Off the Edge

Yes, we are passionate about technology and its disruptive micro- and macro-level impact. But we are also curious about a lot of other stuff. We built this page to share things we find interesting, intriguing or irritating: books we are reading, podcasts or articles we’ve come across, blogs we’ve posted elsewhere, thoughts on music, movies, sports and more. All things we enjoy thinking about and discussing — but if you ask us, ‘why should I listen to you?’…well…here we have no good answer. We just hope some will pique your curiosity.

The Robots Are Coming For Your Job

This well-researched New Yorker article provides a fairly balanced perspective on the question of how many of us will be made unemployed by robots–and how quickly. The article offers a variety of points, which mirror the ongoing disagreement between the two of us. Marco–who rolled his eyes at the title–argues that robots are having great...

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Weezer’s Latest: Teal (A.I. can’t do this yet…)

Many music nerds like me tend to love Weezer. It’s not just that they’re great musicians, or that their lyrics are clever, it’s that they have a knack for perfecting any kind of style and sound they choose, starting with their ’50’s-inspired breakout hit “Buddy Holly” to their headbanging “Hashpipe.” With Weezer, the whole project feels...

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Decisions, Decisions…

This New Yorker article offers a nice discussion of the complex and messy conditions in which we take most decisions. Lots of interesting food for thought, starting with the observations that often our most trivial decisions are the most rationally thought out, while the most consequential ones are taken on a whim. History can serve...

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Why Is This Man Running For President?

Andrew Yang, a long-shot candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020, has a good life story, is articulate and thoughtful, and genuinely seems like a nice guy who can connect with voters. This Economist podcast shows he is also a good diagnostician of America’s ills. But he’s prescribing the wrong medicine- a Universal...

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Tabula Rasa AI

The December New Yorker issue has an excellent piece on how Artificial Intelligence has evolved to master games like chess and Go, long considered tests of human intelligence. (One of us has grumpily complained in the past that, while we keep being told the machines will take all the jobs, we still all slave away...

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3D Powers

3D printing–additive manufacturing, to be pedantically precise–has emerged as one of the most transformational technologies. It accelerates the cycle of design, prototyping and production; it allows for new product geometries and properties, opens the way for new materials, and could change the very nature of economies of scale. It will be the topic of our...

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