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Dorsey Ouster Was DNA Damage At Twitter

One can argue the service never really recovered from it. There is just something to the Founder CEO.

Gigabit WiFi: Aereo: Starry: Chet Kanojia

Aereo founder takes on ISPs with millimeter wave wireless internet

Starry aims to deliver broadband-level wireless internet to your home with tech used by the military.
Aereo dared to take on the broadcast industry by streaming over-the-air TV channels on the internet -- that is, until the Supreme Court ruled that its technology was illegal. Now that company's founder, Chet Kanojia, is taking on yet another established industry: Internet service providers. Today at a New York City launch event he unveiled Starry, the first consumer company to use millimeter wave technology to deliver wireless internet access. Up until now, that's been a technology mainly used by the military for radar and other purposes. ....... Kanojia claims Starry's network, which runs in the 38Ghz unlicensed wireless band, will be able to deliver gigabit speeds to homes wirelessly for far less than traditional broadband. There also won't be any data caps. ........ 70 percent of Americans have no …


Twitter Board Diversity
How Do You Explain This? Brain Power?
Big Sitting Cash
Paul Graham's Social Essay
The Bernie Fuss
Taxation And Political Innovation To Less Inequality
The Planet? Or The Republican Party?

I believe Bill Gates has a pretty good program. He is getting billionaires to voluntarily give away money and prevent revolution. That is a great way to protect members of one's class.

On Bernie, I am just trying to understand what the guy is up to.

Economic Inequality
Since the 1970s, economic inequality in the US has increased dramatically. And in particular, the rich have gotten a lot richer. ....... by definition, if a startup succeeds its founders become rich. Which means by helping startup founders I've been helping to increase economic inequality. If economic inequality is bad and should be decreased, I shouldn't be helping founders. No one should be. ........ How can economic inequality not be bad? Surely it's bad that some people are born practically …

Twitter Board Diversity

@sacca Chris. Will you please recommend my name for the Board position?— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) January 26, 2016

@jack@ev@biz Applying for your Board position! @twitter@fredwilson@bijan— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) January 26, 2016

Zuck, Free Basics, India
FourSquare: What Has Become Of You

I get asked, so to be clear: I'm not joining the Twitter board. Looking forward to who does. At this point, change can only be good.— Chris Sacca (@sacca) January 24, 2016

I would be shocked if the two new Twitter board members being discussed don't include at least one woman and a person of color.— Chris Sacca (@sacca) January 24, 2016

Btw, I don't want board diversity for mere political correctness. Diversity is better for the business and I like making money.— Chris Sacca (@sacca) January 24, 2016

Frankly, white men are a shrinking audience. You want to impact the next billion users? You need to deeply understand women and PO…

Air Bonsai

The Air Bonsai is a levitating Bonsai Tree. 😮— Product Hunt (@ProductHunt) January 25, 2016

How Do You Explain This? Brain Power?

Unbelievable stat on the immense success of #israel from the awesome @jamesdcameron@Accel— The Twenty Minute VC (@twentyminutevc) January 22, 2016

Big Sitting Cash

US firms have $1.9 trillion in cash they're not investing. Why? A fascinating essay on this: Thompson (@pomeranian99) January 21, 2016

Why Are Corporations Hoarding Trillions?
Collectively, American businesses currently have $1.9 trillion in cash, just sitting around. Not only is this state of affairs unparalleled in economic history, but we don’t even have much data to compare it with, because corporations have traditionally been borrowers, not savers. ....... it is probably earning only about 2 percent interest by parking that money in United States Treasury bonds. These companies would be better off investing in anything — a product, a service, a corporate acquisition — that would make them more than 2 cents of profit on the dollar, a razor-thin margin by corporate standards. And yet they choose to keep the cash. ........ if you buy a share in Alphabet, which has sold for roughly $700 lately, you are effectively buying …

Computers Create Jobs

Interesting @JamesBessen piece - The Automation Paradox, or why robots often increase the need for people— Varun Deshpande (@varund7) January 19, 2016

