26 06, 2015

Language as a “social technology”

2016-11-16T10:46:28+00:00June 26th, 2015|Categories: Collaborability, Collaboration Mechanisms, Language, Marketplaces, Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Via Flipboard I read an article “Why we speak” from Mark Pagel writing for the The Atlantic on the crucial role of language in our ability to trade. It offers [...]

19 02, 2015

“Collective learning” fits collaborability nicely

2016-11-16T10:46:30+00:00February 19th, 2015|Categories: Adaptability, Collaborability, Collaboration Mechanisms, Evolution, Human Abilities, Language, Mega Trends|Tags: , , , , , |

I have been very quiet as of late on my pet subject “collaborability”, unfortunately. The subject asks for a serious amount of prolonged and heightened concentration to get back into [...]

23 04, 2014

Philosophy to the rescue!

2016-11-16T10:46:36+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Categories: Collaborability, Collaboration Mechanisms, Evolution|Tags: , , , , , |

I merely have been investigating the mechanisms at work that enable us to collaborate - and allowing us to cater for increased complexity and efficiency in our collaborations - and now suddenly I found myself taking a moral utilitarian position! What the hack!

16 04, 2014

My take on human mental (in)abilities

2016-11-16T10:46:36+00:00April 16th, 2014|Categories: Adaptability, Balance Group vs Individual, Collaborability, Decision Making, Human Abilities, Human Nature, Individuals, My take on humans, Psychology, Sociology, Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Human nature and our abilities are intertwined with collaborability. My statements about them are scattered all over Red Planet Dust. I wondered if a consistent image would arise when I would collect my statements.

7 04, 2014

The “aggressive cancer” of high-frequency trading

2016-11-16T10:46:36+00:00April 7th, 2014|Categories: Decision Making, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , |

High-frequency trading makes it apparent that in stock and other financial trading computer decision making is out pacing humans in speed and quality. Three issues spring to mind: (1) The impact of efficiency of markets on collaborability, (2) Our societal relationship with technology and (3) Decision making is shifting from humans to computers.

31 03, 2014

Why to worry even more about service throttling by Google then Facebook

2016-11-16T10:46:37+00:00March 31st, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Collaborability, Companies, Externalities, Human Nature, Opinion, Society, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Search is basic to the Internet and to be considered a utility function. Without „search” no find. "Degraded links" are hurting society as a whole and should be banned.

17 03, 2014

Evolution of currency predicts path (r)evolution of digital money

2016-11-16T10:46:37+00:00March 17th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Evolution, Government, Human Abilities, Next Payments, Payments, Society, Trust, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Walking to the office this morning it struck me that the evolution of (physical) currency in relation to payments could show us the long term development of digital money as well: step by step the currency has been developing until at a certain moment in time the transaction will be done directly between the payer and the payee.

14 03, 2014

Bitcoin: „Look the emperor has no cloths!”

2016-11-16T10:46:38+00:00March 14th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Electronic Wallet, Payments|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

...you could miss the major contribution of bitcoin as it presses us to reassess the way we have been doing things for years where all those little and some bigger inconveniences build into the current payment industry have to be discussed again and seen for the real merit they have.

11 03, 2014

„Is technology governing us or are we governing technology?”

2016-11-16T10:46:38+00:00March 11th, 2014|Categories: Adaptability, Balance Group vs Individual, Circumstances, Collaborability, Decision Making, Evolution, Homo Collaborans, Human Abilities, Mega Trends, Question of the day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

„Is our political system capable of managing rapid technological change?” When pressed I would be tempted to answer the question with a resounding YES! for I see abundant evidence around me we have done so very successfully. Actually it is one of the core abilities we humans have to adapt to changing conditions.

6 03, 2014

Bitcoin futurology: incongruous prophesies

2016-11-16T10:46:38+00:00March 6th, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Mega Trends, Sociology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Whether you think in terms of “ the creation of a world of plenty” or “the disappearance of the middle class” in both scenarios the distribution of the wealth available will have to be dealt with politically.

26 02, 2014

Transfer of property rights: „Payment Myopia”

2016-11-16T10:46:38+00:00February 26th, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Collaborability, Payments, Strategy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Many years ago in a contribution to a corporate strategy I postulated payments should be redefined to the “transfer of property rights”. At that time smart metering for utilities and [...]

25 02, 2014

Different Scalability in Different Circumstances

2016-11-16T10:46:39+00:00February 25th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Circumstances, Collaborability, Mega Trends, Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our societies and economies are impacted heavily by technological change, they always have been. While some technologies - like the bitcoin protocol - allow for smaller economic actors to be relatively more economically viable then before other developments go in different directions.

25 02, 2014

“Will you see Ripple become a reality during your lifetime?”

2016-11-16T10:46:39+00:00February 25th, 2014|Categories: Business Development, Mega Trends, Next Payments, Payments, Question of the day, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Question of the day (III) Let’s be honest; if a long time senior payments professional asks the title question after you have spend an hour explaining the significance of the [...]

16 02, 2014

Bitcoin: It’s the platform, not the currency, stupid! – The Next Web

2016-11-16T10:46:39+00:00February 16th, 2014|Categories: Bitcoin, Collaborability, Competition, Decision Making, Marketplaces, Mega Trends, Next Payments, Payments, Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

(1 minute reading time + 15+ minutes external article) As with Marc Andreessen's article "Why bitcoin matters" from three weeks ago I can recommend an other landmark article on crypto [...]

10 02, 2014

Apple bigger threat to Bitcoin then Russia, China and India?

2016-11-16T10:46:39+00:00February 10th, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Bitcoin, Collaborability, Collaboration Mechanisms, Electronic Wallet, Externalities, Next Payments|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Often antitrust is connected to behaviour in the disadvantage of competitors – and hence the dis-economies this brings for consumers – we should have a wider perspective at the (potential) negative impact companies have on society. Slowly but surely we should start looking at the disadvantages to society’s ability to collaborate as well.

29 01, 2014

Why do we not stop Google while we still can?

2016-11-16T10:46:40+00:00January 29th, 2014|Categories: Balance Group vs Individual, Externalities, Mega Trends, Society, Updated posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

(4 minutes reading time, Note by author: this is a highly opinionated post) Some weeks ago Google announced the acquisition of Nest. For those who do not know Nest and [...]

22 01, 2014

Contours of the “Utopia Wallet”

2016-11-16T10:46:40+00:00January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Electronic Wallet, Next Payments, Payments, Society|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

(4 minutes reading time) Picking up the glove I threw in front of myself in my previous post on Clinkle to describe “the contours of the ultimate payment method” I [...]

20 01, 2014

What would be the contours of the ultimate electronic wallet?

2016-11-16T10:46:40+00:00January 20th, 2014|Categories: Electronic Wallet, Next Payments, Payments|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

(4 minutes reading time) Basically we only know a few things about Clinkle. Firstly it is a payments start-up based in San-Francisco promising “something that’s fundamentally different from everything else [...]

8 07, 2013

Interoperability is to tools as what collaborability is to humans (sort of)

2015-02-04T08:39:40+00:00July 8th, 2013|Categories: Collaborability, Collaboration Mechanisms, Language, Marketplaces, Payments, Standardisation|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Wikipedia: “Interoperability is the ability of diverse systems and organizations to work together (inter-operate). While the term was initially defined for information technology or systems engineering services to allow for [...]