📚 #129: Meaning, Corporations, Big Ideas & Healthcare "Fraud"
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#1 History of the corporation 🏭
Oldie, but goodie from Venkat Rao on the history of the corporation and how attention in the metric of the future
Europe may have increased per capita productivity 594% in 600 years, while China and India stayed where they were, but Europe has been slowing down and Asia has been catching up. When Asia hits Peak Attention (America is already past it, I believe), absolute size, rather than big productivity differentials, will again define the game, and the center of gravity of economic activity will shift to Asia.
#2 Grappling With A Brother’s Death
A gripping story of a sister that tries to make sense of how she lost connection with her brother and how he ended up in Europe trying to be taller:
When my brother died, I was too shattered to write his obituary. There is little record of his 29 years of life; it simply vanished. When I type “Yush Gupta,” Google autofills “Yush Gupta death,” a brutal reminder that even on the internet, a space where nothing is forgotten, Yush is a mirage, slowly disappearing.
#3 Three big things
Morgan Housel offers three “big things” impacting our world. Here are two interesting charts he offers among many other ideas:
The one I was most excited for was his third one:
3. Access to information closes gaps that used to create a social shield of ignorance.
I’ve seen this in my online courses, where I’ve seen more energy out of students from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi, India than other nations.
#4 US Healthcare System
A doctor in Boston calls out top hospitals in Boston for legal fraud:
It’s important to say up front that no fraud is involved. Rather, with the evolution of coding schemes for diseases and conditions, a hospital’s enhanced ability to extract information from electronic medical records, and an industry of consultants and trained staff with revenue maximization goals in mind, inpatient admissions are being upgraded to a higher level of severity and hospital payment.
How do we find meaning? I’ve been diving into a couple things around what some people are calling “the meaning crisis.”
First is this meandering and interesting site called Meaningness from a former PhD in AI from MIT. This is the latest piece I ran across:
And next is this video series (also a podcast) on “awakening from the meaning crisis” - I’m enjoying it and it feels like being part of a fascinating college class. Let me know if you want to follow along with me.
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