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Axios Future

1 big thing: For James Bond, a mission less possiblePhoto: Greg Williams/Eon Productions/Getty The age of surveillance and Big Data is throwing up a new challenge to one of the oldest professions on the planet. We are talking the job of secret agent. What’s happening: Suddenly, the world’s least open nations can marshal a lifetime of personal and location data on friend and foe from security cameras, social media and smart phones. This seriously complicates the mission of undercover spy — men and women whose talent since Cleopatra and before has been gaining cozy proximity with movers and shakers and persuading locals to betray their countries. “If you go through any classic of spy fiction — le Carré, Fleming — almost anything they do would be impossible today because of technology,” said Edward Lucas, a Russia specialist and author of “Spycraft Rebooted: How Technology is Changing Espionage.” “CCTV cameras make anything that Bond and Smiley did difficult. In a hostile environment, you’d be picked up immediately,” Lucas said.I queried former U.S. intelligence analysts, all of whom said the secrecy profession will survive: Mathew Burrows, a retired senior CIA official and counselor to the National Intelligence Council, said the new tech actually provides advantages, and not just handicaps. There will continue to be a job for “a spy who can worm him/herself into the confidence of a decision-maker and know exactly his/her next move that hasn’t yet been revealed by any tech-driven spying,” he said.Aki Peritz, a former CIA analyst in Iraq, said, “Intelligence gathering is as old as human civilization, and it’s not going to end because of technical advances. No gizmo can see into the hearts of men.”Yet Lucas catalogues the difficulties in an article for Foreign Policy. If he is right, it’s not clear how many jobs are at risk: There are no public figures for how many spies the U.S. sends abroad, though in a January speech, CIA director Gina Haspel said she wants more of them. As of last year, Russia was thought to have more than 100 spies working undercover in the U.S. But working is more difficult even for them — operatives living under aliases in open societies where people are not tracked as a matter of course. Consider this example of the new world: A year ago, former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the U.K. with Novichok, a nerve agent. U.K. investigators perusing footage from security cameras installed around the country quickly zeroed in on two men.They were filmed putting the poison on the Skripals’ front door, then flying to Moscow. The men had entered the U.K. using aliases. Then Bellingcat, a private research group that uses open sources, was able in a matter of months to identify them as Russian military intelligence officers. Their cover may now be blown forever.If you are a suddenly out-of-work spy, where do you go? Lucas suggests that former spies can pile into the private intelligence firms that have proliferated in New York and the Mayfair district in London. I contacted the head of one such London firm, an acquaintance from my Central Asia days. He said that while he does employ two former intelligence agents, the rest of his approximately 30 case managers are varied. “In the private sector, you want multiple talents/skill sets — forensics accountants, former bankers and journalists, Caspian oil and gas specialists (!) etc.,” he said.2. Another robot company is goneOne of Anki’s robots. Photo courtesy AnkiBuilding robots is hard, but building a robotics company seems nearly impossible.Kaveh writes: The latest in a spate of robotics companies to fold is Anki, the 9-year-old company that built cute robot companions and AI-powered toy race cars. It had raised more than $200 million in venture capital from top Silicon Valley firms and said last year it was nearing $100 million in revenue.Things were looking good for Anki back in 2013 when it launched its first product, a nearly $200 toy race car and video game, onstage at an Apple keynote — an enormous platform.After the racers, its next wave of products were friendly companion bots: little bulldozer-looking things with expressive eyes that make cute noises.But this week, after losing out on what Anki spokesperson Peter Nguyen called a “significant financial deal at a late stage,” the company is laying off its entire workforce, Nguyen said in a statement.The news was first reported by Recode.This trajectory is familiar to robotics companies — especially those making social robots. In the past year, several firms that made them, like Jibo and Mayfield Robotics, closed their doors.At a robotics summit hosted by TechCrunch earlier this month, several speakers discussed why building a robotics company is so hard.”The hardest problem starting out is finding the right problem to solve and making sure that people want you to solve it,” said Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics.”Groups that do warehouse automation have often been successful because the market is there,” said Manish Kothari, president of SRI Ventures, which invests in robotics companies.”We know people pick apples; we know how much they charge for picking apples,” Kothari said. “It’s a daunting technical challenge” — but someone will probably want an apple-picking bot if you can create it and beat the cost of human pickers.There’s not yet a clear signal that people want robots in their homes.For now, smart speakers like Amazon Echo are the closest thing to must-have home hardware — and they’re still a far cry from any sort of robot.The biggest market for bots at home is still for vacuums like Roomba, which have been around for nearly two decades.Go deeper: Why is so hard to build profitable robot companies? (IEEE Spectrum)3. The web’s “dark period”Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosWhether you live in the democratic or authoritarian world, you are likely to be uneasy with the direction the internet has taken in the last few years. In response to the proliferation of hate groups, terrorists, pedophiles, etc., on the web, we are creating “a Balkanized and not-so-open internet everywhere,” says Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab and one of the world’s most prominent experts on the internet. Ito is featured in today’s Masters of Scale podcast and talked to Axios about the “dark period” of the internet, one he says is especially apparent in the struggle for power between the U.S. and China:”I think that for now, it’s possible that we’re headed into something that looks like a different version of the Cold War — but I think there is a chance to avoid that and I hope we figure out how to do that.” Why it matters: Experts are increasingly worried — and warning — about the dangers social media can pose to healthy societies.For example, as Axios reported, Sri Lanka blocked Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and other social platforms after the coordinated terrorist attacks on Catholic churches that killed about 250 people.Go deeper: Hear the episode where Ito says more about the birth of online communities and the open vs. closed internet.Editor’s note: Details of this podcast are available exclusively to Axios readers first through a partnership with Masters of Scale.4. Worthy of your timeAdapted from a Pew Research chart; Percentages are medians based on 27 countries; Data: Spring 2018 Global Attitudes Survey; Chart: Axios VisualsGene Wolfe, RIP (Brian Phillips — The Ringer)Politicians are killing faith in democracy (Stef Kight — Axios)Zero Amazon income tax vexes voters (Stephanie Saul, Patricia Cohen — NYT)U.K. car washes seek to pay minimum wage (Robert Wright — FT)Translating brain waves (The Economist)5. 1 posthumous thing: Facebook users, after deathPhoto: Lisa Werner/GettyIf not a single new person joins Facebook, it will take a half-century before the platform has more dead than living members, according to a strange new paper.The paper, by Oxford researchers Carl Öhman and David Watson (h/t MIT Tech Review), finds that inflection point around the year 2070. In another three decades, 1.4 billion Facebook users will have died. At today’s membership numbers, that would leave roughly 900,000 million still living.Why they are counting dead Facebook users: Öhman and Watson are attempting to get a grip on a new Facebook effort to itself figure out what to do with a member’s data after death.
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Everything 3lau needs to perform live

