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brucesterling:

*Half of the USA population lives in those blue patches.
*If California runs out of water during the ongoing mega-drought, it’s gonna get tough.
*Also, as the seas rise, Florida will be missed. 

brucesterling:

*Half of the USA population lives in those blue patches.

*If California runs out of water during the ongoing mega-drought, it’s gonna get tough.

*Also, as the seas rise, Florida will be missed. 

(via stoweboyd)

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The zero bound for interest rates represents the elimination of temporal gradients. The zero bound for transactions costs represents the elimination of spatial gradients.

Innovation Starvation and the Zero Bound | OnTheSpiral

Excellent food for thought from @GregoryJRader

Unsurprisingly (given his references) his analysis reflects many of the same themes that have inspired us at Anthemis. Indeed, one of our goals (and self-determined responsibility - as a fractal, “meta” organisation is to create, nuture and evangelise an over-arching narrative that allows the people and businesses within our ecosystem to focus on “hacking” individual outcomes. It’s an open question whether we can succeed in having our cake and eating it too (allowing us to escape the clutches of “hackstability.”

Further, it does seem to me that “we” (as a society/civilization) are losing our ability to be audacious in our goals; like one of those game shows where you reach the point where loss aversion overwhelms aspiration and you “bank” your gains and retire from the game. I find this extremely frustrating, but I wouldn’t be so presumptuous to just assume that this is obviously a bad choice and that it might be me that is wrong-headed and the collective that is being smart. But that is my suspicion.

I struggle to believe that a world where we are seemingly “afraid of everything”, a world where our goal increasingly seems to be to hysterically pursue the elimination of risk at any cost, is a wise and desirable state. It seems to me to be not only doomed to failure (due to risk entropy) but also to be contrary to the spirit of life and the fundamental forces of nature. I despair when I think to hard about this.

What happened to our animal spirits?

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When the Tribune Company recently got rid of their newspapers, the New York Times ran the story under a headline “The Tribune Company’s publishing unit is being spun off, as the future of print remains unclear.”

The future of print remains what? Try to imagine a world where the future of print is unclear: Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide “Click to buy” is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really.

Last Call — Medium (via slavin)

The future of print remains what? Try to imagine a world where the future of print is unclear: Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide “Click to buy” is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really.

(via slavin)

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Our roots are technology, not politics, writing code and rolling out transportation systems. The result is that not enough people here in America and around the world know our story, our mission, and the positive impact we’re having. Uber has been in a campaign but hasn’t been running one. That is changing now.

Obama Mastermind David Plouffe Is Now Uber’s Machiavelli

If your business lies within the hermetic socioeconomic seal of Silicon Valley, the thing to adopt from the outside is not the sophisticated art of blue-chip lobbyists.

The things to adopt are a concern for externalities, consequences, and ethics. And more ethics. And.

(via slavin)

This.

(via slavin)

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If ours is the advanced civilization we pretend it is, there should be no need to act as if all decisions were designed to establish certainties.

John Ralston Saul, Voltaire’s Bastards

(h/t gravity-rainbow and watchingcbeams)

The hubris of (false) certainty is a cancer on our economy and society. It’s thermodynamics: risk is always conserved.

(via stoweboyd)

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slavin:

"The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying." 

(via America Is Not For Black People)

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This is from an article that Jenna Wortham describes as “the hardest thing I’ve ever read” and I feel like, while I’ve read even worse than this, it’s not a competition I’m interested in. It’s horrorshow. 

The article itself is much bigger and more important than this particular quote — which I think is really the broadest point made. It resists summary or reduction, and that’s one reason to read it.

slavin:

"The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying."

(via America Is Not For Black People)

This is from an article that Jenna Wortham describes as “the hardest thing I’ve ever read” and I feel like, while I’ve read even worse than this, it’s not a competition I’m interested in. It’s horrorshow.

The article itself is much bigger and more important than this particular quote — which I think is really the broadest point made. It resists summary or reduction, and that’s one reason to read it.

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Great design is a combination of audacity and humility
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Forget the red carpet. There is but one rule for living your own life, and no one else’s: If you want to attend the party, crash it.