How retail will be revolutionised by AI, why smart cities might not be great for the disabled and explosive global warming. Our round-up of provoking thoughts, penetrating insights and digital curiosities…

Digital domination and why more is the new less

The Harvard Business Review looks at the ways the retail sector will be revolutionised by algorithms, while Bloomberg looks at how technology is helping the world rethink currency. In addition, the firm’s Businessweek publication, argues that the trade war between the US and China threatens to divide the world’s smartphone makers.

Elsewhere the BBC reports on the weird world of social media burnout, while Quartz speaks to a philosophy professor who argues that kids should be using more, and not less, technology.

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Future living

The MIT Technology Review examines the reasons why smart cities might not be great for disabled citizens while The Guardian looks at the market for insect-based pet food. And, Quartz also makes the case for why, by 2022, India’s co-living industry could be 20 times bigger than it is today.

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Tick, tick, tick, tick boom

Yale’s Environment 360 blog reports on the potential environmental impacts of China’s Belt and Road initiative, while The Guardian reports on new research into global warming that shows that the oceans have been heated by the equivalent of one atomic bomb explosion per second for the past 150 years.

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