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In Defence Of Facebook

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It feels like 1999 for Facebook. Microsoft did not split, but all the DC harassing was a hint it was no longer on the cutting edges of innovation. Facebook feels like on a standstill. It has taken quite a beating. There is a backlash.

Facebook is not the next Facebook, and Google is not the next Google, although some of Google's so-called moonshot projects are quite impressive, and in the pipeline.

Today I make free video calls to my parents in Nepal, thanks to Facebook Messenger, although it is true there are others like it. When I showed up for college in Kentucky, and the Internet was the new kid on the block, I had to pay something like two dollars per minute to call my parents. The college phone service was a monopoly. VOIP was unheard of. So when a few years later I came across 20 cents per minute deals, it felt like rocket science to me. Also, at that work study college, you were legitimately paid way below minimum wage. Which meant a week's wages could easily be spent…

John Battelle Has Hit Oil

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John Batelle hit oil. Data is the new oil. And every individual is sitting on their own personal oil well. Only right now The Big Four have it. That should shift to individuals. But oil is physical. Data is not. Data portability will cause the ownership shift without harming The Big Four. This oil well is big enough that it could fund the much touted Universal Basic Income.






Don’t Break Up The Tech Oligarchs. Force Them To Share Instead.
The idea is simply this: Require all companies who’ve reached a certain scale to build machine-readable data portability into their platforms. ....... that one rule, that one requirement: That every data service at scale had to stand up an API that allowed consumers to access their co-created data, download a copy of it (which I am calling a token), and make that copy available to any service they deemed worthy? ...... the example of a token that has all your Amazon purchases, which you then give to Walmart so it can do a historical price comparison …

A Self Driving Delivery Car Needs To Look Different

The car needs to be redesigned. A self driving delivery car does not need a windscreen. It needs to be shaped different, more like a box, a box with aerodynamics. The receiver should be able to scan a code and the car should spit out that particular package. In the back. This could be the next big thing since, well, online delivery itself.

Technology Is But Tool

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Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’ https://t.co/RRfITmw9aw— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) November 12, 2018





When I was back at I.I.T., I had access to the computer so rarely — maybe I’d been on it three or four times. To come and just have these labs in which you had access to computers and you could program, it was a big deal to me. I was so wrapped up in that, that to some extent I didn’t understand there was a much bigger shift happening with the internet.



There is nothing inherent that says Silicon Valley will always be the most innovative place in the world. There is no God-given right to be that way. But I feel confident that right now, as we speak, there are quietly people in the Valley working on some stuff which we will later look back on in 10 years and feel was very profound. We feel we’re on the cusp of technologies, just like the internet before.



Technology doesn’t solve humanity’s problems. It was always naïve to think so. Tech…

Fix The Price, Elon!

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The price. Get it below 30K.— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) November 9, 2018