Pursuit of Excellence / Paradox of Perfection

The New Yorker ran an essay by Tad Friend describing the growing effect of entrepreneurial boot camp Y Combinator on the prevailing ethos of Silicon Valley and the funding practices of venture capitalists. The piece profiled Sam Altman, the successor to Y Combinator’s founder and its guiding spirit, Paul Graham. If Graham’s name sounds familiar,…

The Soul in the New Machine? Try Delight

What is the nature of delight? A principle of pleasure. Perhaps a sense of mystery unfurled. A tinge of magic. Consider this: today your vehicle alerts you when the oil needs to be changed, the tires are low, or it needs service. But in tomorrow’s world, the onboard computer sends an alert to the dealer…