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Dan Saber

Fear, loathing, Data Science

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Fear & Loathing

Efficiency Is Bad for Happiness (And Our World Is Nothing if Not Efficient)

What is happiness? (he said, lighting up his bong) In this New York Times essay, Jennifer Senior investigates the life of Philip Brickman, the happiness researcher behind one of psychology's most famous findings -- that whether you win the lottery or suffer... Continue Reading →

Where We Go From Here: Covid-19 and Work

Allow me to get this out of the way: I would prefer if none of this had happened. I would prefer if the novel coronavirus hadn’t jumped from its original pangolin/bat/civet host and into a human being. I would prefer... Continue Reading →

Using Data to Hold Crappy Businesses Accountable (Airline Edition)

Contextualizing My Vendetta I've been on a streak of bad flights lately. The last two, in particular, were horrible -- and not horrible in the standard "cramped seats/rubbery food/my-God-that-smell" way. Horrible due to (A) an unexplained cancellation, which turned my 12-hour... Continue Reading →

The Digital Age is Killing the Middle Class: Reconsidering Jaron Lanier’s 2013 Argument in Light of 2016 Election Nonsense

I. I recently wandered down a Google Black Hole on The Skills Gap, hoping to see if economists had come to a consensus on whether it was a real thing or Convenient-sounding Story. While there, I found an interview that... Continue Reading →

Ford Purgatory: Busted Transmissions and Short-Term Thinking

I. Upon completing college, I joined the Treasury Department. (No, I didn’t.) But I did help them bolster the once-proud, then-crumbling pillars of the American Economy: too-big-to-fail banks and car companies. Concretely, I bought a Ford Focus. I’d read Consumer... Continue Reading →

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