Top articles of the week | July 18

July 18, 2021

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

The future of (ads) privacy Antonio García Martínez (reading time: 10 minutes)

Our 20-year-old data paradigm is simply dumb if you think about the problem from first principles, and the exact inverse of how you’d design a data ecosystem in our current mobile-first, in-app world.

A lot of ink has been spilled about data privacy and advertising. I always find the conversation to be more moral principles rather than what is technically going on. This post by Antonio dives into what the future of advertising is shaping up to be. The technological underpinnings are simply explained which helps shed light on what is really happening.

How to work hard Paul Graham (reading time: 16 minutes)

This is a fantastic post about hard work and what it really means. Paul Graham describes what it takes to work hard, finding a pursuit that you have a genuine interest in and building a dynamic system that you can adjust.

Palantir: On Business, Cults, and Politics The Diff (reading time: 17 minutes)

I caught up on this article from last year by Byrne Hobart and it’s a fascinating read about the mysterious Palantir. It went public last year via a direct listing and its stock has exploded. The company sells software to law enforcement, intelligence, and the military yet has a mysterious cultish following by its employees.

Biden Launches Sweeping Action on “Big Tech, Big Pharma, and Big Ag.” Can It Be Real? Matt Stoller (reading time: 20 minutes)

Capitalism without competition isn’t capitalism. It’s exploitation. – Joe Biden

Shout out to Jason for this article suggestion. The post dives into the recent executive order from the US president aiming to promote more competition in the US economy, which will surely have ripple effects on the Canadian one as well. It’s the most important speech on monopoly power since 1938 by an american president and can have a wide ranging impact.

AI voice actors sound more human than ever—and they’re ready to hire Technology Review (reading time: 9 minutes)

I loved this tweet by Kevin Kelly this week

Does anyone doubt that someday soon we’ll be able to digitally create the cinematic performance (voice, face, behavior) of a well-known person (alive or dead) that is indistinguishable from an actual recording?

We are not far away from this prediction happening. This post dives into the startups that are working towards making this a reality. Having used tools in this space, we are not far from widespread adoption and ubiquity.