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Dairy Dreaming

The Mission Newsletter, 9/24/18

“The act of reading a book is the best example of distance learning possible because reading not only triumphs over the limitations of space and co-presence but of time as well.” — Neil Postman

Got Milk?

That’s what your heart may be asking. Results of a recent study have shown that dairy products, consumed in moderation, may lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Researchers out of the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) studied more than 135,000 across 21 countries came up with the following: people who consumed more than two servings a day of milk, cheese, or yogurt had lower rates of cardiovascular disease and death, compared with those who ate less.

This research flies in the face of other recent studies that have shown dairy to be bad for you. So what’s a cheese lover to do? Experts suggest consuming in moderation, opting for lower-fat milk but the high-fat yogurt because it gives you more protein, and know that what’s the most important is making sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs, whether that comes from dairy or not.

Educating the Changing Workforce

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Welcome to The Media World, Mr. Benioff!

Another tech giant is getting in on the journalism business. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne Benioff recently agreed to buy Time Magazine from the Meredith Corp.

The Benioffs have stated that they will not play any sort of operating role with the magazine, rather, they are simply adding the news org. to their portfolio and will help shepherd the magazine into the future.

Who Do You Trust?

That was the question Rachel Botsman (@rachelbotsman) asked in her TED Talk, and she theorizes that more and more, we’re placing our trust in strangers.

How many times did your parents tell you not to take a ride from strangers?”

Now, how many times have you taken a Lyft or an Uber?
That second answer flies in the face of what we’ve been taught, but Botsman says that it’s trust that brings us over the edge of doing things that should make us feel uncomfortable. She defines trust as “a confident relationship to the unknown,” and she says it’s that definition that explains our ability to put faith in strangers or put our credit card information online or do anything else that pushes us further into the unknown.

Meet Einstein

At Salesforce, chief scientist Richard Socher and his team have come up with a new AI platform that helps sales managers do things like dictate memos and navigate the cloud, all hands-free. The tech is called Einstein Voice and the folks at Salesforce believe that Einstein, along with other AI platforms, will fundamentally change the way we work.

In a recent interview, Socher had this to say:

I think it will make the whole sales process more efficient and be a better experience for both sides. A salesperson doesn’t really want to send a bunch of emails to people who don’t want to buy their products. They don’t really want to talk to people on the phone and try to convince into buying something that they are just not interested in buying.

This is what we have with lead and opportunity scoring, where we can basically sort based on all of the interactions that two companies have had, and say today, these 10 people are the most likely to want to buy your product. So I think we’ll make salespeople a lot more efficient and hence also more pleasant to interact with for everybody.

Why Have A Car When You Can Take A Bus?

Well, you probably still need a car but the bus just got more interesting. Las Vegas introduced an autonomous bus route offering free rides along a favorite tourist stretch of Fremont Street. More than 35,000 people have already used the service with very few hiccups. It’s yet another advancement in the driverless technology field, and they join pilot programs in Austin and Detroit.

Passengers traverse eight city intersections, six traffic lights, and two stop signs — all without a driver, though the bus does host an onboard “attendant” who acts as an ambassador, educating riders on how the AV technology works.

The Movie-Subscription Wars Are Getting More Fierce

Sinemia, the main competitor to MoviePass, launched a $30 per month unlimited plan, meaning you can see a movie a day if it is what your heart desires. There are also tiered plans available for the less movie obsessed fans.

“While most of our plans are focused on the modern moviegoer who sees one, two, or three movies each month, we want to serve every type of movie lover and that includes frequent moviegoers looking for an unlimited tickets option,” Rifat Oguz, CEO and founder of Sinemia, said in a statement. According to Oguz, the company has spent four years testing the unlimited-tickets model and is “confident this is the right price to sustainably offer such a plan.”

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work

In Colorado, an apprenticeship program called CareerWise is giving students an opportunity to learn outside the classroom and develop skills in the real world.

During the three-year program, apprentices work with recognized businesses in various industries, can receive up to a year’s worth of college credit, and get paid for the work they do.

“The program’s not intended to say ‘You don’t need a four-year degree’ to everyone,” explains Ginsburg. “At the same time, there are other jobs where you don’t need a four-year degree to be successful. The ultimate goal is to make sure that kids are looking at their educational and career options and asking if that pathway puts them into a career that takes them into the middle class and beyond.”

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