Five 4 Friday - Feb 10, 2023
LF21 | 10 reasons for optimism, Birkin Bag NFTs, recruiting terorrists, Florence Nightingale and Spotify for health.
Welcome to a Looking Forward’s Five 4 Friday, five links that have piqued my interest this week relating to Web3, healthy longevity and / or impact. Enjoy!
BCG’s 10 reasons for optimism
In-keeping with this publication’s optimistic take on a dark world, BCG has shared 10 reasons for optimism. E.g. ‘deep design’ combines AI, systems change and design thinking to provide a new ways to model complex systems such as the economy.
Hermès wins Metabirkin Lawsuit
Expect this one to be more successful than Porsche’s recent misfire. Looking Forward is not a slave to Big Fashion, but this court success preventing an artist from selling NFTs based on Birkin bags seems fair.
Unemployment, not religion, sparks extremism
The UN reports that a survey of extremists (bold survey takers…) found that the biggest driver (25% of respondents) of recruitment to terrorist groups was unemployment and lack of economic opportunities. Religion was only the third most cited reason (17%), after peer pressure.
Florence Nightingale - mother of data visualization
Not only was Florence Nightingale the founder of modern-day nursing she was pretty much the founder of modern day data visualization. Her work led to sweeping policy changes and radical improvements in health and hygiene.
Spotify founder creates a health startup
Spotify founder Daniel Ek is founding a new AI health startup, Neko Health, which provides full body scans for early disease detection. It’s raised about €30m has a clinic in Stockholm which provides a 15 minute scan for €150, gathering ‘50 million data points about the skin, heart, vessels, respiration, inflammation and more’.
That’s all for this week. As always, feedback welcome. Feel free to share insights or links of interest.
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