Killer Robots, Hidden Money and Human Freedom

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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The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Verona coffee, grab a seat poolside, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads:

  • How Elizabeth Holmes's house of cards came tumbling down (Vanity Fair)
  • Saving mankind from the new breed of killer robots (BuzzFeed)
  • How data will destroy human freedom: a review of "Homo Deus" by Yuval Noah Harari (The Guardian)
  • Horrid facts, stubborn facts (Above the Market)
  • How the New York Times critic Pete Wells writes the reviews that make and break restaurants (New Yorker)
  • Hidden assets, hidden costs: breaking the story of how the rich and powerful hide their money (TLS)
  • The Inside Story of How "The Apprentice" Rescued Donald Trump (Fortune)
  • Dear Mark Zuckerberg: I shall not comply with your requirement to remove this picture (Aftenposten)
  • What killed the jingle? Marketing ditties once had a distinctive, hokey sound, but today’s advertisers have ditched them for standard pop songs. (The Atlantic)
  • Jack Bogle, the undisputed champion of the long run: Vanguard's founder on 40 years of indexing success and how to invest in today's extremely risky world' (WSJ)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with impact investor Matthew Weatherley-White of The CAPROCK Group.

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