Cam Pegg Pocket Articles

August 9, 2019

Universal Laws of the World

If something is true in one field it’s probably true in others. Restricting your attention to your own field blinds you to how many important things people from other fields have figured out that are relevant to your own.

Collaborative Fund • 2,457 words • 11 minute read

July 30, 2019

The Trouble with Theories of Everything

There is no known physics theory that is true at every scale—there may never be. Whenever you say anything about your daily life, a scale is implied. Try it out. “I’m too busy” only works for an assumed time scale: today, for example, or this week. Not this century or this nanosecond.

Nautilus • 2,159 words • 10 minute read

July 30, 2019

The Serendipity Engine

Earlier this year I left my job. I felt a strong urge to recharge physically and – more important – mentally. The role had created a series of positive connections and had me embark on an intense public speaking spree, but I was exhausted and creatively stuck.

Gianfranco Chicco • 789 words • 4 minute read

July 29, 2019

Fast Software, the Best Software

I love fast software. That is, software speedy both in function and interface. Software with minimal to no lag between wanting to activate or manipulate something and the thing happening. Lightness. Software that’s speedy usually means it’s focused.

Craig Mod • 2,512 words • 11 minute read

July 8, 2019

Globalisation is dead and we need to invent a new world order

HAS THE world witnessed “peak democracy”? Is the future one in which open societies with free markets vie for influence in global affairs with authoritarian countries under state capitalism? The very questions evoke a nostalgia for a seemingly simpler past.

The Economist • 2,348 words • 11 minute read

July 2, 2019

You’re probably using the wrong dictionary

The way I thought you used a dictionary was that you looked up words you’ve never heard of, or whose sense you’re unsure of. You would never look up an ordinary word — like example, or sport, or magic — because all you’ll learn is what it means, and that you already know.

James Somers • 3,310 words • 15 minute read

June 26, 2019

Into the Personal-Website-Verse

Social media in 2019 is a garbage fire. What started out as the most promising development in the history of the Web – the participation of users in the creation of content and online dialogue at scale – has turned into a swamp of sensation, lies, hate speech, harassment, and noise.

Matthias Ott • 2,989 words • 14 minute read

June 19, 2019

Why Fiction Trumps Truth

We humans know more truths than any species on earth. Yet we also believe the most falsehoods. Mr. Harari is a historian.

The New York Times • 1,569 words • 7 minute read

June 18, 2019

The New Wilderness

The need to regulate online privacy is a truth so universally acknowledged that even Facebook and Google have joined the chorus of voices crying for change.

Idle Words • 2,006 words • 9 minute read

June 13, 2019

The Future Of Work Will Be Told In Pictures

The older I get, and the more I learn, the greater my reliance on pictures to help my clients understand and act upon complex challenges. To illustrate this point, I found this image from a presentation developed by the Nordstrom Innovation Lab.

Forbes • 517 words • 2 minute read

June 10, 2019

Knowledge is crude

I’m against knowledge. Don’t get me wrong: I’m as keen on the facts as the next person. I’m no friend of fake news. I want truth rather than falsity. It is specifically knowledge I’m against, not true belief. Knowledge asks more of us than true belief, and it isn’t worth it.

Aeon • 3,406 words • 15 minute read

May 23, 2019

Strong Opinions Loosely Held Might be the Worst Idea in Tech

I misspent just about every night for 7 years at an old school pool hall in Milwaukee. This was an “action” room, where a regular lineup of shady characters was perched, ready to relieve you of any excess cash that might be burdening you.

The Glowforge Blog • 1,359 words • 6 minute read

May 22, 2019

The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet

In his sci-fi trilogy The Three Body Problem, author Liu Cixin presents the dark forest theory of the universe. When we look out into space, the theory goes, we’re struck by its silence. It seems like we’re the only ones here. After all, if other forms of life existed, wouldn’t they show themselves? Since they haven’t, we assume there’s no one else out there. Liu invites us to think about this a different way.

OneZero • Word count / reading time unavailable

March 22, 2019

A Few Simple Steps to Vastly Increase Your Privacy Online

Update: Since first publishing this post, many people have pointed out that changing your DNS isn't a huge privacy add since your ISP can still see a lot of your traffic. The real solution here is a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which I felt went beyond the "simple" scope of these steps.

The Tools We Need • 1,622 words • 7 minute read

March 6, 2019

The Firm of the Future

We're beginning to see what the next generation of successful companies will look like. Today, the shareholder primacy era is under pressure from multiple sources. Technologies, markets and customer expectations are all changing rapidly. To cite just a few examples:

Bain & Company • 5,810 words • 26 minute read