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December 2016

Great Read on how to identify the right Ideas for founding a promising Business: Finding Billion Dollar Secrets (Mike Staples)

If you aspire to do something truly legendary, in business or any other field, you will discover that the biggest breakthroughs come from obsessively pursuing insights that defy conventional wisdom.In the startup world, this translates to having what PayPal founder and Facebook investor Peter Thiel calls a “secret” or what Benchmark co-founder Andy Rachleff would describe as an idea that is “non-consensus and right.” Before diving into why this is true, let’s summarize these two views…

Source: Finding Billion Dollar Secrets

“Changing Everything” in Retail? Amazon launches Amazon Go, a mind-blowing brick-and-mortar grocery store with no checkouts (Paul Sawers)

Amazon has launched its own grocery store in Seattle, as the commerce giant looks to shine a light on a new “checkout free” shopping experience.Located at 2131 7th Ave, Amazon Go is limited to a new 1,800 square feet of retail space and is only open to the company’s employees during the beta program, but it is expected to open to the public in early 2017…

Source: Amazon launches Amazon Go, a mind-blowing brick-and-mortar grocery store with no checkouts | VentureBeat | Business | by Paul Sawers

Why AI and machine learning need to be part of your digital transformation plans (Alison DeNisco)

AI and machine learning promise to not only improve the customer experience, but also change the way companies operate. For this reason, enterprises should consider integrating these technologies into digital transformation plans to stay competitive. By 2019, 40 percent of all digital transformation initiatives will be supported by cognitive/AI capabilities, according to IDC…

Source: Why AI and machine learning need to be part of your digital transformation plans | ZDNet

Great TED Talk on how to regard Super Intelligence AI: Can we build AI without losing control over it? (Sam Harris)

Scared of superintelligent AI? You should be, says neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris — and not just in some theoretical way. We’re going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven’t yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants…

Really interesting story from Myanmar: This Is What Happens When Millions Of People Suddenly Get The Internet (Sheera Frenkel)

The internet brought Donald Trump to Myanmar. Or, at least that’s how Shar Ya Wai first remembers hearing about the Republican president-elect.

“One day, nobody knew him. Then, everyone did. That’s what the internet is. It takes people who say crazy things and makes them famous,” the 19-year-old student said.

Like most people in this country of 50 million, which only recently opened up to the outside world, Shar Ya Wai is new to the internet. And on this day, she had walked purposefully into a phone shop in central Yangon to buy her first smartphone, a simple model by China’s Huawei that is popular among her friends…

Source: This Is What Happens When Millions Of People Suddenly Get The Internet – BuzzFeed News

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