Twenty Years Later, Everything Is The Truman Show
Strong opinions on how the internet and capitalism are the way they are, from someone who’s been around for awhile. Worth reading as a provocation for awareness.
A detailed write up on the self driving car space. Waymo is in front.
Great reflections and long read on the origins of the internet and our current problems with social media, data privacy, and the false promises of a tech utopia.
As someone who is frequently skeptical of Amazon's business practices, it's hard to deny the success of their relentless focus on customer satisfaction.
A story of transformation and curiosity.
Give up the prospect of life after death, and you will finally really appreciate life before it. Give up metaphysics, and you can concentrate on physics. Give up the idea of your precious, unique, irreplaceable self, and you might actually be more sympathetic to other people.
"But" is the great eraser : )
Read this to learn a good response when folks pop up and say they have nothing to hide.
So much meta data.
So much meta data.
A reasonable American history lesson from 1853 where a wealthy kid gets mad at his teacher for disciplining him in class, buys a pistol, brings it to school, and kills his teacher.
This is a good read if you’re a sceptic of the work any where at any time (and all the time) ideology.
A dense read summarizing philosophy and the concept of Slow Thinking.
Anxiety relief at last.
You come to understand that most people are neither for you nor against you, they are thinking about themselves. You learn that no matter how hard you try to please, some people in this world are not going to love you, a lesson that is at first troubling and then really quite relaxing.
Incredible read for understanding the roots of current debates around technology and the underlying problems.
Engineers try to do politics by changing infrastructure.
That’s what they do. They tweak infrastructure. It’s a little bit like an ancient Roman trying to shape public debate by reconfiguring the Forum. “We’ll have seven new entrances instead of six, and the debate will change.”
The engineering world doesn’t have a conception of how to intervene in debate that isn’t infrastructural.
A quick read assessing the three waves of our automated future.
Three out of five American parents in a 2017 poll conducted on behalf of Facebook and the National PTA (one of the groups Facebook consulted while building Messenger Kids) said that their under-13-year-olds use messaging apps, social media, or both. If you take into account sneakier kids and more oblivious parents, the real figure is likely to be much higher.
Call me cynical. Call me a skeptic. Call me a Ravenclaw with a dash of Slytherin. The point is, I always regarded personality quizzes as strangely addictive horse hockey, good for trading memes with friends, excellent at consuming your cash (or your employer’s — sorry, Nate), but not much more.
Excited to see this exhibition when I’m back in NYC.
This is a generation that is dominated by feelings, not by facts. The irony is that boomers criticize millennials for being snowflakes, for being too driven by feelings. But the boomers are the first big feelings generation. They’re highly motivated by feelings and not persuaded by facts. And you can see this in their policies.
Take this whole fantasy about trickle-down economics. Maybe it was worth a shot, but it doesn’t work. We know it doesn’t work. The evidence is overwhelming. The experiment is over. And yet they’re still clinging to this dogma, and indeed the latest tax bill is the latest example of that.
Time after time, when facts collided with feelings, the boomers chose feelings.
The idea that millennials are capriciously wrecking the landscape of American consumption grants quite a bit of power to a group that is still on the younger side.
“Knowing has become obsolete,” Dwane says. “Learning has become our true currency. We’re not knowledge workers. We’re learning workers. If you aren’t actively trying to learn, no one can help you. If you make it central to your professional life, no one can stop you.”
On December 5 the DeepMind group published a new paper at the site of Cornell University called "Mastering Chess and Shogi by Self-Play with a General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm", and the results were nothing short of staggering.
A great way to frame the different types of work we do in our daily lives.
Worth reading for the photo alone.
Always love a good critique of an idealistic and capitalistic tech conference.
The always provocative Adam Curtis.
So for example, I discovered that Sigmund Freud's nephew, who lived in America in the 1920s, invented public relations and using what he claimed was his uncle's theories about the unconscious.I thought, A, I didn't know that, B, it's a fascinating story. If A and B are true, everyone will be fascinated by it. I started with that, and out of that I then found many more stories about how Sigmund Freud's ideas had been used outside psychoanalysis and built that into a whole four-part series. It started with that story.
If you see something, say something.
I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this president had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families are so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.
Let there be justice.
Most people are likely to stick with the status quo even if there are big gains to be made from a change that involves just a small cost.
Online dating... not so bad!
💖 the New Inquiry and its origin story
A great story about a decades old industry in transition as Moore's Law fades out, with excitement about what's coming next.
A now common word to describe our time, fully explained and examined.
In short, “neoliberalism” is not simply a name for pro-market policies, or for the compromises with finance capitalism made by failing social democratic parties. It is a name for a premise that, quietly, has come to regulate all we practise and believe: that competition is the only legitimate organising principle for human activity.