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Hello and welcome to Saturday's edition of Big Revolution. Is it wrong that the one thing I'm most lo
 
May 5 · Issue #69 · View online
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Hello and welcome to Saturday’s edition of Big Revolution. Is it wrong that the one thing I’m most looking forward to this weekend is the weather finally being good enough for me to mow the lawn?
Martin

Big things you need to know today
- The sequel to Vine that its cofounder was planning has been postponed indefinitely. Turns out getting it off the ground with no external funding while running another startup wasn’t viable. Who’d have thought it?
- Facebook has been investigating launching an ad-free, subscription-based version, Bloomberg reports. Although anyone hoping this version woudn’t collect lots of data about them would be disappointed – data collection and Facebook are inextricably linked.
- GoDaddy has taken down white nationalist Richard Spencer’s altright.com website, saying it “crossed the line and encouraged and promoted violence in a direct and threatening manner,”.“
Big weekend reads
Sorry Elon Musk, there’s no clear evidence Autopilot saves lives Sorry Elon Musk, there’s no clear evidence Autopilot saves lives
Does Tesla’s Autopilot feature save lives? The US government isn’t as sure as it once was. This piece takes a deep dive into the technology.
Could Artificial Intelligence Predict the Next 'Avengers: Infinity War'?
How the entertainment industry is using A.I. to predict hits. But, as the article points out, such software might not be able to identify unexpected hits. 10 years ago, Iron Man was a bit of a punt to say the least, but it was bigger than expected and kickstarted an enormous film franchise.
Artificial Intelligence Opens the Vatican Secret Archives
Meanwhile, A.I. is making it easy for researchers to make use of the Vatican’s vast, difficult-to-navigate archive.
‘I had to guard an empty room’: the rise of the pointless job
A look at the phenomenon of totally pointless jobs. “The defining feature is this: one so completely pointless that even the person who has to perform it every day cannot convince themselves there’s a good reason for them to be doing it. They may not be able to admit this to their co-workers – often, there are very good reasons not to do so – but they are convinced the job is pointless nonetheless.”
One big tweet
Brutal but true.
Rafat Ali رفعت
One of the upsides (downsides?) of the media’s mad rush towards paywalls: most will realize how nonessential they are, and they’ll have a monetary value of their nonessentialness.
10:51 PM - 4 May 2018
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