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The New York Times Claws Its Way Into The Future

from Wired ARTHUR GREGG SULZBERGER doesn’t remember the first time he visited the family business. He was young, he says, no older than 6, when he shuffled through the brass-plated revolving doors of the old concrete hulk on 43rd Street and boarded the elevator up to his father’s and grandfather’s offices. He often visited for a few […]

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Business Is Likely To Reshape Higher Ed

from Brookings It’s broadly understood that a college degree or its equivalent is crucial to making it into the middle class in America. But getting those qualifications can be a risky process for many young Americans from a modest income background. Indeed, just 9 percent of young people from the lowest income quartile will ever earn a college degree. […]

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Even Steve Jobs Didn’t Predict the iPhone Decade

from Wired When Apple set out to build a smartphone, the team tasked with doing so didn’t plan on changing the world. It didn’t foresee the App Store becoming a billion-dollar business full of billion-dollar businesses like Uber, Snapchat, and WhatsApp. It wasn’t trying to reinvent how people communicate, shop, and even hook up. It was trying to build an iPod that made phone calls. “The grand vision […]

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A Ride In Uber’s Self-Driving Car

from The New Yorker One day they just appeared—Ford Fusions, some black, some white, with uber stamped on the side. With their twenty cameras, seven lasers, and rooftop-mounted G.P.S., the self-driving cars stood out. People stopped and stared as they took trial journeys around Pittsburgh. That was in the spring. Now, in the waning days of summer, […]

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The US Is No Longer The Dominant Engine Of Global Innovation, And Europe Will Overtake It? – Here’s Why

from Medium This is a guest article, my first for Tech.eu, which provides a brief introduction to my new book, which was published on May 31st and explores a controversial topic I raise in the last chapter: I believe the EU is on the verge of overtaking the U.S. as the better place for entrepreneurs to […]

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The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup

from Wired THERE IS SOMETHING special happening in a generic office park in an uninspiring suburb near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Inside, amid the low gray cubicles, clustered desks, and empty swivel chairs, an impossible 8-inch robot drone from an alien planet hovers chest-high in front of a row of potted plants. It is steampunk-cute, minutely detailed. […]

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Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free

from Wired The Friday afternoon news dump, a grand tradition observed by politicians and capitalists alike, is usually supposed to hide bad news. So it was a little weird that Elon Musk, founder of electric car maker Tesla, and Sam Altman, president of famed tech incubator Y Combinator, unveiled their new artificial intelligence company at […]

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Patti Smith On The Meaning Of Success And The Power Of Improvisation

from co.CREATE The singer/poet/novelist has etched out her place as a pop culture legend with landmark albums like Horses and National Book Award-winning memoirs like Just Kids. During a discussion with Ethan Hawke at the Tribeca Film Festival, Smith explained her definition of success, how improvisation has guided her career, and even the Chet Baker collaboration that never […]

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If You Build It, They Will Come

from 500ish Words This headline says it all: Pre-sales of Tesla’s Model 3 topped first-year projections in less than 24 hours. Impossible to overstate how crazy that is. And yet, it gets crazier. At the time that headline was written, pre-sales stood at 232,000. The latest number revealed by the company is now over 325,000. That’s over 300,000 real […]

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How a Cashless Society Could Embolden Big Brother

from The Atlantic In 2014, Cass Sunstein—one-time “regulatory czar” for the Obama administration—wrote an op-ed advocating for a cashless society, on the grounds that it would reduce street crime. His reasoning? A new study had found an apparent causal relationship between the implementation of the Electronic Benefit Transfer system for welfare benefits, and a drop in […]

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The Smartest Places On Earth: Why Rustbelts Are The Emerging Hotspots Of Global Innovation

from Brookings The conventional wisdom in manufacturing has long held that the key to maintaining a competitive edge lies in making things as cheaply as possible, which saw production outsourced to the developing world in pursuit of ever-lower costs. In contradiction to that prevailing wisdom, authors Antoine van Agtmael, a Brookings trustee, and Fred Bakker […]

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