Square 33 - issue #1
Edition 1 - Please do forward to your friends, retweet, etc. More subscribers means better feedback and better quality. I feel this edition is ‘too theoretical’ and could do with more stories that you can act on.
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The not so far future
Betawork’s CEO, John Borthwick, reviews AI, wearable devices and human augmentation
Tongue-in-cheek in parts, but a useful review of the state of deep learning and where today’s AI really is.
One feature of increasingly networked societies is that gains rapidly accumulate to those with the gains. San Francisco is now one of the most unequal cities in America.
Regulatory gaps exist because laws have not kept up with advances in technology. The gaps are getting wider as technology advances ever more rapidly. And it’s not just in employment and lending—the same is happening in every domain that technology touches.
Using fMRI, several scientists have now shown that feelings of intense romantic love engage regions of the brain’s “reward system”: specifically, dopamine pathways associated with energy, focus, motivation, ecstasy, despair, and craving - yep, alcohol, caffeine and cocaine.
Google Ventures outlines a ‘design sprint’ methodology for revamping stale or confused products.
Steve Sinofsky on how to avoid bloatware through personalisation and the importance of keeping your products frictionless.
Really as the title says. Silly and you can’t argue with it.
20 years ago, Cliff Stoll took down the Internet. He was right and wrong at the same time.
Humans, like every other living creature regularly borrow genes from other species.
What I've written
Written when Meerkat had fewer than 10,000 active users (up to 300k today), explain why Meerkat’s simplicity will mean tons of innovation.