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Tech, mobile & media. Trying to work out what's going on, and what happens next. @a16z

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email apps should have a fck you button that doesnt actually send the message
Email apps should have a ‘F*CK YOU!’ button that doesn’t actually send the message.
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the twitter abuse product isnt just the nazis or the russians its that the product is so good at finding the t
The twitter abuse product isn’t just the Nazis or the Russians. It’s that the product is so good at finding the tiny bit of troll inside all of us and drawing it out without us noticing.
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i dont think many people expect a production l4 5 car in 3 years ive never met any
I don’t think many people expect a production L4/5 car in 3 years. I’ve never met any.
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it always fascinates me how many of twitters mechanics might as well be specifically designed to draw out the
It always fascinates me how many of twitter’s mechanics might as well be specifically designed to draw out the worst in us.
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much as amazon is a great company it did not invent private label products they began in the 19th century and
Much as Amazon is a great company, it did not invent private label products. They began in the 19th century, and every big retailer on earth does them. This is a total red herring.
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voice and the uncanny valley of ai i wrote this expressing my skepticism of voice uis two years ago i think id
“Voice and the uncanny valley of AI”.
I wrote this, expressing my skepticism of voice UIs, two years ago. I think I’d say the same today. Useful, but very limited. https://t.co/EiFOydWwVb
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the problem with hardware is that the smartphone supply chain both components and contract manufacturers made
The problem with hardware is that the smartphone supply chain (both components and contract manufacturers) made getting from ‘zero to one’ really easy. It’s getting from 1 to 10,000 that’s hard.
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i would never have guessed paul amp virginia was still popular in the 1890s
I would never have guessed ‘Paul & Virginia’ was still popular in the 1890s
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indeed part of the tesla question is whether it gets vision working before lidar gets cheap but of course its
@chr1sa @nabeelI @kylebrussellndeed. Part of the Tesla question is whether it gets vision working before LIDAR gets cheap. But of course it’s possible that LIDAR gets cheap and even then no-one has AV working, including Tesla.
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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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image the pixar render farm in 1995 half of an iphone
Image: the Pixar render farm in 1995. Half of an iPhone.
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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.
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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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google search for medical bankruptcy by region
Google search for ‘medical bankruptcy’ by region
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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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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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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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this whole room of people is one excel spreadsheet imagine all the middle class unemployment excel created
This whole room of people is one Excel spreadsheet. Imagine all the middle-class unemployment Excel created
Total(1) => 0.18332004547119 f_f_QM(2) => 0.15615510940552 indS(2) => 0.12031412124634 indM(2) => 0.033986806869507 indM_1(2) => 0.003371000289917 indM_2(2) => 0.00082612037658691 indM_4(2) => 0.0032517910003662 indM_5(2) => 0.0023319721221924 indM_6(2) => 0.0013937950134277 indM_7(2) => 0.0034608840942383 indM_8(2) => 0.0021970272064209 indM_9(2) => 0.0088109970092773 indM_10(2) => 0.0079391002655029 f_f_pTL(2) => 0.025372743606567 f_f_dT(20) => 0.024728298187256