Two Washington Post headlines about “Big Tech”

Congress agrees big tech creepy, can’t agree how The second is: Big Tech is worth even more the day after congressional grilling Furthermore, the tech companies have been rising in popularity.  I am going to “call” that the “war against Big Tech” essentially is over, and that the critics have failed.  The new debate will […]

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Emergent Ventures India, second cohort of winners

Praveen Mishra Praveen Mishra when he was 16 started the Power of Youth, a non-profit aimed at empowering rural students by giving them mentorship and conducting competitions to highlight their potential. He since has been building a ‘YouTube of e-commerce’. He is the founder of ByBuy, an omni-channel retail platform, and he received his EV […]

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The case against the import of GPT-3

From an email from Agustin Lebron, noting that I will impose no further indentation: “One thing that’s worth noting: The degree of excitement about GPT-3 as a replacement for human workers, or as a path to AGI, is strongly inversely correlated with: (a) How close the person is to the actual work. If you look […]

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What should I ask Matt Yglesias?

I will be doing a Conversation with him, based in part on his new forthcoming book One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger.  While I have not yet read it, I strongly expect it will be excellent. And to be clear, this will be the conversation with Matt I want to have, not the […]

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What is the future of the intellectual right?

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column.  I suggest it will take three major forms, namely anti-China, pro-internet as a communications medium (as an offset to left-wing media), and dislike of the Left, most of all the latter.  Note these are predictions rather than normative claims about what should happen.  Here is one […]

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Megan McArdle on Patrick Collison on China

By the time someone gets to be chief executive of a successful firm, they have generally been trained out of saying anything surprising in public. So I was positively astonished Monday when I saw Patrick Collison, the CEO of payments firm Stripe, tweet that “As a US business (and tech) community I think we should be significantly […]

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Keller Scholl and Robin Hanson on automation

25 simple job features explain over half the variance in which jobs are how automated. The strongest job automation predictor is: Pace Determined By Speed Of Equipment. Which job features predict job automation how did not change from 1999 to 2019. Jobs that get more automated do not on average change in pay or employment. […]

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