Exponent is a podcast about tech and society hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth

Ben Thompson is the author and founder of Stratechery, a blog about the business and strategy of technology. You can follow him on Twitter @benthompson.

James Allworth is the co-author with Clay Christensen of How Will You Measure Your Life and a writer for the Harvard Business Review. You can follow him on Twitter @jamesallworth.

Episode 112 — It’s Complicated

Ben and James discuss whether or not monopolies are good, the differences between education and healthcare, and how to build an economy of the future.

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  • Episode 012: The Internet Rainforest — Exponent
  • Episode 005: The World Has Changed — Exponent
  • Ben Thompson: Not OK, Google — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook and the Cost of Monopoly — Stratechery
  • How Google Eats a Business Whole — The Outline
  • Meet the Google Alum Who Created China’s Facebook-Groupon Mashup — Bloomberg

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Episode 111 — Lamentation Not Condemnation

Ben and James discuss what it means if Facebook is a monopoly, what is lost if it is, and why there isn’t anything that can be done about it — for now.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Facebook Epoch — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Facebook and the Cost of Monopoly — Stratechery
  • Kurt Gessler: Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts. And it’s getting worse — Medium
  • Ben Thompson: Manifestos and Monopolies — Stratechery

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Episode 110 — Moral Hazard

James and Ben discuss moral hazard and what seems to be going wrong with the U.S. economy, the different kinds of regulation, and how the App Store explains government policy.

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  • James Allworth: Prioritizing Economics is Crippling the U.S. Economy — Medium
  • Ryne Rohla: Creating a National Precinct Map — Decision Desk HQ
  • Jeff Bezos: Annual Letter to Shareholders — SEC
  • Matt Stoller: How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul — The Atlantic

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Episode 109 — Screw-ups Are Fun!

Ben and James discuss Apple’s Mac Pro screw-up and what it might say about the company and its culture.

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  • John Gruber: The Mac Pro Lives — Daring Fireball
  • Jay Yarow: Phil Schiller on Apple’s Ad Agency in an Email — Business Insider
  • Ben Thompson: Whither Liberal Arts — Stratechery
  • Apple iPad Air Ad — YouTube
  • Steve Jobs After the GarageBand Demo During the Introduction of the iPad 2 — YouTube
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s Organizational Crossroads — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: From Products to Platforms — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Why Doesn’t Apple Enable Sustainable Business on the App Store — Stratechery

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Episode 108 — Statistics Gone Wild

Ben and James discuss the meaning of artificial intelligence, whether machine learning qualifies, and a platform for dealing with the impact.

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  • Chris Dixon: How Aristotle Created the Computer — The Atlantic
  • Ben Thompson: The Arrival of Artificial Intelligence — Stratechery
  • Dan Primack: Takeaways from Steve Mnuchins Axios Interview — Axios
  • Maureen Dowd: Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse — Vanity Fair
  • The Most Common Jobs in Every State — NPR
  • At Blackrock, Machines Are Rising over Managers to Pick Stocks — [The New York Times](http://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/business/dealbook/blackrock-actively-managed-
  • Ben Thompson: Verizon, AOL, Facebook Instant Articles, and the Future of Digital Advertising — Stratechery
  • Episode 012: The Internet Rainforest — Exponent
  • Ben Thompson: The Brexit Possibility — Stratechery

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Episode 107 — Smiling Curves and Self-Driving Cars

Ben and James discuss the concept of The Smiling Curve and how it applies to various industries. Then, where value might be found in self-driving cars, and why both Uber and Google are getting it wrong.

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  • Ben Thompson: Aggregation Theory — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Publishers and the Smiling Curve — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Intel, Mobileye, and Smiling Curves — Stratechery
  • Episode 012: The Internet Rainforest — Exponent
  • “After SO many years of being lost, we finally have Aaliyah’s performance of ‘Try Again’ on Jay Leno. This is RARE as fuck.” — Twitter

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Episode 106 — To Be an Outlaw

Ben and James discuss Uber’s recent scandals, and debate whether the company’s business actions can be separated from its culture.

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Episode 105 — The Most Political

Ben and James discuss Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto, the problem with regulation, and why Facebook needs exactly that.

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  • Mark Zuckerberg: Building Global Community — Facebook
  • Ben Thompson: Manifestos and Monopolies — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Inspired Media — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: Founders and Motivation — Stratechery
  • The Ezra Klein Podcast: Tim Wu’s Interesting, Unusual, Fascinating Life — Panoply

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Episode 104 — Snap’s Gingerbread Strategy

Ben and James compare Snap and Facebook to Apple and Microsoft, and worry that Snap’s business is misaligned.

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  • Ben Thompson: Snap’s Apple Strategy — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Truth About Windows Versus the Mac — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Audacity of Copying Well — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Aggregation Theory — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Snapchat Spectacles and the Future of Wearables — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Old-Fashioned Snapchat — Stratechery

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Episode 103 — Dull Knives Don’t Cut

Ben and James discuss what kind of politicians and products cut through in the Internet age, and why they are profoundly different than what worked before.

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