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The Future of Work

By Sam Lessin · 12 comments

We are entering a period where machine learning is going to dramatically change the nature of work across ...


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The Future of Free Speech

By Sam Lessin · 1 comment

In the past several years technology has made speech dramatically more powerful and free than was ...


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The Future of Truth

By Sam Lessin · 10 comments

For the last century we have had the luxury of being able to rely on photos, video and audio for a ...


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Seven Key Questions in the Cryptocurrency World

By Sam Lessin · 18 comments

If you look at the list of the 10 largest online crowdfunding campaigns in history, eight of them raised ...


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A Game Plan for VR and AR in 2017

By Sam Lessin · 14 comments

The VR and AR push of the last several years is at a crossroads. The PR wave that had helped create ...


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Time to Pay Attention to Cryptocurrencies

By Sam Lessin · 11 comments

In the last few weeks there have been massive runups in several cryptocurrencies. The market ...


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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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