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The New York Times
5 min read
Tech

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas. Every few months, a dumb startup will make the news — most recently the one selling a $700 juicer — and folks outside the tech industry will begin saying “I told you so.” But do not be fooled by expensive juice. The idea that Silicon Valley no longer funds big things is not just wrong, but also obtuse and fairly dangerous. Look at the cars, the rockets, the internet-beaming balloons and gliders, the voice assistants, drones, augmented and virtual reality devices, and many permutations of artific
Newsweek
4 min read
Tech

How Smart Devices Like Your Fitbit Can Solve Crimes

A couple of decades ago, DNA tests were the frontier in solving crimes. But the array of devices we’re putting in our homes and on our bodies are quickly becoming a detective’s new best friend—at least while we still have detectives. Before long, artificial intelligence should be able to analyze the data pouring in from devices and nail criminals better than any human gumshoe. Time to develop a new TV show: CSI: Robots. Two recent, well-publicized cases have given us a glimpse of this future. One involved Amazon’s Echo device, which is driven by the company’s artificial intelligence software,
Bloomberg Businessweek
6 min read
Tech

In Ads We Trust

In 2011 a young computer scientist named Jeff Hammerbacher said something profound while explaining why he’d decided to leave Facebook—and the promise of a small fortune—to start a company. “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” he said. “That sucks.” Hammerbacher was getting at the idea that so many of the world’s best and brightest people flocking to Silicon Valley for jobs at companies such as Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. might be an unhealthy use of human capital. Sure, these companies offered plenty of interesting work, but much of it revolved
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It’s time to power down…

Facebook and phone games are addicting, but it’s hard to see how much they’ve shifted our behavior personally and societally. Alter makes connections between drug addictions and tech ones, and provides advice on how to overcome constantly checking emails to form meaningful IRL relationships once again.