What’s Next

by Jordan Gonen

What’s Nextby Jordan Gonen

by Jordan Gonen

Hi 👋 Tons of interesting content below. Let me know what you find interesting 👇


Articles to Read.

Is it time to say goodbye to the keyboard?:

An Apple Watch, which is not even considered to be a very powerful computer, is able to process gigabytes of data each second. Our brains have tens of billions of neurons and over a quadrillion connections, and the human brain processes an enormous amount of data each second which we cannot even estimate. Yet, the humble keyboard and mouse, are still to this date the fastest bridge between the powerful human brain and the ultrafast world of 0s and 1s.

Maker vs Manager:

What we can learn from reading about the schedules of people we admire is not what time to set our alarms or how many cups of coffee to drink, but that different types of work require different types of schedules. The two wildly different workdays of Murakami and Vaynerchuk illustrate the concept of maker and manager schedules.

A manager’s day is, as a rule, sliced up into tiny slots, each with a specific purpose decided in advance. Many of those slots are used for meetings, calls, or emails. The manager’s schedule may be planned for them by a secretary or assistant.

A maker’s schedule is different. It is made up of long blocks of time reserved for focusing on particular tasks, or the entire day might be devoted to one activity. Breaking their day up into slots of a few minutes each would be the equivalent of doing nothing.

I made my shed the top rated restaurant on trip advisor:

And then, one day, sitting in the shed I live in, I had a revelation: within the current climate of misinformation, and society’s willingness to believe absolute bullshit, maybe a fake restaurant is possible? Maybe it’s exactly the kind of place that could be a hit?

In that moment, it became my mission. With the help of fake reviews, mystique and nonsense, I was going to do it: turn my shed into London’s top-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor.

The History of the 404 Page:

THE NOTORIOUS 404 error, “Not Found,” is often, not totally erroneously, referred to as “the last page of the internet.” It’s an obligatory heads-up with an outsize reputation; it is a meme and a punch line. Bad puns abound. The error has been printed in comics and on T-shirts, an accessible and relatable facet of what was once relegated to nerd humor and is now a fact of digital life.

Not long after it appeared, the error code began to enjoy, or endure, its share of lore. In the early 2000s, the idea bubbled up that the 404 came from, well, room 404; that this room housed the web’s first servers, at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Switzerland); that World Wide Web inventor Tim ­Berners-Lee had his office there; that he frequently could not be found.

[podcast] Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Used to Be Just Like You

There’s no such thing as a “free” way:

The urban transportation problem is a hardy perennial: no matter how many lanes we add to urban freeways, traffic congestion is just as bad, if not worse than ever. In the face of “free” road travel, induced demand means that supply side strategies like widening freeways simply encourage more people to drive, and congestion gets worse. Houston successively widened its Katy Freeway to 23 lanes, but only found that congestion got worse and travel times got longer.

How Google’s Quantum Computer Could Change the World:

These laws are behind the next revolution in computing. In a small lab outside Santa Barbara, Calif., stocked with surfboards, wetsuits and acoustic guitars, Neven and two dozen Google physicists and engineers are harnessing quantum mechanics to build a computer of potentially astonishing power. A reliable, large-scale quantum computer could transform industries from AI to chemistry, accelerating machine learning and engineering new materials, chemicals and drugs.

For nearly three decades, these machines were considered the stuff of science fiction. Just a few years ago, the consensus on a timeline to large-scale, reliable quantum computers was 20 years to never.

Every Consumer IOT Device Should Be Free:

IoT devices are portrayed as handy household gadgets, that help make users’ lives easier. The truth is, these devices are convenient and fun to use. However, the benefit to the user is dwarfed by the benefit to the companies with the data these devices collect.

Why the biggest Bitcoin mines are in China:

It’s only 8 in the morning when I arrive at my destination in the Ordos prefecture of Inner Mongolia, but already the air is heavy and oppressively hot. My host drives me through a gate, past a sleepy-looking security guard, and into an industrial yard that extends into the dry, barren countryside about as far as I can see.

In front of me are nine warehouses with bright blue roofs, each emblazoned with the logo for Bitmain, a Chinese firm headquartered in Beijing that is arguably the most important company in the Bitcoin industry. Bitmain sells Bitcoin mining rigs — the specialized computers that keep the cryptocurrency running and that produce, or “mine,” new bitcoins for their owners. It also uses its own rigs to stock facilities that it owns or co-owns and operates. Bitmain owns about 20 percent of this one.


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– (video) Blockchain Investing at YC Office HoursSee My Full Reading List

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My Update:

Pouch is up over 300 users! Pretty exciting.

– I think companies like Rigetti will be really important long term. Anyone else in this space?

– I also have been thinking more about the “API economy.” I think…soon…we will be able to use an API to outsource any type of work using AI/Humans. Who are the most exciting companies doing this today? 
Pilot (bookkeeping)
Atrium (legal)
Fin (everything)
Clara (scheduling)
The list goes on and on…

– Also finally decided where I’ll be this summer. Excited to be headed back to SF in June.

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– Jordan
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By jordangonen on December 11, 2017.

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Exported from Medium on February 17, 2018.