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from http://www.feld.com 3 days ago

I have been talking, writing, and helping advocate for women in technology for a long time. While my most visible role is as chair of National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) since its inception in 2006, I’ve tried to be actively involved and supportive of as many initiatives ...

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from http://www.feld.com 3 days ago

One of the dynamics of going away for a month off the grid is that you come back to a wall of data. I’ve been absorbing it the past two days and it’s fascinating to ponder how my brain is processing it versus the normal continuous flow of information on ...

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from http://www.feld.com 3 days ago

I’m back after a one month sabbatical with Amy. We spent the month in Bora Bora, completely disconnected from everything. It is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. At the beginning of 2014, my partners and I had a discussion about ways to sustain the pace ...

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from http://www.feld.com 3 days ago

I’ve been thinking about the future a lot lately. While I’ve always read a lot of science fiction, The Hyperion Cantos shook some stuff free in my brain. I’ve finished the first two books – Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion – and expect I’ll finish the last two in ...

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from http://www.feld.com 3 days ago

I arrived home from Boston last night at 5:30pm and realized I had no plans for dinner. Amy was still in Boston since her Wellesley board meeting doesn’t end until mid-day today so I voxed Seth, Ryan, and Jason to see if any of them were around for dinner. Seth ...

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from http://cdixon.org 4 days ago

Nick Szabo: On the Internet, instead of securely and reliably handing over cash and getting our goods or services, or at least a ticket, we have to fill out forms and make ourselves vulnerable to identity theft in order to participate in e-commerce, and it often is very difficult to ...

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from http://cdixon.org 4 days ago

Top 10 websites in the US according to Quantcast: A few observations: 1) As Josh Kopelman points out, 4 of the top 10 sites (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Buzzfeed) didn’t exist 10 years ago. 2) On Twitter, people seemed surprised to see MSN and Microsoft on the list. I assume they ...

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from http://cdixon.org 4 days ago

One of my favorite quotes about startups/VC, from legendary VC Mike Moritz of Sequoia: I rarely think about big themes. This business is like bird spotting. I don’t try to pick out the flock. Each one is different and I try to find an interestingly complected bird in a flock ...

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from http://cdixon.org 4 days ago

Kevin Kelly thinks artificial intelligence is finally ready deliver on its promise: The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off. This common utility will serve you as much IQ as you want ...

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from http://cdixon.org 4 days ago

I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies: 1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. 2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five ...

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from http://cdixon.org 31 days ago

Nikola Tesla predicted the development internet-connected smartphones back in 1926: From the inception of the wireless system, I saw that this new art of applied electricity would be of greater benefit to the human race than any other scientific discovery, for it virtually eliminates distance. The majority of the ills ...

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from http://cdixon.org 35 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 36 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 42 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 53 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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