Wait But Why Meets Neuralink

April 22, 2017

Regular readers know I’m a huge Wait But Why fan. Elon Musk is apparently also a fan and he has given Tim Urban (the blog author) tremendous access to learn about his latest venture Neuralink.

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Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future may be the longest Wait But Why post ever, and that’s saying something. Carve out some time to read it. It breaks up into sections so read it over a couple of days. Just read it because it’s fascinating.

I like how he breaks Elon Musk’s general company strategy down to this:

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Tesla and SpaceX already do this. Here’s the SpaceX version:spacex-formula-1

The blog post ultimately figures out how a BMI (brain machine interface) company fits this model. But in typical Tim Urban fashion, he zooms out and explains everything first.

It’s long, but read it anyway…


Dayton? Who goes to Dayton?

March 29, 2017

A comparison of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Spoiler, Apple sends the Canadians to Ohio…


The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them

March 29, 2017

Your browsing data is now for sale. Via The Verge (the 265 were all Republicans):

The only people who seem to want this are the people who are going to make lots of money from it. (Hint: they work for companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.) Incidentally, these people and their companies routinely give lots of money to members of Congress.

So here is a list of the lawmakers who voted to betray you, and how much money they received from the telecom industry in their most recent election cycle.


The End Of The Level Playing Field

February 5, 2017

This is an important post by Fred Wilson, a top VC…

When the Internet came along in the early 90s, we saw something completely different. Here was a level playing field where anyone could launch a business without permission from anyone. 

We had a great run over the last 25 years but I fear it’s coming to an end, brought on by the growing consolidation of market power in the big consumer facing tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, etc, by the constricted distribution mechanisms on mobile devices, and by new leadership at the FCC that is going to tear down the notion that ISPs can’t play the same game cable companies played.

It is certainly true that consumers, particularly low-income consumers, like getting free or subsidized data plans. There is no doubt about that. But when the subsidies are coming from the big tech companies, who can easily pay them, to buy competitive advantage over that nimble startup that is scaring them, well we know how that movie ends


Citi Bike + Blaze

January 12, 2017

This is an interesting bike safety approach. Apparently this already exists for the bike share program in London. NYC is following suit and adding a laser light image of a bicycle on the ground about 20 feet ahead of the bike rider.

Watch the video…


Amazon the Goliath

January 12, 2017

Via Visual Capitalist, click to make bigger:


Prince Ruperts Drop

January 6, 2017

You probably have to be geeky to enjoy this, but damn…

And this is the equally awesome follow up: