Friday Tab Dump: Feb. 9 2018

Friday tab dump

Why paper jams persist {new yorker}

“A trivial problem reveals the limits of technology.”

Amazon and healthcare {exponent podcast}

Ben and James breakdown the possible outcomes of Amazon’s recent announcement that they’re getting into healthcare. Highly recommended for anyone trying to understand Amazon and its effects.

An updated lead-crime roundup for 2018 {mother jones}

I always thought this was a super interesting hypothesis but never read up on it.

Worries grow that the price of Bitcoin is being propped up {new york times}

My investment advice: Max out your IRAs, people.

Intel made smart glasses that look normal {the verge}

Loved learning more about the design priorities of this project.

How automation could worsen racial inequality {the atlantic}

I learned a lot from this piece. Important stuff.

 

Friday Tab Dump: Feb. 2 2018

Friday tab dump

Toward a constructive technology criticism {columbia journalism review}

I’m still processing everything in this piece but it summarizes a lot of things I’ve been thinking about over the past couple years. An excerpt:

“A critic of literature examines a work, analyzing its features, evaluating its qualities, seeking a deeper appreciation that might be useful to other readers of the same text. In a similar way, critics of music, theater, and the arts have a valuable, well-established role, serving as a helpful bridge between artists and audiences. Criticism of technology, however, is not yet afforded the same glad welcome.”

Craft beer is the strangest, happiest economic story in America {the atlantic}

Amen.

#878: Ta-Nehisi Coates {wtf podcast}

Great talk.

#138: A moat too far {exponent podcast}

“Ben Thompson and James Allworth discuss Amazon Go and what it says about the economics of tech and how Amazon is building multiple monopolies.”

 

Friday Tab Dump: Jan. 26 2018

Friday tab dump

This story is incredible: A prison film made in prison {new yorker}

Through lockdowns and pat-downs, the filmmakers behind “O.G.” tried to capture the hopes and despair of the inmates, who played most of the roles.

Jonah Peretti: Everything is fine {columbia journalism review}

While he admits his digital-media empire has had a difficult few months, Peretti sticks to his optimism about BuzzFeed’s model and its identity as a social-first media organization in an interview with CJR.

How The New York Times is using interactive tools to build loyalty (and ultimately subscriptions) {digiday}

In recent months, the team has launched calendars to integrate into readers’ Google and Apple calendars to inform them of content produced by the paper. Later this year, it will launch a modified version of a text message experiment it ran during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Why we should be disagreeing more at work {hbr}

Friday Tab Dump: Jan. 19 2018

Friday tab dump

This story is so sad: A tech pioneer’s final, unexpected act {new yorker}

Cool feature in which All Songs Considered in DC call member stations around the country: Eight new artists to watch in 2018 {npr}

Improving ourselves to death {new yorker}

Ads don’t work that way {melting asphalt}

Desperately seeking cities {n+1)

It’s the (democracy-poisoning) golden age of free speech {wired}

 

Against the digital detox

Matthew J. X. Malady gave up his mobile phone, social media, etc. for three days. His experience doesn’t fit the typical detox trope, one which states that giving up our devices “frees” us and allows us to reconnect and see the world in new ways. It’s a trope I’ve been sympathetic towards in the past.

Mr. Malady’s main takeaway: Going without made him less curious. Writing for the New Yorker:

During the world’s longest weekend, it became clear to me that, when I’m using my phone or surfing the Internet, I am almost always learning something. I’m using Google to find out what types of plastic bottles are the worst for human health, or determining the home town of a certain actor, or looking up some N.B.A. player’s college stats. I’m trying to find out how many people work at Tesla, or getting the address for that brunch place, or checking out how in the world Sacramento came to be the capital of California.