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Why create solutions ‘at scale’ if operating at scale is itself the main problem?

We all want to do good. Well, a great many of us want to do good. We recognize that the climate is in peril, corporations are dangerously extractive, wealth disparity is at all-time highs, our kids are self-destructively addicted to social media, politics has descended into a reality TV show…

How to make the next generation of bankers better than today’s

I took a bit of heat last week for suggesting that the blockchain movement may have gone largely off course. Some asked: What about NFTs? Or the decentralized autonomous corporations? Aren’t Bitcoin and Ethereum doing all sorts of great things?

Yes, they are. But I’m not sure those good things…

The future of food is truly free and truly fair

By Tiffany Tsui & Shannon Mullen O’Keefe

Imagine this.

You drop by the supermarket and decide to pick up a bunch of bananas. (On an app for choosing bananas the greenish ones are your type.)

You decide on just the right bunch and reach in to pick it up and…

And how you can, too

It took three hours, a partial understanding of some esoteric concepts, and $1,300, but I did it.

I created an NFT (well, four, to be precise).

You might’ve heard this term. If not, you will hear a lot about it. …

A perfect demonstration of why mass adoption is a while away

On what appeared to be an otherwise regular quarantine Friday night with a few Old-Fashioneds, J.K. Rowling opened the floodgates to Crypto Twitter with a single tweet:

Rowling was quickly engulfed with the full force of Crypto Twitter — literally thousands of replies, including every significant person in the…

The first two eras of the internet

During the first era of the internet — from the 1980s through the early 2000s — internet services were built on open protocols that were controlled by the internet community. This meant that people or organizations could grow their internet presence knowing the rules of the game wouldn’t change later…

Conventional currency will one day be regarded as an ancient religion we outgrew

Stefan Heidenreich believes that some day, money will seem like an ancient religion. In his recent book Money: For a Non-money Economy, the German philosopher and media theorist speculates on how the money-based global economy could soon transition to an entirely different system based on the algorithmic matching of goods…

Billions of dollars in promised funding is failing to reach the world’s poorest countries — but technologists have a fix in mind

In Malawi, dust hangs low over the towns, mingled with smoke from cooking fires. Above the dry earth, brilliant orange mangoes hang from the trees. In the very early morning, groups of women can be seen carrying buckets and jerry cans as they scour the commercial capital, Blantyre, for water…

The New New

As marijuana becomes legal across the U.S., small growers will need to innovate to survive

Where there’s profit to be made, there’s corporate greed. And the weed industry, which is inching toward legalization throughout the United States, is no exception.

The market for legal weed is projected to hit $31.4 billion by 2021, according to a recent report from the Brightfield Group, a research firm…

Students in developing countries and refugees fleeing violence need reliable proof of their identity — and the blockchain might just work

Akile Wua Justice chuckles with pride as he talks about graduating from his three-year degree at Uganda’s Cavendish University last year. Competition for graduate work is intense, but qualified engineers can face an unexpected problem — battling bureaucracy, fees, and fraud to prove they really are qualified.

The telecommunications and…


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