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New here, old habits! Here is our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. Before we dive in, don’t forget to send us an email to email@example.com if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications or even your own story, we’re keen to learn, so share it with us and we may feature your post in our upcoming issue.
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Aiming to teach entrepreneurs how to maximise opportunities available through equity crowdfunding, CrowdBoost aims to address what it describes as a “critical funding gap” for start-ups looking to scale. According to Virgin, 42% of start-ups don’t make their fourth birthday due to a lack of funding options.
However, one potential avenue is the alternative finance market which has grown 43% year-on-year from £3.2bn in 2015, to £4.58bn in 2016. The first official Virgin StartUp Crowdboost round is open for entries now and will run for seven weeks from the 30 January 2018. Virgin says it is looking for entrepreneurs who want to raise at least £100,000 and already have a proven concept that is generating traction. The accelerator is delivered through a series of masterclasses, talks, drop-in clinics and events.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook today, “I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions.” VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri tells TechCrunch “I expect that the amount of distribution for publishers will go down because a lot of publisher content is just passively consumed and not talked about. Overall time on Facebook will decrease, but we think this is the right thing to do.”
The winners in this change will be users and their sense of community, since they should find Facebook more rewarding and less of a black hole of wasted time viewing mindless video clips and guilty-pleasure articles. And long-term, it should preserve Facebook’s business and ensure it still has a platform to provide referral traffic for news publishers and marketers, albeit less than before.
The promise of AI and automation raises new questions about the role of work in our lives. Most of us will remain focused for decades to come on activities of physical or financial production, but as technology provides services and goods at ever-lower cost, human beings will be compelled to discover new roles — roles that aren’t necessarily tied to how we conceive of work today.
But this then raises a second, more vexing challenge: as the benefits of technology become more widely available — through reform or revolution — more of us will face the question, “When technology can do nearly anything, what should I do, and why?”
Over the next 100 years, AI and robotic systems will increasingly dominate labor and work, producing necessities and the physical artifacts of human life, enabling more of us to ascend (Arendt did present this as ascending — this is a qualitative value judgment) to the realm of action. Of course, some people might engage in labor or work by choice, but choice is the essential distinction. When our machines release us from ever more tasks, to what will we turn our attentions? This will be the defining question of our coming century.
WIRED Recommends is the definitive guide to the best gadgets, gear and new products. This list covers the magazine’s number one picks for every category that has been tested so far, but you can always head to the dedicated guides for more options. The page is usually updated regularly, so bookmark it for a quick and easy way to find what you need when you need it. And as you know, CES 2018 is here, which can only mean one thing: gadgets. Cut through the landfill with this guide to the new gadgets that will define 2018!
There’s literally everything here: for example, the latest TV from Samsung, which is set to be released this year and is made of MicroLEDs, with a display technology manufactured and put together one sub-pixel at a time. It has the potential to change the way TVs are made and offers an alternative to OLED screens, which are all manufactured by LG at present.
Or the next generation of home smart assistants. Amazon led the way with the Echo Show and now others are following suit. At CES this year, Google announced its collaborations with a number of companies to embed its Google Assistant into their screen-laden hardware. The pick of the bunch is Lenovo’s Smart Display, which is better designed than the competition. As a result, it has Google Maps, YouTube, a built-in CPU, GPU and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Check out the full list here, you can’t miss it!
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