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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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The First Modern Election

By Sam Lessin · 11 comments

We just witnessed the first fully modern campaign cycle. If you are versed in science fiction, it played ...


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Where Airbnb May Be More Vulnerable than Uber

By Sam Lessin · 3 comments

Airbnb and Uber are, far and away, the two poster children for digital businesses disrupting ...


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Why Today’s Tech Narrative is Way Ahead of Reality

By Sam Lessin · 17 comments

When I worked at Facebook, I used to give a talk to all the incoming product managers about science ...


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How Data Analytics is Changing Startup Financing

By Sam Lessin · 9 comments

In my first job after college I worked for Bain & Company and learned a lot about how to use data to ...


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Uber’s Self-Driving Car Puzzle

By Sam Lessin · 13 comments

The wave of fervor over self-driving cars is putting Uber in a precarious position. At first blush, it is ...


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