The Angle 06/18/2018

Today: pizza plugged potholes, wither the old gods, the wages of the minimum wage, you down with CVE?, big science gets bigger, awesome Ingrid Gehl, funnybooks go hi-tech, and the last hard bop jazz genius.

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The Thing About Robots (The DeX Files 6/16/2018)

We know right now that the pace of technological change itself is increasing. From this it very likely follows that at some point automation and robots have to start replacing humans in most “algorithmic jobs,” those tasks (however complex) that proceed from one step to another, then start again after completion. The future isn’t just cashiers losing their jobs to software. It’s financial analysts, too.

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Culture War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning

How culture war works is obvious. It weaponizes beliefs. It’s about not thinking too much. It’s about staking claims on complex issues as if our own lived and immediate experiences were enough. Culture war doesn’t have or need a reading list. It can’t be complex. The simpler the better. Thus we’re all culture warriors because we’re all pissed off about something, and being pissed off now is its own kind of deep, unshakable truth.

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When The Pay Walls Come Tumbling Down

Paywalls erode (or, their ability to gauge and adjust to price signals properly weakens) as the marginal value of the digital goods behind them decreases. The marginal value of digital good decreases when 1) too little money chases a surplus of content; or 2) other options (Netflix, Sling TV, piracy, or weak demand) become opportunities for greater value to consumers.

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