Everything 3lau needs to perform live

What’s in your bag? is a recurring feature where we ask people to tell us a bit more about their everyday gadgets by opening their bags and hearts to us. This week, we’re featuring music producer and record label owner 3lau.
Justin Blau, otherwise known as 3lau, is sitting with The Verge on the floor of a green room trailer at a festival. We’re directly behind the main stage, and the trailer’s wood-paneled walls are vibrating from the act currently playing. Blau himself is about to step on stage, but is letting us rummage through his briefcase beforehand, which contains all the things he needs to perform live.
Known for his melodic-leaning dance songs, along with other endeavors — like blockchain-powered festival OMF and non-profit record label Blume — Blau’s reach extends far beyond music itself. And he’s always forward-thinking. In the past year he’s collaborated with the likes of HYO from Girls’ Generation, worked on a track with Ninja for the gamer’s NINJAWERKS Vol. 1 compilation, and put out several lush and pop-forward singles on his own imprint, like “Touch” and “Would You Understand.” He has two albums planned for early 2020. On top of that, as evidenced by where we’re talking with Blau, he maintains a constant touring schedule.
It’s a lot for one person to juggle, but as we see in his bag, Blau’s able to do it all through being a very meticulous person. “Wow,” he says in admiration after The Verge has arranged his array of cables on the trailer’s carpet. “It looks really pretty. You guys did a great job, and I’m very detail-oriented.”

You have a briefcase?
There’s a lot of interesting things in here! You’re skeptical!
No! It’s just unexpected.
I just come to the show like this. Business. It is a Tumi. I do love Tumi. My luggage is also Tumi. I use this because I already have a backpack. If you see my full luggage setup, the briefcase makes more sense. It fits perfectly on one side of my luggage. I’m super efficient about how I pack.

