Ten Stories From This Week

12th November 2021

Love this. From Inspired by Iceland. ‘Some said an open-world experience this immersive wasn’t possible. But it’s already here. And you don’t even need silly VR headsets. Introducing, Icelandverse’. A take off of Facebook’s Meta video.

From MIT. Techno-­optimism is once again bubbling up. The pessimism over the real-world impacts of apps and social media has turned into unbounded hope—at least among the tech elite and the venture capital investor class—that new technologies will solve our problems (sub may be necessary).

An Apple car could become a reality by 2025.

Interesting. Apparently, the inventor of Monopoly, Lizzie Magie (1866-1948), has been written out of its history, as has an important part of the gameplay. In Magie’s version, there were two variations of gameplay, one in which players competed to capture as much real estate and cash as possible, as in the Monopoly that we play today. In another variation, the point of the game was to share the wealth as equitably as possible.

The backstory behind Heathrow’s parallel runway take-off to New York last week. A spectacular synchronised, parallel take-off from Heathrow, something that’s extremely rare. Here, the view from the control tower. 3,2,1,GO!

AOC joins the Irn Bru fan club.

How NASA Found Inspiration For the First Space Suit at the Tower of London (and the importance of looking beyond best practice in your own field to solve big problems). ht @neilperkin.

From Why Is This Interesting? The Future of Meat Edition. ‘Should we give up on the dreams of alt-meat? No…we have to fix the climate and eat less meat. But the consensus that alt-meat is the solution for our ills is likely coming to an end. Other ideas are coming over the horizon. In particular, the promise of regenerative agriculture for climate and a better food system is huge, and largely unexploited by climate and food investors.’

An amazing 360 degree view from the summit of Everest on a clear day.

Nicely done. ‘This November, they call it Daylight Saving but the thing that needs saving…is us! WHAT TIME IS IT?! #DaylightSavingMovie’ (2’23”)