We'll pay $150 to whoever writes the best essay about why Silicon Valley sucks

We'll pay $150 to whoever writes the best essay about why Silicon Valley sucks

Artificial Intelligence, a new website about the failed promise of Silicon Valley, is hosting its first writing contest! We launched AI to raise a discussion about the sanctimonious hypocrisy of the tech industry. Silicon Valley promised to change the world. Now they're all filthy rich and the world is still shitty. They've exploited workers, dodged taxes, invaded our privacy, injected vitriol and misinformation into the public discourse, and used "philanthropy"…

Your company is doing something unethical. What do you do?

Your company is doing something unethical. What do you do?

Ever been asked to do something at work you think is a bad idea? Kriss Andsten has. Before he quit, he was an engineer for a California-based technology firm, and he was part of a project so questionable that one colleague described it this way: “People could well die from this work.” So, according to leaked information obtained by Forbes, he sent a company-wide email on April 4 announcing his…

Why haven't we found a way to fix global wealth inequality yet?

Why haven't we found a way to fix global wealth inequality yet?

Ahead of Facebook's initial public offering in March 2012, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a letter to prospective investors explaining the purpose of the company. The mission isn't to "build services to make money; we make money to build better services." By raising $16 billion for Facebook (and $19 billion for Zuckerberg himself), he said the company could further its egalitarian crusade to decentralize information, speech, and political power. "We believe building…

Here’s what’s shitty about the media industry right now

Another app (Discors) was just given $1.2 million (including $50,000 from Matter Ventures*) to aggregate news other people create. This morning I told a photojournalist I couldn’t pay him for his work. It’s likely no one will pay him for it. Other freelance journalists I’ve talked to say they’re resigned to doing shitty commercial jobs to pay the bills and doing journalism for free.…

I stopped publishing on Medium. Here’s why.

I stopped publishing on Medium. Here’s why.

A little over a year ago, we decided to try publishing Latterly exclusively on Medium.com, a popular blogging platform. At the time, Medium was recruiting publishers to give up their own websites and migrate to theirs. It was a persuasive proposition: Medium draws 30 million visitors a month, and the site is networked, meaning traffic to other publications could spill onto ours. Plus, we could earn money on Medium…