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Welcome to Thursday's Big Revolution. The World Cup is the only time I really get into football, and
July 12 · Issue #137 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Thursday’s Big Revolution. The World Cup is the only time I really get into football, and seeing England lose last night was a fraught experience for my nerves. Football isn’t coming home, just our footballers.

Big things you need to know today
  • Magic Leap will finally launch its long awaited ‘mixed reality’ headset sometime this summer. The company has shared the hardware spec, and streamed a live demo of what it’s like to use. But watching a tiny golem throwing rocks on a sofa left some underwhelmed.
  • YouTube will now tell creators when someone else uploads a copy of one of their videos. It only works for full videos though – not clips – which suggests it may be easy for a determined pirate to circumvent.
The big thought
Creator's burger-making robot. Optimus Prime this is not.
Rage against the burger maker
The Verge has an in-depth look at the burger-making robots that are the main attraction at San Francisco restaurant, Creator. The piece offers a balanced approach to the idea that these machines will replace human jobs, but there’s no escaping the fact that ‘burger bots’ are a very real frontline face of automation.
Optimists love to say that automation is nothing new, and that it only ever offers new opportunities for humans by giving us new roles. ATMs didn’t make human bank staff irrelevant, they say. ('No, but the internet did help lead to lots of bank branches closing,’ is a worthwhile riposte at that point, BTW).
Indeed, Creator still has humans on hand to take side orders and ensure the machines are working correctly. Having a 'human touch’ is still important, and may well be a premium offering in the future.
But technological progress accelerates ever onwards, and the coming wave of automation may happen so fast that we can’t find enough jobs to replace those it devours. And what happens then?
When we talk about automation taking jobs, it’s often in the context if artificial intelligence – 'invisible’ software replacing existing human roles. Burger-making robots show that, if automation causes significant unemployment, there will be plenty of real machines to rage against.
One big read
10 years of the App Store: The design evolution of the earliest apps | 9to5Mac 10 years of the App Store: The design evolution of the earliest apps | 9to5Mac
The iOS App Store turned 10 years old this week, and this eye-candy article looks at how the design of popular apps has evolved over that time.
One big tweet
Elon Musk has had his fair share of criticism lately, but assuming this happens, fair play to him (if the Flint water crisis has passed you by, read on and despair).
Elon Musk
@DylanSheaMusic Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels. No kidding.
9:52 PM - 11 Jul 2018
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