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

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?

Year Zero talk from Strata

Video of a talk at Strata about lifelogs. Turns out DARPA cancelled this a decade ago.

A life less optimized

When data lets us optimize everything, the sub-optimal will be novel. Is optimization the enemy of taste?

Our timeline, ourselves

In ten years, we’ll run every aspect of our lives with a personal timeline. That’s a slippery slope into walled gardens and towards the singularity.