Future Gist 40
Elizabeth Holmes, China hates Video Games, and SpaceX does regular delivery.
Schemer or Naïf? Elizabeth Holmes Is Going to Trial: It goes without saying that the Elizabeth Holmes story has become a classic in Tech history. Elizabeth, a Stanford drop-out and avid Steve Jobs admirer would set out to create a blood-testing startup that in her own words would be:
“…eliminating the need for painful needles and vials of blood, replacing that with tiny samples taken in convenient locations at convenient hours of operation, always for a fraction of the cost charged elsewhere — to build a health care system in which early detection and prevention become reality” .
At the end of it all, she finds herself in court facing 20 years in jail. The story that led us to this, is one of deception and hype all too apparent in Silicon Valley mythos(with SV referring to American tech culture rather than the physical location; one I briefly addressed a while ago). Perhaps, the “tech bros” and Biotech practitioners caught on to her scam quite early and avoided it, but the top brass US government officials who had hoped to create a female embodiment of the legendary entrepreneur that was Steve Jobs sadly did not.
A great video on the topic is that of Coldfusion’s. Coldfusion is a Youtube channel, whose content on tech and business continues to be outstanding. (1647 words)
China Tightens Limits for Young Online Gamers and Bans School Night Play: I quite honestly didn’t know how to put this except for the fact that China had basically imposed limits on young gamers in an effort to make them “touch grass”. On a more serious note, I had previously remarked on China’s possible attempts at cracking down on the more “entertainment” side of its Tech sector in favor of more hard-tech. There does, however, seem to be more going on here than just this. There’s for one, Xi’s attempt at propaganda in schools, as well as the ruling that the 996 work schedule so popular amongst tech companies was unconstitutional. The enforced rules do seem to have less of a predefined ideological structure besides pure authoritarianism in favor of… the people? Perhaps there’s a certain personality he (Xi) hopes to build or nurture in China’s youth, or perhaps it may quite simply be him carrying through with the requests of parents and the working class. Regardless of what it may be, the overtness of the restrictions on Play that is so prevalent in the rest of the world definitely feels off, to say the least. But perhaps, China realizes something in the west, and the wests’ influence on the rest of the world that it hopes does get replicated in its midst. Only time will tell what this was all about. (804 words)
SpaceX launches ants, avocados, robot to space station: In what is SpaceX’s 23rd delivery for NASA to the ISS, travel there seems to have become a more regular affair and something SpaceX has become very capable of carrying out easily. It’s quite honestly satisfying seeing that a company that may very well have died out without NASA’s intervention has turned out to be this revolutionary. A strong indicator of the value of Private-Public organizations. For all the crap Elon gets(and he deserves a shit load of it), he has been this generation’s greatest driver of tech talent to very difficult engineering efforts. If there is one thing he may be remembered for when and if he leaves the planet, this shall most definitely be his legacy. (312 words)
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