215: The Economics Of Homemade Chips

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We cover a ton of news this week because so much of it is interrelated. If you take away one concept from this week, let it be this: Artificial intelligence continues to expand it’s capabilities and is aiding on the road, in the classroom, and on your face. AI will struggle to  make surprise moves that turn out to be genus, and we need to often ask ourselves if it’s worth it.

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