Journal 111 — the beginnings of Silicon Valley, Tom Wolfe, unmanned saildrones, advanced warehouse automation and Ta-Nehisi Coates on Kanye

Tom Wolfe at The White House, 2004

This week — a story by Tom Wolfe on the beginnings of Silicon Valley and a story about Tom Wolfe by Michael Lewis, unmanned saildrones at sea, and advanced warehouse automation.

If you only read one thing — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Kanye, fame, and America in The Atlantic is worth the time.


I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye | The Atlantic | Society

Ta-Nehisi Coates on two ‘gods’ — Michael Jackson and Kanye West, his own fortune “to come of age in the last days of mystery” before the social feed, fame, and America. As one reader puts it, the writing in this piece is “bottled lightning.”

How Tom Wolfe Became …Tom Wolfe | Vanity Fair | Life

The celebrated writer Tom Wolfe died on Monday. Michael Lewis’s 2015 profile went deep into his biography and his writing to tell his story.

The Tinkerings of Robert Noyce | Esquire | Business

Tom Wolfe’s final piece for Esquire, written in 1983, and one of his most famous stories, looking at the mythical early days of Silicon Valley and the co-founder of Intel.

This Armada of Saildrones Could Conquer the Ocean | Bloomberg | Science

A British man who previously spent ten years living in the desert off $10,000 a year in his effort to break the land sail speed record, has started an even more ambitious, and likely more lucrative endeavour. His company, armed with venture capital investment, is building unmanned saildrones that could have a huge impact on our understanding of the ocean, as well as myriad commercial and governmental applications.

Welcome to the automated warehouse of the future | The Verge | Business

A look at the Ocado warehouse in Andover, UK, where automation has been implemented sufficiently effectively to allow the company to sell their solution to other organisations.


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