I’ve always felt that programming is more similar to languages than to mathematics. The number of hard maths problems that we solve as part of this work are really limited, the number of language problems on the other hand is immense.
A revealing tale about structural racism from Ramesh A Nagarajah who by his own admission is the token black friend.
Frédéric Lordon tries to own Piketty but comes around at the end anyway because as he says: the data is there, the timing is there and Piketty is a decent guy.
This interview with Marc Andreessen is mostly interesting for the talk about productivity and operations.
We have to build these ultra rapid trains anyway, so let’s start on it tomorrow.
A very long but quite inspired series of conceptual visual spatializations of the internet.
Challengers are great if they carry both sets of qualities: both questioning and delivering.
A useful overview of engineering manager archetypes to reflect and contrast the various responsibilities that managers can take on.
An interesting argument that uses Scott’s critique of high modernism to cast doubt on how beneficial machine learning will be for authoritarian regimes. Also a bit reminiscent of Weyl’s critique of technocracy.
Let’s hope it’s true.
A grand treatment by Arundhati Roy of the situation that India is in now.