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 | PROTECTED: THE FUTURE OF LUXURY TRAVEL | Consumer Trend Briefing | MAY 2017

Six trends reshaping luxury travel in 2017 and beyond!

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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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What intelligent machines can learn from a school of fish | Radhika Nagpal

Science fiction visions of the future show us AI built to replicate our way of thinking -- but what if we modeled it instead on the other kinds of intelligence found in nature? Robotics engineer Radhika Nagpal studies the collective intelligence displayed by insects and fish schools, seeking to understand their rules of engagement. In a visionary talk, she presents her work creating artificial collective power and previews a future where swarms of robots work together to build flood barriers, pollinate crops, monitor coral reefs and form constellations of satellites.

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A black man goes undercover in the alt-right | Theo E.J. Wilson

In an unmissable talk about race and politics in America, Theo E.J. Wilson tells the story of becoming Lucius25, white supremacist lurker, and the unexpected compassion and surprising perspective he found from engaging with people he disagrees with. He encourages us to let go of fear, embrace curiosity and have courageous conversations with people who think differently from us. "Conversations stop violence, conversations start countries and build bridges," he says.

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The most Martian place on Earth | Armando Azua-Bustos

How can you study Mars without a spaceship? Head to the most Martian place on Earth -- the Atacama Desert in Chile. Astrobiologist Armando Azua-Bustos grew up in this vast, arid landscape and now studies the rare life forms that have adapted to survive there, some in areas with no reported rainfall for the past 400 years. Explore the possibility of finding life elsewhere in the universe without leaving the planet with this quick, funny talk.

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What we're missing in the debate about immigration | Duarte Geraldino

Between 2008 and 2016, the United States deported more than three million people. What happens to those left behind? Journalist Duarte Geraldino picks up the story of deportation where the state leaves off. Learn more about the wider impact of forced removal as Geraldino explains how the sudden absence of a mother, a local business owner or a high school student ripples outward and wreaks havoc on the relationships that hold our communities together.

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