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Big Revolution - Disrupting disruption

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Welcome to Sunday's Big Revolution. The clocks went back in Europe yesterday, so if you're still on s
 
October 28 · Issue #245 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Sunday’s Big Revolution. The clocks went back in Europe yesterday, so if you’re still on summer time in your part of the world, this newsletter will hit your inbox an hour later (or is it earlier?) until you catch up!
Martin

Big things you need to know today
  • Tesla inches closer to full-self driving capabilities (although there’s still a looong way to go). ’Navigate on Autopilot’ adds the ability for equipped cars to change lanes and negotiate highway on- and off-ramps.
  • PayPal, Stripe and cloud service Joylent have dropped social app Gab as a customer. This follows yesterday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The suspect had reportedly used the ‘free-speech’ focused Gab to share anti-semitic messages. News reports haven’t caught up with the Stripe and Joylent bans yet, but you can read about PayPal’s ban here.
Big weekend reads
An Alternative History of Silicon Valley Disruption An Alternative History of Silicon Valley Disruption
How disruptive is Silicon Valley disruption really? Does it just tend to lean on old-fashioned exploitation? “In Silicon Valley’s telling, however, “disruption” became shorthand for something closer to techno-darwinism. By imposing the rules of nature on man-made markets, the theory justified almost any act of upheaval. The companies still standing post-disruption must have survived because they were the fittest.”
The Conspiratorial Hate We See Online Is Increasingly Appearing In Real Life
In the light of the recent bombings and shooting in the US, it’s clear that online hate is increasingly leaking into the offline world.
The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected
You might think the rich would use more tech in their education than the poor, but it appears to be the other way around – not having screens involved is a form of luxury.
Companies are on the hook if their hiring algorithms are biased
A look at the perils of using algorithms in the recruitment process.
One big tweet
I’m not sure if this is true or not, but it doesn’t sound healthy or sustainable…
Michael Karnjanaprakorn
Chinese startups follow 996 - 9am to 9pm, six days a week. They're working harder AND smarter than the rest of the world.
1:20 PM - 27 Oct 2018
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