Life is a Party, AI is Life
Posted at Mar 30
Picture this: you're at a party, and everyone's having a good time. The drinks are flowing, the music is pumping, and the air is charged with excitement. And then, in walks a group of old-timers, the kind of people who think that Elvis is still alive and that feel nostalgic about the days of rotary phones. But in the ultimate stroke of irony, they may call themselves the "Future of Life."
Hype and Reality - AI is only in the First Inning
Posted at Feb 12
With many people still suffering from a hangover of the blockchain, cryptocurrency, and "web3" (as defined by VCs) hype and investment cycle, some skeptics are stating that AI, as showcased by OpenAI's public ChatGPT release, may not live up to its hype.
The challenge in making pronouncements is that the lag between the introduction of a new technology and its widespread adoption and applica
Google vs. AI (and the rest of the world)
Posted at Feb 1
In the wake of the recent ChatGPT excitement, headlines are now predicting that Google's search engine business will collapse from pressures by generative AI within two years. Those predictions are premature. I do believe people will increasingly rely on AI in the search for knowledge -- but when searching for products and services, Google and their paid ad business will remain the go-to tool for ...more
McKinsey's "web3 beyond the hype" report (#web3defined)
Posted at 9/27/2022
#McKinsey is jumping into the world of #web3 with a recently published "web3 beyond the hype" report.
I was excited by the title but disappointed by the content. The article proclaimed to be a primer on the fundamentals of Web3 including "what it is" but nowhere is web3 truly defined. Instead we get:
"The core distinctive feature of Web3 is the decentralization of business models."
META-Facebook's worrisome foray into conversational AI
Posted at 8/12/2022
AI Language models, like GPT-3 or Google's LaMDA, are producing some incredibly realistic interaction mimicking human dialogue and raising important ethical issues about biases, hateful speech, and amplification of misinformation.
Now Meta/Facebook is jumping into the game with an AI Chatbox ("BlenderBot") that has been released "for research only" - but one can imagine the path between rese...more
Posted at 6/13/2022
Introducing the 2022 web3 defined report
by Brian Christie, Peter Williams (Brainsy, Inc.)
Last month, venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) released its inaugural "State of Crypto" report, a 56-page deck that attempts to define web3 (it really doesn’t) and offer talking points for developments in related areas.
When it came out, much of the crypto punditry and sycophant...more
a16z LPs, it’s time to go elsewhere
Posted at 5/22/2022
Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) is getting a lot of attention for recently publishing a “State of Crypto” report. It’s a slick-looking, professionally produced, 56-page deck that attempts to define web3 (it really doesn’t) and offer talking points for developments in the related areas of Layer1 and Layer2 blockchains, stablecoins, DeFi, NFTs, and DAOs.
My view? The report isn’t devoid of i...more
Predictions for Tech in 2021: Four Sectors where Government Action will Dramatically Transform the Landscape for US-based Start-ups.
Posted at 1/13/2021
If you were like me, you welcomed 2021 expecting the New Year to start erasing the chaos of 2020 -- and you certainly didn’t expect the first week to bring an attempted coup d'état!
But our government remains standing and as we look to the year ahead, it’s anyone’s guess on how things will unfold in the tech sector given the turbulence we’re experiencing from politi...more