Top articles of the week | October 7th

October 7, 2017

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

Wall Street’s Best-Kept Secret Is a 72-Year-Old Russian Chess Expert Bloomberg

I enjoyed this article about Lev Alburt, a chess grandmaster who defected from the Soviet Union in the 1970s. The article highlights how many of New York’s top finance minds visit him for advice on chess. Chess is akin to strategy in my opinion and it’s fascinating to understand how the top players develop that skill.

God is a bot, and Anthony Levandowski is his messenger Wired

Very interesting profile of Anthony Levandowski, former Google and Uber employee who is one of the pioneers in self-driving car technology. He’ currently embroiled in a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo (Google’s self-driving car company). This bio sheds some light on one of the most fascinating people in Silicon Valley.

How to create an agile organization McKinsey & Company

I’m thrilled to see the spread of agile beyond just software because of what it means for a management team. It’s about going faster yet staying nimble. This McKinsey article offers a few guidelines on how to approach agility. I don’t think it goes far enough but offer good insights.

Sundar Pichai says the future of Google is AI, but can he fix the algorithm? The Verge

You might have heard about Google’s product update this past week. This interview with Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai sheds some light on how he thinks about artificial intelligence and the challenges with misinformation online. If you didn’t see this, I highly recommend you check out the Pixel phone’s real time translation demo

IMF Head Foresees the End of Banking and the Triumph of Cryptocurrency Foundation for Economic Freedom

I’ve been fascinated by cryptocurrencies as of late and I’ve been reading a lot on the topic. The more I read about it, the less I feel that I know. They are many skeptics about the potential of this as a replacement for currency. Apparently, the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, isn’t one of them.