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More Science in Tech Please

More Science in Tech Please

Eric Klein and I have a spirited discussion about how tech reporting and VCs fail to do proper due diligence when it comes to basic science as it pertains to technology topics. We bring up Theranos, crowdfunded artificial gills, UBeam, and other products and companies which fail at basic science. As a VC, Eric agrees, but also talks about the complexities of doing proper scientific due diligence. And let's not forget the reality distortion zone introduced by charismatic inventors and founders. I also talk about wanting better science education for non-scientists. a culture that's becoming more ignorant of science as it becomes more dependent on it risks turning tech into a belief system. Tools I begin with a mea culpa. Simply put, don't buy the Intel TS15A CPU cooler. It does its job just fine -- keeping a CPU cool -- but the noise levels and buzzing quality of that noise makes it a non-starter as far as I'm concerned. I also talk about rediscovering the value of a dedicated test syste