Week 42: Chinese society in pictures, stock market robots and cryptocurrency 101

Weekly web missives from the Friday strategy team. A selection of this week's encounters with design, business, trends and culture. Selected by Elly, Estelle, Remy and Silvia.


Lu-Nan's trilogy (1989-2004) is a heart-breaking, disturbing, and epic series of black and white photographs that depict the reality of those who live on the periphery of Chinese society. It took him 15 years to complete and that in itself is remarkable. It's been in the back of my mind since seeing the exhibition in Lisbon. (Shared by Estelle)

Complete series below:

The Forgotten People, The State of Chinese Psychiatric Wards

On the Road, the Catholic Church in China

The Four Seasons, Everyday Life of Tibet Peasants


Two useful cryptocurrency resources: cryptominded, which includes a clear starter’s guide (Estelle), and an explainer in the form of a letter to JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.

A good piece on why cash is making a comeback, despite the rise of contactless. 


A case for the time you need to invest to get innovation done right. It's not a job you can just do on the side.

How the office of naval research adopted Lean methodologies.


Don't you love it when humans come up with solutions to the cataclysmic environmental damage we've caused? I know I do. The BBC on four solutions to the disposable coffee cup problem. (Shared by Elly)

Just in from the New Scientist, "The stock market is run by robots, aaaaaahhhh" (paywall). Except the robots are acting suspiciously like humans. Well. At least someone knows what's going on, even if it isn't us. (Shared by Elly)

A human look at automation and its impact on the American trucker.


Misleading search ads targeting people at their most vulnerable people are rife. Just test out a Google search for ‘money advice service’ and check the ad results. It looks like Google is beginning to act on predatory advertisers in the rehab sector, but there’s a gargantuan amount to do. (Shared by Silvia)

Finally, The Four Dimensional Human by Laurence Scott. Worth reading for many reasons, not least the awkwardly erotic description of a dial up modem. And this quote; "Increasingly, the moments of our lives audition for digitisation. A view from the window, a meeting with friends, a thought, an instance of leisure or exasperation - they are all candidates, contestants event, for a dimensional upgrade.”