Some things I’ve been reading that demand follow-up:
New Yorker, June 23 12014, The Disruption Machine, by Jill Lepore
This is a critique of Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovation. I find the article both interesting and tragically flawed. There are certainly many things about this theory that can be picked apart and dismantled, but the author fails to make a case on the entire theory. I find some of the arguments akin to the attacks on the theory of evolution (and, as I was thinking this while reading the article, M. Lepore mentions that very similarity). So file this under “critiques that I need to critique), but read this article after you’ve read at least one of the Christensen books.
American Scientist, June 2014, Quantum Randomness, Scott Aaronson
Alas, this is not the start of a regular column, just a two-part article. M. Aaronson is both highly educated and intelligent, and a witty and clear writer. Read this article and try to understand it. You might find the “Free Will Theorem” of particular interest.
Suppose you agree that the observed behavior of two entangled particles is as quantum mechanics predicts (and as experiment confirms); that there’s no preferred frame of reference telling you whether Alice or Bob measures “first” (and no closed timelike curves); and finally, that Alice and Bob can both decide “freely” how to measure their respective particles after they’re separated (i.e., that their choices of measurements aren’t determined by the prior state of the universe). Then the outcomes of their measurements also can’t be determined by the prior state of the universe.
This is a fairly up-to-date article, ending by discussing 2014 research. And this is on the path to being directly used, NIST is trying to develop practical systems.
Medidata Engineering Blog, No Single Points of Failure
I wish I could recommend this as must-read, but, at least for me, it just points out the right direction without having much new to say about how to get there. So my follow-up here is simply to elucidate those better ways.