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  1. Avoiding “Sagan Syndrome.” Why Astronomers and Journalists should pay heed to Biologists about ET. Plus also see related post Intelligent life is just getting started
  2. Understanding AI risk. How Star Trek got talking computers right in 1966, while Her got it wrong in 2013.
  3. Apple’s strategy tax on services versus Google. Voice interaction becoming the “God particle” of mobile.
  4. 2015 is a transition year to the (somewhat creepy) machine learning era. Apple, Google, privacy and ads.
  5. The surveillance society is a step forward. But one that harkens back to our deep forager past.

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Jan-Dec 2019

  1. Apple’s new services strategy. Apple is commoditizing (some) of its complements: music, movies, TV. 13-Jan-2019
  2. Sunday links 13-Jan-2019: Apple services, China climate change, superstar cities, falling murder rates 13-Jan-2019
  3. Saturday links 19-Jan-2019: Gravitization of quantum mechanics, Revolt of the public, income sharing for tuition, Big 5 personality quiz 19-Jan-2019
  4. Wednesday links 30-Jan-2019: Cognition models, Marx and virtue signalling, slime, iterated embryo selection, screentime 30-Jan-2019
  5. Apple revoking Facebook’s certificate was a strategic err which may come back to haunt the tech industry 02-Feb-2019
  6. Saturday links 9-Feb-2019: climate and epidemics, ur DNA r belong to us, Alzheimer’s gum disease, Aphantasia 09-Feb-2019
  7. Saturday links 16-Feb-2019: Campus disinvitations, reducing suspensions backfires, college loans, Fortnite is all about the social 16-Feb-2019

