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5 Things to Read and a Joke (3)

5 Things to Read and A Joke 🔥
5 Things to Read and a Joke (3)
By Matthias Laqueur • Issue #3 • View online
The times they are a'changing! What NEW things did we pick up, enjoyed, etc.

1) NEW point of view that triggered us : Tien Tzuo, founder of Zuora, famously said ‘Apple doesn’t care about selling iPhones anymore, they care about selling Apple ID’s.’. This makes sense when you think about it, doesn’t it? If Apple wants to earn more from their customers, they need to learn more about them first. By learning what kind of music they listen to or magazines they read for example? Hint.. Why do you think they’ve bought Shazam (music) and Texture (magazine subscription platform)? Learning = Earning, I guess?
2) NEW retail trend that is emerging  : Amazon’s biggest weapon, Prime, has operated for years without any real competitors. It amazes us that so many retailers just rolled over on their backs and let Amazon ‘have it’. Until now? Walmart is supposedly entering the subscription market in July/August 2020. Will local players like / Mediamarkt follow suit? If you ask me, Bol’s relatively small subscription program ‘Select’ is a relatively big sign of their interest in the subscription economy. I see them growing this service substantially throughout the years.. Heck, if a bank buys soccer licensing rights, anything can happen.
3) NEW Service that amazed us  : Working with fashion retailers like Bel&Bo, Fred&Ginger, CKS and others has taught us that working with fashion models and photoshoots can be quite a hassle. Enter Rosebud AI and their AI generated fashion models. Need a model with a bit less/more curve or a model with hispanic/asian roots for example? Their algorithm will create one for you.  Find out what AI generated fashion models look like. The future is .. Now?
4) NEW Documentary we put on our ‘must-see’ list  : If AI generated supermodels didn’t convince you of the immense potential of AI, you need to watch the documentary ‘AlphaGo’. It depicts the story of how Google’s DeepMind (AI company) beat the world’s best player in a game of ‘Go’. Go exhibits an astonishing 10 to the power of 170 possible board configurations - more than the number of atoms in the known universe. The full docu (1h30) is recently published on YouTube (for free!). A must watch! LINK
5) NEW Research you shouldn’t care about  : Apparently, it’s not unusual to meet Chinese people named Lucky, Pizza or Tiger.. Have you ever wondered why so many Chinese people have ‘weird’ names? No? Me neither. But this article explains in detail. It’s articles like these that rekindle my interest in data analysis. It’s yet another example of how literally anything is worth investigating when you approach it with a scientific & data-driven method. 
1) Joke :
I’ve got to admit.. This one hits home. 
That’s it for now. If all goes well, you’ll hear from us in 2 weeks.
Peace out!
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Matthias Laqueur

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