as the real thing. The implications are profound: real-time assessments and diagnostics much more precise than currently possible; repairs literally executed in the moment; and innovation that is faster, cheaper, and more radical.  Link
9. The Largest 3D Printed Building in the World (it's in Dubai!)
At 31 feet tall and 6,900 square feet, a new building in Dubai is the largest 3D-printed building in the world — and the first two-story structure of its kind. The most impressive part of the project? U.S. company Apis Cor built the structure using only three workers and one printer. Proving that the printer could handle a harsh environment, Apis Cor did the printing outdoors where there was no temperature or humidity control. However, there was a logistical issue the printer did have to tackle: The square foot area of the building was larger than the printing area of the stationary machine. To solve this technological obstacle, a crane moved the 3D printer around the site.  Link
10. Magic Gloves
"A few days before Christmas, renowned pianist João Carlos Martins summoned his friends to a Sao Paulo bar so he could show off the best gift he’d received in years: a new pair of bionic gloves that are letting the 79-year-old play with both hands for the first time in more than two decades."  Link
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