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Issue 136

The Holy Matrimony Between Data and Creativity

Data and creativity.. A tale as old as time.. Well, maybe not data and creativity, but definitely humans and creativity.

Creativity is a human trait that will not be replaced by AI anytime soon. Not even by writing pop ballads, mimicking the styles of great painters or forming creative decisions in filmmaking. An AI that is creative on its own, coming up with something novel, unexpected and useful is still a moonshot away and Sociology professor Anton Oleinik argues that neural networks are structured in a way that limits the possibility that they will ever have true artificial creativity.

What sets us apart from other species and what has created the world we live in today, is not in our genes and cannot be learned. Humans "rule the world" because we are the only type of animal that can cooperate flexibly in large numbers by having made up things like human rights, governments, laws, taxes, marriage, money... Things that do not actually exist, except in our common imagination. The silent acceptance of the story that a piece of paper with a 50 on it can be exchanged for goods is a kind of glue that holds us all together and also what brings us forward. I'll quote one of my favourite authors, here:

"You can never convince a chimpanzee to give you a banana by promising him that after he dies, he will get limitless bananas in chimpanzee Heaven. Only Sapiens can believe such stories. This is why we rule the world, and chimpanzees are locked up in zoos and research laboratories." - Yuval Noah Harari

Our ability to imagine things that do not exist is our competitive advantage. In other words, our creativity is what got us where we are (whether that is good or bad is another discussion) and what made us different from animals in the past and from robots (AI) in the future. 

In the world of business and the success that you build for yourself, creativity is key. Becoming successful consists of a long road of problem solving. We live in a world that is constantly changing, new tools, new ideas, new technology. People in today's leadership positions must be creative problem solvers to succeed. Don't believe me? Look at "The Skills Companies Need Most in 2019" created by LinkedIn. 

This new data world that we created will also need regulations and laws to adhere to. Once that is set and done, it will be very interesting to see what data and creativity will bring us in the future! What an exciting time.

Also.. Did I find the perfect comic of the week for this or what?

Yours truly,

Leila Trilby, Editor-in-chief

Comic of the Week


The Present

They struck again. This time it is not printers but every phone in the US. Twitter user @j3ws3r and @0xGiraffe have attempted to send text messages to every mobile phone in the United States using SMS Gateways to draw attention to their weakness against hacking. 
If you live in the US you might have received an SMS with the following text in the last few days:

- I’m here to warn the masses about SMS email gateways. Please look up how to disable it on your phone or call your provider and ask.

Robin hoods of the 21st century?

The Future


Contact lenses that zoom in on command! Blink twice and voila. Sounds cool, but is it useful? As in, how many times in your life did you need binoculars? I guess it'll come in handy at a ballet..

The Doghouse


Another one bites the dust. 23 million users' data was stolen in CafePress breach. The whole shabang e-mail addresses, passwords, names, phone numbers and postal addresses. Time to move?

HAT News

We are hiring!! Please share with all your smart friends!! 🤓

A new iOS and Android release is coming this week. And with the release the Uber Plug is going live!! 🎉 Get a HAT here, test it out and let us know what you think!

'Tis silly season y'all! Check out an old blog post from Irene here. All in the name of this week’s theme. Creativity!

Everyone is getting ready for our final sprint before the big announcement. Are you in Cambridge on the 15th and want to meet the team? Join us for a beautiful BBQ Lunch at Irene's house! Hit me up at jonathan.holtby@hatdex.org. 

Jonathan Holtby, HAT Community Manager

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