A few months ago SFO's plastic water bottle ban went into force. Until this week, with two layovers at SFO, I didn't think about it too much. Moving from single-use bottles to refillable bottles is obviously a good thing but for me, it had an ironic outcome. I generally try to drink water instead of … Continue reading Unintended Consequences and Sparkling Water
Costco’s impressively low price Rotisserie Chicken pulls in customers to its stores and provides a genuine treat for a low low price. Last week the company opened its new, extensive production facilities in Nebraska to further its ability to keep delivering the product at that low price point. As numerous articles point out, there is … Continue reading The Conundrum of $4.99 Rotisserie Chicken
How we apply technologies, where benefits accrue and who is impacted by impacted will be crucial questions for the next few decades of society.
The concept of economic dignity which has been getting a bit of airtime in the past few days makes a lot of sense to me. The Atlantic covers it with a suitably clickbait title: "Economics if Broken". The term comes from Gene Sperling, former economic advisor to Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and is … Continue reading Economic Dignity
The media is already shaping the 2020 debate into a sporting event - at the expense of real policy debate.
Sometimes you have to say what you have to say... in German.
In the Long Run, no Job is Forever, but for now the best way to win is combine domain expertise with technology.
How individual issues go to build party bases.
I have a lot of respect for Warren Buffet, Charlie Munger and others who've made fortunes but then also share their observations with the world. Some of the perspectives are genuinely enlightening (and not just for people who want to "get rich") - take Charlie Munger's 1995 piece on misjudgment for example. That makes it … Continue reading Willful Misjudgment: Charlie Munger and Inequality
Technology is creating massive change in society. In many cases, that's for good, but there is certainly the potential for great harm. A lot of press coverage focused on anecdotal incidents of bad outcomes. These are sometimes outliers or red-herrings (deaths from autonomous vehicles, for example, are terrible for those involved, but it is still … Continue reading Getting Better at Technology Ethics: EthicsOS