And here I have my DJ controller.
Whoa! That’s the perfect size for your bag, and I love the color.
Thank you. It’s custom iridescent red.
Does it glow under black light?
It does. Part of the Ultraviolet idea. It’s made by a company called Livid. They’ve actually discontinued it, which is a nightmare for me because I only have two. If they break I’m literally screwed. I’ll have to reprogram one or ideally have somebody else design one. It’s basically a MIDI controller for Ableton. I’ve always DJed with Ableton. Everyone is like, well why don’t you DJ with CDJs? And the reason why is because when was in college I couldn’t afford CDJs. I learned on Ableton. A CDJ setup is like, four grand, and there were no clubs for me to go check it out. And this little thing is $500.
It was a way more affordable alternative. I stole Ableton at the time, totally did not buy it. But now I own Ableton and am a real licensor.
I had the APC 40 back in the day and this [Livid controller] was the replacement. It’s more customizable. There’s a lot more I can do with it. I can create my own custom MIDI scripts. It’s really cool.
Livid knew that I was using it from photos and they reached out to me and said they wanted to make me a custom one. My first one was black and they powder coated it this red. It’s one of a kind. And it’s discontinued. So this is my pride.

Let’s see what else you’ve got in here.
My backpack has my production laptop, and adapters, my headphones, all that stuff. This bag has the stuff I need live.
This is a good one. An extra battery.
Does that charge your laptop too?
Yes. It’s a newer Mophie. I love them. This battery can charge the laptop and the phone. I usually travel with three of them because on an international flight if there isn’t an outlet when my laptop dies, I know I have batteries I can use. Ideally that will eventually change. But international flights don’t always have adapters, and that’s why I travel with three.
Dongles. More dongles. And more cables. I keep extras because it’s so easy to lose them.
And then the trusty old earplugs. And a splitter. A splitter is especially good at festivals if I’m hanging out with another artist and we’re showing each other new music. It can be loud, and there can be a lot of people in the green room.

What do you use this laptop for?
So this is just the DJ laptop. Way less ports, which is why I have those extra dongles. Disaster. This is the 13 inch, and then I have a 15 inch as well.
What phone is this?
The iPhone X. Worst phone ever.
Why?
Well, actually the software update fixed a lot of problems. The Wi-Fi used to fucking close for no reason.
Is there a particular reason why you have an iPhone?
The ease of connecting everything. Because I’m all Mac it makes life easy. I communicate with everybody on iMessage.

And these earplugs and earbuds?
I have Westone custom earplugs because this is the first company that somebody told me about. At the time I ordered, it was like, $50 per extra mold. I got three molds and I’ve only lost one over the past eight years or so. I’m proud of that. I did lose one of the db filters, but you can order those on Amazon.
If you’re at festivals enough, it’s something to consider. Honestly, I’ll also use the dead plugs on airplanes sometimes, and it just cuts everything, even babies’ cries. It’s the best kind of earplug.
And then I have portable little Beats. I don’t particularly love them, but they’re great for when I’m in the green room and on the laptop. It’s nice to bring this little bag instead of the big headphones. I normally have the Bose QCs when I’m on airplanes.
What about these USBs?
These are fan songs that I probably haven’t listened to yet.
People gave you those?
Right. A lot fans give them to me and I say, listen, here’s my personal email, I promise I’ll check it but I’m sure I’m going to lose the USB. Those are two of the maybe 50 that I’ve kept. I have no idea what’s on them. Once a month I try to go through my demo folder and listen to as much as I can. And in some cases I wind up working with some of these artists.

Where did you get your wallet?
It’s my Margiela wallet. I ordered it online from a website called SSense where I order a lot of my clothes from.
Matthew Reeves: It’s sale season!
You know! I see the Y3 shoes over there. I see it.
Dani Deahl: Matt is one of Rick Owens’ primary photographers.
Wait, what? Hold up. No way! Oh my god. I normally have a Rick zip-up sweatshirt vest. But it’s so hot so I’m not wearing it now. I got it when I was in the Rick Owens store in Tokyo. He’s got a sculpture of himself in there that’s crazy.

