January 28, 2018
The proliferation of niche cryptocurrencies fragments cryptocurrency markets, due to mis-aligned financial incentives. I argue that the fragmentation problem is related to the scaling problem, and discuss how the Lightning Network might solve both.
November 23, 2017
I define Implicit Currencies and argue that most online content monetization strategies are aggregate conversions of micropayments in implicit currencies into fiat, and explore the long-term consumer protection problems this model raises.
September 30, 2017
I argue that one of Apple's key characteristics is that Apple gives its customers few, but great choices. I note, with concern, that this appears to be changing.
January 27, 2017
Robber Baron or Industrial Statesman? I discuss Rockefeller’s controversial position in history, his actions, and his motivations. I argue that he was probably a constructive force, but that this was a chance outcome that could easily have gone the other way.
February 23, 2016
I discuss the value of arts and humanities education in the context of the sciences, and call for more interdisciplinary work between the two.
December 25, 2015
We don’t always set the right goals. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, we make poor use of resources. I look to the theory of attribute substitution for explanations.
July 18, 2015
The rise of the sharing economy will change the nature of employment for a substantial portion of the service economy. I discuss this change, as well as the economic and social issues it may raise.
February 22, 2015
I attended the Recurse Center, a ten-week retreat for programmers, in the Fall of 2014. I discuss my experience and conclude that it was an exceptionally good use of my time.
October 27, 2014
I discuss the proposition that Uber will achieve a monopoly in the ridesharing market. I conclude that the ridesharing market is likely to become fragmented among many interchangeable ridesharing services.

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