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Always Bet on Text

I figured I should just post this somewhere so I can make future reference to how I feel about the matter, anytime someone asks me about such-and-such video, 3D, game or “dynamic” multimedia system. Don’t get me wrong, I like me some illustrations, photos, movies and music.But text wins by a mile. Text is everything.…

The Hazards of Asset Allocation in a Late-Stage Major Bubble

Executive Summary The long, long bull market since 2009 has finally matured into a fully-fledged epic bubble. Featuring extreme overvaluation, explosive price increases, frenzied issuance, and hysterically speculative investor behavior, I believe this event will be recorded as one of the great bubbles of financial history, right along with the South Sea bubble, 1929, and…

How Poverty Makes Workers Less Productive

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money’s newsletter. You can sign up here. Empty wallet Pixabay hide caption toggle caption Pixabay As Washington debates sending checks to Americans and increasing the minimum wage, a new study offers evidence for how such policies could help eliminate poverty. Obviously, giving more money to people without…

The Origin of Robot Arm Programming Languages

So far my life has been rather extraordinary in that through great underserved luck1 I have been present at, or nearby to, many of the defining technological advances in computer science, Artificial Intelligence, and robotics, that now in 2021 are starting to dominate our world. I knew and rubbed shoulders2 with many of the greats, those…

Dover (YC S19) is hiring a growth engineer to modernize recruiting

The CompanyDover is building the first end-to-end recruiting automation platform for the world’s top companies. We combine best-in-class candidate evaluation technology with bespoke process automation to help companies find and hire top talent for their open roles.Recruiting is a $50B/year industry in the US, but recruiting departments and agencies still have incredibly manual processes. Recruiters…

Solving Magic Squares Using Backtracking

By Elijah Tarr on December 21, 2020A magic square can be thought of as a matrix with specific rows, columns, and diagonals adding up to the same number, called the magic constant. For an $n times n$ magic square, the magic constant is $begin{align*} dfrac{1}{n} sum_{k=1}^{n^2} k end{align*}$ For example, a magic square with dimensions…