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Perambulation

Thoughts on data, society, and other things that don't fit neatly into buckets.

On chat as interface

Musings on the (for now) strange world of chat, where the interfaces are untestable, every use leaves a logfile, each interaction is a survey, and we talk with our cars and bank accounts.

Inbox is the Trojan Horse for your personal AI

Google’s Mail products are a Trojan Horse with which the company is turning “use the Internet” into “talk with an AI.”

Unlocking our future past

In a few years, algorithms will be able to describe video content as well as humans can. Unlocking the pent up information in petabytes of video will have wide-ranging impacts on society.

This trifecta drives the next decade of tech

Big data, smart agents, and new interfaces are cool on their own. But together, they’re a virtuous cycle that shows what the next decade of tech looks like.

Can we fix representation?

Representative government is broken. But now we’re all connected, maybe syndicates can fix it?

Can tech fix our carrying capacity?

We humans invent things like sanitation, or disease resistant wheat strains, to increase our carrying capacity. But can new technology features do the same?