whatweread

We’ve started a new series where we curate some of interesting reads on how technology affects us. They range from stories or blogs on how to run a tech business or a detailed analysis of cat videos on YouTube. Tell us what you think and also share some good reads you’ve come across.

An uneasy state – Outlook India

“India collects data on citizens for a dozen different purposes. By the time I was born, the problem of growing enough food had been solved. Yet, millions were still hungry. The state had already linked basic rights with a card by then. A ration card was proof that you, Citizen X, existed.”

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Meet the guy who solved Uber’s insurance problem – Buzzfeed

“The non-professional, part-time drivers powering its popular UberX service in most cities — not quite taxi or limo drivers, and not quite personal-use drivers, either — defied categorization by insurers.”

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When good drones go bad – Wired

“A lone wolf. A terrorist group. Drug cartels. Espionage-minded corporations. Activist organizations. The list of those who could benefit—or already have—from the illicit use of drones is long, and not getting any shorter.”

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Will the bubble burst? Ask your cabbie – Techcrunch

“I asked, ‘How does Internet.com actually make money?’ The reply, ‘Who the f**k cares? With a name like that it’s going to pop at least 50 percent tomorrow. Are you in or out?’ I decided to pass. If no one was actually even looking at the financials and expected a 50 percent return in one day, a crash couldn’t be far off.”

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Deep learning is easy – learn something harder – Inference

“Building deep neural networks for supervised learning – while still being improved – is now considered boring or solved by many. The next frontier, unsupervised learning will certainly benefit from the deep learning toolkit, but it also requires a very different kind of thinking, familiarity with information theory/probabilities/geometry.”

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No UI is the new UI– Techcrunch

“As a designer, this is an unsettling trend to internalize. In a world where computers can see, listen, talk, understand and reply to you, what is the purpose of a user interface? Beyond human-interface interaction, we are entering the world of brain-computer interface.”

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The industrial IoT: 56 startups transforming factory floors, oil fields and supply chains – CBinsights

“With connected devices like Nest and Sonos breaking into the mainstream, the IoT has become one of the most-discussed tech trends of the last twenty years. And the hype is well founded: IoT startups have attracted a cumulative $7.4B in venture investment over the past 6 years.”

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Inside Facebook’s decision to blow up the Like button – Bloomberg

“Cox’s first job was developing the News Feed. At the time, though, he and Zuckerberg badly misjudged user reaction: People hated it. They felt as if their private interactions were suddenly being exposed. “It wasn’t our best product rollout,” Cox concedes.

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Netflix and the conservation of attractive profits – Stratachery

“Netflix’s absolute embrace of the commoditization of time sends an important message to both content creators and content consumers that the service is first and foremost committed to connecting each side of the content equation as efficiently as possible.”

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DNA got a kid kicked out of school – and it’ll happen again – Wired

“Yes, genetic discrimination. Get used to those two words together, because they’re likely to become a lot more common. With DNA tests now cheap and readily available, the number of people getting tests has gone way up—along with the potential for discrimination based on the results.”

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