Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #348

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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: 

  • Google Maps: Hyperlapse Around the World – IDEAndo. “I’m almost at the point where I take mapping for granted. I used to have a sense of direction, and print travel instructions. We’ve had Google Maps for less than 15 years, and today, everyone with a smartphone and a data plan has the kind of geographic intelligence past military commanders could only dream of. One Maps fan decided to celebrate, stitching together thousands of images from Google. The hard part was removing metadata and stabilizing images, as this PetaPixel post explains.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Meeting Earth’s most typical person – CBS Evening News. “In an era of tailored marketing and personalization, it turns out that you can learn a lot from averages. National Geographic analyzed the data on human population, and combined nearly 200,000 faces to make a portrait to accompany the person: ‘He is Han Chinese so his ethnicity is Han. He is 28 years old. He is Christian. He speaks Mandarin. He does not have a car. He does not have a bank account.’ And then–plot twist–CBS News went and found him.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The Rise of the Like Economy – The Ringer. “How the little thumbs up has transformed the world.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Enter Sandman – Iron Horse. “Does Mitch love metal? Hell yeah. Does Mitch love bluegrass? I doubt it. But, love it or hate it, you have to take your hat off to a bluegrass cover of a Metallica classic.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Automation Will Make Us Rethink What a “Job” Really Is – Harvard Business Review. “What value will a ‘job’ hold if we do, in fact, see the rise of intelligent automation? Famed Futurist (and co-founder of Wired), Kevin Kelly, would call this an inevitable moment. I believe him. With that, our economy is going to change as machines become intelligent. They will learn by experience and improve (with leaps and bounds) over time. These are facts (whether you want to admit it or not). So, what are we all going to do? Don’t think that ‘being creative’ is the answer, either because that too will become automated over time. So, what’s a job for?” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • A Conversation With Brian Eno About Ambient Music – Pitchfork. “I think that I like the way Brian Eno talks about music and creativity more than I enjoy the music that he creates… and that’s saying something (love his stuff!). He is so intellectual and creatively inspiring when he speaks about his work – or the type of music that inspires him. This is a great example of that. If you feel like you might obsess a little too much over the work that you’re doing, take a reads of this…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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