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 [...]
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 [...]
Over the past few years one of the questions popping up regularly in conversations with clients and prospects at banks and processors all over Europe was: “is there a real [...]
(Part VI in a series on Behavioral Biometrics) We can witness a strong surge in the ability of our tools and devices and the software powering them to authenticate a [...]
While inspecting the roof of our country cottage barn preparing to replace the barge-boards I noticed some severe dry rot at the top. As I liked the perspective I took a picture. I did not realise at the time that I literal had a surprise waiting under my fingertips!
Various themes are combined by Maciej Ceglowski into a thoughtful, though bleak, talk on the development of the commercial internet: "The Internet with a human face" delivered at the Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference
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!
Our technological means change, but our aims stay mostly the same. Muse playing like a theramin is a pars pro toto. Figuratively speaking we keep on playing the same music with the same refrains but with different instruments. In this case literally.
By clicking a link in a interesting article by Techcrunch I stumbled upon "Our Comrade The Electron" - Webstock Conference Talk by Maciej Ceglowski. Excellent presentation, intriguing narrative and great observations on our relation with technology.
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.
„Is technology governing us or are we governing technology?” GalleryAdaptability, Balance Group vs Individual, Circumstances, Collaborability, Decision Making, Evolution, Homo Collaborans, Human Abilities, Mega Trends, Question of the day
„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.
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.
The removal of the middle man function in an exchange based on the bitcoin protocol does not automatically lead to the disappearance of the companies (and their interests) performing these today. The middle man function will slowly but surely erode with the advent of the bitcoin protocol, the middle man of today (parties) will be the gate(way)keepers of tomorrow.
If the demo of pCell is anything to go by this is pretty disruptive technology for mobile cellular networks. Via Daring Fireball: Update 25 March 2014: via ReadWrite.com: "5 Things [...]
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.
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 [...]
(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 [...]
(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 [...]
Sometimes you are made aware of an article very worthwhile (Thank you Henk!). Marc Andreessen (from Andreessen Horowitz) has written a pretty balanced and informative piece on Bitcoin (BTC) via [...]
(3 min. read) Yesterdays post dealt with MintChip, the new Canadian digital currency based on a secure element on a chip to make payments. The novelty of this scheme is [...]
"Light at the end of the tunnel, but what lays around the corner?" iPhone 5s (3 min. read) As many people I frequently visit a fair amount of [...]
(5 minutes reading) In my previous RPD-posting I suggested my readers to read Evolution's Other Narrative by Bradford Harris published in the The American Scientist. While the article is aiming [...]
(2 min. read) With the start of the new year it is my intention, no my vow, to publish "Collaborability; a theory of human collaboration" as a free eBook this [...]
As everybody else living on the web I have received phishing mails for years and years. Not very many, they seem to come in waves. Initially these mails were so [...]
One of the things that has always intrigued me immensely is how companies can operate while not a single person in that particular company has a full apprehension of what [...]