Saving the high seas, overly-intelligent AIs and taking AR to The Edge. Our weekly round-up of provoking thoughts, penetrating insights and digital curiosities.

Financial services goes full tech

The Financial Times reports on the rapid rise in spending by asset managers on new data sets – and the scientists tasked with turning these into financial insights. According to an industry trade body, overall expenditures on alternative datasets could top $1bn by 2030.

The FT also looks at how technology is finally beginning to make itself felt on bond trading floors.

 See also: Is your data ethically sourced?

 Visions of the future and pride in the name of AR

The New York Times digs into Silicon Valley’s vision for the ultimate start up – an entire city.

Over on CNN, U2 discuss why they are embracing augmented reality on their new tour

See also: We’re all tech investors now, whether we like it or not

Seven seas of why, how and what

Nature looks at what is needed to save the high seas – an ecosystem which accounts for two-thirds of Earth’s oceans and up to $16bn a year in fisheries catch.

What we can’t see could hurt us

According to Bloomberg, since the dawn of the space age around 7,500 satellites have been sent into orbit but that number pales in comparison to the more than 20,000 destined to be launched by the new wave of private space companies. And, it argues, that is the reason Earth’s orbit is in need of a traffic cop.

The Conversation delves into the notion of crypto-jacking and how people might be using your computer to make money without you knowing it.

 A little too intelligent

Bloomberg reports on the strongly negative reactions to Google’s new Artificial intelligence Voice assistant and the ethical and social questions that stem from it.

While Nature reports on new research that has used deep learning algorithms to recreate the complex neural codes the human brain uses to navigate through space.

 See also: Everything you wanted to know about crypto assets but were afraid to ask