The most recent 5 items from my reading list. ✶✶

  • Inside the animal internet

    The breadth of digital animal research today is huge. Researchers glue tiny barcodes on ants to demystify what life is like within colonies. They receive text messages when great white sharks approach beaches or when elephants move in patterns that suggest poachers are near.

  • Has wine gone bad?

    If you were lucky enough to dine at Noma, in Copenhagen, in 2011 - which had just been crowned as the "best restaurant in the world" - you might have ordered one of its signature dishes: a single, raw, razor clam from the North Sea, in a foaming pool of aqueous parsley, topped with a dusting of horseradish snow.

  • Ethics and Archiving the Web

    The first public event of Distributed Web of Care was presented as a part of Rhizome's Ethics & Archiving the Web conference at the New Museum, NYC, March 24, 2018. The workshop offered resources for getting started with the Distributed Web, and invited computer scientists and domain experts to host an open conversation on counter-narratives to the mainstream internet.

  • The Dumb Money

    The definitive explanation of why Bitcoin is stupid. Bitcoin's pseudonymous creator, "Satoshi Nakamoto," announced his new invention under two guises. The first was as a sober engineer, touting the benefits of his new invention for internet merchants. His original 2008 technical paper introduced Bitcoin as the solution to a practical problem.

  • 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.