Snippets



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 | THE FUTURE OF AFRICONNECTION | Africa Trend Bulletin | June 2016

10 innovations reshaping African expectations around social connection!

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trendwatching.com | INNOVATION CELEBRATION 2016 | Consumer Trend Briefing | June 2016

These 16 innovations are rewiring the expectations of YOUR customers!

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trendwatching.com | CRISIS SOLUTIONS | LatAm Trend Bulletin | June 2016

With the region facing one crisis after another, it's time for brands to roll up their sleeves and help!

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trendwatching.com | ASIAN DATA DOMINANCE | Asia Trend Bulletin | June 2016

10 data innovations from Asia that are reshaping the expectations of your customers!

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Clues to prehistoric times, found in blind cavefish | Prosanta Chakrabarty

TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty explores hidden parts of the world in search of new species of cave-dwelling fish. These subterranean creatures have developed fascinating adaptations, and they provide biological insights into blindness as well as geological clues about how the continents broke apart million of years ago. Contemplate deep time in this short talk.

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Why you think you're right -- even if you're wrong | Julia Galef

Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs -- or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When your steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks: "What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs or do you yearn to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?"

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How computers are learning to be creative | Blaise Agüera y Arcas

We're on the edge of a new frontier in art and creativity -- and it's not human. Blaise Agüera y Arcas, principal scientist at Google, works with deep neural networks for machine perception and distributed learning. In this captivating demo, he shows how neural nets trained to recognize images can be run in reverse, to generate them. The results: spectacular, hallucinatory collages (and poems!) that defy categorization. "Perception and creativity are very intimately connected," Agüera y Arcas says. "Any creature, any being that is able to do perceptual acts is also able to create."

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How a blind astronomer found a way to hear the stars | Wanda Diaz Merced

Wanda Diaz Merced studies the light emitted by gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic events in the universe. When she lost her sight and was left without a way to do her science, she had a revelatory insight: the light curves she could no longer see could be translated into sound. Through sonification, she regained mastery over her work, and now she's advocating for a more inclusive scientific community. "Science is for everyone," she says. "It has to be available to everyone, because we are all natural explorers."

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