Peter Thiel on The Future of Legal Technology - Notes Essay

blakemasters:

Here is an essay version of my notes from Peter Thiel’s recent guest lecture in Stanford Law’s Legal Technology course. As usual, this is not a verbatim transcript. Errors and omissions are my own. Credit for good stuff is Peter’s.

When thinking about the future of the computer age, we…

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#easternmarket #detroit (at Eastern Market)

#easternmarket #detroit (at Eastern Market)

Ted Kaczynski - The Unabomber. Forensic Composite Sketch. Drawing by Jeanne Boylan, Commissioned by the FBI, 1987. #unabomber #tedkaczynski #universityofmichiganalumni

Ted Kaczynski - The Unabomber. Forensic Composite Sketch. Drawing by Jeanne Boylan, Commissioned by the FBI, 1987. #unabomber #tedkaczynski #universityofmichiganalumni

Omar S @ TV Bar, Detroit, MI  (at TV Lounge)

Omar S @ TV Bar, Detroit, MI (at TV Lounge)

CNN once again showing the world why they’re the preeminent news network in America with brilliant analysis and riveting coverage of the ‘Celebrity Hacking Scandal.’ Their major discoveries include:
-“This 4chan” is indeed a person, more than likely male, possible network administrator.
-EVERYONE takes nude photos of themselves with their smartphone and shares them with people. Duh! 
-‘Hacking’ is indeed illegal.
CNN Technology Analyst, Brett Larson also provides some sound advice about how we can prevent this from happening to us:
-“You absa-, absa-, absolutely have to have good passwords.”
-If your password is “password,” Larson recommends changing “changing the ‘s’ to a dollar sign.” 
-For the record: Brett Larson isn’t “laughing because it’s funny, it’s sad.”
… Don’t worry Brett Larson, we’re laughing as well— at you. 
Brett- Rule #1 of Broadcast Journalism: before you go on the air and talk about a story (you clearly aren’t qualified to cover), you might want to read up a little on the story you’re about to discuss instead of talking out of your ass for two and a half minutes. When (literally) almost everything that comes out of your mouth is factually incorrect, there’s a good chance somebody’s going to notice at least a discrepancy or two or three. Always assume your audience isn’t as empty-headed as you are Brett.  
All kidding and sarcasm aside: the state of television network news in the U.S. has gone from bad to worse over the past couple years. The increasing prevalence and emphasis on the ‘24-hour news cycle' in news broadcasting is the primary perpetrator for this tremendous decline in overall journalistic standards. So much so, factual errors in stories on major network news channels like CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are so commonplace they aren't even acknowledged. They make no effort to release factual corrections or omissions—a practice that's commonplace with almost every print journalism publication in the world.
Its been over two days since this broadcast originally aired, despite the considerable amount of negative attention this story has garnered CNN on the internet and in other media outlets—neither CNN or Brett Larson has released an apology, much less any kind of redaction or factual correction regard (in all fairness, Brett Larson did take some time out of his busy day to share his thoughts about Joan Rivers in a couple of tweet today—thanks for that Brett!). If that’s not an indicator of how little CNN values journalistic integrity, high journalistic standards or for that matter, it’s viewers—I’m not sure what   is? Don’t worry though: viewer’s are increasingly aware and tired of their lackadaisical approach towards journalistic quality and standards in the content they put out. As a result, more and more people are finding new and better mediums to get their information outside of television news channels. Ratings and revenues at CNN continue to slip to the lowest numbers seen in years. They still don’t seem to care though—so why should we?
CNN once again showing the world why they’re the preeminent news network in America with brilliant analysis and riveting coverage of the ‘Celebrity Hacking Scandal.’ Their major discoveries include:
-“This 4chan” is indeed a person, more than likely male, possible network administrator.
-EVERYONE takes nude photos of themselves with their smartphone and shares them with people. Duh! 
-‘Hacking’ is indeed illegal.
CNN Technology Analyst, Brett Larson also provides some sound advice about how we can prevent this from happening to us:
-“You absa-, absa-, absolutely have to have good passwords.”
-If your password is “password,” Larson recommends changing “changing the ‘s’ to a dollar sign.” 
-For the record: Brett Larson isn’t “laughing because it’s funny, it’s sad.”
… Don’t worry Brett Larson, we’re laughing as well— at you. 
Brett- Rule #1 of Broadcast Journalism: before you go on the air and talk about a story (you clearly aren’t qualified to cover), you might want to read up a little on the story you’re about to discuss instead of talking out of your ass for two and a half minutes. When (literally) almost everything that comes out of your mouth is factually incorrect, there’s a good chance somebody’s going to notice at least a discrepancy or two or three. Always assume your audience isn’t as empty-headed as you are Brett.  
All kidding and sarcasm aside: the state of television network news in the U.S. has gone from bad to worse over the past couple years. The increasing prevalence and emphasis on the ‘24-hour news cycle' in news broadcasting is the primary perpetrator for this tremendous decline in overall journalistic standards. So much so, factual errors in stories on major network news channels like CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are so commonplace they aren't even acknowledged. They make no effort to release factual corrections or omissions—a practice that's commonplace with almost every print journalism publication in the world.
Its been over two days since this broadcast originally aired, despite the considerable amount of negative attention this story has garnered CNN on the internet and in other media outlets—neither CNN or Brett Larson has released an apology, much less any kind of redaction or factual correction regard (in all fairness, Brett Larson did take some time out of his busy day to share his thoughts about Joan Rivers in a couple of tweet today—thanks for that Brett!). If that’s not an indicator of how little CNN values journalistic integrity, high journalistic standards or for that matter, it’s viewers—I’m not sure what   is? Don’t worry though: viewer’s are increasingly aware and tired of their lackadaisical approach towards journalistic quality and standards in the content they put out. As a result, more and more people are finding new and better mediums to get their information outside of television news channels. Ratings and revenues at CNN continue to slip to the lowest numbers seen in years. They still don’t seem to care though—so why should we?

