Day: July 21, 2022

The future of tech as I see it


This post is by Om Malik from On my Om


Captured at San Francisco on 27 Feb 2022 by Om Malik

I recently sat down to talk with my friend Howard Lindzon on his podcast Panic with Friends to discuss the future of technology. Howard has shared the show notes on his blog. I wanted to draw out three core themes I addressed in my conversation, and they are all correlated. 

I have a long-standing approach to holistically understanding technologies and their impact. I look at pure technologies such as semiconductors & networks and think about their impact on products, behavior, and change. At the same time, I look at our behaviors today and how they disrupt the present technology ecosystems. 

Much of my current and future enthusiasm stems from exciting work underway in the semiconductor world, with Apple’s M1 being the most visible example of the possibilities unlocked by cheap computing, cheap GPU, and machine learning capabilities. It is not just Apple — the entire semiconductor ecosystem is experiencing change. 

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Value (of technology), not valuations, matters most.

When we try to predict the future, we usually get it wrong. It is just so because we only have the present and past to use us as references. For example, when we think about web3, we look for analogs. “What’s the new Twitter?” without ever wondering do we even need a new Twitter. Or will there be something else that will help us replace it as a source of information? No one thought TikTok would be a competitor to (Read more...)

Ranked: The 20 Countries With the Fastest Declining Populations


This post is by Marcus Lu from Visual Capitalist


Population decline by country

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Visualizing Population Decline by Country

Since the mid-1900s, the global population has followed a steep upwards trajectory.

While much of this growth has been concentrated in China and India, researchers expect the next wave of growth to occur in Africa. As of 2019, for example, the average woman in Niger is having over six children in her lifetime.

At the opposite end of this spectrum are a number of countries that appear to be shrinking from a population perspective. To shed some light on this somewhat surprising trend, we’ve visualized the top 20 countries by population decline.

The Top 20

The following table ranks countries by their rate of population decline, based on projected rate of change between 2020 and 2050 and using data from the United Nations.

RankCountryDecline 2020-2050
1🇧🇬 Bulgaria22.5%
2🇱🇹 Lithuania22.1%
3🇱🇻 Latvia21.6%
4🇺🇦 Ukraine19.5%
5🇷🇸 Serbia18.9%
6🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina18.2%
7🇭🇷 Croatia18.0%
8🇲🇩 Moldova16.7%
9🇯🇵 Japan16.3%
10🇦🇱 Albania15.8%
11🇷🇴 Romania15.5%
12🇬🇷 Greece13.4%
13🇪🇪 Estonia12.7%
14🇭🇺 Hungary (Read more...)

The Art of the Hustle


This post is by Reid Hoffman from Reid Hoffman


In my first startup, I was told “no” by almost every VC I pitched. 

True story. 

How did I get beyond that? How do you become relentlessly resourceful in your career? How can you master the art of the hustle without being perceived as a “hustler”?

On the fourth episode of the Startup of You Podcast, Ben Casnocha and I share lessons from Airbnb, Chris Sacca, and other companies to show how to be stubbornly persistent, how to get creative when necessary, and how to cultivate serendipity.

If you like what you hear, please subscribe and let us know your thoughts and questions in the comments below. 

Uniquity: DALL-E, NFTs, and the emergence of limited-edition abundance


This post is by Reid Hoffman from Reid Hoffman


When you use DALL-E, a new AI system that generates images from natural language descriptions, words become your pencils, paints, brushes, cameras, lenses, chisels, and more.

In the DALL-E universe, though, there’s never just one way to translate written language into graphic language. Inverting the old proverb on its head, a single word – or more accurately, a single phrase or premise – can be the starting point for a thousand pictures. 

Each time you enter a text prompt, DALL-E generates four different images in a matter of seconds. Here, for example, is the initial set of images that DALL-E generated when I entered “A subway train on Mars”:

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If you don’t see anything you like, you can just hit the GENERATE button again, and DALL-E will produce four new images:

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You can also modify DALL-E’s output by modifying your text prompt. Here’s what DALL-E produced when I entered “A 3D render of a subway train on Mars”:

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Here’s the results for “A panoramic 3D render of a bullet train speeding through the Mars desert as spaceships circle overhead”:

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With DALL-E, you can literally produce hundreds of unique images within minutes. As I experienced this amazing generativity first-hand, I quickly began to think in terms of multiples and scale. What kinds of books or other projects, I wondered, where you might need dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of images, could you use DALL-E for?

One of the first ideas my team and I hit upon was the idea of an (Read more...)

Why We Need Blockchain Data Infrastructure To Build Web3


This post is by Katarina Krsikapa from Georgian


I’m Kat and I work on the Growth team here at Georgian. In my role, I spend most of my time looking for the most interesting companies within our thesis areas, having insightful conversations with co-founders and getting smart about emerging markets. 

One of those, of course, is Web3/crypto. It’s a space that’s been exciting to watch not only because of the massive amount of funding in the space but also the rapid pace of innovation and the talent that Web3 is attracting. 

At first, I found the Web3 world super intimidating and unintuitive. Last summer, I spent a lot of time reading and diving deeper, but until I downloaded Newton and started using the technology itself, it was harder for me to understand. I got more comfortable with the ecosystem by using Metamask and different exchanges, getting my own ETH domain and being part of various Discord/Telegram communities. Only then did I truly realize the potential of Web3.

One area I’m particularly excited about is blockchain data infrastructure, which can help build a new version of the internet, Web3, where people truly own their online identity and data.

In the current Web2 model, information is siloed and controlled by a few companies (namely, the FAANG companies). This can stifle innovation because, over the long term, reliance on a few winners that control most of the internet’s data means smaller companies struggle to build competitive solutions that would give people more choices on platforms they want to use. And, in (Read more...)

The Rise of Domain Experts in Deep Learning



Jeremy Howard is and artificial intelligence researcher and the co-founder of fast.ai, a platform for non-experts to learn artificial intelligence and machine learning. Prior to starting fast.ai, he founded multiple companies — including FastMail and Enlitic, a pioneer in applying deep learning to the medical field — and was president and chief scientist of machine-learning... Read More

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An Icelandic Friend


This post is by Om Malik from On my Om


Given my eyesight, I have struggled to use Leica’s rangefinder cameras. I love the M-Monochrom series of cameras, and I love the colors that come out of the old M9 camera. But they are more collector’s items than my everyday cameras. For me, the SL bodies with their astonishingly good viewfinders make them ideal devices, especially for using the M-lenses and other vintage lenses.

Despite my reticence, I decided to try out Leica’s latest flagship rangefinder — the61 megapixel M11 model. With this camera, Leica has streamlined its entire range of cameras around a singular interface — three buttons layout, the menu layouts, and the features on SL and M-bodies mimic each other. The M11 can be used with a new version of Leica’s viewfinder, a boon for someone like me who struggles with the rangefinder.

I don’t quite have a full opinion on the new camera, but I wanted to share these two photos made in Iceland. I was visiting the country to speak at Startup Iceland. The first image (on the left) is right out of the camera, with no edits. The image on the right is my B&W conversion. I used my trusted Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH lens. Both images were captured using the following settings: Aperture: f2, ISO 100, and exposure time of 1/250th of a second.

The bigger sensor and the new color science make this one of the more exciting M-cameras since the M9. So far, the camera has impressed me — and (Read more...)

Back to the Future (A Third Time Panic) with Om Malik of True Ventures


This post is by Howard Lindzon from Howard Lindzon