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Take the unsafe path

After graduating first in her class from Georgetown, Brit Marling got her dream job as an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs. She had an eye-popping salary and a safe path to a safe future. She knew exactly where she’d live for the rest of her life, how much money she’d …

Do not disturb

I find it weird that our phones come with a “do not disturb” button. That means the default is “Go ahead and disturb all you want.” If you don’t want to be disturbed, you need to actively search for and press a special button. I recently read a disturbing Pew …

There’s an elephant in this room

Back in 2020, I gave a virtual presentation at X, formerly known as Google X. The notoriously secretive company is known as the moonshot factory. X doesn’t innovate for Google. Its mission is to create the next Google. X has produced numerous groundbreaking technologies, including self-driving cars, autonomous drones, and …

Great minds don’t think alike

Imagine a mixed salad. Let’s make it simple: You’ve got lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and garlic (because garlic should go on just about everything). You mix the ingredients together—and then all hell breaks loose. The cucumber yells at the tomato for being too red. Your color is really bothering me. Why …

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