Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

28th July 2017

So Jeff Bezos is now the richest man in the world. I love this before/after image showing how Jeff has changed, physically, over time in a remarkable example of #digitaltransformation. With all the positive talk around Amazon, according to TechCrunch, they wouldn’t be making any money if it wasn’t for AWS (Amazon Web Services).

Concerned about issues of immigration? According to this piece from @wired everyone on Earth is a migrant. We are all ‘extragalactic immigrants’ made up of matter from other galaxies.

Still up in the Heavens, this real world ‘Space Opera’ lets you become the Hubble telescope

I took a trip down memory lane recently when I attended a talk, by Information is Beautiful founder David McCandless, at the The Royal Institution. I vividly recall visiting on a school trip and watching a scientist drop grapes into liquid nitrogen and then smash them with a hammer. This time round David entertained a full amphitheatre with his latest take on infographics and data journalism.

Here is a rather wonderful recent TED talk from the very charming and inspiring Steve Chapman (friend of the Filter). Well worth  a watch. ‘This talk isn’t very good, dancing with my inner critic.’ 

From Adweek. During every minute on the Internet (an infographic).

I wouldn’t agree with this all of this, but this is an interesting perspective nevertheless. From the Outline – ‘Twitter is Dying.’ ‘Twitter announced its earnings for Q2 Thursday morning and said that it has 328 million users. Problem is, that’s exactly the same number the social media platform reported for total users last quarter, Meaning that it added exactly… zero people. None of this is good news for Twitter. But maybe it is good news for… people. As a platform it is increasingly seen as a gathering place for Nazi sympathisers and used as a daily megaphone for political rants.

‘Why we need more useless knowledge’, by Beth Comstock. ‘Turns out that’s not how innovation really works. We need to be relentless, and keep our eye on the competition, but there also needs to be give and take between exploring for fun and exploring to find a leg up. Theory and application, art and science, work and play, don’t have set boundaries.

BBH Labs on connections between consumers and brands. ‘Don’t worry so much about what they’ll think about you when they do. Worry more about them thinking of you at all. What’s love got to do with it?’

Have you seen Dunkirk? What did you think about Hans Zimmer’s powerful soundtrack? Here’s an interesting video piece from Digg on how, in sections of the film, the sound seems to be continually increasing (along with ever greater impact on the audience) when in fact this is not the case. Apparently it’s all down to the use of an auditory illusion called a Shepard Tone.