All posts tagged: progress

Assorted links for 09/27/2019

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1. Vaclav Smil: ‘Growth must end. Our economist friends don’t seem to realise that’ (progress, The Guardian) 2. Evidence against current methods leading to human level artificial intelligence (AI, AI Impacts) 3. Mathematics as a Cultural Force (history, Longreads) 4. Clever materials make it easier to pull clean water from the air (science, via MIT Technology Review)

Front-loading complexity for innovation

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An interesting paper on influencing the rates of innovation – how more likely we are to come up with new or more complex products given a set of technologies, or components, that are already available to us now. (…) we measure how the number of makeable products (words, recipes, cocktails, and software products) grows as we acquire new components (letters, ingredients, beverages, and development tools). We do this for an arbitrary order of component acquisition […]

Assorted links for 08/17/2019

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1. Super Sad True Chef Story by Samuel Ashworth 2. Silicon phoenix: A gifted child, an adventure, a dark time, and then … a pivot? How Silicon Valley rewrote America’s redemption narrative by Cat McGowan Also: There are no better stories in failures This paper presents evidence of performance persistence in entrepreneurship. We show that entrepreneurs with a track record of success are much more likely to succeed than first-time entrepreneurs and those who have […]

Assorted links for 08/01/2019

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1. We Need a New Science of Progress by Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowen Progress itself is understudied. By “progress,” we mean the combination of economic, technological, scientific, cultural, and organizational advancement that has transformed our lives and raised standards of living over the past couple of centuries. For a number of reasons, there is no broad-based intellectual movement focused on understanding the dynamics of progress, or targeting the deeper goal of speeding it up. […]