Jan-Dec 2018

  1. Saturday Links 06-Jan-2018: Meltdown, Tabby’s dusty star, live tweeting Fox, aDNA from Alaska 06-Jan-2018
  2. Saturday Links 13-Jan-2018: CES and Apple, Facebook newsfeed, IQ genomics, Star Wars 13-Jan-2018
  3. Saturday Links 20-Jan-2018: Spotted Toad on Opiods, Amazon HQ2 as tech monopoly marketing, Blue Planet II 20-Jan-2018
  4. Saturday Links 27-Jan-2018 Cloned monkeys, Amazon Go, AI medicine outperforming humans since the 1970s, Eye for an Eye 27-Jan-2018
  5. Saturday Links 02-Feb-2018 Amazon health, faithland, driverless trucks, rules for life 03-Feb-2018
  6. Saturday Links 10-Feb-2018 Subscription news is innately partisan, Voice UI, Europa and Enceladus, Hobbits back to the trees 10-Feb-2018
  7. Saturday Links 24-Feb-2018 (part 1). Cheddar Man, YIMBY housing, musical puberty, Alto’s Odyssey 24-Feb-2018
  8. Saturday Links 24-Feb-2018 (part 2). Decentralized crtyponetworks, Neatherthal art, STEM Women, Magic Leap becoming Segway 24-Feb-2018
  9. Saturday Links 03-Mar-2018 President Xi, Elephant aDNA, tribalism, stock and flow 03-Mar-2018
  10. Saturday Links 10-Mar-2018 social fake news, grit and growth mindset, aDNA, Fermi Paradox, cool map of US voting 10-Mar-2018
  11. Saturday Links 17-Mar-2018 Human tools 320k years old, Children and paychecks, Drake plays Fortnite, astronaut DNA 17-Mar-2018
  12. Saturday Links 24-Mar-2018 David Reich genetics, Facebook data, fav Robin Hanson podcast, Eukaryotic cells crush Marvel 24-Mar-2018
  13. Saturday Links 31-Mar-2018 Facebook outrage about privacy or politics, Galaxy dark matter, student testing, Stratechery 5 years old! 31-Mar-2018
  14. Attempting a constructive take on the Sam Harris/Ezra Klein/IQ disagreement. The Nerd and the Manager. 04-Apr-2018
  15. Saturday Links 07-Apr-2018 End of Windows, Harris and Klein and IQ, Wasps and Whales, 2001 is the best 07-Apr-2018
  16. Saturday Links 14-Apr-2018: Facebook, China Tech fusing with government, Birds see magnetic fields, Media a side hustle for tech giants 14-Apr-2018
  17. Saturday Links 21-Apr-2018 iPhone X survey, humans at sea, Huang’s law, housing, humans versus megafauna 21-Apr-2018
  18. Saturday Links 28-Apr-2018: DNA joins the surveillance society, voting for status, music streaming, seagoing Neanderthals 28-Apr-2018
  19. Saturday Links 5-May-2018: Viral sex redistribution, Filipinos 700k years ago, Contingency of Marx, Marchetti’s constant, Email as micromeetings 05-May-2018
  20. Saturday Links 12-May-2018: Google Duplex means…begun, the spam war has. Also genomics math, chokers are the best, hearing with a vibrating vest. 12-May-2018
  21. Saturday Links 19-May-2018: AI GPUs crush Moore’s law, Europa plumes, Ice cores and Rome, evolving cultural brains 19-May-2018
  22. Saturday links 26-May-2018: Golden Rice, Algorithmic social feeds, Racism as original sin, Asteroid smotes flying birds 26-May-2018
  23. Saturday Links 2-Jun-2018: AI’s balmy winter, Malaria GMO mosquitoes, Marshmallow 2.0, Mass of life on Earth 02-Jun-2018
  24. Saturday Links 9-Jun-2018: Facebook teens, Ozimek’s economy is alright, Ritchie’s Hypeology, chill out on banning plastic straws 09-Jun-2018
  25. Thursday Links 21-Jun-2018: the rise of market Autocracies, Uighurs, Taubes comeuppance, Scootermania 21-Jun-2018
  26. The Asian discrimination lawsuit against Harvard won’t change admission rates. But it damages claims to meritocracy. 22-Jun-2018
  27. Saturday Links 23-Jun-2018: Disability is down, German immigrants, Patrilineal kin groups, Paul McCartney carpool karaoke 23-Jun-2018
  28. Saturday Links 30-Jun-2018: Next gen Apple maps, WEIRD Cousin Marriage, Fermi Paradox, Dunbar limits on places 30-Jun-2018
  29. Saturday Links 7-Jul-2018: Free Speech and power, Tribal nations, Imperceptibly changing minds, flying electric spiders 07-Jul-2018
  30. Saturday Links 14-Jul-2018: Genomic Prediction of Social Mobility, Alzheimer Virus, Mind as prediction, Sonos teardown 14-Jul-2018
  31. Sunday Links 22-Jul-2018: Voice computing, Netflix, Quantum gravity, blueberry Earth 22-Jul-2018
  32. Sunday Links 29-Jul-2018: Genetics of education, Big tech economics, MOOC middlemen get the $, Underground water on Mars 29-Jul-2018
  33. Sunday Links 5-Aug-2018: Shifting language of racism, two kinds of YIMBY, Island Dwafism, Wildfires and Houses 05-Aug-2018
  34. Sunday Links 12-Aug-2018: most don’t shop with Alexa, Loss Aversion, workplace wellness RCT, Arambourgiania, Colima volcano 12-Aug-2018
  35. Saturday Links 18-Aug-2018: Turchin’s model for social crisis, feudal California taxes, PGS for disease, Elephant genes 18-Aug-2018
  36. Sunday Links 26-Aug-2018: Facebook and Nutella, Neanderthal Denisovan mix, infinite book scroll, Angry Angry Hippo 26-Aug-2018
  37. Sunday links 3-Sep-2018: the Cavalli-Sforza era, text editing methods, some excellent charts 03-Sep-2018
  38. Saturday links 8-Sep-2018: Kessler space junk, unsupervised play is good, white flight Asian edition 08-Sep-2018
  39. Saturday Links 22-Sep-2018: Ben Thompson on internet regulation, Apple reviews, micromobility, Kipchoge’s ridiculously fast marathon 22-Sep-2018
  40. Tuesday Links 25-Sep-2018: Dickinsonia is an animal!, demography of poverty, China US rivalry, Insitome and Ezra Klein podcasts 25-Sep-2018
  41. Saturday Links 29-Sep-2018 Flashbulb memories and Kavanaugh, China-US trade, Facebook and mob violence, climate change 29-Sep-2018
  42. Monday Links 8-Oct-2018: Tyler Cowen Straussianism explained, Banksy shreds, China v English prose 08-Oct-2018
  43. Saturday Links 13-Oct-2018: Khashoggi murder and crude oil, IPCC climate economics, Harvard as elite finishing school 13-Oct-2018
  44. Monday Links 22-Oct-2018: Warren and genetic testing, Polygenic scores and racism, Wealth increases gender differences 22-Oct-2018
  45. Sunday Links 28-Oct-2018: Spotify playbook, Ben Thompson on tech regulation, exponential overdoses, Hilary Greaves on consequentialism 28-Oct-2018
  46. Why the new hoax papers on cultural studies merely confirmed everyone’s priors 31-Oct-2018
  47. Monday Links 5-Nov-2018: Printing and Populism, Psychologists and free speech, new Apple maps 05-Nov-2018
  48. Saturday Links 10-Nov-2018: Amazon HQ2 as farce, American aDNA, Head Start, do not summon the doxxing demon 10-Nov-2018
  49. Saturday Links 17-Nov-2018: Stagnant science, Chinese fan economy, Qualtrics, best burgers no more 17-Nov-2018
  50. Monday Links 26-Nov-2018: embryo selection is a bigger deal than CRISPR, China panopticon, Saudi relations, software eats photography 26-Nov-2018
  51. Sunday Links 16-Dec-2018: Bitcoin bubble or scam or platform, Waymo cars, population mountains 16-Dec-2018
  52. Sunday Links 23-Dec-2018: US-China cold war, moving to superstar cities, internet shaming 23-Dec-2018

