Ten Stories We’ve Enjoyed This Week

15th Sept 2019

Facebook fears that AI-generated “deepfake” videos could be the next big source of viral misinformation—spreading among its users with potentially catastrophic consequences for the next US presidential election. Its solution? Making lots of deepfakes of its own, to help researchers build and refine detection tools.

Lots of interesting stuff in this deck. An Introduction To Analysing Trends. Foresight, Insight and Hindsight.

Facebook is taking another shot at news curation by hiring a “small team” of journalists to select stories for its upcoming News Tab, a section of its mobile app that’s due to begin testing later this year. Although The New York Times notes that most of the articles in the News Tab will be generated algorithmically, the top stories each day will come from a team of under 10 veteran journalists. 

‘Claiming young adults are zoning out on current events instead of zooming in ignores the fact that they’re digital natives, who grew up navigating an increasingly tech-reliant culture. Instead of staring at cable news, they’re pioneering new ways to engage with the stories that meet them where they are.’ From Teen Vogue – this is why teens are creating their own news outlets. 

From Harvard Business Review. A study of 597 logos shows which kind Is most effective. ..Our research demonstrates that…’descriptive’ logos more favourably impact consumers’ brand perceptions than ‘non-descriptive’ ones, and are more likely to improve brand performance.

From Wired. The extreme tech that will help people live forever. From cryonic baths to ozone saunas, scientists and companies are chasing a magic pill that will cure ageing. ..and perhaps more achievably (and not surprisingly) this research indicates that optimism is associated with exceptional longevity in 2 epidemiologic cohorts of men and women. 

From the Undercover Economist. Should you take a few long holidays, or lots of short ones? …’Reading of the (slim) evidence is that if you can bear the cumulative expense and the travel time, frequent short breaks beat the occasional elongated vacation. ‘

Donald Trump’s International Hotel and Tower in New York, has been named as the best hotel in the world by readers of a luxury travel magazine. Second was Vatuvara private island in Fiji and third – the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

Last week I attended an event run by the lovely people at (friend of the Filter) Just Breathe. Their most recent Grand Gathering, took place in the gardens of the Geffrye Museum of the Home, in Shoreditch, London. It was an evening of performances, shared conversation and meditation. Some particularly wonderful music accompanied the event. 

From JWT Intelligence. ‘From film festivals to museums, cannabis evolves from an experience-enhancing ingredient to a full-on experience. This is the burgeoning world of Experiential Cannabis.

Brilliant. ‘Sad Face’: New Zealander takes s clown to redundancy meeting as an emotional aide. Josh Thompson hired the clown – who reportedly mimed crying as the paperwork was handed over…

A recent Vimeo, Staff Pick Of The Week – ‘For decades, Disney has been the de facto master of the animated animal orchestra — as seen in classics like Fantasia, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King. However, “Maestro,” from animation collective Illogic, sets out to change the tune. The film features a photo-realistic rendition of forest animals belting out songs from a Vincenzo Bellini war opera. And it’s remarkable.

Burning Man finished recently. This a great short video from a couple of years ago that ‘explains’ what it is. ‘A guy who just got back from Burning Man struggles mightily to explain what Burning Man was like, to a loser who’s never been to Burning Man.’