Category Archives: Noted

Concurrency, Complexity, and Composability

Who should and should not be talking to your fridge? by Gilad Rosner
The dream of the IoT becomes a dystopian nightmare if anyone can mine your IoT data exhaust.

Why is Concurrent Programming Hard? by Stefan Marr
Try summarizing the article while reading all its sentences at the same time.

The 30,000 futures of the brain by Adam J Calhoun
A long, fascinating read on advances in neuroscience research.

The ‘Metaform’ – The Platform of Everything by Jonathan Murray 
Great word. It’s services all the way down.

The Crummy Pillow Paradigm

Bob Borson writes

If you think that you can’t be a part of the solution, you never will be. In fact – and possible even worse – you stop seeing the problems.

Mindset is everything.

I’ll add that I am always saddened when I work hard to find a solution to problem only to learn that the problem was ill-defined. What a waste!

A clearly articulated problem liberates the mind.

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Sharing Means Sharing Risk

Catherine Rampell writes about the dark side of the sharing-economy:

It’s true that, in many ways, sharing-economy jobs can offer more autonomy than traditional employer-employee relationships. But there’s a dark side to these work arrangements that gets considerably less press: the shifting of risk off corporate balance sheets and onto the shoulders of individual Americans, who may not even realize what kinds of liabilities they’re taking on.

Celebration of these riskier arrangements can seem especially strange when you consider that society’s ability to better manage risk, and spread it over larger pools of people, is considered by many historians to be one of the great advances of 20th-century finance.

I’ve often thought of the sharing-economy as an example of making lemonade out of lemons.

In the churn of the Great Recession, consumers turned to less expensive sharing services to maintain their quality of life, and workers took sharing-economy jobs out of desperation. I have no doubt that companies like Airbnb or Uber are innovative, but I don’t think the sharing-economy will be put to the test until we see a more substantial improvement in the broader economy.