I wonder if we are looking in the wrong places to assess the state of the world. The twilight of an era, as in Vienna a little over a century ago, is always murky. With nationalism and xenophobia resurgent, examples of humanity’s basest instincts abound. They grab the headlines. At the same time, community and sharing, often across national borders, through digital platforms like Airbnb, BlaBlaCar and Facebook, expand. This is the world’s undercurrent.
Caliphate Host and New York Times ISIS beat reporter Rukmini Callimachi shares incredible research on ISIS, interviews former ISIS members/trainees, and goes to Iraq & Syria to collect document in abandoned ISIS buildings. It’s masterfully produced.
Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve heard about terrorist group ISIS. Every day they’re in some kind of news story. There was so much I didn’t know. I didn’t realize that ISIS was such a governing state. They administered municipal services like trash pickup. Despite the physical state having been disrupted, I didn’t realize how much the mentality had spread across the world because of the Internet. I didn’t realize the depths of their brutality. In the podcast, they talked about the view of sexual violence and child slavery as a religious act.
When there’s an issue like battling ISIS that’s so prevalent in American life, it’s important to educate yourself. The New York Times, Rukmini Callimachi, and the Caliphate team have done an incredible job with this podcast. It’s a MUST listen.
Every year, Apple upgrades the iPhone with the hope that it makes you feverishly want to buy a new one. It’s worked so well that it’s made them one of the most valuable companies in the world.
Increasingly, it seems like the next iPhone is no iPhone. What does that mean? It’s become less about an Apple device in my pocket. It’s now Apple devices all over me. My favorite Apple devices are now the Apple Watch and my Apple AirPods wireless headphones. I may not have my iPhone on me but I always have my Apple Watch on and I’m increasingly always having my AirPods on.
I’m seeing both the Apple Watch and the Apple AirPods more ubiquitously on people as I go throughout my day. People poo poo’d the Apple Watch when it was launched. They said it was a dud product. Increasingly, more of my friends have one. When I was in NYC, I almost saw just as many Apple AirPods as I saw traditional Apple Ear Buds.
You have to believe, with Apple’s investment in augmented reality and ARKit, Apple Glasses aren’t that far off. Maybe by that point, we’ll have Apple contact lenses that’ll display information on our eyeballs.
The future of the phone isn’t a phone. It’s computers all over you that help you navigate through your life.
I have such respect for folks like SpaceX CEO Elon Musk that are willing to lay it all on the line to make their dreams a reality. Because Elon’s dreams are so big, its an inspiration to the rest of us. Elon is defining the future and so can we.
…its cars go around 5,600 miles between disengagements. To put that into perspective, if Waymo gave one of its cars to someone with a 10-mile commute, that person would only need to take over the wheel about once a year, on average.
For Cruise (a part of General Motors)…
…it went from 35 miles per disengagement in last year’s report to 1,250 miles per disengagement this year.