Content isn't king
Great piece on the state of the music industry
So, one question for Snapchat is whether you can get to a billion users without being an index, no matter how many new things you create? Is the risk not that it gets overtaken by Facebook but that it can't generalise enough? That's obviously a specific concern with the specific character of the user experience today ('too hard for anyone over 25'), but it's also a much more basic question with the character of the product vision - can you scale from having insight and product vision around 150m people to having them for everyone?
Second-time entrepreneurs are astronomically better than first-time entrepreneurs in building teams and creating startups that succeed. The number one reason startups fail is people problems, and the second time around, entrepreneurs realize this.
grocery stores partnering with Amazon to use Amazon Go on a leased basis. The new model would be one where Amazon employees deploy and manage “Amazon Go” infrastructures in other grocery stores, working as infrastructure providers to the retailers.
This one was like using a Nokia from 2007 - they've added all the smart stuff, badly.
Russia is little more than a ghastly hybrid of an overblown police state and a criminal network with an economy the size of Italy — and the world’s largest nuclear arsenal.
The ELI5 of Deep Learning
The simplest description of a neural network is that it’s a machine that makes classifications or predictions based on its ability to discover patterns in data. With one layer, you could find only simple patterns; with more than one, you could look for patterns of patterns
Having fun with neural nets again
A child born when iPhone was announced will be 10 years old in 2 months, after all.
What people want is all the relevant content, not just what you’re incentivized to offer on special terms because of your ownership structure.
History of Machine Learning
voice looks like the ultimate unlimited, general purpose UI, but actually only works if you can narrow the domain.
The wide-reaching impact of the electrification of transportation. Good read.
one should think about the image sensor as an input method, just like the multi-touch screen
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.
Interesting, even though rather dystopian vision of what AR could become one day.
Stickers coming to iMessages is a business opportunity.
We've gone from delivering video with Flash to delivering Flash with video. That is, video is a new HTML - a new content delivery format, and not necessarily about live action at all.
The smartphone supply chain powers everything - AI lights everything up.
The inbox is where it’s really at.
Internally, we call it the Knowledge Repo.
a blended interface, bringing the best of the command line and GUI paradigms together. We’ll see more of these in 2016 and beyond, since this blending brings together the best of both words — notifications and quick input from the conversational side, along with a rich and intuitive experience from the GUI side.
Let's add two components to the described scenario: 1. geo-fencing for service discovery and 2. the credit card details being stored by the messaging service.
For the first time ever, bots will let you instantly interact with the world around you.
If, hypothetically, there were air filling the universe, then suddenly things would get very loud. Forget the terrifying concept of the sound of a supernova—just the dumb sun sitting there hanging out would ring in at an astounding 290 dB. According to one solar physicist, we’d hear that on Earth as a 100 dB sound—the volume of a motorcycle—all the time, every day, everywhere. Be happy that sound doesn’t travel in a vacuum.
The following factors matter a great deal to media: reach, immediacy, authenticity/endemic, engagement, geography and brand recall/uniqueness. Snapchat is performing off the hook on all fronts.
Following group chat all day feels like being in an all-day meeting with random participants and no agenda.
You’re essentially writing a play, casting yourself, and then learning the part well enough to act it on a stage with no fear of forgetting your lines. Preparing to this level is a nightmare—but if the stakes are high enough, it’s worth the time.