I post this not tied to any immediate issue but because I found it as interesting as TPM Reader JL did. I will say that it ties pretty clearly to an issue that I’m thinking a lot about and plan to write more about: monopolies and their role in today’s economy.
The following is not especially relevant to any of the topics I see on TPM but thought you’d be interested.
So … something I’ve been increasingly aware of and which strikes me as hugely important is the influence of the Megatech Gang of Five: Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft. I think the MTG5 will increasingly dominate huge parts of the technology world because of their vast scale. They have immense resources to invest in the future of AI, virtual reality, etc., etc. And because they all touch so many aspects of our digital lives (“our” including businesses as well as individuals) they have the incentive to continue to do so.