Mind Crunches #11: Summer Links Festival
A summer reading list for the intellectually curious
I was recently featured in the latest Athens University of Economics & Business (AUEB) MBA newsletter, my alma mater. I shared some of my thoughts on hysteresis, Corporation 2.0 and how business leaders can draw inspiration from systems theory, anthropology and innovation to successfully navigate stay the post-pandemic reality.
I wrote a review of an article on Voluntary Governments. TLDR: It’s time we digitally transform democracy while staying true to its core values. (The original article was posted on 1729, a newsletter that offer crypto incentives to readers which is an interesting “skin in the game” concept. I had commented on the value of adding more “skin in the game” in business models in the latest Mind Crunches issue.)
Metaverse is Silicon Valley’s new favorite buzzword, and as it usually happens with buzzwords they end up as metaphorical vehicles for a diverse list of meanings. Interestingly enough, metaverse was also used by Satya Nadella who is always careful with his words. Zuckerberg’s Verge interview is a must read regardless of the validity of the term. (I am planning to write a post about metaverse the next weeks)
Jonathan Haidt (one of my favorite thinkers) argues that loneliness in young ages is now a public health emergency and suggests we ban smartphones from schools and not allow kids below the age of 13 having social media accounts. Spoiler alert: I agree! If you are interested in reading more about the subject, Sherry Turkle was one of the first to openly talk about it!
“My high-level answer is that technology is the driving force of history” - From Balajis’ latest interview.
Divya Siddarth, an associate political economist and social technologist in the Office of the CTO at Microsoft, on whether we approach AI in a wrong way and how we could turn AI into a more human-collaborative rather than human-competitive technology. Divya is also part of the “radical markets” school of thought that has founded RadicalxChange. Here are my early thoughts on the movement.
Agnes Callard, a modern-day philosopher, on the collaborative nature of knowledge and how we can become more Socratic. I am truly passionate about the art of debate and radical humility, so I wrote a thread with some of my thoughts.
Tyler Cowen on why the future will be weirder than we think
Noah Smith, the Substack blogger whom I am happily supporting with a premium subscription, on the true reasons behind China’s decision to break its tech industry.
Scott Alexander goes contra Acemoglu on the never-ending discussion about the future perils of AI. Heavyweight intellectual boxing fight!
Vitalik Buterin on the idea of retroactive public goods. It sounds complex and academic but it is powerfully simple.
The tech industry in Seattle, a city which I have come to love and consider my home, is booming with 12 unicorns ready to fly! At the same time though, Seattle is facing a major homeless crisis which I believe could be alleviated if the local government tried to solve it with a product development mindset. Here are my suggestions.
Predictions about the future of work by someone who is actually shaping the future of work!
Financial services industry in a non-stop disruption mode
A truly insightful and mind-provoking thread on why Facebook will rule the world for the years to come
Tech-enabled post-police future. (super scary)
Korean platforms redefining what it means to be a teen idol
Recommended book: Lat Best Hope: America in Crisis & Renewal. George Packer has been a personal hero since I first read “The Unwinding” and his latest book proves he is still in top form. Great -and short- read!
Recommended podcast: The Future Of Cities - The Deep End
Recommended Newsletter: Luca Dellanna’s Newsletter
Quote of the month: “What I learned on my own, I still remember”
Photo of the month: Olympic Games is art - Poetry in motion
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Have a wonderful and safe summer!