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Can America ever rebuild its neighborhoods and communities?

Can America ever rebuild its neighborhoods and communities? We talk a lot about startup ecosystems around these parts, and for good reason. Strong ecosystems have great reservoirs of talent congregated close together, a culture built around helping one another on ambitious projects, and sufficient risk capital to ensure that interesting projects have […]

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“Human Compatible” is a provocative prescription to re-think AI before it’s too late

“Human Compatible” is a provocative prescription to re-think AI before it’s too late Dr. Stuart Russell, a distinguished AI researcher and computer scientist at UC Berkeley, believes there is a fundamental and potentially civilization-ending shortcoming in the “standard model” of AI, which is taught (and Dr. Russell wrote the main textbook) and […]

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An interview with Dr. Stuart Russell, author of “Human Compatible, Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control”

An interview with Dr. Stuart Russell, author of “Human Compatible, Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control” (UC Berkeley’s Dr. Stuart Russell’s new book, “Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control, goes on sale Oct. 8. I’ve written a review, “Human Compatible” is a provocative prescription to re-think AI before […]

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Finding sustainable success with Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman

Finding sustainable success with Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman “We were so low that people would take advantage of us. People we knew well would just lie to us. One of my favorites was a company we did an enormous amount of work for and really helped save. We then went to see […]

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Tackling ‘big tech’ issues through storytelling, with Jessica Powell

Tackling ‘big tech’ issues through storytelling, with Jessica Powell Jessica Powell, Google’s former head of PR from 2012-2018 (years in which Google required a not-insignificant amount of PR leadership), is now a rock star writer whose 2018 debut book, The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional But Essentially True Silicon Valley Story, was […]

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How to read fiction to build a startup

How to read fiction to build a startup “The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, […]

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The nation-state of the internet

The nation-state of the internet The internet is a community, but can it be a nation-state? It’s a question that I have been pondering on and off this year, what with the rise of digital nomads and the deeply libertarian ethos baked into parts of the blockchain community. It’s clearly on a […]

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How issues of microtransit, congestion and parking are closing in on cities

How issues of microtransit, congestion and parking are closing in on cities Earlier this week in a new experimental newsletter I’ve been helping Danny Crichton on, we briefly discussed transit pundit Jarrett Walker’s article in The Atlantic arguing against the view that ridesharing and microtransit will be the future of mass transit. […]

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Daily Digest: Technology and tyranny, lying to ourselves, and Spotify’s $1b repurchase

Daily Digest: Technology and tyranny, lying to ourselves, and Spotify’s b repurchase Want to join a conference call to discuss more about these thoughts? Email Arman at [email protected] to secure an invite. Hello! We are experimenting with new content forms at TechCrunch. This is a rough draft of something new. Provide your […]

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Why we lie to ourselves, every day

Why we lie to ourselves, every day Human action requires motivation, but what exactly are those motivations? Donating money to a charity might be motivated by altruism, and yet, only 1% of donations are anonymous. Donors don’t just want to be altruistic, they also want credit for that altruism plus badges to […]

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