Top articles of the week | August 26th

August 26, 2017

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

Escape the Matrix. The internet is the uncanniest valley. Don’t get trapped there. Wired

This article goes off in a few directions but is definitely worth the read. The basic premise is that we’ve come to confuse software on a screen with reality. The interactions that we have these non-existent entities are morphing how we perceive the world.

Winner-takes all effects in autonomous cars Benedict Evans, a16z

Superb analysis of the strategic dynamics in autonomous vehicles. Ben Evans examines the network effects, will there be a winner-takes-all effect? If there are, it will in the data, more specifically in driving data and in maps. This prompts two questions: who gets that data, and how much do you need?

Inside Waymo’s Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars The Atlantic

A fascinating read into Google’s self-driving car program. The Atlantic obtained access deep into Waymo (an Alphabet company) trying to make self-driving cars a reality. I learned a few interesting things including how they train the algorithms in virtual worlds.

The centre cannot hold: The shift towards decentralized systems Betakit

Great read by Todd Simpson, venture partner at iNovia Capital. Todd argues that we are moving more and more towards decentralized systems. The advent of technologies like Blockchain, AI and robotics are enabling a different kind of competitive advantage.

BONUS: How to build an empire on YouTube with Ashkan Karbasfrooshan, CEO @ WatchMojo

I had the pleasure of interviewing Ash, CEO of WatchMojo. Ash was generous with his time and insights. He’s built one of the largest channels on YouTube right here in Montreal. I learned a ton from talking to him.