Tech Ideas For Those Who Are Worried About High Valuations

Tech has been a terrific place to be for a while now, and still is. Traditionally, though, this area has been off-putting to those concerned about value, whether in the traditional academic sense that requires low ratios, or in the theoretically sound sense that requires investors to face the challenges of making necessary assumptions about future growth. This disconnect need not exist, however. Value investors can filter for emerging growth opportunities and look for appealing valuations within that particular subset of the market.

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Value Without Growth Is Not Really Value

There are many out there who see value and growth as being opposed styles, and in some cases, downright antagonistic. That’s wrong.

The correct valuation for a stock is not an arbitrarily chosen low number, or even a low rank relative to other valuations in the market. An appealing value is one in which

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Tristan Harris And “The Social Dilemma:” Big Ideas To Fix Our Social Media Ills

Somehow, it figures that an online media and technology conference would be dogged by tech problems when its opening keynote featured social-media critic Tristan Harris. But that’s exactly what happened in today’s NYC Media Lab Summit, which eventually opened with Harris’ truncated conversation about hit Netflix
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documentary The Social Dilemma, followed by a panel of tech-sector and journalism critics discussing “Big Ideas” to fix both industries.

“So this is ironic on a whole bunch of levels,” said host Steve Rosenbaum, managing director of the NYC Media Lab, after the Harris talk finally started 20 minutes late.

Harris, head of the Center for Humane Technology and a former Google
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design ethicist, has become a prominent critic of the ways social-media companies harvest and profit from user data, abuse their market power, and encourage self-reinforcing information bubbles that lead to extremist positions.

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The Xbox Series X And PlayStation 5 Have No Wild Ideas, And It’s A Bummer

If there’s a piece of video game hardware that ever really impressed me, outside of the return and rapid advancement of virtual reality, it has to be Kinect. Microsoft’s natural movement input camera turned your body into a controller for the Xbox 360, and it worked surprisingly well in translating a person’s movements to a character on a TV screen. Playing games like bowling with Kinect, picking up an imaginary ball and flinging it down an imaginary lane only to see all that kinetic energy made “real” in a video game, felt like a form of magic.

As Kinect started to get hacked to serve as the eyes for robots or to help improve the accuracy of surgeons, I thought for sure we’d see the device become an important part of not just the gaming landscape but of innovations in technology in general. When Microsoft announced the Xbox One in

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State given ideas for growing tech

story.lead_photo.captionGov. Asa Hutchinson shows the report from the 2020 Computer Science and CyberSecurity Task Force on Thursday during a news conference at the state Capitol. More photos at www.arkansasonline.com/102computer/.
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he will soon announce initiatives to attract more tech workers to the state, including Arkansans who have established tech careers outside Arkansas, which is among the recommendations from an Arkansas Computer Science and Cybersecurity Task Force report released Thursday.

Other recommendations contained in the report in a bid to assist the high-tech industry in Arkansas include creating a computer science infrastructure fund to encourage high-tech companies to relocate to the state and a database of state computer professionals that can give the industry a quick way to assess the depth of the state’s talent level in electrical engineers and other computer science professionals.

Making a computer science credit a requirement to graduate from high

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Where to next in the outer solar system? Scientists have big ideas to explore icy moons and more.

If you had a few billion dollars and some of the most talented space scientists and engineers in the world, where would you go?

There’s no wrong answer, really. Even if you narrow it down to just the outer solar system — planets, moons, rings and other cosmic rubble — you’ll never get bored. But that abundance of solar system destinations has downsides, of course, since there’s little chance of ever flying all the missions scientists can dream of. But dreaming up those missions anyway is a vital piece of space exploration, and one that scientists do regularly.

During a recent virtual meeting of the Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG), a science advisory group focused on everything past the asteroid belt, scientists walked the audience through three different mission concept studies that were commissioned to inform the Planetary Science Decadal Survey, which will guide NASA programs between 2023 and

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