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What I'm Reading - 6/1/2018

What I'm Reading - 6/1/2018

Three to five links every weekday - 'Even When That's Not Remotely True' edition. 

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A SMALL MILITARY CONTRACT STARTED AN INTERNAL WAR AT GOOGLE THAT'S TEARING THE COMPANY APART

A senior Google scientist once warned in an email that winning a military artificial-intelligence contract would spark a controversy beyond the company's control.

The email was disclosed in a detailed New York Times report charting the backlash against Google, both internally and externally, after the firm won a slice of the US Department of Defense's Project Maven.


HERE’S HOW YOU CAN TRACE AN ’80S HIP-HOP BEAT BACK TO 1910

What makes ’80s music sound like ’80s music? There’s one particular sound that stands out.

Vox.com’s senior video producer Estelle Caswell showed Recode’s Code Conference audience how a single chord, first created by Igor Stravinsky in the early 1900s, became a ubiquitous marker of ‘80s hip-hop music.


AN ANCIENT MEMORIZATION STRATEGY MIGHT CAUSE LASTING CHANGES TO THE BRAIN

To find out what’s going on in top-level rememberers’ brains, Konrad teamed up with neuroscientist Martin Dresler at Radboud University in the Netherlands. They recruited 23 of the top 50 memory competitors in the world. All were between the ages of 20 and 36. Then, the scientists scanned the memory athletes’ brains while they were just relaxing, and also while they memorized a list of 72 words.

The team, and their co-investigators at Stanford University, found that the memory athletes’ brains don’t appear to be built any differently from yours or mine, according to results they published in the journal Neuron. “That was quite surprising, since these are really the best memorizers in the world,” Dresler says. “And still, they didn’t show a single memory structure, any single region or collection of regions that was anatomically strikingly different from normal control subjects.”


12 NEW TECH TRENDS THAT VC INVESTORS SAY WILL COMPLETELY CHANGE LIFE AND BUSINESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS

Each year, the Churchill Club, a 32-year-old thought leadership organization based in Silicon Valley, hosts a debate among some of the leading, and most opinionated, tech and business luminaries. This year, five venture capitalists from Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, and other top tech firms laid out their predictions for what non-obvious tech trends will emerge with the potential for explosive growth around 2021.

That's just a few years away, and according to these tech industry insiders there will be some pretty big changes between now and then. At the 20th annual Top 10 Tech Trends debate last week, we learned that investors are brimming with optimism — and just a bit of fear — over what's to come in tech.


Bonus Read: Mary Meeker's Internet Trends 2018

Note from Barrett: This is consistently one of the best resources to understand how the tech world sees the modern digital landscape. I don't always agree with every assertion, but I do appreciate that it's a snapshot of a point of view - more specifically, a point of view that's widely regarded in the tech and finance industries.

What I'm Reading - 6/4/2018

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What I'm Reading - 5/30/2018

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