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In case you've missed them... Here are this week's must-reads for those who need inspiration to act on their Day After Tomorrow. Feed your mind with some of our favorite innovation stories. Nono. No need to thank us.

nexxworks’ Best of the Web - week January 27 to February 3

According to Experts, We’re 10 Years Away From Autonomous Flying Taxis

DOM GALEON - FUTURISM

Transportation experts believe autonomous flying taxis could be here in the next 10 to 15 years, but the challenges to their implementation are significant. While numerous companies are working on the technology needed for such vehicles, we will also need to make sure the infrastructure is in place to support their usage.

 

How Chinese Mobile Payments Are Quietly Conquering the World

DANIEL MEESAK - JING DAILY 

With mobile payments becoming ubiquitous for purchases made in China, that leaves payments made overseas as the next frontier for payment providers who strive to become Chinese consumers’ go-to method for payments—whether at home, online, or on vacation abroad.

 

Second Life Is Back for a Third Life, This Time in Virtual Reality

RACHEL METZ - MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW 

"John Artz, an associate professor at George Washington University who spent several years teaching a class on using Second Life for business applications, can imagine possible uses for Sansar like virtual classrooms for online learning. But he thinks Sansar will still suffer from the same fundamental issue that dogs Second Life: while the technology behind it is good, he says, it just got boring after a while."

 

Blockchain's Role In Connected Health Data Will Expand

BI INTELLIGENCE - BUSINESS INSIDER

Blockchain is no longer just a niche technology used primarily in financial services, as it's now making its way into many different industries and will continue to do so in the coming years. Key to this forthcoming growth will be the proliferation of blockchain’s growth in managing patient health data, much of which is obtained from connected devices like health wearables.

 

Nothing: What Will Remain Uniquely Human In An Age Of AI

ROBERT C. WOLCOTT - FORBES 

In this century, artificial intelligences (AIs) will overtake human beings across an ever-widening swath of capabilities. These capabilities will in many cases be integrated into our living systems. We thus face the question: What might remain uniquely human? And does this question even matter?

 

Steven Has Even More News For You

STEVEN VAN BELLEGHEM - YOUTUBE 

Every Friday, Steven Van Belleghem spoils you with a Weekly in which he presents a selection of news you cannot miss out on. In this week's episode there is BIG news for Snapchat, AirBnB, Amazon, Nationale Nederlanden and many others. Enjoy!