July 2016 Innovation Links

On the 1st of each month I’ll be posting a handful of links on innovation, in an effort to serve as a hub for this (presently scattered) community.  I’ll post new links from the past month, and until I run out of backlog I’ll also dig into my bookmarks from the past year or so.

Links for July, 2016

Innovation Doesn’t Always Start in the Garage – Bloomberg View

The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists – Vox

Economic Growth – Paul Romer

Facebook’s Giant Internet-Beaming Drone Finally Takes Flight | WIRED

They Promised Us Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit. – The New York Times

Must Watch: Joel Mokyr (2015): Culture of Growth: Origins of the Modern Economy – Equitable Growth

Older Links

Speeding-up and Missed Opportunities: Evidence | Paul Romer

Two Australian mines are now operating with an all-driverless fleet of trucks – Vox

Guest post: Dirty Rant About The Human Brain Project | mathbabe


We’re on the Brink of a Revolution in Crazy-Smart Digital Assistants | WIRED

Science Isn’t Broken | FiveThirtyEight


Fundamentals: Why Blog?

‘Fundamentals’ is a series of posts laying out my priors and motivations.

Why blog?  Especially if you see my readership numbers, this is a pertinent question…

In order to get at this question, it’s necessary that I lay out some first principles.  My basic framework for operating revolves around a hierarchical structure, descending from fundamental goals.  Fundamental goals are when I can’t ask “But really, why do I want to do this thing?” anymore, and the answer is, “Because this thing seems fundamentally/existentially necessary for me to do, and serves no other end.”  Among a very small handful, one of those is “Improve as many people’s lives as possible, as much as possible, with distributional concerns in mind.”

In other posts, I’ll lay out why that’s a fundamental goal of mine in the first place (short version: Rawls).  Directly below that item, we have “Positively influence the rate and direction of innovative activity.”  Again, the reason behind that will be covered in another post (short version: Mokyr).

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