Jan-Dec 2016

  1. On the harsh reaction to Paul Graham’s post on inequality. Adapting Tyler Cowen’s laws to writing on the internet.
  2. My Soylent review: decent with a very annoying packaging flaw. Plus disruption frameworks.
  3. The dream of AI has always been talking computers. General AI as prediction.
  4. Saturday Links 06-Jan-2018: Meltdown, Tabby’s dusty star, live tweeting Fox, aDNA from Alaska
  5. Saturday Links 13-Jan-2018: CES and Apple, Facebook newsfeed, IQ genomics, Star Wars
  6. Saturday Links 20-Jan-2018: Spotted Toad on Opiods, Amazon HQ2 as tech monopoly marketing, Blue Planet II
  7. Saturday Links 27-Jan-2018 Cloned monkeys, Amazon Go, AI medicine outperforming humans since the 1970s, Eye for an Eye
  8. Saturday Links 02-Feb-2018 Amazon health, faithland, driverless trucks, rules for life
  9. Saturday Links 10-Feb-2018 Subscription news is innately partisan, Voice UI, Europa and Enceladus, Hobbits back to the trees
  10. Saturday Links 24-Feb-2018 (part 1). Cheddar Man, YIMBY housing, musical puberty, Alto’s Odyssey

Oct-Dec 2015

  1. Homo naledi and the braided stream of humanity. It’s miscegenation all the way down.
  2. An iPad with a keyboard is not a PC! Technology transitions and PCs in the Clipper ship era.
  3. The current Perez tech cycle is software driven. Which is great, except now monopoly is eating the world.
  4. Using Hannah Arendt to understand the Islamic State. And other recommended reads.
  5. Since cars replaced horses, won’t robots replace people? The future of technological unemployment.
  6. Why a new Star Trek is a bad idea, even though a new Star Wars is fine. Science Fiction ≠ Fantasy.
  7. Praxtime 2015 year end review. My favorites in science, tech, econ, pop culture. Grading and making predictions.
  8. On the harsh reaction to Paul Graham’s post on inequality. Adapting Tyler Cowen’s laws to writing on the internet.
  9. My Soylent review: decent with a very annoying packaging flaw. Plus disruption frameworks.
  10. The dream of AI has always been talking computers. General AI as prediction.

Jan-Sep 2015

  1. The best place to look for aliens is in a galaxy far, far away.
  2. Cord Cutting: You know it’s all about UX, ’bout UX. No savings.
  3. Understanding AI risk. How Star Trek got talking computers right in 1966, while Her got it wrong in 2013.
  4. Talking computers pose a threat to current Apple versus Google market segmentation. Beyond Peak Google.
  5. 2015 is a transition year to the (somewhat creepy) machine learning era. Apple, Google, privacy and ads.
  6. Blazing a path on machine learning and privacy, Google risks becoming “Uber for lawsuits”
  7. Twitter’s Temptation: The False Allure of Anonymous Users.
  8. Science Fiction movie priorities should be movie first, science second. Because movies are hard.
  9. The algorithmic hand is replacing the invisible hand. But Hayek still applies.
  10. Why I’m excited about the new Apple TV for gaming, movies, TV, apps, Siri

Jul-Dec 2014

  1. Windows 9 explained with smiley faces and Venn diagrams. An emoji update to my Win8 post.
  2. Disruption theory’s ultimate ironic success would be falsifying itself. Plus Newton, Popper and Darwin duke it out.
  3. Dan Kahan’s cultural cognition shows why climate-splaining is a fail. Plus applying it to Paul Krugman.
  4. Wall street, businesses and even developers feel the seductive allure of monopoly without consequences.
  5. Internet economics is relentlessly pulling ebooks and libraries towards subscription streaming.
  6. The surveillance society is a step forward. But one that harkens back to our deep forager past.
  7. Apple is taking biometrics mainstream. Watch out as software eats identity and payments.
  8. There’s a lot to be said for analyzing tech eras by user interface: Gaming, Oculus, Apple Watch.
  9. Retailers hate Apple Pay now, but it may work out fine for them long term.
  10. Grading last year’s praxtime predictions for 2014

Apr-Jun 2014

  1. Getting fat is a metabolic disorder. An evolutionary take on Paleo and Low Carb Diets.
  2. Twitter should copy Facebook the Conglomerate or Facebook Paper, not Facebook the web site.
  3. Contrary to popular belief, fusion power generation is not really like the Sun
  4. Sure software methodologies appear different. But keep in mind what they have in common.
  5. Windows 8 explained with smiley faces and Venn diagrams.
  6. Jimmy Iovine argues curating music playlists is niche behavior. But this critique applies more broadly.
  7. Inequality, Piketty and Matthew Yglesias’ The Rent Is Too Damn High
  8. The Ideological Turing Test. What it is. Why it’s worth taking seriously.
  9. Time to accept Frozen’s greatness. And why not? John Lasseter modeled Elsa’s biggest scene.
  10. Timing is Everything. Apple TV, gaming disruption, and why futurists aren’t billionaires.

