Diary of a Madman, Page 36
10,800 people peering inside, you’re one of the chosen.
I. This Week’s Analyses
Last week was Health week on Humanizing Tech. It’s one of those things that nobody seems to care about until something goes wrong. And then it’s all you care about. Just like oxygen. And hearing someone’s voice after they’re already gone.
Be sure to check out all our health-related stories through our tag: Health. And for the newest analyses, along with one from our newest contributor, have at it:
- Elon’s Neural Lace May Kill You [The Mission, Featured]: we show off our Biologic Intelligence emulator visualization when what we predict could go back with Neural Laces, does.
- The Future of the Stethoscope, or Not [Jonathan Kanevsky]: a fun story from our newest contributor, an MD, who’s got another coming this week.
- Sports Wearables, Same or Different? [fountainhead]: MLB-approved WHOOP band versus the Apple Watch.
- Musk Versus Johnson: Neural Lace Race [fountainhead]: the two entrepreneurs fighting for in-brain mesh supremacy.
- Connectome: 3 New Stars in My Accessories Constellation [Antoine RJ Wright]: interesting products for unlocking your creativity and connections capability.
- AR Car . Mobile Nuclear Reactor . Spray-On Solar [fountainhead, free]: sharing the most important stories of the day in a new experiment for what type of content you like delivered to your inbox best.
- AI Limits . SEAL Prep . German Sun [fountainhead]: wrapping the most important stories of the day into a narrative as another experiment. We like the list version better, what do you think?
- Which Startup Should You Start in Different Industries [fountainhead]: you can’t just say “video” or “self-driving”, you have to zoom in, go deep, and find the little-known, industry insider problem, then solve that.
II. Limits of Artificial, Not Biologic, Intelligence
In last week’s Page 35 Diary entry, we linked to two stories about the limits of AI and a new possible approach offered by DARPA pointing directly at Biologic Intelligence.
This week comes with even more fodder. One from a writer funded by Google DeepMind in Scientific American who actually linked to some of Biologic Intelligence’s old work, one from Apple, one from Uber, one on VentureBeat, and one from a VC in TechCrunch. Then there’s Turing’s original paper.
This is only the beginning, though. As people begin to wake up to the realities of Deep Learning (i.e., pushing lots of data through an equation to get a solution to a single specific problem), they will also begin to realize its limit. Sure, it has magical properties, but when you pull back the covers and see how it works, you understand just how laborious it is for humans.
We can’t say it any clearer than that. AI has some impressive capabilities, but it definitely ain’t the long-term answer. Especially if we want to one day get to a humanoid robot in every house (new Bill Gates?). Our prediction is all the equations, algorithms, and techniques will eventually find its way towards Biologic Intelligence (i.e, connectomes).
In other news, our Patent Attorneys made #10 out of 100 IP firms.
III. Newsworthy News
- Funding: $25M A round for a logistics web app versus an $8M A round for a robotic arm and hand. Something seems amiss here for humanity. There’s hope, quantum computers raise $64M in two rounds. Also, Robinhood’s latest round puts their value at $1.3B.
- Big Deal: AT&T just closed the US Government for a $6.5B deal for a dedicated wireless network in case of terrorist attack for first responders.
- Music: 808s and Heartbreaks, the founder of Roland passed.
- Algorithmic Retail: WSJ reports a new kind of arbitrage while Amazon becomes an MCN.
- Top 20 VC: as ranked by the NY Times, a fun exercise to bucket their startups into certain industries.
- Space: interior of the Blue Origin spacecraft.
- FinTech: a great deck by CB Insights.
- Ethereum: another great deck, but this for the Enterprise.
- Materials: remember a year ago when The Base Code recommended you take a look at Lithium?
- Emulating Nature: Photosynthesis and Soft Robotics.
- Robotics: Iron Man is now a startup.
- Tech vs Fashion Magazines: interesting they all look the same?
- Samurai: Bushido’s honor in business feels a long way off these days.
- Greek Letters: may we present, ladies and gentleman, Theta.
- Luxury: the Rolls Royce Black Badge is no joke.
- Jobs: VP Product Innovation at Netflix or the SVP Innovation at Time Warner.
- Throwback: about 100 pictures of us building a live action movie set we fully self-funded that was combined into the StoryApp product. Still nobody is producing a movie to help market a tech product. Think different.
If you find it difficult to fit into some preconceived thesis, it’s likely you have invented something disruptive. By nature it doesn’t fit.
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