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In the Future, Everyone Will Be a Software Engineer and Barely Any Will Know How to Code

September 13, 2016 Earlier this year, the App Association calculated there were 223,000 unfilled coding jobs in the U.S. Companies have started touting coding as the new literacy, almost a prerequisite to getting in the door. Last month, General Electric’s CEO Jeff Immelt announced every new hire at the 305,000-person company will learn...

Silicon Valley May Finally Get Special Approval for Foreign Founders to Enter the US

August 29, 2016 The hardest part of building a startup for many is just arriving in the United States. For six years straight, Silicon Valley lobbied hard to get Washington to offer visas to foreigners who wanted to launch companies in the U.S., but despite bipartisan support in Congress, the effort failed last...

The Highest Paid Workers in Silicon Valley Are Not Software Engineers

August 26, 2016 In Silicon Valley, software engineer is synonymous with eye-watering compensation. Monthly salaries for engineering interns (about $81,600 per year annualized) are about twice the median wage in the rest of the country. While the reality of high-paying coding jobs is not wrong, programming isn’t the only way to climb Silicon...

Most Americans Think Technology Developed to Hack Our Bodies Will Just Benefit the 1%

August 5, 2016 Upgrades are not just for software anymore. Humans are steadily gaining access to technologies that enhance our brains and bodies. But most Americans, says the Pew Research Center, see this as yet another way for the haves to get a leg up over the have-nots. Scientists are already working on...

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Obama Hints at a Future in VC, and Silicon Valley Is Salivating

July 22, 2016 In seven months, Barack Obama will leave the White House as president of the United States. He’s going to need a job. In an interview with Bloomberg on June 13, he hinted at the possibility of joining entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. Obama said “had I not gone...

Elon Musk’s Master Plan for Tesla Is Self-Driving Cars and Sun-Powered Trucks

July 21, 2016 Tesla’s secret master plan was never really a secret. Tesla’s original plan, laid out in a 2006 blog post, was to build an electric sports car, plow profits from its sales into a more affordable car, build an even more affordable one and then deploy infrastructure to power them with...

Make Less Than $20 an Hour? A Robot Could Take Your Job

July 13, 2016 They promised us jetpacks. But if they arrive in the future, many of us may not be able to afford them. Jason Furman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers gave a speech last week (pdf, p. 5) highlighting the potential for automation to displace today’s jobs, even as it...

90% of Software Developers Work Outside Silicon Valley

July 13, 2016 So much code to write, so few developers. The chronic talent shortage afflicting Silicon Valley is now all over the US—and the developers are too. A study by the software trade group The App Association analyzed government and private sector data to map where software developers live, and it identified...

Watch Out, Designers: AI Design Bots Getting Better at Building Websites

June 30, 2016 The first attempts by startups using artificial intelligence to design websites haven’t amounted to much. A much-anticipated company called The Grid has failed to deliver on expectations. There is still no AI art hanging in MOMA yet. Data could fix that. Instead of building more clever bots, startups like Wix...

Watching Plants Grow Is One of the Most Exciting Things in Technology

June 29, 2016 After 50 years of soaring crop yields thanks to fertilizers, pest control and irrigation, that growth is bottoming out. We solved the food shortfall in the 20th century, but we need to do it again in this century. The U.N. says crop production must rise 70 percent by 2050 to...