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  1. May 2016
    1. Terrorists consider America’s agriculture and food production tempting targets. They have noticed that its food supply is among the most vulnerable and least protected of all potential targets of attack. When American and allied forces overran al Qaeda sanctuaries in the caves of eastern Afghanistan in 2002, among the thousands of documents they discovered were U.S. agricultural documents and al Qaeda training manuals targeting agriculture.

      I wish they had substantiated this even a bit, but it's still fascinating that Al Qaeda has been eyeing agriculture.

    1. But Kabakov said, as a philosophy graduate, he believes we cannot stop technological progress so must work with it and make sure it stays open and transparent.

      This brings me back to the story I wrote about annotation, honestly. I think we need to combat these sorts of awful applications of technology with an ethic, not more laws. Maybe it's hopeless.

    2. Kabakov says the app could revolutionise dating: “If you see someone you like, you can photograph them, find their identity, and then send them a friend request.” The interaction doesn’t always have to involve the rather creepy opening gambit of clandestine street photography, he added: “It also looks for similar people. So you could just upload a photo of a movie star you like, or your ex, and then find 10 girls who look similar to her and send them messages.”

      They said this when I spoke with the team too). For their sake, I left it out. It was just too crazy.

    3. Kukharenko is a lanky, quietly spoken computer nerd who has come up with the algorithm that makes FindFace such an impressive piece of technology

      Everybody needs to quite calling people "nerds" in news stories.

    1. As Fedcoin adoption grows among the public, cash would steadily be withdrawn. And while it might not shrink to nothing—the public might still choose to use some cash—at least the Fed would have a good case for entirely canceling larger denominations like the $100 and $50.

      The inclination to eliminate much of the world's cash.

    2. The Fed would use its special powers of creation and destruction to provide two-way physical convertibility between both of its existing liability types—paper money and electronic reserves—and Fedcoin at a rate of 1:1. The outcome of this rule would be that Fedcoin could only be created at the same time that an equivalent reserve or paper note was destroyed and, vice versa, Fedcoin could only be destroyed upon the creation of a new paper note or reserve entry.

      This doesn't seem to be necessary for it to be useful, but I get it.

    3. One user—the Fed—would get special authority to create and destroy ledger entries, or Fedcoin.

      That's a big deal. I guess to control the money supply?

    4. Fedcoin

      Big idea.

    5. Recent posts by Adrian Hope Baille and Sina Motamedi have got me thinking again about the idea of the Federal Reserve (or any other central bank for that matter) adopting bitcoin technology. Here's an older post of mine on the idea, although this post will take a different tack.

      This post seems to have gotten the conversation started across some important sites about the idea of a federal backed cryptocurrency in the US.

  2. Mar 2016
    1. 3. From a technology perspective, what are some of the biggest challenges that your marketing team faces today? It’s not the worst problem to have, but right now we have so many inbound leads it can be difficult for us to prioritize them. Content marketing has really worked for us, to the point that we have hundreds of people reaching out to our sales team every day.

      My eyes are rolling out of my head. This is every tech company right now. You ask them to talk genuinely about their technology and their answer every. single. time. Is something like this: our biggest problem is that we're so great we are doing a poor job of thanking everyone for saying how great we are.

    1. Regional Entrepreneurship Cohort Potential Index

      This sounds like a lot of balderdash. Seriously? You're kidding me with this, right?

    2. Others such as former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers agree that the U.S. has entered a prolonged phase of low innovation, low productivity, low growth, and “secular stagnation.”

      I don't really understand how anyone could know this. The first phase of innovation is people inventing genuinely new technology. It's true that there hasn't been loads of that for a while, but there are still loads of sectors that haven't incorporated all the existing innovations that they could. By the time that actually gets done, other new stuff will probably have been invented. It's impossible to predict, but I don't know what data could show whether discoveries were going to come or not.