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The Curiosity Index (15.06.2018)

Machine learning predicts World Cup winner Researchers have predicted the outcome after simulating the entire soccer tournament 100,000 times. Turns out the computers know what we all know – Germany will win and on the way knock-out England. Typical. *Team of the tournament is Iceland simply for being there: The Planning Lesson in Iceland’s World Cup Miracle – remember Iceland only has 350,000 people (although the computers think that’s unimportant). *Bonus Iceland article: Rock Piles and Elves: Secularism and the Supernatural in Iceland Soccer Fields Around the World Sticking with football, I…

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The Curiosity Index (05.02.2018)

Don’t Be A Shrub Some good biblical meditation from my friend Adam Belle here on Jeremiah 17. Read it and resolve in your heart not to be a shrub. Irish border after Brexit: an expert on Norway-Sweden explains how to keep things smooth It doesn’t have to be complicated, although it probably will be. In 2011 Preston hit rock bottom. Then it took back control This example of a regional town investing locally makes a lot of sense. I think we’ll see more towns following this example. Encouraging. ‘Forget walking 10,000 steps a day’…

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The enduring power of real books

Ever since the first e-reader was developed people have been preicting the demise of the paper-format. Hardbacks would be the first to disappear and the paperback would follow. I wrote an article for a publishing magazine a decade ago about e-readers and e-ink and the tone was clear, these technologies were a genuine threat to the existence of the book as we knew it. While the internet in general (and Amazon in particular) has proved incredibly disruptive to the publishing industry, most notably to bookstores it seems after ten years what…

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