Pocket Articles

Things I’ve read, worth reading.

Zimmermann's Law: PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder Phil Zimmermann on the surveillance society

Phil Zimmermann might be a technologist, but he tends to get philosophical when it comes to the issues of privacy and security and how they intersect with our society.

Om.Co • 2726 words • 12 minute read

The World in 50 Years

We asked some of the boldest thinkers what the world will be like in 50 years. Here’s what their answers tell us about the future. The world will be run by AI networks and networks of quantum intelligence.

Quartz • 7978 words • 36 minute read

Renata Ávila: “The Internet of creation disappeared. Now we have the Internet of surveillance and control”

Three decades ago, the Internet promised to be a democratising place to be turned to in the flight from the inequalities of the analogue world. It was presented to us a field in which to find freedoms, boundless creation, communication that transcended frontiers and free education for all.

CCCB Lab • 1849 words • 8 minute read

The Ties That Bind Facebook's Libra

In June, Facebook revealed plans for Libra, a cryptocurrency it hopes will shake up the global payments industry.

WIRED • 1668 words • 8 minute read

Minimal Maintenance

Not long ago in Manhattan, I attended a fancy, invitation-only panel discussion concerning a certain new luxury urban development.

LapsusLima • 2341 words • 11 minute read

Vaclav Smil: ‘Growth must end. Our economist friends don’t seem to realise that’

Vaclav Smil is a distinguished professor emeritus in the faculty of environment at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. Over more than 40 years, his books on the environment, population, food and energy have steadily grown in influence.

The Guardian • 2367 words • 11 minute read

Novelist Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to write a great science paper

For the past two decades, Cormac McCarthy — whose ten novels include The Road, No Country for Old Men and Blood Meridian — has provided extensive editing to numerous faculty members and postdocs at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) in New Mexico.

Nature Publishing Group • 1115 words • 5 minute read

The creed of compromise

I’m not doing a very good job of following my dreams. When I was 16, I wanted to be a writer. I really, really wanted it.

Aeon • 2062 words • 9 minute read

A Taxonomy of Moats

Value is created through innovation, but how much of that value accrues to the innovator depends partly on how quickly their competitors imitate the innovation. Innovators must deter competition to get some of the value they created.

5601 words • 25 minute read

Frank Chimero · Monkey Trap

Every once in a while you come across a fact that is so sumptuous it begs to be considered a metaphor. And then, there are other facts that are so perfectly just-so that they need to be viewed as apocryphal.

287 words • 2 minute read