Links - March 14, 2016
- Resetting the score Benedict Evans
Shifts in the landscape, and analogies of history, or how innovation in warfare technology can explain the implications of the rise of the smartphone.
- The Second Smartphone Revolution Fred Wilson - AVC
- Trackers Jacques Mattheij
A story of anthropomorphic cookies, scripts, and ad-blockers.
- The Blood Harvest Alexis Madrigal - The Atlantic
Our dependence on other species is not surprising. The depth of our dependence is.
- Zoning Plays a Big Role in San Francisco's Housing Crisis, Gentrification, and Wealth Disparity Kriston Capps - CityLab
New wealth flowing into a city, plus old wealth’s “build new things in other places” attitude leads to gentrification. We’re not in a bubble, but in a bifurcation, and SF has no relief valve to rely on. Only new city policies could change that.
- The First Micropayments Marketplace John Granata, Ali Fathalian, Michael Goldstein, Eli Haims, Saivann Carignan, Matt Storus, and Balaji S. Srinivasan - Medium
In which 21, the Bitcoin company, unveils what the future of the web might look like.
- Why Snapchat is an Important Media Company Mark Suster - Bothsides of the Table
- The Obama Doctrine Jeffrey Goldberg - The Atlantic
A fascinating (but, at 65+ pages, excessively long) piece on the Obama administration and its foreign policy legacy.
- How to Code and Understand DeepMind's Neural Stack Machine Andrew Trask
Academic papers tend to utilize terse language and jargon to precisely describe processes and outcomes, but these “precise” explanations end up being impenetrable walls for the uninitiated. Thankfully, there are bloggers like Trask, Olah, Karpathy, and others who lower the bar to understanding the intricacies of academic machine learning. I am still trying to get through this one. Trask definitely made the task accessible. The DeepMind researchers, on the other hand, did not.
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