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from http://cdixon.org 4 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 8 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 9 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 15 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 25 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 33 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 34 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 34 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://cdixon.org 40 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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from http://cdixon.org 40 days ago

Fred Wilson calls applications built using Bitcoin that couldn’t have existed prior to Bitcoin “native Bitcoin apps“. Most of the applications built so far on Bitcoin are not native by this definition. You can buy something at an e-commerce site using Bitcoin and it is cheaper than using a credit ...

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from http://cdixon.org 92 days ago

When you start looking at a problem and it seems really simple, you don’t really understand the complexity of the problem. Then you get into the problem, and you see that it’s really complicated, and you come up with all these convoluted solutions. That’s sort of the middle, and that’s ...

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from http://cdixon.org 92 days ago

Languages are something of a mess. They evolve over centuries through an unplanned, democratic process that leaves them teeming with irregularities, quirks, and words like “knight.” No one who set out to design a form of communication would ever end up with anything like English, Mandarin, or any of the ...

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from http://cdixon.org 92 days ago

George Gilder discusses the importance of Bitcoin in a very interesting interview: To have a civilization you need more than just bits and bytes. You need contracts, transactions, provable facts, titles, notarization, identities etc. You need all these other factors that can’t be accommodated very well on the existing internet. ...

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from http://cdixon.org 92 days ago

Today, I’m excited to announce that Andreessen Horowitz is investing $50 million in BuzzFeed. As part of the investment, I’ll be joining the company’s board. Many of today’s great media companies were built on top of emerging technologies. Examples include Time Inc. which was built on color printing, CBS which ...

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from http://cdixon.org 109 days ago

MIT professor Woodie Flowers argues that higher education’s current approach to online learning is misguided: We decided to assume that the world could hardly wait to see our huge pile of PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, classroom locations, teaching assistant lists, and other assorted bits of information about our courses. Instead, universities ...

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