Technology’s language bias

One of the many underlying tensions in Sri Lanka is that between people fluent in English and those who aren’t. After independence and Sinhala made the country’s official language, education was converted to “Swabasha”. But the elite kept English. It is the medium in most private and international schools. University courses are mostly in English, […]

We’re really bad at reality

Have you ever tried to mock up the outcome from a series of coin flips? It turns out that we are horrible at simulating randomness. But as a great article in Nautilus vividly illustrates, we’re also horrible at accepting randomness. …when video games truly play by the rules, the player can feel cheated. Sid Meier, […]

Tesla is finding the limits of “naive innovation”

“If that car was made anywhere else, and Elon wasn’t part of the manufacturing process, they would make a lot of money,” Munro said in an interview. “They’re just learning all the old mistakes everyone else made years ago.” From an interesting Bloomberg article. A group of analysts tore apart a Tesla 3 and were […]

Politicians are the reason there is uncertainty

“At least 14 years ago, our political leaders were told that there was an urgent need to address the crisis in business confidence, in the energy and energy-intensive manufacturing sectors, due to the absence of credible long-term policies to address carbon abatement. This is Ken Henry, quoted in an extraordinary story in the Australian Financial […]

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