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 | AFRICA INSIDE OUT | Africa Trend Bulletin | October 2016
New opportunities for African brands on the world stage AND at the local source!
trendwatching.com | AUTONOMANIA! | Consumer Trend Briefing | OCTOBER 2016
Five key consumer trends unleashed by AI and automation...
trendwatching.com | FOOD & BEVERAGE SPOTLIGHT | LatAm Trend Bulletin | October 2016
10 food & beverage innovations transforming customer expectations in South & Central America!
trendwatching.com | 10 INNOVATIONS FOR ASIAN CITYSUMERS | Asia Trend Bulletin | September 2016
Serve the accelerating expectations of city-dwelling Asian consumers!
Inside the mind of a former radical jihadist | Manwar Ali"For a long time, I lived for death," says Manwar Ali, a former radical jihadist who participated in violent, armed campaigns in the Middle East and Asia in the 1980s. In this moving talk, he reflects on his experience with radicalization and makes a powerful, direct appeal to anyone drawn to Islamist groups that claim violence and brutality are noble and virtuous: let go of anger and hatred, he says, and instead cultivate your heart to see goodness, beauty and truth in others.
Machine intelligence makes human morals more important | Zeynep TufekciMachine intelligence is here, and we're already using it to make subjective decisions. But the complex way AI grows and improves makes it hard to understand and even harder to control. In this cautionary talk, techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci explains how intelligent machines can fail in ways that don't fit human error patterns -- and in ways we won't expect or be prepared for. "We cannot outsource our responsibilities to machines," she says. "We must hold on ever tighter to human values and human ethics."
A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home | Todd ColemanWhat if doctors could monitor patients at home with the same degree of accuracy they'd get during a stay at the hospital? Bioelectronics innovator Todd Coleman shares his quest to develop wearable, flexible electronic health monitoring patches that promise to revolutionize healthcare and make medicine less invasive.
We've stopped trusting institutions and started trusting strangers | Rachel BotsmanSomething profound is changing our concept of trust, says Rachel Botsman. While we used to place our trust in institutions like governments and banks, today we increasingly rely on others, often strangers, on platforms like Airbnb and Uber and through technologies like the blockchain. This new era of trust could bring with it a more transparent, inclusive and accountable society -- if we get it right. Who do you trust?