Blockchain + AI = ?

What happens when two major technological trends see an synergy or overlap in usage or co-development? We have blockchain's promise of near-frictionless value exchange and AI’s ability to conduct analysis of massive amounts of data. The joining of the two could mark the beginning of an entirely new paradigm. We can maximize security while remaining … Continue reading Blockchain + AI = ?

Modern saga “The Fox and the Hedgehog”: generalists vs. specialists

About 2,700 years ago, Archilochus wrote that “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Taking that as a starting point, Isaiah Berlin’s 1953 essay “The Fox and the Hedgehog” contrasts hedgehogs that “relate everything to a single, central vision” with foxes who “pursue many ends connected … if at all, … Continue reading Modern saga “The Fox and the Hedgehog”: generalists vs. specialists

No Industrial Revolution in Ancient Greece?

One of the oldest and hardest puzzles in economic history is the failure of Ancient Greek Eastern Mediterranean civilization to make some kind of breakthrough to more rapid development of labor-saving technology, to faster technological progress, and to an industrial revolution. There have always been three theories as to why this did not happen: The … Continue reading No Industrial Revolution in Ancient Greece?