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Saving the Self in the Age of the Selfie

In 2012, Paul Miller, a 26-year-old journalist and former writer for <i>The Verge,</i> began to worry about the quality of his thinking. His ability to read …

David Foster Wallace

A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses

Author: Joshua Davis. Joshua Davis Business<p>Date of Publication: 10.15.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>You can read a version of this story in …

Education

Why Silicon Valley Should Bring Unsexy Back

Neckties embedded with QR codes. Pants that make drum noises. “Uber for medical marijuana.” These are just a few of the goofy startup ideas that have cropped up in Silicon Valley in recent years.<p>I can’t be the only one who’s disappointed with this. The Valley is the birthplace of game-changing …

Silicon Valley

Politics or technology – which will save the world?

The internet, the mobile phone and now the self-driving car – technology is revolutionising people's lives in ways that make politics seem obsolete. But with the narrowing of the political class, don't we need more politics rather than less?<p>The most significant revolution of the 21st century so far …

Innovation

Is this the biggest economic revolution in 250 years?

Imagine creating a $10 billion business renting property without using any energy, metal or other resources to build a single house? Increasing a …

A Breakup Letter From The Internet To You

Dear You,<p>We need to talk. Can you please close that video of spaghetti-eating penguins? And, shut off your Spotify? And, stop Snapchatting about your …

Tech needs to do more to help humanity

You cannot look away. Your Facebook feed, Twitter, the front pages of the dead tree press all show the same thing – the body of a young boy on a beach. We have all failed him in one way or another. His name was Alyan Kurdi.<p>The politicians who are happy to dehumanise the ‘migrants’ until public …

Bill Gates

With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility

“You should presume that someday, we will be able to make machines that can reason, think and do things better than we can,” Google co-founder Sergey …

We are in the dark age of data. It’s time to change that

For those of us who champion the power of data, the past five years have been an incredible ride thanks to the rise of big data. Consider just these …

Tech’s Enduring Great-Man Myth

Since Steve Jobs’s death, in 2011, Elon Musk has emerged as the leading celebrity of Silicon Valley. Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors, which produces …

Elon Musk

Naming the Mindsets of Innovation (SSIR)

If there is one saying that parents find irresistible and that completely fails to console an upset child, it’s the old saw, “Sticks and stones will …

Bridging the Chasm

About the Author<p>Daryl Copeland is a research fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a policy fellow at the University of Montreal's …

Clinton: The Tyranny of Quarterly Earnings Hurts Innovation

Author: Issie Lapowsky. Issie Lapowsky Business<p>Date of Publication: 07.24.15.<p>Time of Publication: 4:19 pm. 4:19 pm<p>Hillary Clinton wants Wall Street …

New York University

Startups And The Big Lie

A startup is hemorrhaging cash, and the VCs have yet to agree on terms for a capital infusion. The clock is ticking until deadpool, first weeks away then days. The founders, stress levels increasing to stratospheric levels, continue to sell their company to everyone, whether investors, employees, …

Startups

The Smarter State Blog

When designing a product, human centered design has become the norm. We ask consumers how often they drink coffee or use their mobile phones. We …

Inside Obama’s Stealth Startup

By Jon Gertner06.15.15 | 6:00 am<p>For Eric Maland, the whole thing goes back to that San Francisco wedding. Mikey wasn’t there—well, wait, actually, …

How did Estonia become a leader in technology?

The Economist explainsHow did Estonia become a leader in technology?<p>By ditching legacy technology and betting on education<p>The Economist explains<p>Jul …

Innovation

World Economic Forum’s List of Most Technological Countries

For the world’s developed nations, technology has continued to push the boundaries, providing limitless opportunity for the future. The rest of the …

Open Letter on the Digital Economy

We are in the early stages of an era of great technological change. Digital innovations are remaking our industries, economy, and society just as …

Neumann House

What is Neumann House?<p>Neumann House is a transatlantic innovation hub: a multifunctional community space and business accelerator located in booming …

The Great Decoupling: An Interview with Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

Machines, it seems, can do almost anything human beings can. Now cars are even starting to drive themselves. What does that mean for business and employment? Will any jobs be left for people? Will machines take over not just low-skilled tasks but high-skilled ones too? If a man and a machine work …

Five Top Venture Capitalists Name The Top 10 Tech Trends Of The Next 5 Years

Get ready for the Skynet economy, the death of the car, and the re-emergence of women in tech.<p>Those are three of the top 10 trends coming in technology in the next few years, according to several top venture capitalists. They made their predictions Thursday night at a local Silicon Valley …

Trends

8 institutional innovations that could update the economic system

Otto Sharmer suggests eight ways of shifting outdated capitalism into a 21st century economy that creates wellbeing for all<p>We live in an age of profound disruption. Global crises – financial, food, fuel, natural resources, poverty – challenge almost all societies. Yet over the coming decades these …

Silicon Valley Is Letting Go of Its Techie Island Fantasies

The Seasteading Institute was the toast of tech entrepreneurs when it received financial backing from venture capitalist Peter Thiel in 2008. Its …

Silicon Valley