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The Wrinkle In Forecasting Autonomous Cars

By Sam Lessin · 12 comments

Onstage at TED last week, Elon Musk made the very bold proclamation that in about two years, Tesla owners ...


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The Bay Area Should Levy a 5% Equity Tax on Startups

By Sam Lessin · 27 comments

There are a lot of new tax ideas circulating in conversations. With aging infrastructure, growing ...


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The Second Coming of IT

By Sam Lessin · 5 comments

For a generation before we thought of “technology companies” as Google and Facebook, there was ...


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Why Twitter Should Start Charging

By Sam Lessin · 16 comments

In the last few months, while the technorati have mostly focused their navel-gazing on the story wars ...


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Who Pays for Redesigning Streets for Self-Driving Cars?

By Sam Lessin · 10 comments

In the abstract, self-driving cars should make traffic in cities better. In practice, I think self-driving ...


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Slowing Down the Digital Escapist Movement

By Sam Lessin · 13 comments

In “The Three-Body Problem” science fiction trilogy, there’s a constant tension between ...


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The Return of History: Google Photos and Personal Big Data

By Sam Lessin · 7 comments

For the last several years, thanks to social media, people have valued photos for the attention they ...


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The Similarity Between Silicon Valley and Trump

By Sam Lessin · 13 comments

For all the discussion about the relationship between Trump and Silicon Valley over the last several ...


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Our Silent Future

By Sam Lessin · 18 comments

Can you get through your day without talking, in person, to another human? If you unwind the clock 100 ...



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In 2017, Tech Will Seek to Regain Moral High Ground

By Sam Lessin · 9 comments

One of the things that in recent history set the technology complex apart from finance and other ...


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Why Amazon Should Launch a Bank—But Won’t

By Sam Lessin · 5 comments

Last month Cross River Bank, an FDIC-insured, deposit-taking bank of Bergen County, New Jersey, raised $28 ...


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Free Speech and Democracy in the Age of Micro-Targeting

By Sam Lessin · 10 comments

For many centuries philosophers, political scientists and lawyers have taken for granted that there is a ...


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The Rise of Information Imperialism

By Sam Lessin · 6 comments

It recently dawned on me that we are in an age of information imperialism. Small communities of people ...


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