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Banking on the Future: Why our most hated institutions will become our most beloved

It’s expensive to be poor.

There are two banking systems in the world today: one for people with money (or good credit), and another for people without. But neither of these systems work well. People with money have gotten used …

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11/21 322

AI is Industrializing Discovery

One of the defining characteristics in an industrial revolution is the fundamental shift from a bespoke, artisan process to an industrialized, engineerable, repeatable one. In this video, General Partner on the Bio Fund Vijay Pande describes how we are in …

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11/19 218

Remember QR Codes? They’re More Powerful Than You Think

China’s mobile payment ecosystem, the largest in the world, is built upon QR codes. But that technology extends far beyond shopping to ease friction throughout daily life. On a recent trip to China, I personally interacted with QR codes …

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10/30 671

Biology is Eating the World: A Manifesto

We are at the beginning of a new era, where biology has shifted from empirical science to an engineering discipline. After a millennia of using man-made approaches for controlling or manipulating biology, we have finally begun using nature’s own …

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10/28 904

Which Way Do You Run?

The plan was to drink until the pain over. But what’s worse, the pain or the hangover? —Kanye West, “Dark Fantasy”

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10/17 1338

State of Play: Six Trends Revolutionizing Games

Games have come a long way since Pong. Consisting of a single white pixel bouncing across the screen—a crude simulation of table tennis—the 1972 arcade classic was the nascent gaming industry’s first hit.

Since then, games have grown from …

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10/16 281

My New Book, Why I Wrote It, and Where the Money Will Go

I watch your actions not just captions in the sh*t you post —Rick Ross, “Big Tyme”

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10/10 404

The Passion Economy and the Future of Work

The top-earning writer on the paid newsletter platform Substack earns more than $500,000 a year from reader subscriptions. The top content creator on Podia, a platform video courses and digital memberships, makes more than $100,000 a month. And teachers across …

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10/08 1408

Open Source: From Community to Commercialization

Editor’s Note: The open source software (OSS) movement has created some of our most important and widely used technologies, including operating systems, web browsers, and databases. Our world would not function, or at least not function as well, without open …

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10/04 827

The Map and the Terrain

“To me it’s kinda funny, the attitude showing a n*&#a driving But don’t know where the fuck he’s going, just rolling”

—Easy E, “Straight Outta Compton”

Years ago, I remember yelling at my CFO Dave Conte. He built a financial …

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10/02 915