Essential reads in March 2019

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Our CEO, Anant Sharma, curates his top five reads of March. From early age retirement homes to CCTV that pre-empts a thief, it was all about the change of pace last month.

The pace of change seems to be accelerating across all sectors. The use of AI continues to raise eyebrows, cars are getting even smarter and we’re considered tired and past it by 30. Yet, the internet still runs through cables…

Audi greenlights new speed feature

In a stroke of genius, Audi has launched a new feature that will advise you on the correct speed to go to ensure you never catch a red. To end all stop-starting.

The internet isn’t in the cloud

A fascinating read on how Google is embarking on a project to lay 750k of cables, as thin as a hair, through the world’s oceans to make sure we’re better connected.

Has sustainability become some sort of luxury privilege?

A great view from Futurelab on Virgil Abloh’s recent collaboration with Evian to create beautifully-designed reusable bottles. A one-trick venture that misses the point. And fails to recognise an opportunity to build a wider ecosystem.

A new luxury retreat aims to cater to 'elderly' tech workers

A hilariously-targeted Silicon Valley venture caters to the broken dreams of those in tech 30+ and now seemingly considered ‘elder’. A place to slow down as life speeds up.

Cameras that stop shoplifters before they steal?

Japanese startup Vaak has developed artificial intelligence software that hunts for potential shoplifters using footage from security cameras. It looks for fidgeting, restlessness and other potentially suspicious body language.

If that doesn’t mark the beginning of technology that will likely be abused and repurposed for malignant purposes, I don’t know what will. I’d be taken down every time as I can barely make it through immigration queues without being called out for looking so unhappy and irked.


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