Can we save the open internet by moving it to space?

The Internet is being split into very large private networks. The beautiful vision of 1 global network in which any 2 computers can communicate in the lingua franca of TCP/IP, enabling anyone to publish content to anyone else in the world, is dying. China has had the Great Firewall for 20 years, deciding which communication … Continue reading Can we save the open internet by moving it to space?

Who to ignore (3 bullshit filters)

By Gabriel and Ernest Oppetit Unforseen shit happens. 9/11, the 2008 crash, Brexit, Trump, COVID-19... you know the story.  These events surprised us because our information diets are dominated by people who didn’t see them coming. Many of these people are paid for sounding good (or protecting a certain interest), not for being right, so … Continue reading Who to ignore (3 bullshit filters)

Highlights: How Everything Can Collapse by Servigne & Stevens

Summary Part 1: The Harbingers of CollapseTo maintain itself and avoid financial disorder / social unrest, our industrial civilisation is forced to accelerate. It needs to grow to get more energy, and it needs more energy to grow. The era of cheap & abundent fossil fuel is coming to an end.Increasingly complex civilisation, more interconnected, … Continue reading Highlights: How Everything Can Collapse by Servigne & Stevens

Smilebot: Transform Amazon Links to AmazonSmile on Twitter

TL;DR: Smilebot is a Twitter bot which, when mentioned, will transform amazon.com links in the mention (or original tweet if it’s a reply) and reply with the smile.amazon.com links. If you shop through the latter, you pay the same but Amazon gives 0.5% of your order to a charity of your choice. What's AmazonSmile? From … Continue reading Smilebot: Transform Amazon Links to AmazonSmile on Twitter

Highlights: Superforecasting by Phil Tetlock

From the book cover: In a landmark, twenty-year study, Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed that the average expert was only slightly better at predicting the future than a layperson using random guesswork. Tetlock's latest project – an unprecedented, government-funded forecasting tournament involving over a million individual predictions – has since shown that there are, however, … Continue reading Highlights: Superforecasting by Phil Tetlock

LessNoise: Unfollow Recommendations for your Twitter Feed

Bucking a looong running thread of starting but never completing side-projects, I've kind-of "completed" LessNoise! LessNoise shows you unfollow recommendations for your Twitter feed. I've followed way too many people over the years, and my feed feels super noisy (particularly in the chronological view which I prefer). Here's the idea (described on the homepage): 👉 Check it … Continue reading LessNoise: Unfollow Recommendations for your Twitter Feed

Awesome Twitter Moments

Moments where Twitter really feels like the world's biggest cocktail party.  The people you're talking about are actually here, and they join in... https://twitter.com/nina_ruth_gib/statuses/1239779674663702528 https://twitter.com/clmazin/statuses/1239228334661238784 https://twitter.com/beatlespetebest/statuses/1223011877665550336 https://twitter.com/hiatb/statuses/1262106547099967488 Please point me to other awesome moments in the comments! 🙏