The Grey Swan Guild News Wrap — The Week That Was May 6, 2021.

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The Great 😇

  1. What will the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ do now? The way your house gets built is changing. Imagine one that is built from the ground up by a 3D Printer Farfetched? Not really. And this will be done more and more in the future, as we look for quick and easy ways of housing our growing global population. And in this case, it’s the Europeans move into the first fully 3D printed house.
  2. We’ve seen a steady move towards blockchain currency adoption. And when the World’s Leading Auction and Real Estate Firm Sotheby’s start accepting BTC & ETH, we all sit up and take notice.
  3. Call the nanny! How many diapers & bottles a day would that be? A Malian woman gives birth to 9 babies. Halima Cisse, 25, gave birth to five girls and four boys and all were delivered by caesarean section. That’s called Nonuplets for those who are wondering. And still more diapers and bottles.
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The Good 😀

  1. We’ve put in place many constraints over the years, that sometimes we suddenly realize that they don’t actually make much sense. Perhaps COVID-19 has ‘taught’ us how best to work and perform? Does consulting really have to be in person?
  2. We’re testing the way COVID-19 moves amongst us. This time with a bit of fun and entertainment. A packed pilot festival brings the good times back. For one night Blossoms play to 5,000 fans in Liverpool to help gather research for this summer’s festival season. Science overlaps with entertainment. Could these be Rock N Roll COVID-19 heroes? The Beatles approve we thinks.
  3. Travel is still on the cards, for EU. A certification plan for the EU unveils plans for overseas tourists to return, and yes, it includes vaccines. Hopefully, this will bring a revival to the region?
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The Bad 😬

  1. Geographers are concerned about the spread of fake, AI-generated satellite imagery. While it might seem harmless, such pictures could mislead us in a variety of ways, such as creating hoaxes about wildfires or floods or discrediting stories based on real satellite imagery.
  2. Still scared or concerned about going out — even after your vaccination? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. As many as one in five people could struggle with the return to normality. The rise of COVID-19 anxiety syndrome is prevalent, but there is a reason. We're beating the virus, yet many have been left with a chronic fear of reintegrating. How can we break free of this self-imposed lockdown? While many of us are enjoying the chance to socialise and travel normally, some are clinging fearfully to the safety behaviours enforced upon us during the pandemic. What was once a rational response to danger has become a “maladaptive” response as the danger recedes.
  3. How do you split Billions of dollars? Bill and Melinda Gates are divorcing. The couple’s separation is likely to send shock waves through the worlds of philanthropy, public health and business. And, who gets the Furby collection?
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The Ugly 😱

  1. If there’s a will, there’s some fraud, with a sprinkling of torturous love. 20% rise in bank fraud linked to online dating scams during lockdown. These “Romance” scams increase by 12 per cent annually to £18.5m between January and November 2020. Can this be stopped? Is this a symptom of loneliness and mental health issues? Or does online interaction spur on soulless criminals? Is KYC on Match.com, on the horizon? Our guess is a public service education campaign is needed to help warn people and reduce the crime. Why do some people have to ruin it for everyone?
  2. Speaking of fraud, yet another infodemic challenge at a human scale. Fraud — it’s not just for lovers anymore. Over £1.6 billion of fraud in the UK was stopped in 2020. However, criminals turned to online and technology-enabled scams to exploit people’s fears about the COVID-19 pandemic, evading banks’ advanced security systems and using digital platforms to target victims directly and tricking them into giving away their money or information, avoiding banks’ security measures. Incorrigible.
  3. India’s COVID-19 wards are like scenes from Dante’s ‘Inferno’. Black market oxygen, rows of patients struggling to breathe — the pandemic has cruelly exposed systemic issues, and it will probably last longer than we think. COVID-19 is fast and relentless: a mere 3 months ago, this catastrophe of epic proportions wasn’t even on the radar.
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