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For Nature cannot Be Fooled
February 6, 2019
This was twice as thick as it needed to be, and left out half the story that mattered, instead endlessly repeating the conclusion that was obvious from the outset.
Yes, Elizabeth Holmes, a 20-something college drop-out, managed to fool not only investors, but Secretaries of State and Defense - Kissinger to George Shultz to Jim Mattis - that she, with her 'bright blue eyes' was another Steve Jobs
- to do for blood tests, what he had done with the iPhone.
wtf?! you mean to say that she fooled all Federal regulators for 10 years (!), thanks to help from a crooked boyfriend, and lawyer thugs like the famed David Boies (Bush v. Gore) to intimidate any competitors or scrutiny!
Didnt you read about the 'blue eyes' already!?
Sorry, but when we read about why a technology failed, even through the eyes of Wall Street Journalist ( top boss = Rupert Murdoch), we need dont need just a repetitive listing of how human organizations failed, or were fooled by a charlatan
The idea was supported by a famed Stanford chemistry professor after all, so we need an technical analysis of why the technology did not work.
The Titanic was built to be unsinkable, with a series of flood isolating compartments, but not only an icerberg, but an iceberg striking it at the critical pattern to cause flooding in the front, building up water pressure, to pop sealing rivets, caused water to pour from compartment to compartment, front to back, so that the ships designer, on board, realized that it would sink eventually as 'a mathematical certainty'
this is where Carreyrou is underwhelming, he keeps recounting all the bullying, the thieving, the hiding, the thuggery , while saying nothing of why, for over 10 years, some very smart people, in this age of technology, did not ask for the data that would support 'blue eyes' extraordinary claim that over 200 blood tests could be done on a few drops of blood.
Company I used to work for, Intel, was famously 'data driven'. You have to be in the modern age - else your customer will find out your product sucks, your revenue will be less than your expenses, and then your investors will know where to find you!
Bad Blood explains nothing of why this never happened, in 10 years, not only with Kissinger, but Stanford chemistry professors. Shultz may be excused - he didnt know the Soviet Union was going to collapse, until it actually did!
As Richard Feynman explained at the review of the Challenger Shuttle disaster 'Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be Fooled'