Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!
SpaceX first tourist traveler is now announced, and this is one of the most uplifting news I have read in years. Elon put it well at the announcement this week;” this has done a lot to restore my faith in humanity, that somebody is willing to do this”.
Planned for 2023, SpaceX will send Yusaku Maezawa, a Japaneese billionaire and art collector, to the moon and with him he will only bring artists and creative influencers. Yusaku is calling the project dearMoon, and the tag-line is basically “Some of Earth’s greatest talents will board a spacecraft and be inspired in a way they have never been before. What will they create?”
Not only is this an inspiring move but it is also a very brave one. To be the first that is. Though several test-flights will be, on stage Elon himself called it a “definitely dangerous”-mission.
Oh, and it is estimated Yusaku is paying hundreds of millions of dollars for this ticket!
Moving to autonomous and electric vehicles opens up for new competitors
In an earlier feed, we wrote about how Dyson, best known for its vacuum cleaners, is entering the electric car market. Capabilities that have previously had little to do with the automotive industry, like building efficient motors for vacuum cleaners, have suddenly become valuable. Now another new player has entered the competition as the German car-part supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG announced that they are building their own autonomous vehicle.
As car part suppliers have moved towards providing more complete vehicle sub-systems, instead of stand-alone parts, the step towards building a complete vehicle has become shorter. This news shows clear signs of that.
New EU anti-piracy directive may have a huge impact on social media entertainment
That the entertainment industry is undergoing major change is something we often return to. Linear television is being replaced by streaming, tech companies have started to create their own content and open source content platforms such as YouTube have become a major player in entertainment. However, platforms like YouTube may encounter problems with the EU’s new Copyright Directive.
The directive wants large websites to implement content recognition technologies to scan for copyrighted material in the content uploaded on the site. Although the primary objective of the directive is to stop online streaming of pirated music and video, it could disrupt parts of internet as we know them today. The final decision will be made in January.