Why do you have a Sharpie?
There’s always a fan that wants me to sign something. Signing someone’s phone is the most common request believe it or not. They want me to sign their phone cases. Some people let me sign straight on their phone. Hats are the second most common.
I think I know where the $2 bills are from.
They are from Steve… Two Dollar Hollar. Steve Reisman is a very successful entertainment lawyer. He gives all his favorite artists $2 bills whenever he sees them. He’s just loaded up with them all the time. He’s really close with Drake and a lot of big artists, and I’m honored that I’m a friend of his. I use the $2 bills for valet tips. I keep every $2 bill I’ve gotten from him in my car.
[Places card down] We’ll put that in there just for fun.
What is it?
It’s for a blockchain-powered festival I threw last year called OMF.
And last, the Listerine strips.
Listerine strips are always on my rider. It’s more efficient than gum. I don’t want to carry a pack of gum in my pocket, but I want that because it’s small. I wear tight jeans. It’s as simple as that. And if I forget and they get washed, it just dissolves and smells really good. That happens all the time.
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Max Keiser Says ‘Stack Satoshis,’ Bitcoin to Beat All Asset Classes

Max Keiser Says ‘Stack Satoshis,’ Bitcoin to Beat All Asset Classes

Max Keiser Says ‘Stack Satoshis,’ Bitcoin to Beat All Asset ClassesMax Keiser tells Crypto Trader that when an asset rises from $5,000 to his price prediction of $100,000, it is going to beat the returns of every other asset class. | Source: (i) Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE / Web Summit (ii) REUTERS / Dado Ruvic ; Edited by CCNBy CCN: Broadcaster Max Keiser is a noted bitcoin bull. The host of the Keiser Report on media channel RT is well-known for his $100,000 bitcoin price forecast, telling the world time and again to keep accumulating the digital currency because it is on its way to hitting six figures.Keiser doubled down on his $100,000 bitcoin price target earlier this month. Now he’s reiterating his ambitious outlook, suggesting in an interview with CNBC Crypto Trader that it’s only a matter of time for the bitcoin price to reach his target.“The timing is immaterial. It is still going to outperform every other asset you can possibly imagine owning over the next five, 10, 15 years. Forget about timing. Timing is for people who think that, ‘I’m going to wait and buy it at a better price.’ And that is a bad way to approach crypto. Stack Satoshis!”‘Best-Performing Asset’Keiser’s reasoning for bitcoin beating every other investment category is simple – when an asset rises from $5,000 to $100,000, it is going to beat the returns of every other asset class.While Keiser is willing to go out on a limb on the bitcoin price, he believes it’s a bad idea to try and time bitcoin’s rise. According to Keiser, one should keep accumulating the cryptocurrency instead of waiting for a better entry point because of the massive upside potential. He even recommended that people not waste their money buying Mother’s Day gifts. Instead, he says, investors “should have been stacking Sats.”All of this makes it evident that Keiser is a big-time bitcoin bull.Hyperinflation a Big Catalyst for the Flagship CryptocurrencyKeiser is critical of the Federal Reserve performing quantitative easing. He said during the interview that the Fed’s inclination toward permanent quantitative easing would lead to “money printing without end.”Keiser believes that such a move would lead to hyperinflation, and bitcoin – like gold – will thrive in such an environment. This is not the first time that a Wall Street veteran is comparing the digital asset to gold.Asset management firm Morgan Creek Digital recently said that bitcoin price could hit $500,000 because it is a better investment than gold.An increase in money supply is one of the two reasons leading to inflation. Hyperinflation occurs when a country’s government begins to print money to meet its spending and fails to tighten the money supply when needed. In a state of hyperinflation, the value of gold shoots up as it is a known hedge against volatility and inflation.As it turns out, bitcoin is displaying gold-like characteristics. The price of bitcoin has rallied at a time when there is volatility in the global markets.Fascinating interview between @maxkeiser and Harry Halpin, who is building the next level of privacy for the internet https://t.co/ZHumJHP9vE— John Smithies (@jdsmithies) May 25, 2019What’s more, just like gold, bitcoin is a finite asset; only 21 million coins can be mined. So the demand for bitcoin is expected to increase in the future, especially if the Fed keeps printing money and creates a hyperinflationary environment.As such, Keiser believes buying and holding bitcoin would be a great idea because you could enjoy gains of more than 1,100% even if you buy it at the current price of around $8,000 – if his price prediction comes true. About The AuthorHarsh ChauhanHarsh Singh Chauhan has a wealth of experience evaluating publicly-traded companies across several verticals, including technology, oil and gas, retail, and consumer goods. He is a syndicated author whose articles have been published on reputed online platforms across the U.S., Europe, and India since 2011.This article was edited by Gerelyn Terzo.
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