Advertising by SlateStarScratchpad – Nostalgebraist muses about advertising. Scott briefly explains how advertising works on SSC.
A Flaw In The Way Smart People Think About Robots And Job Loss by Tom Bartleby – Considering jobs one at a time causes smart people to think no one will lose their job from automation. However small incremental advances reduce the number of needed workers. A history of secretaries. Personal experience of saving time via programming.
A Village Is Better Than Group House by Particular Virtue – More private space. Non-shared legal ownership. More people means much more social space and stability.
Politics and Economics:
Theory Vs Data In Statistics by Noah Smith – Theory heavy vs minimal theory models in Economics. Machine learning as the extreme of a “no model required” paradigm.