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from http://cdixon.org 32 days ago

Jaron Lanier discussing whether machine learning systems like Netflix recommendations, Facebook’s newsfeed, Google search etc are manipulative: There’s no way to tell where the border is between measurement and manipulation in these systems. For instance, if the theory is that you’re getting big data by observing a lot of people ...

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from http://cdixon.org 33 days ago

Kevin Roose recently wrote about the renaissance of podcasting: Sometime around 2009 or 2010, the podcast scene seemed to wither. The stalwarts (“This American Life,” “Radiolab”) stayed around at the top of the iTunes charts, but there wasn’t much else happening. Download numbers fell. Interest waned. People moved on to ...

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from http://cdixon.org 39 days ago

Socrates’ complaints about writing included “Writing removes the need to remember”. He meant that a prosthetic brace on a healthy limb will induce withering. On the other hand, if we think of new technologies as amplifiers that add or multiply to what we already have rather than replacing them—then we ...

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from http://cdixon.org 50 days ago

Benedict Evans has a new presentation about the explosive growth of internet-connected smartphones. By 2020, 80% of adults on earth will have a smartphone: And each of those phones is equivalent to what we used to call a supercomputer: As Fraiser Speirs tweeted: “I wanted a flying car and all ...

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from http://cdixon.org 58 days ago

It is only afterward that a new idea seems reasonable. To begin with, it usually seems unreasonable. It seems the height of unreason to suppose the earth was round instead of flat, or that it moved instead of the sun, or that objects required a force to stop them when ...

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from http://cdixon.org 58 days ago

A lot of the best tech startups are ideas that have been around for years but the time is finally right. — Chris Dixon (@cdixon) October 15, 2014 Some people get jaded. "We tried X years ago" and summarily dismiss. But then eventually the time is right and it works. ...

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from http://cdixon.org 58 days ago

Great idea from Brian Armstrong of Coinbase: 1/ Seems like there should be a standard protocol for machines to negotiate bitcoin payments for resources. 2/ Examples could be getting access to wifi hot spots, your car finding charging stations, mesh networks (net taker/giver). 3/ Devices could be like vending machines, ...

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from http://mixergy.com/ 58 days ago

My audience knows I usually talk to successful entrepreneurs to find out how they built their businesses. And they’re usually tech entrepreneurs who built software. But I also want to bring on people who teach because I think the legacy that teachers leave is one that will long outlast them. ...

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from http://mixergy.com/ 58 days ago

After this interview, I bought my wife a beautiful Raven + Lily necklace that’s made out of discarded bullets. It was created by Ethiopian women who were ostracized by their communities because they have HIV/AIDS. When Raven + Lily’s founder, Kirsten Dickerson, saw the quality of beads the women made ...

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from http://mixergy.com/ 58 days ago

I’ve got a Mixergy fan on here who I have been emailing for years. I just discovered some of his old emails in my inbox and thought his story is worthy of studying. His name is Conrad Egusa. He’s the founder of Publicize, a PR company that works for startups ...

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from http://www.chiefhomeofficer.com/ 64 days ago

Anyone who’s followed this home office, home-based business and road warrior / teleworker blog knows the Chief Home Officer has gone hardcore minimalist in recent years. The laptop bag went from carrying every possible tech accessory to a pared-down, Spartan approach that reduces clutter, weight and mental detritus. That’s even ...

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from http://www.chiefhomeofficer.com/ 64 days ago

If you were headed out to an event where provisions are a great unknown, what necessities would you deem essential? Clothing, a few toiletries, food and drink – even spirits. Of course. What about electricity? In modern culture, where the smart phone is as important to many as having access ...

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from http://www.chiefhomeofficer.com/ 64 days ago

Get a first-person glimpse at the annual LOCKN’ Music Festival and what it takes for a suburban baby boomer to live like a veteran festival goer. Join a jam-band music lover and tech columnist at his first festival as he discovers how to survive four days in a tent and ...

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from http://www.chiefhomeofficer.com/ 64 days ago

First thing I did when I learned the stars had aligned and I would be heading to the LOCKN’ Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia, in early September, was check the line-up. Man, my first festival would be a doozie – The Allman Brothers band (on their farewell tour, no less), ...

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from http://cdixon.org 64 days ago

[Virtual Reality] is the last medium. We’re at the very beginning of it, but version 147 is The Matrix or Total Recall. Our brain is no longer translating an approximation of the story. You read a book; your brain reads letters printed in ink on paper and transforms that into ...

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