Links - March 15th, 2016

Links - March 14th, 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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