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Robert Reich

  • First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the Presidency
    Trump’s failure to accomplish little or any of his agenda during his first 100 days shouldn’t...
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 17, 5:08pm -
  • Free Speech (Update)
    Coulter is back. Today (Thursday), officials at the University of California, Berkeley, changed...
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 17, 11:24pm -
  • 4 REASONS WHY TRUMP’S PLAN TO STRIP THE IRS IS INCREDIBLY...
    4 REASONS WHY TRUMP’S PLAN TO STRIP THE IRS IS INCREDIBLY DUMBDonald Trump is proposing a 14.1 percent cut in the I.R.S.’s budget next year. This is incredibly dumb, for four reasons: 1. It won’t save money. To the contrary, this move worsens t…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 17, 7:58pm -
  • The Only Real “Centrist” Agenda
    With Steve Bannon on way out, official Washington is jumping for joy that Gary Cohn – the...
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 17, 10:25pm -
  • The Trump Doctrine
    What’s the “Trump Doctrine” of foreign policy? At first glance,foreign policy under Trump seems...
    - 9 days ago, 15 Apr 17, 8:22pm -
  • The World According to Trump
    The starkest difference between dictatorships and democracies is thatdemocracies are ruled by laws,...
    - 11 days ago, 13 Apr 17, 11:31pm -
  • Update for Trump Voters
    1. He said he wouldn’t bomb Syria. You bought it. Then he bombed Syria.2. He said he’d build a...
    - 14 days ago, 11 Apr 17, 5:18am -

Naked Capitalism

Overcoming Bias

  • Superhumans Live Among Us
    Computers are impressive machines, and they get more impressive every year, as hardware gets cheaper and software gets better. But while they are substantially better than humans on many important tasks, still overall humans earn far more income from…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 2:51pm -
  • Mormon Transhumanists
    A standard trope of science fiction has religious groups using violence to stop a new technology. Perhaps because of this, many are surprised by the existence of religious transhumanists. Saturday I gave a keynote talk on Age of Em at … Continue re…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 17, 10:50pm -
  • Hail Humans
    Humans developed a uniquely strong and flexible capacity for social norms (see Boehm). Because of this, the praise that humans most crave is an acknowledgment that we are principled. That is, that we (mostly) adhere to the norms of our … Continue r…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Apr 17, 6:25pm -
  • Fuller on Age of Em
    I’d heard that an academic review of Age of Em was forthcoming from the new Journal of Posthuman Studies. And after hearing about Baum’s review, the author Steve Fuller of this second academic review (which won’t be published for a … Continue…
    - 28 days ago, 28 Mar 17, 1:45pm -
  • Baum on Age of Em
    In the Journal Futures, Seth Baum gives the first academic review of Age of Em. First, some words of praise: The book is by far the most detailed description of the em world available. .. If you are wondering about … Continue reading →
    - 29 days ago, 27 Mar 17, 11:35am -
  • A Book Response Prediction
    All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Schopenhauer, 1788-1860. My next book won’t come out until January, and reviews of it will appear in the w…
    - 29 days ago, 26 Mar 17, 4:10pm -
  • Reversible Simulations 
    Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder is irate that non-physicists use the hypothesis that we live in a computer simulation to intrude on the territory of physicists: The simulation hypothesis, as it’s called, enjoys a certain popularity among people who l…
    - 31 days ago, 25 Mar 17, 1:15pm -
  • Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony
    In one kind of book, a smooth talker who has published many books takes a fraction of a year to explore a topic that has newly piqued their curiosity. In another kind of book, someone who has spend a lifetime … Continue reading →
    - 31 days ago, 24 Mar 17, 2:55pm -
  • Imagine Philosopher Kings
    I just read Joseph Heath’s Enlightenment 2.0 (reviewed here by Alex). Heath is a philosopher who is a big fan of “reason,” which he sees as an accidentally-created uniquely-human mental capacity offering great gains in generality and accuracy o…
    - 32 days ago, 23 Mar 17, 6:00pm -
  • Better Babblers

    - 34 days ago, 21 Mar 17, 6:25pm -

Information Arbitrage

  • Recycling: The challenge and the opportunity for a Seed stage VC
    My recent post gave rise to a host of questions around the issue of recycling. What does it mean? How do you do it? And what are the implications for venture investors? I attempted to respond in a Tweetstorm, but recycling is a complicated issue that…
    - 5 Oct 16, 8:48pm -
  • The TTD Investment and the IA Ventures Model
    A Little HistoryIA Ventures began life a little less than seven years ago, just as the world was coming out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The term “Micro VC” had yet to be coined. “Big Data” was still somewhat myste…
    - 29 Sep 16, 1:25am -
  • Welcoming John to IA
    Brad, Jesse and I are happy to announce that our friend and colleague, John Hadl, is joining IA Ventures as Venture Partner, effective immediately. We have personally gotten to know John over the past four years due to our shared investment in PlaceI…
    - 12 Mar 15, 8:29pm -
  • Crowdfunding for start-ups: A durable trend or a bull market phenomenon?
    Angel investing is red hot as is the concept of crowdfunding start up investment. Part of this phenomenon has been driven by the emergence of AngelList, the brainchild of Naval Ravikant. What started out as a way for a curated set of angels to inves…
    - 23 Nov 14, 10:44pm -
  • Financial interaction: the next generation
    I have spent over 25 years creating, processing and analyzing financial transactions. I like studying them - a lot - whether an outgrowth of my time on Wall Street helping sophisticated entities manage risks, or through IA Ventures’ investments in…
    - 25 Feb 14, 10:43pm -
  • IA Ventures: Reflections on 2013
    2013 was a very different kind of year for IA Ventures. While the years 2010-12 were characterized by 8-10 new investments per year, in 2013 we invested in only three new companies: Data Robot; Digital Ocean (DO) and Sight Machine (SM). Digital Ocean…
    - 3 Jan 14, 8:28pm -
  • “If you can’t do something willingly and joyfully, then don’t do it. If you give...
    “If you can’t do something willingly and joyfully, then don’t do it. If you give up drinking, don’t go moaning about it; go back on the bottle. Do. As. Thou. Wilt." - The late Peter O'Toole
    - 16 Dec 13, 1:05pm -
  • Venture Capital and "Innovation"
    Many have recently been critical of the role of the venture industry in financing “true innovation.” The narrative goes something like this: “VCs are like lemmings, flocking to the latest consumer wave (mobile chat, ride-sharing, etc.) in searc…
    - 16 Dec 13, 2:41am -
  • Evidence is mounting that people at the bottom are increasingly stuck without skills or pathways to...
    Evidence is mounting that people at the bottom are increasingly stuck without skills or pathways to rise. Research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston shows that in the 1980s, 21 percent of Americans in the bottom income quintile would rise to…
    - 15 Dec 13, 1:51pm -
  • Soft is the new Hard
    I live in a world where engineering and technical talent is valued above all others, where the Holy Grail is a “coding ninja” who can crank out oodles of elegant code at a breakneck pace. These people speak a language that is distinct and only un…
    - 14 Nov 13, 4:32am -