Saturday links: the future of work

The weekend is a great time to catch up on some long form items that we passed up on during the week. Thanks for checking in.


Hedge funds are for suckers.  (Businessweek, Dealbreaker)

The best advice Google ($GOOG) employees ever got: buy index funds.  (San Francisco via Reformed Broker)

On the rise of smart beta.  (Economist)

A look at rebalancing software for financial advisors.  (Financial Advisor)


Time matters for finance. Why ignore at our peril.  (Bloomberg)

You are definitely NOT living in the present.  (Scientific American)


Frances Coppola, “If the future of production and services really does lie in automation, though, it raises questions about the future of work for the majority.”  (Pieria)

Wage deflation illustrated.  (Felix Salmon)


Comcast ($CMCSA) would rather be feared than loved.  (Justin Fox)

How a US manufacturer transformed its business.  (Fast Company via @longreads)

Hospitals now want to get into the insurance business.  (WashingtonPost)


12 questions for the Digg crew.  (Fast Company)

A profile of Dropbox as it builds a new layer for the Interwebs.  (Wired also Pando Daily)

The psychology behind freemium.  (Priceonomics)


What makes Finland work?  (The Atlantic)

Why Estonia has so many startups.  (Economist)


Just open up your wi-fi already.  (ReadWrite)

Just what is nowcasting?  (Pando Daily)

How the Boeing 747 become so popular.  (Works That Work via Om)


How a genetic mutation lead to a new drug that dramatically drops LDL levels.  (NYTimes)

How clutter messes with your mind.  (ooomf)


Why it is time to abolish the odious practice of tipping.  (Slate)

Where are the missing 90 year olds?  (BBC via @michaelkitces)

How driverless cars could reshape cities.  (Bits)


Another side of the George Brett tar pine bat incident.  (WSJ)

Does professional tennis have a doping problem?  (The Daily Beast)


The newly published postscript to Scott Patterson’s Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, AI Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System.  (Zero Hedge, part 2, part 3, part 4)

Oliver Sacks, author of Hallucinations, is looking forward to being 80.  (NYTimes)

An excerpt from The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek.  (Wired)

Is it time for more physics in economics? A look at Mark Buchanan’s Forecast: What Physics, Meteorology, and the Natural Sciences Can Teach us About Economics.  (MoneyBeat)

Mixed media

Why isn’t quinoa huge already?  (Wonkblog)

Why writers should avoid Twitter like the plague.  (The Daily Beast)

A deep dive into the best trading movie ever: Trading Places.  (Planet Money)

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