Diuen que la tecnologia de blockchain podria tenir tant de potencial transformador com en tenia el web l’any 1992. Doncs esperem que no acabi igual, en mans de mitja dotzena de corporacions privades, amb la nostra inestimable col·laboració com a dòcil usuariat.

Sunday Morning 2017-11-19

Algunes coses que he llegit aquesta setmana.

El ambicioso plan para convertir el CO2 en energía por el que apuesta Bill Gates

Carbon Engineering elimina 1–1,5 toneladas de CO2 al día.

3 Dangerous Ideas From Ray Kurzweil

  1. The nation-state will soon be irrelevant.
  2. We’ll hit longevity escape velocity before we realize we’ve hit it.
  3. Technology will help us define and actualize human freedoms.

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met

Shadow profiles, contacts info and the creepy PYMK algorithm.

The end of the cloud is coming

Peer-to-peer is where we’re inevitably going.

André Staltz: The Web began dying in 2014, here’s how

In the Trinet [GOOG+FB+AMZN], we will have even more vivid exchange of information between people, but we will sacrifice freedom. Many of us will wake up to the tragedy of this tradeoff only once it is reality.

The Future Of Distributed Ledger Technology Is Not Blockchain. It’s Hashgraph. A Conversation with Leemon Baird

Not only does Leemon appear to have solved the problem of scalability with significantly improved throughput, security, and fairness, but he has done so while eliminating the need for the type of massive computation and unsustainable energy consumption characteristic of industry leaders like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Ara es parla molt de sèries, però no se n’ha tornat a fer cap com Northern Exposure. Els guions, els personatges, els actors. L’edat que jo tenia.

Des que em va arribar publicitat d’un nou “complex esportiu” a Castelló, estic observant que moltíssima gent pateix justament això: un complex esportiu multiforme que impulsa a córrer, pedalar, nadar, etc. Generalment amb la roba adequada al cas.

Sunday Morning 2017-11-12

Photo by Martin Wessely on Unsplash

Algunes lectures potser remarcables d’aquesta setmana.

No hay mal que por bien no venga: lecciones de la crisis catalana

La encuesta de Sigma Dos y la asunción —¿involuntaria?— de un marco democrático.

How To Lie To Yourself And Others With Statistics

Misusing statistics is one of the most powerful ways to lie.

Samuel Earle: Capitalismo vs. Privacidad

El capitalismo informacional ha convertido Internet en un medio de control social […] Los datos, si se deben recopilar, deben democratizarse, no filtrarse a través de algoritmos secretos para obtener beneficios privados. Hasta que se rompa el control tiránico de Internet, en el capitalismo informacional los peligros solo se profundizarán. Como con todas las tiranías, las vidas de los ciudadanos serán cada vez más transparentes, mientras que las actividades de los poderosos serán cada vez más opacas.

How Twitter Secretly Benefits From Bots and Fake Accounts

Fake accounts are not deleted in order to preserve user numbers for investors.

Why people get religious about Bitcoin

Internet’s original sin, blockchain heresies and Bitcoin’s power to transform society as an article of faith.

Sunday Morning 2017-11-05

Photo by Karl Smith on Unsplash

Algunes coses que hem llegit aquesta setmana.

“I Forgot My PIN”: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin

Blockchain Futures Lab director tried everything, from hypnosis to hacking.

House Taken Over, by Julio Cortázar (1944), illustrated by Juan Fresán (1969)

Casa tomada. English translation and commentary.

These drawings are particularly interesting in that they are not limited to the mere translation of the narrated space into one of the possible floor-plans of the house, but they really use the floor-plan as the scenario of the narration, turning it into one of the characters of the story. In this way these illustrations represent a literary and graphic antecedent of that family of works where “theatrical staging” is itself part of the narration […]