China’s big hack. 

You may have seen some headlines about China managing to slip extra chips onto servers operated by Apple, Amazon and other US tech companies. This is a link to the Bloomberg piece with the original reporting that’s worth a read. It reinforces my view that internet security is a myth. learn more

Video: Andrew Ng on the state of artificial intelligence. 

This is a 30-minute talk by Stanford Professor (and former chief scientist at Baidu) Andrew Ng breaking down the state of AI and it’s excellent. The beginning is going to be redundant for those who have been paying attention to AI, but I suggest watching the whole thing because he has a great flow throughout the presentation and he moves quickly. learn more

Amazon: to the moon! 

Amazon is developing new space and satellite services. You’ll probably see me share more about space startups and technology over time as I grow more interested in the possibilities unlocked by lower launch prices. If you’re interested in the topic, reach out so we can talk about it! learn more

Biohacking startup landscape. 

Sam Betesh compiled a list of startups in the “biohacking” ecosystem, along with commentary on each one. I learned of some new companies and concepts thanks to this post! One of the most interesting fringe areas for me is microbiome analysis, but the collection method is still a bit too weird for me. learn more

Inside the business of dog cloning. 

This is an eye-opening read, and one that reminds me that humans are on the cusp of major change in our capabilities. “At a South Korean laboratory, a once-disgraced doctor is replicating hundreds of deceased pets for the rich and famous. It’s made for more than a few questions of bioethics.” learn more

Automating industry with cobots. 

“Robots in factories have historically been unwieldy, dangerous, and confined to large industrial settings. But now, smaller, cheaper collaborative robots are overcoming traditional challenges in the robotics industry, paving the way for ubiquitous robot technology that gets us much closer to our Jetsons-like future.” learn more

a16z bio fund invests in Ciitizen. 

Vijay Pande explains their investment thesis in Ciitizen, “a platform that helps patients securely collect and share their personal health data.” The startup looks to address one of the biggest underlying issues in healthcare: the structural lack of transparency when it comes to data. learn more

How to hack a neural network. 

One of the only YouTube channels I subscribe to is called Two Minute Papers. They create short video synopses of AI-related papers in scientific journals. This particular video is a worthwhile way to spend a couple minuets. learn more

China and the race for AI dominance. 

Here’s an interesting perspective from Wired UK that’s heavy on quotes from Kai-Fu Lee, one of the most famous technologists in China (he’s been an exec at Apple, Microsoft and Google). The author thinks China will win the global race. I think the jury’s still out. learn more