Today’s selection of articles:
- “We already know blockchain’s killer apps“, by Haseeb Qureshi (Hacker Noon, 2017-10-31). Long article, worth reading. Rejecting Vitalik Buterin’s dismissal of “killer apps” for blockchain (that is, use cases for which blockchain technology is vastly superior to existing alternative technologies), Qureshi (a fascinating fellow — see his auto-biographical page) discusses four uses he feels qualify as blockchain’s “killer apps”: (1) anonymous payments, (2) digital gold, (3) very large and very small payments, and (4) tokenization.
- “Is the future of the economy a doughnut?“, by Matthew Green (OZY, 2018-09-20). Green spends a lot of time ‘doring the doughnut (donut?) depiction. It’s just a mnemonic, dude. Questions: Is “doughnut economics” a novel theoretical framework, or a new application of existing theory, e.g., reassessing utility and payoffs, more heavily weighting the long-term, etc.? In this theoretical framework, is pursuit of sustainability robust to short-term defection (in a game-theoretic sense), by individuals and by countries?
- “Let’s hear it for the average child“, by Margaret Renkl (NY Times, 2019-05-31). A paean to specialization and an affirmation of blowing off traditional education and values. Catch : Most of the virtues extolled don’t put food on the table, at least directly, in a pure market economy.