Some Thoughts on the New and Mac App

For the past few weeks I have been part of a group of beta testers of the new and a new WordPress for Mac desktop app developed by San Francisco–based Automattic (the WordPress-as-a-Service company). The company is part of True Ventures’ portfolio, and its founder, Matt Mullenweg, is one of my dearest friends, so I have an…

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Insulin Pill is coming

Researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara have developed a new way to deliver insulin to diabetics — by a pill, instead of injecting oneself with Insulin, usually in the stomach. Over 29 million Americans have diabetes. As a diabetic, this is a great development, though I personally have found that restraint and quality of diet is a good way to minimize dependence on Insulin. [USC Santa Barbara News]

Chipmakers want to AI

Intel, Qualcomm, IBM and Nvidia are working tirelessly to handle the computing needs of tomorrow. Their biggest challenge is AI and it is also their biggest opportunity. Here is why! [Stacey Higginbotham]

Made to order

CRISPR-Cas9 aka ‘clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats’ is one of the most exciting and controversial developments, and it poses many ethical and moral challenges for present and future generations. Erik Parens, writing for Aeon magazine, explores the challenges and the road ahead. It is a must read. [Aeon Magazine]


The cult of personality is alive and well this week, as evidenced in the reporting around Diane Greene’s appointment to head up Google’s enterprise cloud business. Everyone thinks that magically, all the challenges that GCE has faced will vanish.  Or that Amazon’s 10-year head start will suddenly evaporate or, just like that, Microsoft Azure will become Afar. The fact is, this isn’t an easy game for Google to play, let alone win. Developers don’t think about Google, and younger ones go for Amazon. (Remember Steve Ballmer saying, “Developers, developers, developers”? He was right. We no longer live in the IT-driven…

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