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May 18, 2015 The New Yorker

On May 18, 2015 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “New Ways To Crash The Market” about machine trading causing a flash crash with no explanation. The algorithmic trading is vulnerable to spoofing with fake buy or sell orders making markets more unstable. “It’s also how we’ve arrived at a situation where a trillion dollars can vanish in a matter of minutes, even though the real world hasn’t changed at all.”

Raffi Khatchadourian wrote “World Without End” about Sean Murray’s company Hello Games. The new virtual reality game No Man’s Sky allows users  explore software generated galaxies. I wonder if it could be adapted to find other habitable worlds.

Tad Friend wrote “Tomorrow’s Advance Man” about venture capitalist Marc Andreessen of Netscape and his new firm a16z. He believes that Bitcoin, Soylent and Oculus VR will change the world by building a nerd nation. The article has one particularly disturbing passage. “Some Silicon Valley V.C.s  believe that these values would have greater say if their community left America behind: Andreessen’s nerd nation with a charter and geographic locale. Peter Thiel favors “seasteading,” establishing floating cities in the middle of the ocean. Bali Srinivasan, until recently a general partner at a16z and now chairman of one of its Bitcoin companies, has called for the “ultimate exit.” Arguing that the United States is as fossilized as Microsoft, and the Valley has become stronger than Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. combined, Srinivasan believes that it denizens should build an opt-in society, ultimately outside the U.S., run by technology.”

John Colapinto wrote “Lighting The Brain” about Karl Deisseroth. He is a pioneer in optogenetics, technology that activates individual brain cells with light from fiber optics. It can be used to control behavior in lab animals and is being tested on humans.

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