What’s Good? Our #5 Weekly Monk Report

Guess who’s back, back again? That’s right, the Monk Report — delivering the latest, greatest and strangest around.

This week Facebook launched a bunch of products and bought tbh, the compliment app teens love to use. We’re also understanding how online dating is changing society and what will happen now that we’ve passed the uncanny valley in CGI.

Curated by our own futurist-jack-of-all-trades Edwin R, who shares with us his take on novelty and music alike.

So, here we go!

1) Spotify: How discover weekly works

Oh, algorithms. How incredible they are. Specially the one behind Spotify’s “Discover Weekly”, that every Monday touches the lives of 100 million users across the globe. This super interesting article give us a behind the scenes tour on how it works and why it knows you so well, that you want to date it.

2) Exploring Planets with Google Maps

Because going to Mordor is a bad idea and there are always new exciting places to discover, Google Maps released new space destinations to visit. The new Maps feature label images of our moon, Mercury, Venus, Pluto, the International Space Station, and a number of icy moons that orbit the outer planets like Saturn and Jupiter. Spock likes this.

3) How Online Dating is Changing Society

What happens when one third of modern marriages start online? The fabric of society starts to change. Today, online dating is the second most common way for heterosexual couples to meet.

For homosexual couples, it is by far the most popular. This study suggest that because of the surge of online dating, the amount of interracial marriages augment, thus generating a more diverse society. Not only that, but their model suggests that marriages created in a society with online dating tend to be stronger. Love is love is love is love y’all.

4) IKEA for pets

Ikea’s newest furniture collection in France is for our beloved pets. The new collection, called ‘Lurvig,’ (which means “furry” in Swedish) launched in 5 countries. Yeah, for cats and dogs alike :)

5) Goodbye Uncanny Valley

A super cool video essay about the future of CGI graphics. From post-truth to post-cinema, and with lots of great examples to showcase each scenario, this an interesting take on a race that will have tremendous impact on internet’s favourite medium.


This time, celebrating some of our recently married Monks, a collection of the best wedding photos according to the Fearless Awards.

As always, have a great week while you enjoy your mystery music link of the week.

See ya!

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