The Automation Paradox

When computers start doing the work of people, the need for people often increases.
automation as a cause of the slow recovery from the Great Recession and the “hollowing out of the middle class.” Others see white-collar automation as causing a level of persistent technological unemployment that demands policies that would redistribute wealth.Robot panic is in full swing........... It turns out that workers will have greater employment opportunities if their occupation undergoes some degree of computer automation. As long as they can learn to use the new tools, automation will be their friend. ......... While electronic discovery software has become a billion-dollar business since the late 1990s, jobs for paralegals and legal-support workers actually grew faster than the labor force as a …

The Enhanced Human

Exoskeletons, bionic limbs/sight... The 'enhanced human' is nigh. Good graphic from @ft.— Subrahmanyam KVJ (@SuB8u) January 20, 2016

Bionic advances to defeat death
People have long dreamt of extending the human lifespan from the biblical “three score years and 10” (70) to reach Methuselah’s 969 and beyond. ....... In reality, average life expectancy in biblical times was not 70 but about 35 years. In Britain this rose to about 50 in 1900, 76 in 1990 and 82 today. ...... Ageing is such a complex biochemical process that there is no simple route to a healthy life lasting well past 100 years old. ...... Individual organs or parts of our body can also be enhanced or rejuvenated to counteract failures due to age or disease.

Reimagining Big Cities

The Ultimate Megacity: 100 Million People
A City In The Amazon
Cities Can Be Much Larger

"If we don’t get cities right, it’s hard to imagine a healthy future for humanity."— Chris Dixon (@cdixon) January 5, 2016

So you turn Boston to DC into one megacity, connected by a bullet train, or even a hyperloop, such that it doesn't matter where you live. Chances are you are doing a lot of telecommuting. But when you do have to show up, it is no different from getting on the subway in NYC from one end to another. Sometimes it's 30 minutes, what if it is 60 minutes? It's not like you are driving. You are making yourself useful. Maybe you are meditating. Maybe you are reading. Maybe you are checking email.

When self driving cars and semis take over, and when we can grow 100 times more food with 10 times less land, we could afford to have an Amazon size forest in America. How would that be a bad thing? There would be the ultim…

How Do You Explain The Rejection Of Good Ideas?

Interesting CRISPR history The seminal observations were rejected in every high-IF journal!— Victor de Lorenzo (@vdlorenzo_CNB) January 15, 2016

"It’s hard to recall a revolution that has swept biology more swiftly than CRISPR."— Chris Dixon (@cdixon) January 17, 2016

Great ideas, by definition, are not obvious. Precisely because most people can't think it, they are great.

Pinterest was rejected by pretty much everybody in the Valley. It had to become a hit in Iowa first, of all places.

"The history also illustrates the growing role in biology of discovery based on big data."— Chris Dixon (@cdixon) January 17, 2016

BG = Before Google

Before Google. People would call librarians with stupid questions. Love these 4 from @nypl New York Public Library— Paul Kirby (@paul1kirby) January 15, 2016

Productivity And Political Innovation Going Hand In Hand

English: The Communist States (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A lot of Silicon Valley types, when they talk about massive increases in productivity they see before their eyes coming in the near future, forget to realize that there will have to be accompanying political, social and policy innovation. There has to be. Imagine every part of your body grew, but not your thumb. Your thumb got stuck at age one. That won't be pretty.

If we could grow 100 times as much food, maybe it will make sense to give everyone food stamps. Everyone who wants them can have them. Why not? We can already give everyone free internet access. Nanotechnology should do the same to housing. It should become super cheap to build houses. You could be buying houses like you buy computers today. It is not a 30 year plan. It is one simple transaction.

Maybe we will end up communist. Like China, a communist country, has ended up being uber capitalist, or "socialism with Chinese characteristics." To each accord…

Eric Schmidt On AI

Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen on Technology in 2016
The next generation of artificial intelligence (AI) promises to have an impact as big as the mobile revolution or the Internet revolution before that. ...... It can detect patterns that humans can neither see nor anticipate. English speakers can make phone or video calls to speakers of Hindi or Chinese. But the next leap will be Inventive AI—machines trained on a given data set that can tackle a wider range of problems. As society grapples with the increasing volume and complexity of information, more-flexible AI will play a key role in helping us. Eventually it will be possible to give a computer unstructured data—say, spreadsheets used to manage business records—and receive quality advice on improving operations. All it will take is a training data set that is large enough, computers that are big enough and algorithms that are adaptable enough. ..... AI does not have the complex emotions that guide human decisionmaking, so it could a…

