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Inside DuckDuckGo, Google's Tiniest, Fiercest Competitor
In 2008, launching a search engine seemed like a crazy idea. Here's how Gabriel Weinberg proved the critics wrong.
article  duckduckgo  culture  development  technology  searchengine 
6 hours ago by dwight
John Lanchester reviews ‘The Second Machine Age’ by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee and ‘Average Is Over’ by Tyler Cowen · LRB 5 March 2015
The typical worker’s income in the US has barely gone up since 1979, and has actually fallen since 1999, while her productivity has gone up in a nice straightish line. The amount of work done per worker has gone up, but pay hasn’t. This means that the proceeds of increased profitability are accruing to capital rather than to labour. The culprit is not clear, but Brynjolfsson and McAfee argue, persuasively, that the force to blame is increased automation.

Capital isn’t just winning against labour: there’s no contest.

He sees another boon in the effect that technology will have on the prices of many everyday goods and services. A massive deflation is coming: ‘Even if there’s going to be a disruption in people’s jobs, in the short term that’s likely to be made up by the decreasing cost of things we need, which I think is really important and not being talked about.’

Collapsing house prices could be another part of this equation. Even more than technology, he puts this down to policy changes needed to make land more readily available for construction. Rather than exceeding $1m, there’s no reason why the median home in Palo Alto, in the heart of Silicon Valley, shouldn’t cost $50,000, he says.

These chilling views aren’t unusual in Silicon Valley and the upper reaches of the overlord class. The tone is inevitabilist, deterministic and triumphalist. There’s no point feeling sad about it, this is just what’s going to happen. Yes, robots will eat the jobs – all the little people jobs, anyway.
technology  economic-future  work 
8 hours ago by craigryan
Solution to Nausea Puts Virtual Reality Closer to Market
Oculus VR, Sony, HTC and other makers of virtual reality headsets have incorporated technology to combat motion sickness, allowing them to set timetables for mass-marketing their products.
article  nytimes  vr  oculus  technology 
10 hours ago by dwight
New Rules in China Upset Western Tech Companies
HONG KONG — The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to invasive audits and build so-called back doors into hardware and software, according to a copy of the rules obtained by foreign technology companies that do billions of dollars’ worth of business in China.
COMSEC-RSS  Politics  Global  Technology 
10 hours ago by awf1130
A Focus On The Company Not The Investment – AVC
I do not mean that your investment isn’t important and I do not mean that making money isn’t the focus of a venture capital firm and a venture capital investor. Both are absolutely true. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  blogs  fred  wilson  technology  vc 
10 hours ago by clayhebert
User Story Mapping - 9781491904909_sampler.pdf
I first heard this definition of a pattern from my friend Linda Rising: when you tell someone about a great idea and he says, "Yeah, we do something like that, too." It’s not an invention, it’s a pattern.

Story mapping is a pattern. It’s what sensible people do to make sense of a whole product or whole feature. It’s what they do to break down large stories into smaller ones. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t arrive at it on your own. You would have eventually. But reading this book will save you weeks or months of frustration.

Story maps are for breaking down big stories as you tell them.
agile  storymapping  methods  Technology  projectmanagement 
11 hours ago by miaridge

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