Square 33 - issue #1

The Exponential View

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

The will be no dividing line between us and our devices

Betawork’s CEO, John Borthwick, reviews AI, wearable devices and human augmentation

What you wanted to know about AI

Tongue-in-cheek in parts, but a useful review of the state of deep learning and where today’s AI really is.

The increasing income inequality of San Francisco

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.

Laws and ethics can't keep up with pace of technology change

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.

In the brain, romantic love in addiction

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.

Builder's notes

How to revamp a product in a week

Google Ventures outlines a ‘design sprint’ methodology for revamping stale or confused products.

Frictionless design choices

Steve Sinofsky on how to avoid bloatware through personalisation and the importance of keeping your products frictionless.

Musical interlude

Evil High - Franz Ferdinand vs Old School Rappers

Really as the title says. Silly and you can’t argue with it.

Sacred cows

Why the Web won't be Nirvana

20 years ago, Cliff Stoll took down the Internet. He was right and wrong at the same time.

Genetically modified human

Humans, like every other living creature regularly borrow genes from other species.

How many money managers routinely rout the market?

None.

What I've written

Press & Go: the unreasonable simplicity of Meerkat

Written when Meerkat had fewer than 10,000 active users (up to 300k today), explain why Meerkat’s simplicity will mean tons of innovation.