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Against The Singularity

 Ray Kurzweil’s predictions of the Singularity annoy me sufficiently that I once sat down to write a TechCrunch column attacking them. A brief primer: Singularity theory argues that our exponential technological growth will, several decades hence, culminate in an unimaginable transcendence that redefines humanity, sentience, and/or reality. It is also known as the Rapture of the Nerds Read More

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Listen To Nic Brisbourne Talk Future Of VC, European Tech Scene, And Ubergeddon

 Earlier this week I got on a call with to Nic Brisbourne, Managing Partner at London-based Forward Partners, which helps build and backs startups largely in the e-commerce space. Before that Nic spent 9 years at leading European VC firm DFJ Esprit. Read More

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Major Advance Reveals the Limits of Computation

A major advance reveals deep connections between the classes of problems that computers can—and can’t—possibly do. The post Major Advance Reveals the Limits of Computation appeared first on WIRED.
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Uber’s Move to Oakland Will Test an Economy in Overdrive

In the Bay Area’s overheated real estate market, Oakland is starting to look like an ideal spot for tech companies. But Oakland is pushing back. The post Uber’s Move to Oakland Will Test an Economy in Overdrive appeared first on WIRED.
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Read the Sci-Fi Story ‘Fresh Prince of Gamma World’ Here

Check out Austin Grossman’s videogame-inspired short story here. The post Read the Sci-Fi Story ‘Fresh Prince of Gamma World’ Here appeared first on WIRED.
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How to Make a Clean Break With the Clingiest Social Networks

Breaking up is hard to do. Harder yet when there’s a deactivation period. The post How to Make a Clean Break With the Clingiest Social Networks appeared first on WIRED.
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Here Is Your WIRED Star Wars Challenge for Day 161

Nothing goes with a mood ring like a lightsaber. The post Here Is Your WIRED Star Wars Challenge for Day 161 appeared first on WIRED.
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#VATMESS Is About To Get Much Messier

 Indie developers were rightly up in arms at the recent changes to the place of supply rules for B2C sales — deftly coined #VATMESS by Twitter wags. The rules were well-intentioned — it was not right that Apple, Google and Amazon could set up shop in Luxembourg, thus gaming the tax system and disadvantaging EU competitors. However, the implementation was cack-handed Read More

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TC Makers: Goebel & Company Makes Furniture For An Old-Fashioned Future

 The folks at Goebel Furniture make amazing wooden furniture the old fashioned way: the create design permutations in CAD/CAM, 3D print demo models, and then carve and shape every piece to the customer’s exact requirements. Run by Martin Goebel, the company makes commercial and domestic furniture. The commercial stuff is amazingly heavy and hearty while the domestic furniture is almost… Read More

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How Do You Value A Company Like Uber?

 Each week brings more Uber stories, with some containing good news for those who believe that the company is on a glide path to a $100 billion IPO, and some containing bad news, which evoke predictions of catastrophe from Uber doubters. For me, the test with each news story is to see how that story affects my narrative for Uber, and by extension, my estimate of its value. Read More

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