By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #282, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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A Brief History of Netflix Personalization: “From startup in 1998 to today, a detailed history of the strategy, metrics, and experiments Netflix executed to develop a personalized experience focused on delivering its members movies they’d love.” — Sam

How to stop AI from recognizing your face in selfies: “A growing number of tools now let you stop facial recognition systems from training on your personal photos” — Cameron

The…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #281, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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Old-school computing: when your lab PC is ancient: “Maintaining outdated PCs can be a matter of necessity — and a labour of love.” — Sam

Click to drop a raindrop anywhere in the contiguous United States and watch where it ends upAdam G

I’m a Physicist Who Searches for Aliens. U.F.O.s Don’t Impress Me — friend of Lux Jeff Cooper

How Do We Quantify the Elusive Concept…


Even from our earliest days, we have been clear about why we were building Lux: to support extraordinary entrepreneurs, often outsiders, doubted by most, whose ambitions would transform the world through straight-out-of-fiction science and technology. We have always believed before others understood.

After all these years, we remain stubbornly focused on that same guiding principle. We are a committed team of unshakeable optimists with unwavering conviction in the equalizing power of science to benefit all, even when few others see what we see. We feel forever fortunate and sometimes amazed that we get to seek out and be sought by…


Data, machine learning, and semiconductor technology are ushering in a renaissance in automation: machines that historically were precisely controlled are now being “taught.” These machines, like humans, use pattern recognition obtained from data to solve known, and potentially unknown, problems. At Lux, starting over two decades ago, we sought to build and invest in startups that endow superpowers upon people, in a manner similar to the industrial revolution. We funded automation technology startups that collected and analyzed data, built machine-learning software, and created chips that trained and executed on them. …


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #280, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill: “All pandemic long, scientists brawled over how the virus spreads. Droplets! No, aerosols! At the heart of the fight was a teensy error with huge consequences.” — Sam

Gene Therapy, High-Tech Goggles Restore Some Vision to Blind People: “New treatment using optogenetics has restored limited vision to people blinded by hereditary retinal disease” — Shaq

Map of the Internet 2021Sam


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #279, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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Has an Old Soviet Mystery at Last Been Solved? “The strange fate of a group of skiers in the Ural Mountains has generated endless speculation.” — Sam

Americans Up and Moved During the Pandemic. Here’s Where They Went: “Big cities lost residents and the suburbs gained after 2020 lockdowns and low mortgage rates supercharged shifts in where people want to live” — Adam K

Superhistory, Not Superintelligence: “Artificial Intelligence…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #278, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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The Secret Origins of Amazon’s Alexa: “In 2011, Jeff Bezos dreamt up a talking device. But making the virtual assistant sound intelligent proved far more difficult than anyone could have imagined.” — Adam K

What a Crossword AI Reveals About Humans’ Way With Words: “Dr. Fill, a puzzle-solving automaton, came out victorious at last week’s national tournament — but human solvers shouldn’t throw in the towel just yet.” …


Manufacturing is going through yet another revolution, on a global scale. Advanced manufacturing companies are using digital technologies throughout the entire product lifecycle, from design, engineering, and production to recycling and end-of-life disposal. Innovative manufacturing technology companies are using advanced materials, modeling and simulation software, additive manufacturing, distributed sensors, and more. The future of manufacturing is agile, highly distributed, automated, environmentally responsible–and now built with software.

At Lux, we’ve seen this future coming and have been investing at the intersection of Manufacturing + Tech for many years. The drumbeat of innovation has been steadily increasing, and many success stories look…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #277, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life: “Between 1920 and 2020, the average human life span doubled. How did we do it? Science mattered — but so did activism.” — Sam

An Artist Sketches the Giant Gender Gap on the Moon: “By drawing the small number of lunar craters named for women, an artist hopes to highlight women’s contributions to the sciences.” — Deena

The Robot Surgeon Will See…


By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #276, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

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A Revolution Is Sweeping the Science of Ancient Diseases: “The study of DNA from millennia-old bacteria and viruses is revealing new secrets about the plague and other epidemics.” — Sam

Your Diet Is Cooking the Planet: “But two simple changes can help.” — Deena

This incredible beetle can endure being run over by a car, inspiring scientists to develop new materials — Adam K

Scientists are searching for the…

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