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Tom Standage
Author, deputy editor/head of digital strategy at , co-host of "The Secret History of the Future", drummer, gamer, lapsed programmer. Views my own
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Tom Standage 20h
Replying to @illalesbia
These offerings may have ritual purposes, like the things he leaves on our beds. Who can fathom the mysteries of cat religion? etc etc
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Tom Standage Jun 17
The cars move. The rockets fly (and land). Yes, he exaggerates (eg on Autopilot) but the man can innovate. Like Edison, he is also a showman. I think it’s an excellent analogy.
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Arthur Chu Jun 15
Elon Musk is and always has been Edison, not Tesla Even the part where he used Tesla's name to piggyback on his reputation was 100% an Edison move
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Tom Standage Jun 16
Replying to @Ednever
Yes, our back-end systems are extremely antiquated. We are replacing them, but in the meantime a phone call may be the only way to do it. Sorry
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Tom Standage Jun 14
If only there was a fabric with this pattern—then someone could make a dress out of it
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Idrees Kahloon Jun 14
One of the few (mostly) positive social trends I’ve written about: The racial gap in life expectancy has declined substantially in the last 20 years.
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Tom Standage Jun 14
What better way to kick off the discussion at today than to demonstrate how to get GPT-2 running in a browser and generating text? So that’s what I did
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Daniel Knowles Jun 12
Yesterday's edition of The Economist's podcast featured a report from from Texas's death row that is just a phenomenal piece of radio reporting:
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Tom Standage Jun 12
Replying to @anthonymobile
That is why book reviews were invented; it became impossible for anyone to read all the new books. Same idea!
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Ryan Mac Jun 10
I got some questions about this story on "tech titans" in Italy, and uhhh I think this photo is photoshopped?
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Tom Standage Jun 12
I am not defending the use of the term in any form, to refer to any period. Use of the term is in fact a helpful “tell” that (shall we say) a more nuanced take may be required
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Tom Standage Jun 12
Indeed—I feel your pain.
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Tom Standage Jun 12
I realise that you may also take issue with the characterisation of the period, not just its name. But we can at least start with the name
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Tom Standage Jun 12
Replying to @TomChatfield
Exactly. This whole narrative that “Google and Facebook have stolen the monopoly rents that rightfully belong to us, the news industry, so they must compensate us” drives me nuts, because it refuses to die
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Tom Standage Jun 12
Replying to @Zielina
Exactly. This is nonsense, whatever you think about Google. It’s just garbage, methodologically
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Tom Standage Jun 12
Gah. I avoid the term in my own writing but not everyone does. I will talk to our “style council”—is “early medieval” the preferred alternative for the post-Roman, pre-Renaissance period in Europe?
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Tom Standage Jun 12
Excellent analysis by on why that $4.7bn Google News number is utter, utter nonsense, and why Google Search helps news publishers far more than it hurts them (via )
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Mary Hui Jun 11
There is usually never a line at the train ticketing machines. Judging from an overheard convo, it appears that people are reluctant to use their rechargeable Octopus cards for fear of leaving a paper trail of them having been present at the protest.
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Daniel Immerwahr Jun 11
While researching Jared Diamond’s new book, one thing I found startled me. Guns, Germs, and Steel starts when Diamond happening on man named Yali, who had “never been outside New Guinea,” on the beach. Yali’s question—why do whites have so much?—is what launches the book. 1/
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Oliver Cameron Jun 11
The Testing Grounds is full of weird and wonderful interactions.
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