Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #367

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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: 

  • Mobile Fact Sheet – Pew Research Center. “I love Pew’s studies — nonpartisan, interesting, and full of the kind of data that reveals just how much we’re moving towards machine-in-the-loop humanity. But what’s most glaring about this data is the digital divide, which splits smartphone owners by age, education, and more. If we’re going to use tech to make a better society for everyone, we have some work to do.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • When Soviet Gearheads Built The Sportscars They Couldn’t Buy – Jalopnik. “If you want some power cars and can’t buy things from the other side of the Iron Curtain, what are you gonna do? Well, they made six. But the audacity of building a sports car — with a 30HP engine, no less! — is awesome.” (Alistair for Mitch). 
  • In World’s Best-Run Economy, House Prices Keep Falling – Because That’s What House Prices Are Supposed To Do – Forbes. “Germany’s approach to economics is so antithetical to the pure free-market fundamentalism that drives pretty much the rest of the western world. Their workers are among the highest paid, get oodles of vacation, good state supported health services and higher ed. And, it’s German government policy to make sure that housing is inexpensive, ridiculously so compared with other Western countries. And yet, Germany is an economic powerhouse.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Meatballs – An Oral History – Vanity Fair. “What better time than July to revisit the most revolutionary work of Canadian cinematic brilliance of all time: Meatballs.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • The meaning of life in a world without work – The Guardian. “Not that anyone needs to read another article about the future hopelessness of our species, as computers replace everything that we do, but here you go… I’m not sure how comfortable I might be, if we’re going to be called ‘the useless class’ as the vast majority of ‘work’ will entail monitoring technology, much in the same way that Homer Simpson watches over the nuclear plant.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • The Jeff Bezos Empire in One Giant Chart – Visual Capitalist. Jeff Bezos is inching closer to toppling Bill Gates as the world’s number one billionaire. It could have already happened why the time you read this. If you think that he made his fortune by selling books online, you would be sadly mistaken. He’s an insane look at what Amazon‘s visionary has done to change the global economy. If you can read between the lines and imagine how these pieces might connect, it gets even more interesting…” (Mitch for Hugh).

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