The 11th Hour Dispatch – Thursday, April 12, 2018

| April 12, 2018

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Broad City has announced that season five will be its last season, and the only thing getting me through the rest of the day is the fact that creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have signed a first look deal with Comedy Central. The deal also includes rights for other Viacom networks. The two already have three projects in development with Comedy Central: Mall Town USA, Young Professionals (which both Glazer and Jacobson executive produce), and Platinum Status, a series created and starring Glazer’s brother Eliot Glazer. The final season of Broad City will air sometime in 2019 and you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll find me walking through life like a zombie that doesn’t know what to do with itself when the season wraps.


A Moody’s analyst says that Netflix will be cash flow positive as soon as 2022 thanks its continually booming user numbers. Neil Begley raised Moody’s corporate rating from a “Ba3” to a “B1” with a prediction that the company will hit 200 million subscribers by the end of 2021. Netflix’s revenue is set to rise 20% annually over the next three years despite a “high” 7.3 times debt-to-EBITDA. Don’t think this means that Netflix’s debts are decreasing by any stretch of the word, though. In fact, Begley projects that the streaming giant will tack on $15 billion in debt before it hits break-even, never mind cash positive. 


Alexa: she’s not just for denying her role as a spy in your home anymore. Brewster Ambulance Service, a private emergency vehicle company in Massachusetts, will start putting Alexa inside some of its Massachusetts and Rhode Island ambulances to assist with medical information requests. Echo Dots will be placed in the vehicles and used as voice response units (VRUs), which allow first responders to easily hear protocols rather than having to physically search through computers while wearing gloves and tending to patients. This would allow paramedics to be more hands-on in their care and eliminate distractions that would demand their hands otherwise. Brewster will start testing this project in July, and if it’s a success, you might soon see some Boston paramedics screaming at Alexa as their ambulance careens down the street.


Nearly half of the global coral reef population has died in the last three decades. And this isn’t a big deal only because coral reefs contribute $375 billion in global economic value each year. Several cancer therapies, antiviral medications, and painkillers have been discovered through organisms that live in the reefs and scientists project that 80% of Earth’s oxygen supply comes from the ocean. So if you like breathing and not dying from disease, you should probably check this out. The Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida is growing coral four and 25 times faster than they grow in the wild in an effort to revive the coral reefs that humans have nearly eradicated. They’re doing this through giant tank nurseries and coral “trees” made of PVC pipe that are placed in the ocean to grow. Once the coral are mature enough, they can be “surgically” transplanted in the reefs near the Florida Keys. Through these methods, Mote has planted at least 30,000 coral fragments on reefs, and it plans to plant at least 25,000 this year and 50,000 each year after that. If it can get enough funding, it’s shooting scale to a million fragments per year. Pretty amazing.


Google Lens can now identify different dog breeds from pictures. And to think I spent all those hours as a child studying the American Kennel Club’s dog breed encyclopedia just for that to be taken away by a machine.

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