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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: 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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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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Time to break up Google?

tech monopoliesI ran across this really nice written article on the state of tech dominance from the NY Times – “Is it time to break up Google?“. It essentially argues that Google, Amazon and Facebook have become natural monopolies and we continue at our peril if we don’t do anything.

A couple of points that caught my eye:

  • While profits have soared at the tech companies, revenues for newspapers and music companies have fallen by 70% since 2001
  • Newspaper publishers have lost over 50% of their employees between 2001 and 2016

Worth a read.

 

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Google has ~2B lines of code

April 15, 2017 Leave a comment

I found this chart from the Economist in an article about hacking interesting.lines of code Apparently Google has ~2B lines of code (across all its products). Compare this to Liunx at ~20m and a comparably bloated Windows at ~50M. Worth a read.

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