Not the biggest Kenny Loggins fan, but I’m quite fond of this one: Kenny Loggins’ theme song for the classic, 1980 film ‘Caddyshack.’ The 80’s were a big decade for Mr. Loggins, the number of theme songs this dude did for big, blockbuster movies is ridiculous (‘Top Gun,’ ‘Footloose,’ ‘Over The Top,’ amongst others). Just the licensing and publishing fees from these alone must’ve made him a very rich man. His career began to taper a bit heading into the 90’s, but his fans will always revel and rejoice in his extensive catalogue of pop-friendly, hit songs he produced over his illustrious career. 

R.I.P. Jay Adams

R.I.P. Jay Adams

Alejandro Jodorowsky - “The Holy Mountain” (1973)

Alejandro Jodorowsky - “The Holy Mountain” (1973)

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#RIPRobinWilliams

Mourners visited sites from Robin Williams’ movies — laying flowers and memorabilia in his honor. 

usweekly:

#RIPRobinWilliams

Mourners visited sites from Robin Williams’ movies — laying flowers and memorabilia in his honor. 

#building #detroit #onedetroitcenter  (at One Detroit Center)

#building #detroit #onedetroitcenter (at One Detroit Center)

#billboard #sky #clouds

#billboard #sky #clouds

engineeringhistory:

Charging an electric car in Detroit, 1919.

engineeringhistory:

Charging an electric car in Detroit, 1919.

engineeringhistory:

Charging an electric car in Detroit, 1919.

Ghost ridin’ Phantom whippin’ #bike #gangsta #detroit

Ghost ridin’ Phantom whippin’ #bike #gangsta #detroit

'That Moment - The Making of Magnolia' 

Great documentary on the making of Magnolia; the amazing, underrated 1999 film by Paul Thomas Anderson. Originally included as a bonus feature on the Magnolia DVD release, the documentary gives the viewer a unique look into the filmmaking process from pre-production through its theatrical release. Why is this better than other ‘making of’ documentaries? From a filmmaking perspective, there isn’t anything really unique about the documentary. What makes it great is it provides a intimate perspective into the mind of one of the best filmmakers making movies today: Paul Thomas Anderson. A man still in his creative prime and whose best work may very well be ahead of him. Magnolia was his follow-up to 1997’s Boogie Nights; the acclaimed film Anderson wrote and directed at the very ripe age of twenty-seven. It will be interesting to see if his next move Inherent Vice (adapted from Thomas Pynchon’s novel and starring Robert Downey Jr), holds up relative to the high quality of his previous work. We’ll find out when its released on December 12th of this year.