John Muller
The Industrial Revolution That Never Was

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An experiment in the American colonies goes awry.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: From Mass Production to Mass Individualism

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A few weeks ago, NY Times columnist David Brooks posted an OpEd on The Evolution of Trust. The OpEd is focused on Airbnb, the online platform where people list and book accommodations all over the world, which now has over…

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Why Apple’s Swift Language Will Instantly Remake Computer Programming | Enterprise | WIRED

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Chris Lattner spent a year and a half creating a new programming language—a new way of designing, building, and running computer software—and he didn’t mention it to anyone, not even his closest friends and colleagues. He started in the summer of 2010, working at night and on weekends, and by the end of the following…

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Staying Human in a Machine Age

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This was my commencement speech to the University of California at Santa Cruz Crown College June 2014.My sincere thanks to Provost Ferguson, Professors, Crown College Graduates, Parents and Staff for

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When the Americans Turned the Tide

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The Germans were pushing toward Paris in 1918 when untested American troops helped stop them at the Marne River in a pivotal World War I battle.

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The story of WebP: How Google wants to speed up the web, one image at a time

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Google wants WebP to become the internet’s next dominant image file format. That’s not likely going to happen anytime soon — but WebP could still have a huge impact.

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Out in the Open: Ex-Googlers Building Cloud Software That’s Almost Impossible to Take Down | Enterprise | WIRED

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Cockroaches are some of the most resilient creatures on earth. They can live for 45 minutes without air and over a month without food. Cutting their heads off won’t even kill them—at least not immediately. Their bodies can live on for several days without their heads. At technology giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, engineers…

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‘Somebody to Shove’ by Soul Asylum is my new jam.
On the Nature of Our Regime

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Is Mark Lilla right to describe ours as a “libertarian age”?

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Liberty Street Economics

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In the late 1700s, France ran a persistent deficit and by the late 1780s struggled with how to balance the budget and pay down the debt.

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