Lambda School Pt. 1: Consumers

Introduction: Here begins the series of posts analyzing Lambda School, as outlined in my last post. By way of introduction, Lambda School is a Y-Combinator-backed startup that aims to upskill untapped talent to participate in the tech industry. They’ve raised ~$4M and are currently offering intensive courses on computer science, data science, iOS development, Android…

A Taste of Things to Come…

For my next few blog posts, I want to try something new: writing a series. I’m imagining probably 4 somewhat interconnected posts in the service of telling a bigger story or making more nuanced points than I usually do. I feel that since my return to the blog, I’ve been missing some of the deeper…

Post #100: The Genre of Progress Literature

This is post #100 on Thought Distiller! I’m personally surprised; I had no idea the blog was so far along in terms of post count. Anyway, thanks for being a reader! Here’s a post that, by the end, I hope will lift your spirits. What’s wrong with the news? It often feels as if we’re…

Conflating Poverty Alleviation with Income Inequality Reduction

I’ve often found that writers— even those trained in economics— conflate alleviating poverty with trying to make the societal income distribution more equal. The most recent example of this that I’ve encountered was within Rutger Bregman’s acclaimed book Utopia for Realists. I enjoyed the majority of the book, which advocated a universal basic income (UBI), a…

The Business of “Fake” Reality

More and more, it seems like the word “fake” is cropping up in our public discourse. Whether that refers to Trump’s favorite phrase “fake news” or uncanny and disturbing “deepfakes,” fakeness is rapidly pervading various forms of multimedia. In the past, people could certainly have created work anonymously, pseudonymously, or even forge work under someone else’s…

And We’re Back!

It’s been quite a long time (7 months!) since I last posted to Thought Distiller. My hiatus occurred due to a confluence of factors that prevented me from devoting the time and attention that I would have liked to this blog. And I realized that I would rather write nothing at all than to write…

Thinking about Apps Inside of VR

In late November of last year, I tweeted a bite-sized view of what I think the future of VR (I’ll use the term VR as inclusive of AR) will look like: The point of this post is to expand a bit more on why I believe this to be true and what needs to happen…

Six Links: Pirates, Moats, Capitalism

Hopefully this edition of Six Links will help you find yet more intriguing content to help you finish January strong. Here goes: The Hijacking of the Brillante Virtuouso by Kit Chellel & Matthew Campbell: Anytime a commercial vessel is lost, the incident is recorded with a quill pen in a leatherbound book at Lloyd’s, a London…

10 Predictions for 2018

I saw a number of prediction posts for the upcoming year as I was surfing the web today, and I figured I’d write my own. So without further ado, here are ten predictions for this year: Donald Trump will still be president at the end of 2018 (confidence level: 8/10) The cryptocurrency space will attract…

A Brief Exploration of the Cute

In 2016, I wrote about what makes things “creepy” in another brief exploration post, which you can find here. This time around, I’d like to take a look at what makes things “cute.” Interestingly, but unsurprisingly, our notion of cuteness stems from evolutionary biology. In 1949, Nobel laureates Konrad Lorenz and Niko Tinbergen described the “Kindchenschema (infant…