Walt Mossberg Retiring, Casey Neistat and More
"The Day Richard Feynman died, the blackboard in his classroom read: 'What I cannot create, I do not understand.'
"When Ian Goodfellow explains the research he’s doing at Google Brain, the central artificial intelligence lab at the internet’s most powerful company, he points to this aphorism from the iconic physicist, Caltech professor, and best-selling author. But Goodfellow isn’t referring to himself—or any other human being inside Google. He’s talking about the machines: 'What an AI cannot create, it does not understand.'"
by Cade Metz, Wired
"As I look at the last thirty years of the technology industry, a few important observations stand. Allow me to share some visuals from a presentation I gave a few years ago at the Postmodern Computing Summit.
"The first significant observation is that computers are getting smaller. The advancements being made in microprocessors are allowing us to take supercomputers from form factors that once fit in a closet to ones that now fit in our pockets and, in the future, be worn on our bodies."
by Ben Bajarin, Tech.pinions
"It was a June day when I began my career as a national journalist. I stepped into the Detroit Bureau of The Wall Street Journal and started on what would be a long, varied, rewarding career. I was 23 years old, and the year was 1970. That’s not a typo.
"So it seems fitting to me that I’ll be retiring this coming June, almost exactly 47 years later. I’ll be hanging it up shortly after the 2017 edition of the Code Conference, a wonderful event I co-founded in 2003 and which I could never have imagined back then in Detroit."
by Walt Mossberg, The Verge
Five: The Walt Mossberg Brand
"It is a momentous day not just for those of us who write about the tech industry, but anyone who has paid any attention at all to consumer products for the last 26 years...
"Mossberg undersells himself: a necessary prerequisite to “convert[ing him]self into a tech columnist” was inventing the very concept. That I had to make such an observation — was there really a time in recent history in which major publications did not have someone focused on technology? — is itself a testament to Mossberg’s vision."
by Ben Thompson, Stratechery