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Saturday assorted links

1. Scott Alexander defends Silicon Valley. 2. Paying young Brazilian women to play Overwatch with you. 3. Eric Rasmusen on game theory and North Korea (not my view but will stimulate thought). 4. “Numerai, a US hedge fund, has posted a new job listing, in which the only benefit is whole-body cryopreservation.” 5. Show More Summary

The Erik Torenberg list of rap music I should listen to

Here goes, much of it I already like: Lupe Fiasco — The Cool (2007 Lupe’s peak as an artist, this and Food & Liquor. He has a tragic fall from grace in the rap game) Blu — Below the Heavens (Also an older classic underground album, Blu...Show More Summary

Revisiting why realized and expected volatility are so low

An email from Alebron: Might it be worth revisiting this, since it’s been 3 years? Vol is low right now, lots of hand-wringing about it. Show More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. Noah Smith on productivity, and if you read this piece we’ll become more productive yet. 2. Loveflutter: dating app to use tweets. 3. A bad article but with some interesting content.  I say there are no real YIMBYs in this war, only...Show More Summary

Apple Watch can detect an early sign of heart disease

MacWorld: Developers of the Apple Watch app Cardiogram worked with researchers leading the University of California San Francisco’s Health eHeart study to develop a ResearchKit-based study of their own called mRhythm. On Thursday, Cardiogram...Show More Summary

What I’ve been reading

1. William Vaughan, Samuel Palmer: Shadows on the Wall.  Another first-rate Yale University Press book of art plates and art history, for this they are the best.  Get a hold of as many of them as you can. 2. Ge Fei, The Invisibility Cloak.  This short Chinese noir novel, with a dash of Murakami, is […] The post What I’ve been reading appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

No one wants to pay for health care

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column.  It does not focus on single payer, but that is the part I will pass along to you: Another way to manage health-care subsidies would be a single-payer system, and some commentators suggest that is where the Democratic Party is headed. Show More Summary

Thursday assorted links

1. Do we end up with too many bike lanes?  And does Canada’s tech hub have a chance? 2. 3. Ravens remember. 4. Criticisms of cosmic inflation theory. 5. History of the term “priming the pump.”  Back to the 19th century.  And here is Lauchlin Currie (among others), predating Keynes (pdf). Show More Summary

Robert Sapolsky’s Behave

The subtitle is The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst.  Sapolsky is tenured in biology and neuroscience at Stanford, and winner of a MacArthur genius grant.  This book is a very impressive compendium of what we know about the social...Show More Summary

Who’s complacent? (there is no great stagnation)

A California-based lifestyle company has created Smalt (pictured), which is designed to make shaking salt more less strenuous by automating the process of seasoning your food through Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant. …Users will be able...Show More Summary

Indiscrete Thoughts

That is a splendid 1996 book on mathematics and mathematical researchers, by Gian-Carlo Rota.  I found philosophical, mathematical, and also managerial insights on most of the pages.  It is playful and yet earnestly serious at the same...Show More Summary

The Belt and Road is How

What a world we live in where the US government rips up trade deals and the Chinese government produces excellent educational videos in favor of free trade, even if they are for propaganda purposes. Hat tip: Joe Weisenthal. The post The Belt and Road is How appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Wednesday assorted links

1. Freddie now has a blog on education, recommended. 2.Collusion through AI pricing algorithms? 3. Macron was a pianist who played Schumann and Liszt.  And FT profile of Arvind Subramanian, another music lover. 4. Allan H. Meltzer has passed away. Show More Summary

My Conversation with Garry Kasparov

Yes, the Garry Kasparov, here is the link to the podcast and transcript.  We talked about AI, his new book Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins, why he has become more optimistic, how education will...Show More Summary

Why a Julian Simon fan also should be a Malthusian

Let’s say you’ve read and loved Julian Simon, who stressed mankind’s indefatigable power of creation and innovation.  I certainly have.  Simon stressed that the cost of producing real resources likely would fall, thereby spreading wealth across mankind.  The bad news is that probably should make you a Malthusian. Show More Summary

Kinshasa fact of the day

This is Africa’s third biggest city. At 12 million, its population is bigger than London’s. Yet it has almost no connections to the outside world. On normal days, there are only 11 international flights out of Kinshasa per day. At Heathrow, the figure is around 1,400. Show More Summary

Tuesday assorted links

1. The economics of a Palestinian future? 2. My Complacent Class podcast with James Pethokoukis at AEI, and the transcript.  And Scott Sumner on The Complacent Class.  And Cardiff Garcia podcast with Jason Furman. 3. Space plane touches down after 718 days circling the earth. Show More Summary

The euro isn’t as bad as we all thought

It still was a mistake, most of all for Greece and Cyprus.  Yet overall its prospects are looking up, as I argue in my most recent Bloomberg column.  Here is the most revisionist passage: I now think of the 2008-2012 period as unwinding...Show More Summary

The Raudat Tahera and the Power of Religion to Induce Cooperation

You won’t find the Raudat Tahera, a beautiful mausoleum for two holy leaders of the Dawoodi Bohra sect of Ismaili Muslims, on any of the standard tourist guides to Mumbai. In part that is because the Raudat isn’t ancient (but like the...Show More Summary

How long until another Industrial Revolution would have taken place?

Let’s say that somehow Britain had let its opportunity pass by (lost the wrong war?), or perhaps never had been in the right position at all (no Gulf Stream?).  When would the world have seen an Industrial Revolution?  Keep in mind Song...Show More Summary

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