The algorithm that made Bitcoin possible provides a handy fix for the all-too-human problem of trust. Imagined to its extreme, it might make possible the libertarian’s wet dream: the end of the nation state. Gulp.
The dawn of the anthropocene is forcing us to confront the full extent of our impact, beyond the physical destruction of habitat, to include social and cultural impact across species. What are the implications?
For those who believe in the theory of the 'great stagnation', the enduring B52 is probably its most iconic attestation. A superb example of good design and engineering but, alas, it also feels like a failure of progress.