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In case you missed it… On the latest Vaizey View, Ed is joined by Kai-Fu Lee, AI expert and CEO of deep tech VC Sinovation Ventures, for a deep dive into the future of AI. Did you know that AI could optimise class plans to accommodate a range of students and also create entertainment that is “good for you”? 

 Government Stuff 

The Competition and Markets Authority will NOT refer the music streaming market to a full investigation following a market study.  

The UK and South Korea have kickstarted a telecoms tech partnership which is hoped will ‘fire up innovation in 5G and 6G’. I’m actually already on 9G.  

Interesting bit of research commissioned by DCMS looking at the ‘economic and societal spillovers’ of the creative industries in the UK.  

The Lords Comms Committee has launched an inquiry into the future of the creative industries and they want your views.  

The APPG for Creative Diversity is looking for a post-doc researcher to join the next project examining diversity and inclusion in creative education.  

 Culture Stuff 

Arts & Culture 
Applications for creative degrees in the UK are up 6%, according to UCAS data.  

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has committed to fair pay for creatives during the event and follow-up cultural programme.  

London’s House of Illustration has been rebranded and officially renamed as the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration.  

The Art Newspaper on what a recession could mean for the art market. 

Leeds City Council has made £1.6m available for local arts projects - and West Yorkshire has launched a consultation on arts and culture in the area. 

Damien Hirst is to burn 1,000s of paintings for an NFT project. Edgy. 

This is nice. The Guardian with 101 ways that the arts can incrementally improve your day-to-day life. 

The Architects Climate Action Network has suggested that the buildings on this year's Stirling Prize shortlist ‘exaggerate their environmental credentials’. 

Dezeen has asked leading American architects to pick the country’s most influential building designs of all time. Where’s Planet Hollywood in Orlando? Must be a misprint. 

Theatre & Dance
A new, purpose-built £2.8m children's theatre is to open in Cheshire.  

Sir Ian McKellen has announced a second round of his funding programme to help theatre producers pay actors a living wage. 

Tourism & Heritage  
Historic England has announced funding for 57 projects across England telling untold working class stories.  

The Museum of London has raised a further £7m towards its new home at West Smithfield. Could get some lovely armchairs for that. 

The Natural History Museum has launched a public appeal to help fund a new £19.6m urban garden. Could get some lovely deckchairs for that. 

Press, Books & Libraries 
The longlist for the Booker Prize is here, with writers ranging from 20 to 87 and most of them being American.  

Margaret Atwood is to publish a series of short stories - her first fictional foray since 2019’s hit The Testaments.  

UK ad spend saw record growth in the first quarter of 2022.  

News broadcasters will be able to broadcast UK court cases for the first time following a 20-year fight. Just a little too late for the Wagatha Christie trial, sadly. 

Theft of news articles more than doubled in the UK in 2021. Imagine repurposing other people’s news. Makes me sick.  

Exhibitions and Events  
With the Commonwealth Games now kicked off (here's the opening ceremony, btw)Arts Council England has 10 things to see and do while you’re in Birmingham.  

ARGH! The Getty Museum and Apple are teaming up to unleash William Blake monsters in an augmented reality experience at the latter’s new London store. 

Wallpaper with a snapshot of the best photography exhibitions around the UK right now. 

There’s a musical adaptation of… *checks notes*... the Great British Bake Off in Cheltenham for the next two weeks. Didn’t realise how much I kneaded this. 

Look, I don’t mean to alarm you, but The Kardashians are actually in control of the stock market… sort of. Kindred Khaos explains. 

The Nothing Phone was released recently, but what does it mean for the iPhone? Kindred Media explores.  

The finance world is a-changin’ and with it comes five of the hottest new jobs you’ve never heard of. Kindred Media expands.   

 Creative Industries & Tech Stuff 

Film & TV 
Box office figures for the US are tracking at around two-thirds of pre pandemic levels for the first half of 2022.  

