CEO of The Atlantic. Father of 3 boys. Neurotic runner. Fingerstyle guitarist.
The most interesting thing in tech: the future of social media. You used to find this video because you were my friend; them because you were interested in tech; then because the algorithms decided it suited you. In the future, with AI, you won’t need any of that. The bug platforms will just immediately create custom videos like this—with better shaved and better dressed correspondents—whenever they sense you want to watch one.
The most interesting thing in tech: a new study makes the case that community mask mandates don’t reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses. This is interesting! But it’s not defintive in the way that some people think, and it’s not going to change my policy of wearing an N95 in situations of high potential transmission and low social cost or stress.
The most interesting thing in tech: Apple has introduced a fascinating new feature so that phones, in some situations, will prioritize charging when clean energy is available. A lot of people on social media are upset! I can see some reasons why. But, honestly, I think it’s a pretty cool feature implemented well and with very low risk. I hope that other companies do the same thing.
The most interesting thing in tech: with so much in life, there’s a balance to find between analytics and letting go. How much can you measure before you get lost in the measurements? I have a talk partly about this at the Running USA conference in Denver, and I think the lessons apply to much of life