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Situational awareness: We are going dark for vacation. Starting Sept. 9, Future will shift back to 2 days a week — where we were in 2018, a response to readers who told us overwhelmingly that, when it comes to the future, less is more.

This is my last day at Axios and my last edition of Future. I've received a humbling flood of email from you saying gratifyingly nice things about what Kaveh, Erica and I have done over the last couple of years.

  • Unhesitatingly, the most satisfying part of writing this newsletter has been interacting with you — the vigorous but always congenial deliberation and debate about where the future is taking us.

From here, Kaveh and Erica take over. To get in touch, message Kaveh at and Erica at At least through the end of the day, I will be at

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