Netguru Newsletter #75 - Predicting Death with Selfies and Collecting Data with Bikes

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Olga Trąd

Updated May 27, 2024 • 7 min read

Technology is invading our leisure time – except, is it an invasion when we invite a virtual assistant to track our golf shots?

Selfies being used as a tool to predict people’s mortality might be a bit more worrying.

On a more positive note, check out our book recs for all interested in React Native and Node.js.

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Insurance Firms Want to Use Selfies to Predict When You’ll Die

The health tech company, Lapetus, predicts mortality based on the rate at which people age, which, in turn, they derive from chronological selfies. Who doesn’t want to know when they’ll die, right? Except it’s insurance firms that stand to benefit the most. Read more

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China’s Bike Rental Startups Are Learning a Lot about How People Spend Their Free Time

Young bike rental companies in China pulled in a lot of investors’ money this year. This gave them the opportunity to show what data they can collect on their customers, ranging from information about national trends to observed behavioural changes. Read more

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We live in interesting times when taking selfies and renting bikes can help companies collect enormously valuable data on their customers. Are you worried or excited? We’d love to know!

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