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October 7, 2017 5:19 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #380

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS, chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

  • Everipedia is the Wikipedia for being wrong - The Outline. "Wikipedia was originally going to be written by 1,000 paid librarians. Instead, it became the world's biggest example of what happens when people apply their cognitive surplus to curation. That curation takes a lot of time and effort -- pages on topics like climate change or gun control are constantly being edited, rolled back, and locked down. And some people think that's an affront to free speech. What if it wasn't curated, and nobody checked sources? That's what Everpedia is." (Alistair for Hugh). 
  • This Future Looks Familiar: Watching Blade Runner in 2017 - Tor.com. "I'm ridiculously excited to see the new Blade Runner. I can't imagine not having seen the original, but apparently some people still haven't. Here's a pretty jarring look at what it's like to see the dark sci-fi original for the first time, through the eyes of someone living in the modern world." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • This Is the Perfect Facebook Post - Vice. "If I'm not mistaken, Alistair grew up in Atlantic Canada, now home of the greatest Facebook post ever." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Group of White Men in Patagonia Vests Confused for VC Fund, Raise $500 Million - Fortune. "Pretty spot on." (Hugh for Mitch). 
  • Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is? - New York Magazine. "Most of us spend a significant amount of our time thinking about technology and how humans interact with it. We also think a lot of about Facebook. Facebook is big. Facebook is not what you think it is. This is a great (and long) read about the current state of Facebook. There are many layers to this story. There are many layers to this company. You may think that you know what Facebook means... would may be mistaken." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • The Coming Creativity Explosion Belongs to the Machines - SingularityHub. "This is the hard stuff for all of us to ponder. It's not the tasks that no one wants to do when it comes to automation. It's not the tasks that we can't even think about doing when it comes to automation. It's the creative stuff. The creative work is the work that we believe will always be relegated to human beings. I've said it before... and I will say it again: if we think that automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence will change everything and stop at creativity, we are fooling ourselves... and the computers will have the last laugh." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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