Top articles of the week | May 29

May 29, 2021

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

Fusion & Magic Laphams Quarterly (reading time: 23 minutes)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. This is what the first iPhone felt like back in 2007. Every once in a while, there is a technological leap that drives all of humanity forward. This post is about these types of breakthroughs and particularly around fusion. Will we invent alternatives to safe us from the climate crisis? I sure hope so!

Distinction or Extinction: Why It’s Game Time for Main Street iNovia Blog (reading time: 6 minutes)

Tobi from Shopify famously said that we went from 2020 to 2030 in terms of eCommerce adoption due to the lockdown. In this great post, Hannah from iNovia breaks down four key trends that are going to power eCommerce for the next few years. I find headless to be fascinating as it allows much faster deployment and experimentation.

The future of war is bizarre and terrifying Noahpinion (reading time: 9 minutes)

My apologies, this is not a business article. It’s about a subject I’m always interested in, war. The future of war is terrifying and fascinating. The recent conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan highlighted the advance use of drones and how it’s changing warfare.

How organisations are changing Simon Wardley (reading time: 21 minutes)

Being good at the past turns out to make adoption of the future that bit more difficult.

Simon Wardley is one of the great management thinkers of our time. He dives into traditional vs. next generation business practices. He surveyed companies with a bias towards office work vs. companies with a bias towards remote work. The summary on the table of the Next “Next” Generation types of companies is striking.

2020 Annual Letter Social Capital (reading time: 25 minutes)

We’ve covered Social Capital’s annual letter and they are always a great read. Besides the fund’s performance, the letter provides an interesting glimpse into the types of technologies that have the potential to shape our future. Chamath also gives his opinion on the historical context of the pandemic (how globalization as we know it is over, media’s loss of control, etc.)