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New Emergent Ventures winners, 25th cohort
Duncan McClements, 17, incoming at King’s College Cambridge, economics, general career and research support.
Jasmine Wang and team (Jasmine is a repeat winner), Trellis, AI and the book.
Sophia Brown, Berlin/Brooklyn, to study the State Department,and general career development.
Robert Tolan, western Ireland, farmer and math Olympiad winner, YIMBY by street for Ireland.
Conor Durkin, Chicago, to write a Chicago city Substack.
Guido Putignano, Milan/Zurich, to do a summer internship in computation bio for cell therapies, at Harvard/MIT.
Michelle K. Huang, to revitalize Japanese real estate and to enable a creative community in Japan, near Kyoto.
Rasheed Griffith, repeat winner, to found a Caribbean think tank.
The Fitzwilliam, a periodical of ideas, Ireland. To expand and built it out, Fergus McCullough and Sam Enright, both repeat winners.
Lyn Stoler, Los Angeles, general career development and to develop material for a new pro-growth, pro-green agenda for states and localities.
Gwen Lester, Chicago, to develop a center for abused, battered, and sexually abused women, namely GLC Empowerment Center, also known as Nana’s House.
Sabrina Singh, Ontario, pre-college, to help her study of neurotechnology.
And Emergent Ventures Ukraine:
Isa Hasenko, eastern Ukraine, medical care for eastern Ukraine, performed by a system of digital information, using a real-time tracking system, to trace every allocation. He works with Fintable.io and MissionKharkiv.com.
Stephan Hosedlo, Lviv, to expand his company selling farm products and herbal products, and to buy a tractor.
Olesya Drashkaba, Kyiv, Sunseed Art, a company to market Ukrainian art posters around the world.
Peter Chernyshov, Edinburgh, mathematician, to run math education project — Kontora Pi — to teach advanced math for talented kids and school teachers in Ukraine. To produce more math videos and to recruit more teachers around Ukraine.
Andrew Solovei, western Ukraine, to build out a network to compensate small scale Ukrainian volunteers in a scalable and verifiable manner.
Olena Skyrta, Kyiv, to start a for-profit that will tie new scientific innovations to Ukrainian and other businesses.
Yevheniia Vidishcheva, Kyiv, theatrical project to travel around Ukraine.
Alina Beskrovna, Mariupol and Harvard Kennedy School, general career support and to work on the economic reconstruction of Ukraine.
Ireland fact of the day
It appears that, in 2020, Ireland overtook South Africa as having the latest marrying couples worldwide.
The average age for a groom is 37.8 and for a bride is 35.7, for opposite-sex couples. This is the fairer comparison because same-sex marriages obviously aren’t allowed everywhere and are less relevant to reproduction.
If you consider first-time marriages only, the average age of grooms marrying for the first time was 35.7 years and for brides the average age was 34.2 years. By comparison, for first-time marriages the United States is 30.5 for males and 28.6 for females.
That is from Sam Enright, with an assist from Fergus McCullough.
Or you could say Georgism along the q rather than the p:
Landlords in England could be forced to let empty shops in a bid to rejuvenate high streets, under government plans.
Under the move, set to be unveiled in Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech, buildings left vacant for a year would have to be entered into a “rental auction”.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has calculated that one in seven shopfronts across Britain is empty.
Here is the full story, via Fergus McCullough.
Mark Zuckerberg and the metaverse
And I actually would go so far as to say that I think that might be one of, if not the biggest technological challenge that our industry will face in the next decade. We tend to really celebrate things that are big, right? But I actually think miniaturizing things and getting a supercomputer to fit into a pair of glasses is actually one of the bigger challenges. But once you have that, so you have those glasses and you have your VR headset, I think that’s going to enable a bunch of really interesting use cases.
So, one is you will be able to, with basically a snap of your fingers, pull up your perfect workstation. So anywhere you go, you can walk into a Starbucks, you can sit down, you can be drinking your coffee and kind of wave your hands and you can have basically as many monitors as you want, all set up, whatever size you want them to be, all preconfigured to the way you had it when you were at your home before. And you can just bring that with you wherever you want.
If you want to talk to someone, you’re working through a problem, instead of just calling them on the phone, they can teleport in, and then they can see all the context that you have. They can see your five monitors, or whatever it is, and the documents or all the windows of code that you have, or a 3D model that you’re working on. And they can stand next to you and interact, and then in a blink they can teleport back to where they were and kind of be in a separate place.
So I think for focus time and individual productivity, I think being able to have your ideal setup, we call this “infinite office.”
Here is the full interview, interesting throughout. Via Fergus McCullough.
Monday assorted links
1. “A Gujarat government official has claimed that he is Kalki, the tenth incarnation of Vishnu, and can’t come to office because he is conducting a “penance” to “change the global conscience”.”
2. Fergus McCullough on Sarah Ruden’s Gospels translation.
3. “The pace of [new business] applications since mid-2020 is the highest on record (earliest data available is 2004.)”
4. Constant female labor force participation over the centuries?
5. New Yorker and unionization (NYT).
Friday assorted links
1. The UK’s new £50 note celebrates Alan Turing with lots of geeky Easter eggs.
2. “Compared with the United States, students in China, India and Russia do not gain critical thinking skills over four years [of STEM education].”
