NYT on Google & A.I

Loved this dive into how Google used machine learning advances (AI, neural networks, and other fun buzz words) to dramatically improve Google Translate. It’s a brave new world and exciting times.

michelle obama

I want my son to grow up to be like Michelle Obama. OK, I have no childrens. But, still. The Obamas met while at a law firm in Chicago. Michelle was actually senior to Barack there. She’s Princeton and Harvard, and obviously so eloquent and brilliant. She’s taken a “backseat” to enable and partner with her husband on their journey […]

what apple music should be

Om Malik on Apple Music in The New Yorker. April 28, 2003, Apple launched the iTunes Music Store, saving the music industry from the scourge of piracy while creating a large and steady source of revenue for Apple. Thirteen years later, however, what started as a simple and intuitive way to find music has become a […]

the first driverless city

The World’s First Driverless City May Be In China Longer-term, says Jing, the hope is that a successful all-autonomous city will provide an example not just to the Chinese government, but to any city. If the experiment works, then other cities may be more likely to try it for themselves. Other cities are already experimenting […]

Byron Wien

The Life Report: Byron R. Wien What a fantastic read! He’s an incredible market commentator and is featured in Barron’s this week. Loved the writing and his insights. Selections/reactions: “Eventually I developed the necessary skills and became a partner of the firm. The lesson here is that you shouldn’t try to decide what you want […]

expectations

What’re your expectations? Steve Jobs was in this zone when he talked about dogma in his wondrous Stanford speech: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. […]

little aliens

Growing up, I was always aware of how different my parents were from everyone else’s. It’s not just that we ate different food at home, that they dressed differently, or even just that they had accents. It was all of it; this feeling that they could never understand me. I now recognize this as the […]

journals

Have you ever kept a journal? I’ve got 15ish years with various incarnations. My first was a LiveJournal created in the dying light of the 90’s. It birthed a few friendships/pen-pals and lasted a few years before I nuked it. I don’t remember what I posted, but I’m confident it was properly self-absorbed, poorly written, and vapid. I concluded that the public nature […]

creativity, inc

Great passage from our latest company book club selection, Creativity, Inc: Hindsight is not 20-20. Not even close. Our view of the past, in fact, is hardly clearer than our view of the future. While we know more about a past event than a future one, our understanding of the factors that shaped it is severely […]

stimulus withdrawal.

A few days ago I decided that I’d start 2014 with a pretty simple change: To seek less stimulus. I wrote a blog post and a status update sharing my impending Facebook absence. I sent an email at work to no longer expect immediate email responses. The changes ended up being: No more Facebook. Conditions […]