Technology and the arc of history; Demis Hassabis; Skynet’s executions; why Copenhagen works; a better model for startups; the FBI, Apple & security; gender, equality, diversity and business outcomes; AirBNB’s addictiveness & more :)
🌟 As God might be. “Conversations about technology are almost always conversations about history. What’s at stake is the trajectory of modernity. Is it marching upward, plunging downward, or bending back on itself?” READ ONE THING, READ THIS.
📱 Benedict Evans: mobile and 20 years of hindsight. “Nokia and Blackberry were skating to where the puck was going to be, and felt nice and fast and in control, while Apple and Google were melting the ice rink and switching the game to water-skiing.” EXCELLENT
🇩🇰 Why Copenhagen works. Brookings Institute on what makes one of the world’s most progressive, pro-climate cities world. INSIGHTFUL
Eccentric, cybersecurity demigod (running out of terms here!), John McAfee: “I’ll decrypt this phone for you”. (Eccentric ebullient genius throws hat into the ring.)
In other security/privacy stuff:
Stuxnet was only the first step. The US hacked into critical civilian infrastructure in Iran “to allow its operatives to disable the country with a devastating series of cyberattacks at a moment’s notice”