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Before shifting into warm and fuzzy mode for the Holidays, consider these interesting insights into a decidedly undesirable warm and fuzzy life form: the New York rat.

Diverse, intelligent and adaptable – like life itself.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/rats-of-new-york/546959/

To understand AI one must begin with consciousness.

https://www.ft.com/content/96187a7a-fce5-11e6-96f8-3700c5664d30

Inevitably this complex effort contains an implicit measure of ambiguity and will yield imprecise conclusions and unknown outcomes.

But the makers of technology don’t do uncertainty well. Coders code, machines perform and outcomes loom down the road. Clarity will be elusive but the consequences will be real (some planned and others unintended).

http://www.vox.com/conversations/2017/3/8/14712286/artificial-intelligence-science-technology-robots-singularity-automation

The rise of the useless class

Mike Allen’s new enterprise Axios is worthy of a daily read. The site and its newsletter offering feature magazine design and a bright, insightful editorial voice.

This piece on the rise of millennials is interesting and representative:

https://www.axios.com/26-year-olds-are-taking-over-the-economy-2305027599.html

 

https://www.themediabriefing.com/article/five-admissions-from-the-nyt-s-2020-report

View story at Medium.com

From Ben Thompson, a comprehensive model of media in our time.

The Great Unbundling

Connecting people through interactive networks in real time is the seminal innovation of our time.

https://shift.newco.co/the-skills-we-need-bf74d1a86238#.5rvb5j6jz

The future seems to increasingly intrude on us as summer ebbs and fall gathers on the horizon.

In its September issue Scientific American asks scientists and academics several questions about what they think will occur in the future. Inevitably, their answers are predicated on a long perspective but interestingly their educated predictions share a hopefulness about what’s to come.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/20-big-questions-about-the-future-of-humanity/

The science of cool, a moving target, socially defined and by definition constantly changing.

The neuroscience of “cool”

Smart thinking from very smart thinkers:

https://shift.newco.co/the-newco-shift-nearly-ten-trends-remaking-business-a530294ebf88#.f004po1w7

https://shift.newco.co/

A few pieces to read on the summer solstice.

http://www.digitalnewsreport.org/

http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-06-15/secrets-of-the-sharing-economy-in-the-age-of-uber

https://hbr.org/2016/05/what-millennials-want-from-a-new-job

The world’s most elite conference this year will discuss something called “the precariat”