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The possibilities of now

Technology and people are creating new opportunities through advancements in AI, automation, and organizational transformation.
May 19, 2020

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The possibilities of now

Over the course of just a few months, the coronavirus pandemic has changed almost aspect of our world. Offices are now in homes. Industry conferences, previously flown to, are attended virtually, and learning is done not in classrooms but on online platforms.

Technology has made it possible for some forms of business to go on while people and governments work to contain the devastating effects of covid-19. And technological advancements are leading to improvements in everything from health care to city planning to how companies are organized.

Continue on for Walter Isaacson’s audio interview on the digital new normal with Michael Dell and a diversity of insights on next-generation prosthetics, cityscapes, agriculture, and more.

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Humans and technology

VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence

On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.

The 1,000 Chinese SpaceX engineers who never existed

LinkedIn users are being scammed of millions of dollars by fake connections posing as graduates of prestigious universities and employees at top tech companies.

Social media is polluting society. Moderation alone won’t fix the problem

Companies already have the systems in place that are needed to evaluate their deeper impacts on the social fabric.

The fight for “Instagram face”

Meta banned filters that “encourage plastic surgery,” but a massive demand for beauty augmentation on social media is complicating matters.

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