“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” Sir Isaac Newton
There are so many great thinkers and writers on the Internet, it is overwhelming. I’ll probably miss a bunch of great stuff but this is a collection of some favorites.
If you don’t know Waitbutwhy check it out immediately. Tim Urban is one of the clearest writers around, tackling hugely complex topics from (moral philosophy to the technical aspects of terraforming Mars).
Ben Thompson runs Stratechery – a business & technology analysis blog. He gives away a free weekly article and has a subscription-only newsletter where he publishes 4 analyses a week. His interview on Farnam Street is worthwhile.
Fantastic Company Analyses:
Ben Evans at a16z has a fantastic weekly newsletter on digital media and technology.
The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence (Tim Urban on Waitbutwhy) – Get yourself a cup of tea and brace yourself. Hands down the best introductory piece on Artificial Intelligence.
The Great A.I. Awakening (Gideon Lewis-Kraus for NY Times Magazine) – A long-form exploration of how different streams of academic research and technological development led to a significant leap in machine learning. This article follows Jeff Dean‘s team at Google Brain in their pursuit to improve Google Translate.
Crime, Hacking, and Fringes
The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 1 (Joshuah Bearman for Wired Magazine) – Rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht – told in two parts.
The Untold Story of Notpetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History (Andy Greenberg for Wired Magazine) – Cyber warfare at its best. How a bit of malware brought the Ukrainian energy sector to a halt and almost destroyed a global freighting giant along the way.
Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future (Tim Urban on Waitbutwhy) – Brain computer interfaces, here we go!
Why Cryonics Makes Sense (Tim Urban on Waitbutwhy) – Tim explores why it might make sense to get one’s head cut off after being clinically dead. Very wild read!
Longevity FAQ: A beginner’s guide to longevity research (Laura Deming) – Interesting and concise collection of the current state of longevity research.
Space & Rockets
How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars (Tim Urban on Waitbutwhy) – Fairly detailed introduction into space travel (technology; logistics; business) and how SpaceX is building for Mars colonization. Fascinating!
The Orbital Index (Andrew Cantino & Ben Lachman) – ‘Space: weekly, technical, curated.”
The Fermi Paradox (Tim Urban on Waitbutwhy) – Math tells us that there are 1 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone, yet no one has ever called us. Where is everybody?
Productivity & Work
GTD in 15 minutes – A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Things Done (Erlend Hamberg) – Best introduction into the GTD methodology.
Don’t drown in email! How to use Gmail more efficiently (Andreas Klinger) – Quick guide to setting up your gmail inbox so it serves as a GTD inbox.
Every productivity thought I’ve ever had, as concisely as possible (Alexey Guzey) – Pretty cool collection.
Managing Remote Teams – A Crash Course (Andreas Klinger) – Great content on applicable processes and tactics for remote team management. Particularly great insights for eng teams. [Plus Up: Andi’s Conference Talk on the same topic]
Building a Remote Company: Lessons Learned from Idea to Exit (yours truly on this blog) – Exactly what the title says.
Thinking & Writing
The Day You Became A Better Writer (Scott Adams on Dilbert Blog) – It’s exactly what you think it is. Learn better writing in a 2 minute read.
Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (109 Models Explained) (Shane Parish on Farnam Street) – Mental models as practical thinking tools.
A Guide to Better Writing (in 5 Steps) (yours truly on this blog) – Read it.