With the introduction of economic value into a social media sharing community some new dynamics are emerging. Bad behaviors are less tolerable and emergent behaviors are addressing them. Fascinating.
Likes/Dislikes and shares are one thing... but actual monetary value changes things noticeably, maybe profoundly. Will see.
(you're a good writer ... your intro is better than my whole post ... you should give steemit a try!)
thanks for sharing
The rollout begins... and like cell phones - at first awkward, incomplete and marginally better - soon (matter of years, not decades) they will be everywhere and everyone will be using them. No more need for buying cars, insurance and all the registration, licenses and maintenance that goes with it. Just hail a ride when needed... or like the Tesla service coming offer your car you own to the 'pool' and earn money when you don't need your vehicle (details coming in the spring).
On an unrelated note I'm reading more and more interesting articles on Steemit. Interesting platform with the ability for curators and authors to actually generate revenue from tehir postings and activity. No doubt one of the first amoung more to come.
We're now entering the phase of transition... a year ago it was a discussion about can it work, now it's when will it work and how.
Lots of recent drama which is itself part of the maturation and discovery process is well underway.
Here is a blog I was catching up on that highlights a number of fascinating innovations and their progress. Still very early days.
I only grow by the day my sense that the new technologies and capabilities represented by IPFS, Ethereum as a platform, Digital Currency, blockchain, ... each in ever widening and deepening inter-dependent ways are far more powerful and potent than we expected. We are still learning what we don't know (like the need for having the ability to modify immutable contracts) and especially building out infrastructure level frameworks and utilities to make all this tech workable. Still very, very early days but fascinating and useful stuff being built and nearing v1 release soon. Akasha may be one of those fascinating brave new world tools.
The one tech I'm most excited, beyond blockchain generally, is IPFS. Its truly a new protocol level way of addressing content not be an arbitrary filename and location but by its content. THAT is a profound,. clever innovation all by itself that may very well help us to web 3.0 - whatever that will be.
Worth a read and dig into the many referenced parallel efforts.
We're not there yet and it will take probably 20 years (with major improvements all along the way), but we will get there... Y2K was almost twenty years ago and that seems to many of us almost like yesterday...
The next phase which we are just now entering (with the rollout of AV's already beginning) is the societal impacts, which will be profound. There is the obvious impact to those who drive for a living - that job description will be as prevalent in a few years as typing clerk is today. Buth the secondary impacts to auto insurance, state and local registration fees, motor vehicle/police depts, vehicle repair companies, rental companies, auto dealers and so on will be profound. All those jobs will disappear or be dramatically altered in less than a generation.
If I had an auto dealership or a insurance agency I'd sell it ASAP (already to becoming too late...)
So to whom is Trump beholden?
Setting aside the futile debate about the proper labels to apply to each and every theory, the general principles of trade, liberal capitalism, proper level of societal (government) safeguards & safety nets and the economic balance between labor and capital are all very obviously out of whack.
My sense is they are as much in disarray due to technological change, as anything else, with much more dramatic changes coming fast (the value of labor trending toward near zero with robotics, AI and related tech). We're rapidly approaching a time where only capital invested in robotic plant and equipment will produce goods with virtually little to no role for traditional (human) labor.
What do we 'do', literally, then. Presuming we are entering an era with the basics of water, food, shelter provided by machines (maybe, I think probably) how do we transition to this state and what models of distributing economic productivity and growth do we model ourselves after.
Timely, fascinating and very, very relevant questions we all need to beasking of ourselvfes and leqaders.
Likely candidates are SpaceX and Boeing to buy it and continue their space operations with the first commercial platform in space.
An interesting coincidence is just this week ISS installed a new doc just for SpaceX given their more frequent trips back and forth with many more scheduled.
I have a hunch SpaceX won't actually want it, opting instead for a new station of their own design (likely partnering with Bigelow).
Boeing could use it, likely for Space Defense and weapons system research - though that uses is technically illegal at the moment per international space treaties, as I understand them.
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