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Thread on Programming Ability

Ethan Mollick brought this Nature article to my attention. One of the authors Chantel Prat, is also on the thread. The sample size for this study is only 36, so we should think of it as preliminary work toward understanding how people learn to program. Their abstract, with emphasis added by me: This experiment employed…

Endless Frontiers: Old-School Pork or New Cold War Tech Race?

The Endless Frontiers Act passed the Senate Tuesday in a bipartisan 68-32 vote. What was originally a $100 Billion bill to reform and enhance US research in ways lauded by innovation policy experts went through 616 amendments. The bill that emerged has fewer ambitious reforms, more local pork-barrel spending, and some totally unrelated additions like…

What Is Income?

The United States, like nearly all countries, has an income tax. What is an income tax? It’s a tax on income. What is income? That’s actually a very hard question. The question comes up in a recent report by ProPublica on the taxes that very wealthy Americans pay (I’m not going to link to it,…

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