Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

8th February 2019

The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF) showcases powerful work by the best independent filmmakers. “Dream” by Zombie Studio serving as a poignant example. Here, endangered animals sing emotional “I Dreamed a Dream” (from Les Miserables) in this powerful animation.

Much has been made of Snap’s huge drop in value. But when it comes to public tech companies that lost value the fastest, Snap pales in comparison with a company some may have forgotten about—Groupon. These are the tech firms that destroyed value the fastest.

‘At the World Government Summit in Dubai, a radical vision of our future placed self-awareness and contemplative practice at the centre of human endeavour’. This is how mindfulness will protect you from being replaced by a robot.

This week I attended the inaugural News UK Change conference, held at St Luke’s, Old St. powered by (friend of The Filter) Fluxx. Some highlights of the day included – a highly entertaining and interactive talk from Gibson Biddle (ex VP of Product, Netflix) on the topic of Netflix’s Customer Obsession, and a startup Pecha Kucha, made up of 5 startup pitches using only 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds. The line-up included  FactMata – aiming to help the world understand the quality and reliability of online information; Entale – a new podcast platform offering a rich, interactive experience; Finimize, who want to empower a generation to be their own financial advisor; Opinary  – has established a new way for users to share their opinion in online content; and Mogul News, who provide premium stories from leading publishers and journalists in one place, without additional paywalls.

A coalition of giant brands is about to change how we shop forever, with a new zero-waste platform. ‘Loop will send you name-brand products, like Tide detergent, Crest mouthwash, or Häagen Dazs ice cream. When you’re done, you ship the empty container back, where it gets cleaned and re-used for the next customer.’

From Psychology Today. ‘Taking a walk will boost your creativity and problem-solving.’ Stanford research demonstrates how a walk profoundly impacts your creativity.

MIT uses driverless ‘roboats’ to build a 3D map of Amsterdam’s canals in real-time. The result looks beautiful.

These mysterious places are deemed so classified they are pixelated by Google Earth. Some are no brainers, others may surprise you.

This ingenious poster uses lemons to help identify different signs of breast cancer.

Powerful ads use real Google searches to show the scope of sexism worldwide, by Ogilvy & Mather Dubai.

Google’s navigation app Waze is known for providing real-time, user-submitted reports that advise drivers about potential thorns in their roadsides. One result, is that New York Police have demanded Waze stop sharing drunk-driving checkpoints.

Becoming. Watch a single cell become a complete organism in six pulsing minutes of time-lapse. A film by Jan van IJken (janvanijken.com).