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Jeremy Edberg, the first paid employee at reddit, teaches us a lot about how to create a successful social site in a really good talk he gave at the RAMP conference. Watch it here at Scaling Reddit from 1 Million to 1 Billion–Pitfalls and Lessons.

Jeremy uses a virtue and sin approach. Examples of the mistakes made in scaling reddit are shared and it turns out they did a lot of good stuff too. Somewhat of a shocker is that Jeremy is now a Reliability Architect at Netflix, so we get a little Netflix perspective thrown in for free.

Some of the lessons that stood out most for me: 

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Growing Up Clueless - How Your Persona Can Be Your Purpose: Dana Oshiro at TEDxSanLuisObispo

Dana Oshiro explains how the information you share online can morph into your purpose in life. As Senior Manager of Media Analysis and Publishing Strategy for inPowered, Oshiro offers engagement and social media insights to 4500 technology bloggers and 200 sites including MacRumors, Phandroid and 9to5Mac. She is a member of the Silicon Valley Democracy Project where she consults regularly with the White House Office of Engagement on online public service initiatives. In her spare time she writes for Mashable, ReadWriteWeb and her personal blog VillagersWithPitchforks. You can follow Dana on Twitter at @suzyperplexus. In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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I recently got interested in this topic about software agents. But everything I've found where those studies and software examples which originate in the years from 1990 to 2000. After this timeperiod it feels like a abandoned branch of AI. Is it true that this field has nothing more to offer especially in the face of the growing neuroscientific effort and their results (like Spaun, etc)?

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