The Informed Millennial — Issue #2
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
The Informed Millennial is a weekly issue published on Medium.
Our thesis is that 1% of content out there contains 99% of information that’s necessary to learn more about ourselves and the world we live in.
The Informed Millennial mission is to find, collect and provide to you some of that great content.
In this week issue — the present and future of privacy, Snapchat IPO, animal conscience and immortality.
“On January 30th, Sidd Bikkannavar, a US-born scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory flew back to Houston, Texas from Santiago, Chile.
On his way through through the airport, Customs and Border Patrol agents pulled him aside. They searched him, then detained him in a room with a bunch of other people sleeping in cots. They eventually returned and said they’d release him if he told them the password to unlock his phone.”
I missed this talk from this year WEF. The title is pretty self explanatory, and the discussion quite interesting. What if privacy becomes a luxury good.
Snap IPO is coming soon — and with an expected valuation of $20bn, it will be one of the most watched (and traded) tech companies as soon the bell rings. There are many analysts out there trying to make sense of this IPO. I find Ben Thompson analysis to be the absolute best you can read about it.
“Recognition of one’s own reflection,” he wrote, “would seem to require a rather advanced form of intellect… Moreover, insofar as self-recognition of one’s mirror image implies a concept of self, these data would seem to qualify as the first experimental demonstration of a self-concept in a subhuman form.”
Dying or not. Wwe don’t have a choice right now, but companies and researchers around the world are working hard to make us live longer, maybe forever. Some people are vocal about treating death as a disease — Peter Thiel to name one. I still haven’t decided if, given the choice, I’d live forever or much longer than expected. This post gave me some more elements to think about.
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