tech, startups, internet

Smart homes and vegetable peelers. 

Benedict Evans addresses a few questions here, but I consider the most interesting to be the scale problem of voice as a platform. How do you even know what you can and can’t ask Alexa? “The ideal number of skills […]

oh, chicago

Alderman Ed Burke. 

The Tribune’s headline says it all: “Someone please explain ‘conflict of interest’ to Ald. Ed Burke” | learn more

fun facts

Female librarians on horseback delivering books. 

“In the 1930s, many people living in isolated communities had very little access to jobs, let alone a good education for their children. In Kentucky, they had isolated mountain communities which could only get their books and reading material from […]

big ideas

Construction firm Katerra & big money from Softbank. 

Vertically integrated construction has been tried before, but hasn’t really worked in a meaningful way. Why is this a big deal? Because construction is a terribly inefficient industry that affects all of us who don’t live in a cave. Katerra […]

big ideas

Does aging have a reset button? 

“[Stem cells] can reprogram themselves to carry out the function of virtually any other type of cell, and play a vital role in early development. This functional reprogramming is usually accompanied by an age reset, down to zero. Sebastiano figures […]

better doing

Study seeks to find root of unhappiness. 

“In a new analysis of 1 million U.S. teens, my co-authors and I looked at how teens were spending their free time and which activities correlated with happiness, and which didn’t.” | learn more