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a small tablet that folds in half comes with a huge bunch of trade offs but if you ignore all those the screen
A small tablet that folds in half comes with a huge bunch of trade-offs, but if you ignore all those, the screen stops breaking and you want to spend $2000, it’s an android tablet. https://t.co/krtjD6rPN9
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Benedict Evans
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daddy i dont feel well can i stay at home hmm maybe 10 minutes later daddy im bored can i go to school now
“Daddy, I don’t feel well. Can I stay at home?”
- Hmm. Maybe.
10 minutes later:
“Daddy, I’m bored. Can I go to school now?”
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Benedict Evans
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indeed half the way i explain ml to big companies is as the new sql important will change lots of things and e
@hardmaru Indeed - half the way I explain ML to big companies is as the new SQL - important, will change lots of things, and eventually it will be in everything and we won’t notice it anymore.
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Benedict Evans
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amazons product roadmap
Amazon’s product roadmap
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whats the best up to date post listing of saas tools for a startup to send to a great non tech entrepreneur
What’s the best up-to-date post/listing of ‘SaaS tools for a startup’ to send to a great non-tech entrepreneur?
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Benedict Evans
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this is another reason why i prefer machine learning or equivalents to ai it at least tries to engage with the
This is another reason why I prefer ‘machine learning’ or equivalents to ‘AI’ - it at least tries to engage with the specifics of the technology. These are just machines, and pretty narrow pieces of automation, not gods or HAL 9000.
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Benedict Evans
BenedictEvans
ai has become a blank slate onto which people can projects all sorts of hopes and concerns sometimes they do a
‘AI’ has become a blank slate onto which people can projects all sorts of hopes and concerns. Sometimes they do actually relate to some aspect of machine learning, and sometimes they’re much more vague, and you could substitute ‘AI’ for ‘software’ or just ‘the modern world’
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there are so many ai think tanks institutes and labs floating around that im starting to suspect theyre being
There are so many AI think tanks, institutes and ‘labs’ floating around that I’m starting to suspect they’re being generated algorithmically.
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Benedict Evans
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the ruins of old tech monopolies cato liberty
The Ruins of Old Tech Monopolies | Cato @ Liberty https://t.co/1tTvMshNSD
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Benedict Evans
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i dont think there is a single person in my personal network that i first met at an actual networking event ym
I don’t think there is a single person in my personal network that I first met at an actual networking event. YMMV 🤷🏻‍♂️
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Benedict Evans
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i run the innovation lab its like were a startup but inside a big company
“I run the innovation lab. It’s like we’re a startup, but inside a big company.” https://t.co/q3m7XysPNn
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Benedict Evans
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image the pixar render farm in 1995 half of an iphone
Image: the Pixar render farm in 1995. Half of an iPhone.
Benedict Evans
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the global sms system does around 20bn messages a day whatsapp is now doing 42bn with 57 engineers
The global SMS system does around 20bn messages a day. WhatsApp is now doing 42bn. With 57 engineers.
Benedict Evans
BenedictEvans
what do we want natural language processing when do we want it sorry when do we want what
WHAT DO WE WANT?
Natural language processing!
WHEN DO WE WANT IT?
Sorry, when do we want what?
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Benedict Evans
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google search for medical bankruptcy by region
Google search for ‘medical bankruptcy’ by region
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BenedictEvans
a key premise for the next decade it s easier for software to enter other industries than for other industries
A key premise for the next decade: it's easier for software to enter other industries than for other industries to hire software people
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Benedict Evans
BenedictEvans
russia today
Russia today.
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sometimes i missing living in a country where the rule of law applies
Sometimes I missing living in a country where the rule of law applies. https://t.co/gP2FVXfHb2
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BenedictEvans
i have a theory that all the silicon valley kids being sent on stem courses and coding camps aged 3 will grow
I have a theory that all the Silicon Valley kids being sent on STEM courses and coding camps aged 3 will grow up to be poets or philosophers out of pure rebellion
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Benedict Evans
BenedictEvans
its important to know how to say i dont know i dont have a view thats not my field or you would know better th
It’s important to know how to say ‘I don’t know’, ‘I don’t have a view’, ‘that’s not my field’, or ‘you would know better than me’.
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Total(1) => 0.15895104408264 f_f_QM(2) => 0.1357479095459 indS(2) => 0.09797215461731 indM(2) => 0.036282062530518 indM_1(2) => 0.0030269622802734 indM_2(2) => 0.00078582763671875 indM_4(2) => 0.0029289722442627 indM_5(2) => 0.003087043762207 indM_6(2) => 0.0014970302581787 indM_7(2) => 0.0064399242401123 indM_8(2) => 0.0011470317840576 indM_9(2) => 0.0089671611785889 indM_10(2) => 0.0080687999725342 f_f_pTL(2) => 0.021415948867798 f_f_dT(20) => 0.020868539810181