Tab dump

Research, articles, podcasts and videos in no particular order. The impact of machine learning on economics Do cell phone bans change driver behavior? How did the far right take over the web? The absurd primacy of the automobile in American life The uncanny mind that built ethereum Cumulative carbon emissions and economic policy: in search […]

The importance of play

I’ve just started reading a mind at play, a biography of Claude Shannon. He’s the “father of information theory”, without which much of the modern world wouldn’t be. Shannon reminds me of stories about Richard Feynman. Bursting with curiosity, yes, but also sparked with joy at tinkering with knowledge. I sometimes feel like this is […]

The old is new

One reason I love reading history is how often you find reflections of current worries. This isn’t necessarily good, obviously. Some things should have been left in the dust (notably gig-economy feudalism). But one thing it does offer is perspective I’ve just cracked open The Invention of News, for instance, and have immediately been slapped […]

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