Ritholtz's Reads: Computers, Coffee and Cannabis

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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That was a week for the record books. Settle into your favorite easy chair, fill a mug of hot joe and enjoy our longer form weekend reads:

  • Google Search Will Be Your Next Brain (Medium)
  • How stories change hearts and brains (Aeonsee also What are some of the most mind-blowing facts that sound like 'BS', but are actually true? (Quora
  • Drones are getting better faster than anyone expected (The Verge)
  • We Know How You Feel: Computers are learning to read emotion, and the business world can’t wait. (New Yorker)
  • The Cannabis Queen of Beverly Hills (NYT Magazine)
  • 2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics (NYTsee also Scientists react to warmest year: 2014 underscores ‘undeniable fact’ of human-caused climate change (WaPo
  • Inside the World’s Most Advanced Coffee Laboratory (Vice)
  • The NY Police vs. the Mayor (NYRoB) see also The NY Police Union’s Civil War (Daily Beast)
  • The Picasso Variations: Why the painter’s late work veers from the sloppy to the sublime. (The Nation)
  • The Shazam Effect (The Atlantic) see also In Music, Uniformity Sells (The Atlantic)

Be sure to check out this week’s Masters in Business show, part one of our two-part interview with Bill Gross of Janus Capital.

One picture illustrates the collapse of Soviet Union and the rise of Putin, and foreshadows the future of Russia.

Source: Brookings Institution

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