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Top articles of the week | May 13

By PNR

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

 

Regulating the internet giants: The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data           The Economist

Data is the new oil – this has become a common buzzword. It’s hard argue though with the dominance of the major tech firms. Some are calling for their break up like Standard Oil in the 20th centure. The Economist recommends a different approach.

 

The Mozart in the Machine              Yuval Noah Hariri, Bloomberg

I’m a huge fan of Yuval Hariri. If you haven’t read Sapiens, do yourself a favor and grab a copy. His latest book Homo Deus explores what it will mean to be human in the age of machines. In this Bloomberg, Yuval talks about the future of art and it is fascinating.

 

Netflix and Facebook seem to share a crucial thesis about the future of TV shows     Business Insider

An interesting comparison of two different approaches to the television model of the 21st century. Facebook hasn’t yet figured this out and YouTube is maybe a bit more in front. What’s interesting is to see what business model will emerge as victorious.

 

The Local News Business Model      Stratechery

A scathing piece by Ben Thompson on the local news business model. He essentially posits that the print industry is already dead and that requesting government charity is pointless. There is only path to save them: subscriptions

 

A Trump Dividend for Canada? Maybe in Its A.I. Industry          NY Times

Not trying to get political here but it’s interesting to see the movement of tech talent north of the border. Nice shout out of the Times for Montreal’s growing AI talent scene. We are clearly benefiting from the increased interest in immigration to the north.

 

BONUS:

#BuyMyVitara – Suzuki Vitara ’96 for sale             YouTube

It goes without saying that the internet has leveled the playing field in almost every domain. A designer created a better commercial to sell his used car than most car companies.