Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future

Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future. Its failure to achieve adoption to date is because systems built on trust, norms, and institutions inherently function better than the type of no-need-for-trusted-parties systems blockchain envisions. That’s permanent: no matter how much blockchain improves it is still headed in the wrong direction.This December I wrote a widely-circulated article on the inapplicability of blockchain to any actual problem. People objected mostly not to the technology argument, but rather hoped that decentralization could produce integrity.Let’s start with this: Venmo is a free service to transfer dollars, and bitcoin transfers are not free. Yet after I wrote an article last December saying bitcoin had no use, someone responded that Venmo and Paypal are raking in consumers’ money and people should switch to bitcoin.What a surreal contrast between blockchain’s non-usefulness/non-adoption and the conviction of its believers! It’s so entirely evident


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Noted Syncs Your Lecture Notes and Audio Recording

As a reporter, I end up taking a lot of notes pretty much everywhere I go. Audio recordings are great for not missing anything, but one thing has proved true for me pretty much across the board: the part of the interview I want to find is always the part where I was paying so much attention to the person talking that…Read more…


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2018-04-08 18:49:33

Brent Simmons rewrote his blogging software so to handle titleless posts. It’s more significant because Brent is developing a feed reader that will do a nice job of supporting titleless posts. Eventually imho all readers will.


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Book – Computational and Inferential Thinking

By Ani Adhikari and John DeNero
Contributions by David Wagner and Henry Milner
This is the textbook for the Foundations of Data Science class at UC Berkeley.
View this textbook online on Gitbooks.
Old versions of this textbook:
Fall 2017
The contents of this book are licensed for free consumption under the following license:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)


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