3. The latest from China concerning cotton.
4. Rutgers will require students to get the vaccine.
5. A response from the temperature-gdp authors.
6. Coverage of the left-wing economics revolution at Berkeley.
7. The rate of sexual victimization is higher than most people think.
8. Virginia Postrel on textiles and civilization (NYT).
Swiss Chinese markets in everything
Swiss authorities want to renew a discreet agreement with China, signed in 2015, which allows officials from Beijing to enter the country and question Chinese citizens residing here illegally…
The agreement allows Chinese officials to enter Switzerland for a period of two weeks – without official status – in order to investigate Chinese citizens found to be staying illegally in the Alpine Nation. Once identified, these people can be deported in collaboration with SEM.
Individuals affected by the agreement include rejected asylum seekers, illegal travellers, and those without identity papers.
And what exactly do the Swiss get in return? Here is the full story, via Fergus McCullough.
Rat transit markets in everything
Learning to drive small cars helps rats feel less stressed, scientists found.
Researchers at the University of Richmond in the US taught a group of 17 rats how to drive little plastic cars, in exchange for bits of cereal.
Study lead Dr Kelly Lambert said the rats felt more relaxed during the task, a finding that could help with the development of non-pharmaceutical treatments for mental illness.
Here is the story, via the excellent Fergus McCullough.
The third cohort of Emergent Ventures recipients
As always, note that the descriptions are mine and reflect my priorities, as the self-descriptions of the applicants may be broader or slightly different. Here goes:
Jordan Schneider, for newsletter and podcast and writing work “explaining the rise of Chinese tech and its global ramifications.”
Michelle Rorich, for her work in economic development and Africa, to be furthered by a bike trip Cairo to Capetown.
Craig Palsson, Market Power, a new YouTube channel for economics.
Jeffrey C. Huber, to write a book on tech and economic progress from a Christian point of view.
Mayowa Osibodu, building AI programs to preserve endangered languages.
David Forscey, travel grant to look into issues and careers surrounding protection against election fraud.
Jennifer Doleac, Texas A&M, to develop an evidence-based law and economics, crime and punishment podcast.
Fergus McCullough, University of St. Andrews, travel grant to help build a career in law/history/politics/public affairs.
Justin Zheng, a high school student working on biometrics for cryptocurrency.
Matthew Teichman at the University of Chicago, for his work in philosophy podcasting.
Kyle Eschen, comedian and magician and entertainer, to work on an initiative for the concept of “steelmanning” arguments.
Here is the first cohort of winners, and here is the second cohort. Here is the underlying philosophy behind Emergent Ventures. Note by the way, if you received an award very recently, you have not been forgotten but rather will show up in the fourth cohort.
The religious belts in Europe
European regions where the % of religious people is much higher than the rest of the country. pic.twitter.com/eHd14D2hAl
— Xavi Ruiz (@xruiztru) November 18, 2022
Wednesday assorted links
1. Sam Enright reviews Bryan Caplan on open borders. Very good piece.
2. The persistence of Paul McCartney (New Yorker).
3. Nursing homes and expected loss of life expectancy.
4. China is improving its pricing for coal power.
5. Zena Hitz, The Catherine Project.
6. Against alcohol.
Thursday assorted links
Saturday assorted links
2. People systematically overlook subtractive changes. And a Patrick Collison comment: “An obvious point that took me way too long to appreciate: in software engineering, you should probably optimize for speed even when you don’t have to, because it’s one of the easiest/best ways to prioritize subtraction and parsimony in the solution space.”
3. Against alcohol.
4. Ezra Klein interviews Brian Deese about the economic thinking of the Biden Administration (with transcript). A good instantiation of “where they are at.”
5. Various observations on the Biden corporate tax plan.
6. ‘Sense of Disappointment’ on the Left as the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race Unfolds.” (NYT) Again, I’m going to double down on my earlier claim that the progressive Left has peaked (which is not to claim that statism has peaked, it hasn’t). This is NYC people!
7. Fact and fiction about Ethiopia’s ethnofederalism? The content is hardly controversial to most readers I suspect, or even deeply committal on main issues, but the author chose anonymity nonetheless, which is itself a meta-comment on the piece’s own topic.
8. Map of all the physics particles and forces, highly useful, good explication, I don’t find any of this stuff intuitive. “Strangely, there are no right-handed W bosons in nature.” What is wrong with you people!? Why can’t it all be windowless monads? Or is it?
A teenager was sent home from school after being caught selling shots of hand sanitiser to his fellow pupils at 50p a go.
His mother, Jenny Tompkins, from Leeds, posted a picture of him arriving home earlier after his entrepreneurial exploits at Dixons Unity Academy.
In a post on Facebook, she said it was hard to discipline her son when his “dad called to say he was a legend”.
He plans to use the £9 he made to buy a kebab, she added.
Some respondents to the post, which was shared nearly 130,000 times, praised his efforts.
One said “can’t fault his logic”.
Others reminisced about selling cigarettes for £1 a go.
Someone else said: “Bet he gets an A in economics.”