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Building in a little fat

Several times now I've wondered if there are perhaps lessons we can take from real-world, successful projects and approaches the ICT industry that we may be able to apply generally to society. A simple example is how the Agile management approach speaks rather deeply, on a philosophical level,... Read more

Deeper into the flaw in Network 21's value proposition

05 Jul 2013   business  consumerism  featured  freedom  network 21  scary 
Of all the articles on my site, The Flaw in Network 21's Value Proposition gets the most traffic and comments, and seems to stir up the most emotional responses. After reading through my previous post and all the comments, I thought I'd unpack a little more of why I see its value proposition to... Read more

Building an anti-fragile Internet

I'm still busy reading Nassim Taleb's "Anti- Fragile" and I have to say that I'm loving it so far. The book has much to do with humanity's generally faulty perspective on risk management, and he provides a very coherent alternative perspective. In a nutshell, Taleb says that there are three... Read more

The Internet of Things and the fallacy of having no human intervention

19 Oct 2012   choice  freedom  internet of things 
In thinking about the pros and cons of standardisation in the field of the Internet of Things, I stumbled upon a project report where the authors claim that: The 'Internet of Things' (IoT) will represent a paradigm shift in communication: initially, communication occurred between living beings.... Read more

On wanting to relinquish the desire to choose

03 Sep 2012   choice  philosophy 
For a long time now I've been trying to figure out why it is that we've put so much effort into coming up with new technologies and processes, such as organisational processes. To me, a technology or a process seems as though it's a tool (a static pattern of some sort) that attempts to... Read more

Money, freedom and entrepreneurship

18 Jun 2012   entrepreneurship  freedom  money  philosophy  power 
Lately I've been thinking about the role of money in society quite a bit, and today I was thinking about it against the backdrop of entrepreneurship. Money, Relationships and Freedom# On a philosophical level, it would seem to me as though money is a sort of portable, tradeable representation of... Read more

Why online privacy is essential

13 Apr 2012   boundaries  privacy  social media 
Psychology and philosophy have fascinated me since I was a kid, and I've read tons of material on these subjects over the years. I've also seen quite a few articles over the years talking about online privacy, and how easily we give up private information via social media (for some random... Read more

Why science will never be able to tell us what something IS

04 Apr 2012   philosophy  reality  science 
Every day we use numbers - they form the fundamental language of science, which has allowed us to gain a tremendous amount of practical insight into our world and how to exploit it to improve our lives. But is it possible to use them to not only understand the relationships between things, but... Read more

The flaw in Network 21's value proposition

28 Mar 2012   business  consumerism  network 21  scary  truth 
See the follow-up article for this one here: Deeper Into the Flaw in Network 21's Value Proposition. This past Monday evening I had the pleasure of finally attending an information session on the infamous Network 21 - it was pleasurable because I could finally confirm my suspicions as to their... Read more

Why is Facebook so successful?

This morning I thought I'd do some digging to try and find what people think about why Facebook became so successful. Most answers that I found didn't really capture what I thought about the issue (not even Zuckerberg's own opinion), so I decided to give a bit of an alternative perspective on... Read more
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