What we’re thinking about
Few interesting articles, books, shows, podcasts, etc. we came across in the last week.
In addition to knowing what people buy, Amazon also knows where people live, because they provide delivery addresses, and which credit cards they use. It knows how old their children are from their baby registries, and who has a cold, right now, from cough syrup ordered for two-hour delivery.
- A very fascinating read on how GPS works and various risks involved
It’s tough to overstate how GPS-dependent the world economy has become since the U.S. Department of Defense started giving the service away to the public in 2000. There are 2 billion GPS receivers in use around the world, a number that Europe’s satellite navigation agency estimates will hit 7 billion by 2022. Along with the telecommunications industry, banks, airlines, electric utilities, cloud computing businesses, and TV broadcasters require constantly precise GPS timing. Emergency services do, too, as do military forces. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated 16 sectors of infrastructure as “critical,” and 14 of them depend on GPS.
- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom: It’s such a beautiful book. Tells us how short our lives are and we should really learn to live it.
- Modern Monopolies by Alex Moazed
The advent of mobile computing and its ubiquitous connectivity have forever altered how we interact with each other, melding the digital and physical worlds and blurring distinctions between “offline” and “online.” These platform giants are expanding their influence from the digital world to the whole economy.
- This podcast by Patrick O'Shaughnessy will blow your mind. Josh Wolfe is on form throughout and covers variety of fascinating topics. It’s one of those which you would listen again every few weeks.
Fyre: Behind the scenes from the most infamous music festival that never happened! Truly great content from Netflix.