Jan-Mar 2014

  1. Mobile Telecoms. Not just big. Really really big.
  2. Multiple TV remotes showcase the evils of complexity. Smart TVs just make it worse.
  3. Let’s get real about Selfish Genes, Group Selection and Altruism. Towards a less impoverished view of humanity.
  4. Google believes they’re Bell Labs. They’re becoming GE. Long term danger? Becoming a regulated utility.
  5. Make the world better. Don’t say “thin client” again. Ever.
  6. Internet pricing, Dungeon Keeper and the case for Minimum Viable Free Product (MVFP).
  7. Bad Software Design. Splitting the blame between Malice, Stupidity and Difficulty.
  8. Bitcoin is a far better payment system than currency. And that’s just fine.
  9. WhatsApp’s first year free model deserves to be emulated
  10. Bitcoin as Rorschach Test. Some see Traditional Currency. Others see Byzantine Generals.

Oct-Dec 2013

  1. Utopian Radicals Never Recant. Not 1960’s leftists. Not Tea Party rightists.
  2. GM Crops: The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good
  3. Life hacking tips and tricks
  4. Business Models for Free Software
  5. This is my first Praxtime blog post on WordPress. Moved from Tumblr.
  6. Apple’s strategy tax on services versus Google. Voice interaction becoming the “God particle” of mobile.
  7. What Star Wars teaches us about being “wrong on the internet”
  8. Area man reports “I’m in a promising local blog.” Which is why Twitter needs Pandora style timelines.
  9. Avoiding “Sagan Syndrome.” Why Astronomers and Journalists should pay heed to Biologists about ET.
  10. Coal is so bad it makes fracking good

Jul-Sep 2013

  1. The Gradual Singularity
  2. The Economics of Artificial Intelligence
  3. The College “Bundle” and MOOC online learning
  4. MOOCs and the future of college
  5. Economists agree on microeconomics, not macroeconomics. The public believes the opposite.
  6. With some sympathy for Orson Scott Card
  7. In favor of the Super Early Anthropocene
  8. Homo Erectus – not so different from modern humans
  9. The stock market blindly lusts after exploitative monopolies
  10. The Innovation/Monopoly axis

Apr-Jun 2013

  1. Gay marriage is conservative
  2. Football, Boxing and head injuries
  3. A future where it’s normal for all public spaces to be captured on video
  4. Coupons will never, ever, ever go away
  5. Sometimes bad policy isn’t caused by red state/blue state, but by biased human cognition.
  6. Politics are driven by urbanization as much as race
  7. Snail mail to the stars
  8. Race and IQ. Can’t we all just get along?
  9. Atheism as a sacred belief
  10. Living with a deep faith in science

Jan-Mar 2013

  1. Digital Economics: The Zero Marginal Cost Economy
  2. Digital Economics: Movies
  3. Digital Economics: TV and cord cutting
  4. Life on Wet Planets
  5. So where are all the aliens?
  6. Articles worth thinking about – Feb 2013
  7. How much should we worry about the Population Apocalypse?
  8. What sport are humans best evolved for?
  9. Two Models of Why We Get Fat
  10. Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes

Oct-Dec 2012

  1. The (very slow) Rise of Scientific Materialism
  2. Consciousness and Free Will
  3. The debate on Strong Artificial Intelligence and conscious computers
  4. Sifting through bad password advice to find the good stuff
  5. Understanding Republican Science Denialism. Haidt is right. Mooney is wrong.
  6. Perfect meritocracy replaces class with caste
  7. Repeal price gouging laws now. Why? Zombie apocalypse.
  8. The winding path to multi-ethnic democracy
  9. Advice on home stereo gear
  10. Why is Christmas music so bad? Answer: 1950’s television.

Jul-Sep 2012

  1. Science on the cusp of mainstream
  2. Higgs nightmare scenario – still good science
  3. Adventures at Safeway
  4. Closing the astronaut window. Robots onward.
  5. Cheap genome sequencing – expectations and reality
  6. Genomics goes from trickle to flood
  7. The Genomic Tsunami. Reshaping arguments for Human Equality.
  8. Ricardo does the medal count
  9. The Enduring Appeal of Ayn Rand
  10. Why did Paul Ryan lie about his marathon time?

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