The Beeb has given an update on its Creative Diversity Commitment, so far investing £44m on diverse and inclusive programming since 2021. 

Oh, don’t worry, it’s only a tiny $9bn of ad sales upfront for Disney for the next year.  

The Variety Club Showbusiness Awards are to be reinstated later this year to mark the Beeb’s big 1-0-0.  

Netflix is turning the ‘fine-but-I’ve-already-forgotten-about-it’ The Gray Man into a cinematic universe. 

It’s g’night to Neighbours as the Aussie soap airs its final episode after 37 years. Even Kylie Minogue and Margot Robbie came back to appear.  

An eye-opening investigation into age discrimination in fashion from Drapers, with 67% of respondents experiencing ageism.  

Elle UK’s new editor-in-chief Kenya Hunt chats to Business of Fashion about building a fashion magazine fit for 2022.  

Greggs and Primark are collabing on a second clothing line. They’re on a roll.  

Music & Radio 
Wow. Joni Mitchell has just performed her first full set in 20 years at Newport Folk Festival. Rolling Stone has both sides now of this fab return.  

The shortlist for this year’s Mercury Prize has landed, with Sam Fender, Wet Leg and Harry Styles among those nominated.  

Talking of Wet Leg… They’ve made it onto Barack Obama’s summer playlist, too. Just imagining him, headphones on, bopping along on his chaise longue.

The UK is to host next year’s Eurovision after finishing runner-up to Ukraine. Here’s Variety with 16 cities in the running.  

Hello. It’s me. I was wondering if after delaying by a year you’d like to meet… at Adele’s rescheduled Las Vegas residency.  

This one caught my eye. Pulp are reforming again for a string of shows in 2023.  

Another week, another study showing that playing video games doesn’t negatively impact mental health. This time from Oxford Uni.  

Tech & Telecoms 
Rather amazing. DeepMind has used AI to crack the structure of virtually every protein known to science.   

Meta’s growth has come to a screeeeeching halt as it reports its first ever yearly decline in revenue. 

And The Verge goes behind-the-scenes at Meta HQ to witness powerful phrases like ‘war-time’ and ‘beast mode’ and… HOW DARE YOU ASK ABOUT HOLIDAY, GARY!  

Amazon has also posted a net loss for the second straight quarter. But Apple has recorded a 2% increase in revenues and Google is doing ‘better than expected’.  

MIT Tech Review looks at the biggest tech wins in the US government’s breakthrough $369bn climate bill.  

Smartphone sales have dropped significantly in China. 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a stick-on ultrasound patch which can scan a person’s insides for 48 hours as they go about their lives. 

At Instagram, TikTok-esque updates are being pulled back after criticism led by the Kardashians. Kylie Jenner once wiped $1.2bn off the value of Snap so WATCH OUT. 

TikTok has just put in a trademark application for ‘TikTok Music’. *Flosses with intrigue* 

 Appointments & Movers 

Amazon’s PR and policy chief Jay Carney is heading to Airbnb; Stephanie Peacock MP is the new shadow minister for media, data and digital infrastructure; Vanessa Feltz is leaving Radio 2 after 11 years; Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery chief Alistair Hudson is to step down at the end of the year; Eddie Izzard has become patron of Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Nat Edwards has been appointed director general of the Royal Armouries; British architect Harriet Harriss is leaving her role as dean of New York’s Pratt Institute School of Architecture; Jack Saunders will be the host of the Official Chart on Radio 1  

...And Finally

In this week’s edition of ‘Robots Gone Rogue’ we have the chess robot grabbing and breaking the finger of its seven-year-old opponent. “This, of course, is bad”, said an official. He’s not wrong.  

Australian scientists have sensationally found that dolphins often form ‘boy bands’ to attract a mate. DOLP*NSYNC… New Fins on the Block… I’ll leave it there. Served my porpoise for one week.  

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