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Drones ≠ Delivery

Interesting long piece in the Economist about drones from last week.

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Key points that were interesting for me:

  • Commercial drones are taking off faster than military ones (see chart)
  • The US armed forces have about 11k drones, dramatically up from a few in 2001
  • Most of the interesting uses are not in delivery (despite all the hype in the popular press), but rather in imaging
  • The future of drones may be “multi modal” – i.e. drones that operate on the ground and fly rather than just do one thing

And if you are bored reading about this and want to watch some fun drone tricks, try this TED talk from a few years ago. It’s cool to watch.

Awesome book on Blockchain

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I came across this awesome book on Blockchain (particularly Ethereum) by Henning Diedrich. For me this has the right balance. It doesn’t have any of the hype associated with the typical business book on this topic and doesn’t force the reader to understand the details of a particular algorithm. But it does do a great job of explaining simply what the fundamentals of Blockchain in a clear way. Highly recommended.

(Full disclosure: I’m about 1/2 way through this)

 

 

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Funny: How consultants wish they traveled

Another classic from the New Yorker. Reminds me of how consultants wish they were treated while traveling.

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Funny: Software bundling

You can tell this is from the 1990s (notice the floppies!), but still good. The New Yorker cartoons never fail.

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Funny: Customer service

A classic from the New Yorker on customer (dis) service. Read and weep.

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Good book on Ethereum

ethereumI know it’s old fashioned nowadays to read anything but tweets, but I’m a sucker for books. Especially ones on tech subjects that are written by people that actually know what they are talking about and clearly explain (in English, rather than gibberish) the subject matter. It seems I’ve hit across one such book on Ethereum (and Solidity). Although I’ve only got to the 3rd chapter or so, the clarity of writing reminds me of the other “classic” – Mastering Bitcoin.

Definitely worth a read.

Good magazine for Blockchain?

distributed coverWith every new tech, there comes a slew of magazines / websites to capitalize on the hype. Blockchain is no exception. I came across a magazine “Distributed” (which was being given away for free) at the recent Consensus 2017 conference in NYC last week. I found some of the articles in it useful (e.g. one on the enterprise distributed ledgers – part one and two). Probably worth a look to see how this evolves.

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