Curated reads for April 10, 2021
If anything, the last year has taught us that it is hard to foresee what can cause the next crisis. This becomes even more difficult because we tend to discount low probability events. However, once you study how the dominoes fall (in hindsight), you realize that anything is possible. Morgan Housel shares such lessons from the year gone by. Read more
And while we are on the subject of foresight, here’s something our ancestors couldn’t have forecasted 2,000 years ago. A team of Danish economists have been able to show that places featuring comparatively high levels of economic development long before the industrial revolution often seem to feature high levels of comparative development today – the reason being roadways built by the Roman empire nearly 2,000 years ago. Here’s a fun read on infrastructure development. Read more
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries selected “selfie” as the word of the year, and by 2015 Snapchat had acquired the Ukrainian company Looksery and released the “Lenses” feature. This led to `filters’ finding their way into selfies. Facebook and Instagram alone claim that over 600 million people have used at least one of the AR effects associated with the company’s products. These filters are also creating the need for `Safety training’ whilst using filters. Read more