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Ethereum Vision – The business imperative

August 8, 2015 | By | One Comment

 

With over four decades in advanced computing, even though my attention is now principally focused on the New Energy Era and Clean Tech, when a new software technology as profound and disruptive as “blockchain” comes along, I can not help but engage with its emergence and evolution with great curiosity and interest.

What is blockchain technology? To start to understand, think of it as enabling transparent or public trusted ledgers that can track anything. Check out this very understandable six minute video:

While bitcoin is getting most of the attention, and perhaps even distracting from the eventual value of blockchain technologies, due to how bitcoin has been applied as a virtual currency, there is an even more broadly innovative and applicable blockchain or transparent ledger platform called “Ethereum”.

I have been studying Ethereum roughly since its inception and the level of excitement I’m feeling is as great as when I was first shown the early Mosaic web browser by a colleague from the National Science Foundation, well before NetScape brought web browsers broadly onto the computing scene.

I know from my long involvement with thought leaders in cybersecurity that the current implementation of “eCommerce” on the web can not be truly secure. All internet security is essential “bolted on after the fact”. To use an analogy, it’s as though a bank vault door has been added to the front of a surface wooden structure instead of being the door to a concrete bunker deep in the ground.

Ethereum is the first platform or environment I’ve found that I believe can fulfill the promise of a trusted cyber experience. Below is a link to the best article I’ve yet read about the vision for Ethereum and why it matters to the business world. It’s a deep article, one I’ve re-read many times. It’s well worth reading as many times as it takes to fully understand the implications and promise.

https://blog.ethereum.org/2015/05/24/the-business-imperative-behind-the-ethereum-vision/

Enjoy, Bob.

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Happiness precedes Productivity

July 4, 2015 | By | No Comments

Over 11 million people have watched this humorous, engaging, and fast paced TEDTalk by Shawn Anchor.  The pic above is a snapshot of the key points from the video.  Enjoy, Bob.

 

27 Jun

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On Care For Our Common Home

June 27, 2015 | By | No Comments

On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released an encyclical on ecology entitled, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.”

I have carefully reviewed the full text and the official summary, as well as many video interviews and stories.  I am personally deeply inspired and moved by the Pope’s message and ask my friends and colleagues and all people of goodwill, with an open heart and mind, to evaluate this scientific and spiritual “oeuvre” or body of work.  While I have already been called to work on social and environmental justice, this beautiful message has motivated me further and to act more swiftly.

Below I’ve curated a short list of some of the more substantive links, videos, and interviews from among the many I’ve viewed.  The full text link is at the bottom.

A useful introduction or map to the near 200 page document:  Laudato si’, A Map

A summary of the key points and passages for Bishops:   Summary for Bishops – EN

A video interview produced in Canada that brings a calm and caring analysis.  The interview section comes first and is 40 minutes long before another 20 minute documentary style section.

A video of the televised National Press Club briefing by the U.S. Conference of Bishops.  I recommend watching the first two prepared statements by USCCB President Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, KY and Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl who talk about Pope Francis’ new encyclical and its impact on Catholics and the people of the world.  The entire briefing runs 54 minutes.  The key content begins with Archbishop Kurtz at 2:50 and the joyful comments by Cardinal Wueri begin at 10:34 through 25:16.

A 19 minute video of the scientific briefing given by Prof. Schellnhuber at the Conference of Presentation of the Encyclical Laudato si’ in Rome.  It’s an excellent summary of current scientific consensus, although at times a bit hard to follow, but worth paying close attention.

And finally, a link to the full text of the Encyclical.

In deep appreciation for this guidance and leadership, Bob.