Moving VR Writeup

@jppullen Hello Mr. Pullen, your new article,, touched me in a way no other tech article ever has. Your magnum opus— Eric Warncke (@EricWarncke) January 9, 2016

If it's possible to write a beautiful & emotional piece about VR, .@jppullen has done it. Can't wait for my @oculus— Aunkur Arya (@aunkurarya) January 9, 2016

Stop what you're doing and read this beautiful article by @jppullen RIGHT NOW. Seriously. Do it.— Martin Lieberman (@martinlieberman) January 9, 2016

"I considered selling furniture to finance and make room for my own VR setup" - @jppullen of @TIME. I... kinda did.— Michelle Osorio (@michellekenobi) January 10, 2016

So @jppullen wrote the best examination of virtual reality's emotional power I've read:— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) January 8, 2016

I Finally Tried Virtual Reality and It Brought M…

Cities Can Be Much Larger

whoa. (ht @pmarca) — Michael Irvine (@Mjirv) January 12, 2016

If you have bullet trains and hyperloops connecting to Penn Station, can New York City be much much larger? The affordable housing issue kind of goes away with that.

Urbanization is one of the solutions to climate change. More people living in big cities is a good idea from the environmental viewpoint.

The Ultimate Megacity: 100 Million People

San Francisco's Fog Over Growth
the advantages of agglomeration. Put lots of highly skilled, highly productive, highly innovative people together in the same place and the economic gains are huge. ...... on the whole it’s fair to say that San Francisco hasn’t exactly embraced the role of boomtown. There are voter-imposed limits on office construction, new housing developments usually face protests and litigation, and local politics boasts a strong contingent of “progressives” whose main goal seems to be keeping the city from ch…

Marc Andreessen's For Profit Idea

It's no easier to run something to breakeven as a non-profit than a for-profit. In fact it's almost certainly harder, for talent reasons.— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) January 12, 2016

@pmarca And that is why the best cure poverty "programs" will be ambitious tech startups getting into things like digital and micro finance.— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) January 13, 2016

@pmarca On that I have an idea I'd like to pitch you.— Paramendra Bhagat (@paramendra) January 13, 2016

Uber Disrupts The Curry Business

Uber is disrupting Indian curry shops in London.— Michael Hendrix (@michael_hendrix) January 12, 2016

Ray Kurzweil

""We won't experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century — it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today's rate)"......... The Law of Accelerating Returns also explains exponential advancement of life (biology) on this planet. Looking at biological evolution on Earth, the first step was the emergence of DNA, which provided a digital method to record the results of evolutionary experiments. Then, the evolution of cells, tissues, organs and a multitude of species that ultimately combined rational thought with an opposable appendage (i.e., the thumb) caused a fundamental paradigm shift from biology to technology. The first technological steps — sharp edges, fire, the wheel — took tens of thousands of years. For people living in this era, there was little noticeable technological change in even a thousand years. ..... By 1000 A.D., progress was much faster and a paradigm shift required only a century or two. In the 19th century, we saw more technolo…

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Ray Kurzweil’s Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years
By the 2020s, most diseases will go away as nanobots become smarter than current medical technology. Normal human eating can be replaced by nanosystems. ...... By the 2030s, virtual reality will begin to feel 100% real. ...... By the 2040s, non-biological intelligence will be a billion times more capable than biological intelligence (a.k.a. us). Nanotech foglets will be able to make food out of thin air and create any object in physical world at a whim. ...... By 2045, we will multiply our intelligence a billionfold by linking wirelessly from our neocortex to a synthetic neocortex in the cloud. ..... Ray’s “Law of Accelerating Returns” and of exponential technologies. ..... Each of these technologies DEMATERIALIZED, DEMONETIZED, and DEMOCRATIZED access to services and products that used to be linear and non-scalable.

The World in 2025: 8 Predictions for the Next 10 Years
In 2025, in accordance with Moore's Law, we&#…