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Trotting the globe for thoughts, ideas, discussions, the next big thing and often uncovering the bizarre is the discourse of a day in the world of the Urban Rajah. These snippets have been collected to connect you with food for thought.

trendwatching.com | 2016: BACK FROM THE DEAD | Consumer Trend Briefing | February 2017

Join us as we bring 2016: BACK FROM THE DEAD to uncover innovations, insights and trend-driven opportunities that have a whole lot of life left in them.

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trendwatching.com | 5 AFRICAN TRENDS FOR 2017 | Africa Trend Bulletin | January 2017

5 actionable, delight-inducing trends to run with NOW.

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trendwatching.com | 5 ASIAN TRENDS FOR 2017 | Asia Trend Bulletin | January 2017

5 actionable Asian trends to inspire your 2017 innovations.

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trendwatching.com | 5 LATIN TRENDS FOR 2017 | LatAm Trend Bulletin | January 2017

5 actionable, delight-inducing trends to run with NOW.

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Don't fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch

New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don't need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we'll teach, not program, them to share our human values. Rather than worry about an unlikely existential threat, he urges us to consider how artificial intelligence will enhance human life.

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How jails extort the poor | Salil Dudani

Why do we jail people for being poor? Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can't afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can't pay their debt to the court, sometimes for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets. Salil Dudani shares stories from individuals who have experienced debtors' prison in Ferguson, Missouri, challenging us to think differently about how we punish the poor and marginalized.

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3 ways to fix a broken news industry | Lara Setrakian

Something is very wrong with the news industry. Trust in the media has hit an all-time low; we're inundated with sensationalist stories, and consistent, high-quality reporting is scarce, says journalist Lara Setrakian. She shares three ways we can fix the news to better inform all of us about the complex issues of our time.

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How to practice safe sexting | Amy Adele Hasinoff

Sexting, like anything that's fun, runs its risks -- but a serious violation of privacy shouldn't be one of them. Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how individuals and tech companies can protect sensitive (and, ahem, potentially scandalous) digital files.

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