Change money, to change the future

The standard money story inevitably goes something like this:

“In the beginning there was barter, with people trading chickens for corn. Then people invented money in order to deal with the inefficiency of this. They nominated a particular commodity to be a universal ‘store of value’ and means of exchange for transactions between all the other commodities. Precious metal coins satisfied the characteristics necessary for this, but at some point we started using paper money, which isn’t really a commodity but is still a store of value. And now we are moving to digital money, a world where money is ‘dematerialized,’ becoming mere bytes of information … ”

You should be intensely skeptical about all of this.

Source: The Future of Money Depends on Busting Fairy Tales About Its Past — How We Get To Next

Rethinking ‘knowledge’ in the Internet Age

A gentle, insightful and intuitive book review that deserves to be a book by itself.
Sign of the times

This is the greatest time to be a curious person who wants to learn, and it is the greatest time to be a complete idiot. The internet is revealing both the power of our traditional ways of knowing and the fact that traditional knowing has always been a product of flawed humans going wrong and going right together.

“Politicians. Businessmen. Nobody’s watching them anymore.”

As newsrooms disappear, veteran reporters are being forced from the profession. They dedicated their lives to telling other people’s stories. What happens when no one wants to print their words anymore?

More true in the US than India, at the moment…

Source: These Journalists Dedicated Their Lives to Telling Other People’s Stories. What Happens When No One Wants to Print Their Words Anymore? | The Nation

AI & The Future Of Civilization

Listening to Stephen Wolfram dismantle and Unpack complex ideas is always the most relaxing thing ever…after all the hysteria and scaremongering about AIs destroying humanity, this is a cool clear look at whats really going on. No Drama, no fuss.

I find the idea of the building of a language to help Humans and AI communicate with each other on a common platform and share a view of the world, as being very central to making real AI possible and relevant. Not, you know, the apocalypse.

Source: AI & The Future Of Civilization | Edge.org

NASA Orders up a SpaceX Crew Mission to ISS

Yes. Yes. Yes! Private manned spaceflight is ON.

NASA took a significant step Friday toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station with its first mission order from Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil.

Source: NASA Orders SpaceX Crew Mission to International Space Station