Charlie Stross : « Il faut bruler Bitcoin »

Charlie Stross, ce n’est pas n’importe qui. Et ca fait plaisir de voir quelqu’un qui se demande quelles sont les valeurs derrière Bitcoin, quel serait le véritable impact d’une monnaie sans régulation, quel serait le coefficient de Gini de la Bitconomie, quelles en seraient les conséquences pour la société, etc. Comme tous les aspects de la transition numérique, Bitcoin est d’abord un outil politique et juridique avant d’être un outil technologie. Et loin d’être un outil recherchant un meilleur équilibre pour l’intérêt général, c’est d’abord un outil libertarien.

Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire – Charlie’s Diary.

Tim Berners-Lee leads call for more transparency over mass surveillance

Comme beaucoup d’autres désormais, TBL en appelle à un vrai débat public sur la surveillance. Qui va t’on écouter ? Ceux qui ont inventé la transition numérique et qui ont apporté les 15 dernières années d’innovation ? Ou les autres ? 

Tim Berners-Lee leads call for more transparency over mass surveillance | Technology

Richard Florida: Creative Class prophet now talks up rust belt

Richard Florida: Creative Class prophet now talks up rust belt | New Republic.

Cela fait déjà longtemps que les gens critiquent les idées de Richard Florida. Mais la tournure des événements montre que l’émergence de la creative class ne se fait pas vraiment au bénéfice de la société en général.

Mass flourishing: How it was won, and then lost

The second destructive tendency is a movement away from the modern notion of the good life — the notion glimpsed by Aristotle and given shape in the Modern Era – and toward a reversion to materialism, however well-intended. Increasingly American attitudes exhibit the same drift away from the creation and discovery of the new, which Lincoln exclaimed over in the 1860s. Students go into banking, not business. A fixation on making money was widely noted in the 1920s. Now it has become a widespread sickness. Under-saving has become self-destructive. Materialism has turned into greed. A survey of the financial community by a New York law firm found that 38 percent of respondents said they would commit insider trading for 10 million dollars if it could not be detected.

viaMass flourishing: How it was won, and then lost | The Great Debate.

Facebook Is A Fundamentally Broken Product That Is Collapsing Under Its Own Weight – Business Insider

In 2008, Mark Zuckerberg laid out his theory about people sharing content on Facebook.

« I would expect that next year, people will share twice as much information as they share this year, and [the] next year, they will be sharing twice as much as they did the year before, » he said.

The New York Times called it « Zuckerberg’s Law, » a playful homage to Moore’s Law, named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, who said, « The number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months. »

In 2011, Zuckerberg reiterated his theory on sharing, saying that it was still growing at an exponential rate.

And Zuckerberg is right about that.

But the exponential growth of sharing may not, actually, be helping Facebook. And with the explosion of dedicated mobile sharing apps, the industry may be evolving in ways that Zuckerberg never foresaw.

via Facebook Is A Fundamentally Broken Product That Is Collapsing Under Its Own Weight – Business Insider.

« we need to talk about ted »

This is my rant against TED, placebo politics, « innovation, » middlebrow megachurch infotainment, etc., given at TEDx San Diego at their invitation (thank you to Jack Abbott and Felena Hanson). It’s very difficult to do anything interesting within the format, and even this seems like far too much of a ‘TED talk’, especially to me.

viaBRATTON.INFO – talks – « we need to talk about ted ».