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Dark Side Anthropology & the Art of Financial Culturehacking
LUNAR ECLIPSE Note: This essay originally appeared in the book Supramarkt: How to Frack the Fatal Forces of the Capitalocene I worked as a financial derivatives broker in London from 2008 to 2010, at a company clinging on for life in the midst of the financ...
Note: This essay originally appeared in the book Supramarkt: How to Frack the Fatal Forces of the Capitalocene. I worked as a financial derivatives broker in London from 2008 to 2010, at a company clinging on for life in the midst of the financial crisis. That is not a particularly long time to ...
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My latest piece for Guardian Sustainable Business: Open data can unravel the complex dealings of multinationals http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/aug/11/open-data-can-unravel-the-complex-dealings-of-multinationals
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Money isn't a store of value. It's a claim on value. A little piece I did for Aeon Magazine https://ideas.aeon.co/viewpoints/brett-scott-on-what-is-money
Money is not a store of value. It is a claim on value.  This might sound like pedantic semantics, but it is crucially important, especially if you’re trying to alter how it works. Imagine a Coca Cola bottle with Coke in it. That bottle is a stor...
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Algorithmic surrealism: A slow-motion guide to high-frequency trading
Please note: Part 1 of this essay appeared in the Feb 2015 edition of Contributoria . It is published and modified here under a Creative Commons license. PART 1 (3500 Words) A 900 million microsecond primer on high-frequency trading In the time it takes you...
PART 1 (3500 Words). A 900 million microsecond primer on high-frequency trading. In the time it takes you to read this sentence, a high-frequency trading (HFT) algorithm, connected to a stock exchange via “low latency” trading infrastructure, could make, perhaps, 1000 trades.
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A Dark Knight is better than no Knight at all: Why we need Bitcoin despite its flaws
This essay of mine was originally published in Kings Review  and is republished here under Creative Commons licence A Knight on a chessboard can be looked at from two different perspectives. Firstly, we can zoom in and analyse it in absolute terms as a clos...
This essay of mine was originally published in Kings Review and is republished here under Creative Commons licence. A Knight on a chessboard can be looked at from two different perspectives. Firstly, we can zoom in and analyse it in absolute terms as a closed system.
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Catch it while you can! Rogue PDF copy of The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance is on the loose
Ahoy, it's been pirated! My 2013 book - the Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money -  has found it's way onto Aaaaarg.org (quite a nice colour copy it seems), and also onto a Belgian activist's  dropbox  (she was even kind enough to ...
My 2013 book - the Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money - has found it's way onto Aaaaarg.org (quite a nice colour copy it seems), and also onto a Belgian activist's dropbox (she was even kind enough to send me an email informing me that she was "sad to know that it is ...
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In case you missed it. My big essay on the Gentrification of Hacking http://aeon.co/magazine/technology/how-yuppies-hacked-the-original-hacker-ethos/ Agree?
The hacker ethos is wild and anarchic, indifferent to the trappings of success. Or it was, until the gentrifiers moved in
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The Gentrification of Hacking: My latest piece in Aeon Magazine http://aeon.co/magazine/technology/how-yuppies-hacked-the-original-hacker-ethos/
The hacker ethos is wild and anarchic, indifferent to the trappings of success. Or it was, until the gentrifiers moved in
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My latest blog post: Algorithmic Surrealism: A slow-motion guide to high-frequency trading
PART 1 (3500 Words). A 900 million microsecond primer on high-frequency trading. In the time it takes you to read this sentence, a high-frequency trading (HFT) algorithm, connected to a stock exchange via “low latency” trading infrastructure, could make, perhaps, 1000 trades.
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A dark knight is better than no knight at all: Why we need Bitcoin despite its flaws
This essay of mine was originally published in Kings Review  and is republished here under Creative Commons licence A Knight on a chessboard can be looked at from two different perspectives. Firstly, we can zoom in and analyse it in absolute terms as a clos...
This essay of mine was originally published in Kings Review and is republished here under Creative Commons licence. A Knight on a chessboard can be looked at from two different perspectives. Firstly, we can zoom in and analyse it in absolute terms as a closed system.
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A dark knight is better than no knight at all: Something I wrote in Kings Review, on the politics of Bitcoin http://kingsreview.co.uk/magazine/blog/2015/03/24/a-dark-knight-is-better-than-no-knight-at-all/
A Dark Knight is better than no Knight at all. Brett Scott, Mar 24th. A Knight on a chessboard can be looked at from two different perspectives. Firstly, we can zoom in and analyse it in absolute terms as a closed system. What is the shape of the Knight? What capabilities does it have?
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Show me the real money: Three monetary myths that need busting
CENTRAL BANK? This article originally appeared in the December edition of Penguin's ThinkSmarter Newsletter . Money pervades our everyday economic interactions. But, despite its importance, it is also pervasively misunderstood. Here are three common monetar...
Economists often tell a tale about how old communities first used barter to exchange goods and services. Bartering throws up tricky situations. Take as an example a farmer trying to exchange a cow for bread from a baker, a clumsy and difficult negotiation. Thus, according the old economists like ...
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Exploring strategies of financial activism, hybrid finance innovation, and gonzo economic anthropology
Introduction
I explore economic systems. I have a book called The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money, published with Pluto Press. I've written for publications like the Guardian, Wired, New Scientist, Ecologist, New Internationalist, Aeon Mag & openDemocracy and have appeared on shows such as BBC World Update, BBC Newsday, the Keiser Report, and Arte TV. I've worked as a broker, barman and blues musician, and I'm a Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab. I blog here and tweet as @Suitpossum.
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I once lived for six months in a tent. I once busked on the New York underground. I’ve played in blues-rock bands. I once studied international development at Cambridge, and I’ve written a couple academic papers. I spent two years as a derivatives broker, at a startup firm that’s now gone bust, developing expertise on an obscure class of derivatives that no-one uses. It was a radical experiment in gonzo urban anthropology, and it did strange things to my mind.
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