Cam Pegg Pocket Articles

May 22, 2018

How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics

Judea Pearl helped artificial intelligence gain a strong grasp on probability, but laments that it still can't compute cause and effect. Artificial intelligence owes a lot of its smarts to Judea Pearl. In the 1980s he led efforts that allowed machines to reason probabilistically.

The Atlantic • 1,965 words • 9 minute read

May 11, 2018

We Are All Confident Idiots

Last March, during the enormous South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, the late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! sent a camera crew out into the streets to catch hipsters bluffing.

Pacific Standard • 5,976 words • 27 minute read

May 11, 2018

Beyond The Cult Of Human-Centered Design

On the eve of a historical election, last year’s Fast Company Innovation Festival was about hope and potential. In the wake a historical upset, this year’s festival was about resilience, values, and impact that we as individuals, communities, and organizations should strive for.

Fast • 1,470 words • 7 minute read

May 7, 2018

Think In Systems—Not In Goals

Do you set high goals for yourself? If you’re ambitious, or if you simply want to do a lot of things in life — there’s something you might have experienced: Goals can sometimes be counterproductive. I see it a lot with the highest achieving people.

Medium • Word count / reading time unavailable

May 6, 2018

Can Humans Survive a Faster Future?

An American consulate is surrounded. At 1:06 p.m. local time, three trucks arrive and a dozen men gripping matte black assault rifles stream out of the vehicles. There might have been an explosion in the compound.

RAND Corporation • 1,302 words • 6 minute read

May 2, 2018

Dunning-Kruger Effect

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. Essentially, low ability people do not possess the skills needed to recognize their own incompetence.

Verywell Mind • 1,907 words • 9 minute read

April 12, 2018

Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful

2019 UPDATE: Since this post came out, I co-authored a book about it called Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models. You can order it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound.

Medium • 659 words • 3 minute read

April 12, 2018

The secret rules of the internet

Julie Mora-Blanco remembers the day, in the summer of 2006, when the reality of her new job sunk in.

The Verge • 9,624 words • 44 minute read