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WSJ: “The metaverse marks another interface transition. Green and amber text monitors gave way to Apple’s and Windows’ graphical user interface, making computers much easier to use. Then slow modems connected us to the internet and we used the barren search-page interfaces of Yahoo and Google. Eventually graphics and photos sneaked in, especially as blogs and social networks boomed, and smartphones with cameras turned many into photo bugs. Then video was added, peaking this year with TikTok and multi-tile Zoom calls. Each interface iteration means humans spend less time navigating the computer and more time harnessing its power…Eventually, will we see virtual artwork and nonfungible tokens hanging on infinitely expandable walls? Virtual fitness fanatics? Real-estate developers buying up virtual worlds? Self-replicating virtual cyborg Terminators? Maybe, but I guarantee that the metaverse, like all new technology, will be far different from whatever we can dream up today.”

NYTimes: “Disgust shapes our behavior, our technology, our relationships. It is the reason we wear deodorant, use the bathroom in private and wield forks instead of eating with our bare hands…The more you read about the history of the emotion, the more convinced you might be that disgust is the energy powering a whole host of seemingly unrelated phenomena, from our never-ending culture wars to the existence of kosher laws to 4chan to mermaids. Disgust is a bodily experience that creeps into every corner of our social lives, a piece of evolutionary hardware designed to protect our stomachs that expanded into a system for protecting our souls.”

Mint on Indian labour’s lost decade: “A young labour force can be harnessed to achieve rapid economic growth, but only if that labour is actually employed to productive uses. As Thomas points out, “It is important for India that it translates the demographic ‘window of opportunity’ into favourable outcomes.” Unfortunately, this has not happened and the window in which this can be changed is rapidly closing. The Indian economy has not been able to catch up with the demographic changes in the last couple of decades. Thus, the very real danger that it will be stuck not just in a middle-income trap, but in a lower-income one, looms.”

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.