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MAXed Out: When Planes, Servers, and Shoes Crash

Mother tech has been angry lately. In brutal, deadly terms, she’s been reminding us of the price of our over-reliance on software and the internet. Just this week, Boeing’s MAX 8 albatross dealt a lethal blow when a plane went…

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Predictive Analytics White-Out at Lake Tahoe

It’s the mantra of big data and machine learning. The past predicts the future. But what if the future is a total departure from the past? In that case, does machine learning become really stupid about the present? To answer…

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Time for a Bitcoin Reboot?

Exactly a year ago, I was sitting in an elite private social club in Manhattan listening to a fashion photographer expound on the virtues of buying cryptocurrencies, while an all-female audience opened up their laptops to buy. When I wrote…

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Elon Musk Just Became the Jim Lonborg of Tweeting

Drop your tweets, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced last week in a lawsuit. No more half-cocked character bursts about your company’s prospects or stock price. Cross this hard, digital line and risk being barred from leadership at any public…

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