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""Securities"" March 29, 2022

A cloaking device for everyone

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Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, is believed to have said that “our heroes don’t sneak around” when asked if he wanted Federation starships like the USS Enterprise to be equipped with cloaking devices. Instead, it was the Federation’s duplicitous and violent enemies like the Klingons and Romulans that would have such technology: in […]

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""Securities"" March 27, 2022

“We’re going to try to stop him”

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The news media has extensively covered the cyberhacking gang Lapsus$ this week, following the group’s successful data extraction hack of Okta, the single-sign-on platform for corporate apps, as well as hacks at Microsoft and an extensive extortion scheme against Nvidia. U.K. police have now arrested seven members of the gang, disclosing that the age of […]

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""Securities"" March 20, 2022

AI, dual-use medicine, and bioweapons

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There was a hot zone of debate in scientific circles this week triggered by an article in Nature Machine Intelligence by Collaborations Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s Fabio Urbina and three co-authors that explored what would happen if artificial intelligence tools for drug discovery were repurposed to find the most lethal toxins to the human body. Unsurprisingly, results […]

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""Securities"" March 13, 2022

Antitrust and the future of shareholders

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I popped over to Boulder, Colorado briefly this week for a moderated conversation on antitrust and the future of big tech with Nathan Schneider, a professor of media studies at the university there and who wrote “Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy” and is currently editing Vitalik Buterin’s new […]

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""Securities"" March 8, 2022

On upgrading the securities of women globally

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Today is International Women’s Day, and now more than ever, we need to clearly see the common and unique challenges that women globally face across a range of securities. While important strides have been made and should be applauded, we need to double down on building a world where women take full and equal access […]

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""Securities"" March 6, 2022

Legalizing gambling, everywhere, all the time

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America is undergoing a radical social experiment, the kind that we have undertaken only a handful of times in our history, and which is perhaps the most radical experiment so far this century: we are legalizing gambling, everywhere, all the time. The handful of traditional outlets for gambling in America have metastasized into always-on, always-ready […]

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""Securities"" February 26, 2022

Unspeakable evil

America has a problem with unspeakable evil: it, quite literally, can’t speak about it. Evils plague American society, of course. A modern census of American evil would include police brutality against people of color; a culture of sexual assault and misogyny that denigrates the rights of women; business executives and a consulting class pushing highly-addictive […]

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""Securities"" February 20, 2022

Consensus and how experiments and societies end

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The big news over here at Lux this week was that Grace Isford joined us as our newest investor, based in New York City. She’s going to be investing at the intersection of web3/crypto, data infrastructure and AI/ML, an area where there is an incredible amount of deep tech being built such as the future […]

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""Securities"" February 16, 2022

The complex interactions between antitrust and national security

Image Credits: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angelique N. Smythe

The Department of Defense published a fascinating report yesterday analyzing the defense industrial base and the notable consolidation of prime contractors — the contractors who directly interact with the government as project managers and who then outsource much of their work to other subcontractors. The details are grim: “the number of aerospace and defense prime […]

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""Securities"" February 13, 2022

An arm, a stamp, and an icon of China joint ventures

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This week during its quarterly earnings, SoftBank announced the termination of Nvidia’s acquisition of ARM, the UK-based chip design firm that SoftBank acquired back in 2016. We had discussed this likelihood a few weeks ago in the “Securities” issue “Defense Fordism,” and now that the obvious outcome has been consummated (with SoftBank keeping a $1.25 […]

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""Securities"" February 13, 2022

Two developments in nuclear fission and fusion technology

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The two futures of nuclear power have each faced their own challenging narratives. Over in fission, there has been a worldwide pullback from nuclear power due to strident environmentalists who seem dead set against the one baseline power technology that produces carbon-free energy. A few weeks ago, Germany shut down three of its last six […]

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