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Take a Deep Breath: Bitcoin Will Not Replace the U.S. Dollar

The Silicon Valley hype machine has gone full on crypto crazy. The tech industry has a long history of overhyping technology that’s not ready for primetime, but you don’t often see overly opportunistic VCs shilling for fanatical founders. Then there’s Tim Draper. The famed venture capitalist is excited about cryptocurrency.[…] Read On

The Myth of the Visionary Leader

In his book “Real Leaders Don’t Follow,” Silicon Valley management consultant and former senior executive Steve Tobak busts many of today’s most popular leadership and entrepreneurial myths. Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen sees himself as a visionary, an idea man; that much is clear from his book, Idea Man: A Memoir[…] Read On

How to Kill Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Before They Kill Us

When Alexander Fleming accepted the Nobel Prize for co-discovering Penicillin in 1945, he warned that misuse could enable bacteria to develop resistance to his miracle drug. You can’t get much more prescient than that. Today’s Earth is a veritable Petrie dish of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. And like the Martians in H.[…] Read On

Can Paul Allen Teach Machines Common Sense?

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen wants to teach machines common sense. Maybe he should start by teaching humans. The Seattle Seahawks owner and mega-investor has earmarked $125 million for a project so artificial intelligence can “approach human abilities,” he said. Oren Etzioni, CEO of AI2, Allen’s AI research center, added that[…] Read On