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    Technology and Choice #20 Decentralization and Biochemistry

    May 10th, 2017 by John Ferguson

    In this fourth installment of The Hemp Corner, we set out to better understand the amazing biochemical relationship between the human species and the cannabis plant. To get very far we have to break out some understanding of biochemical interactions in general and how they influence the human experience.

    Our guest, Dr. Jim Laurenzano, is a medical doctor who not only has a deep technical knowledge, but his 35 years of striving to engage his patient's understanding and full participation in t...

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    Technology and Choice #19 Balancing Trust and Trustlessness

    April 19th, 2017 by John Ferguson

    In wrapping up my discussion of Tezos with CTO Arthur Breitman, the theme of "Trust: where and how much to bestow it" is central enough to make it the theme of the episode, though we cover a lot of other aspects of Tezos and blockchain tech in general with a bit more technical depth than the last episode.

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    Bumper music: Rocket Power by Kevin MacLeod.

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    Tezos site

    [Other interviews with Arthur](https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=t...

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    Technology and Choice #18 Tezos and Scalable Decentralized Governance

    April 11th, 2017 by John Ferguson

    Governance - the act or activity of looking after and making decisions about something -- Merriam-Webster.com

    Those wary of the complexity, inequities and corruption of govern-ment tend to also be wary of the idea of govern-ance. But there's no way around it: Governance (by the above definition) happens one way or the other, because otherwise stuff just happens. Not an optimum scene, for sure.

    Arthur Breitman, CTO and lead developer of Tezos, started thinking about...

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    Technology and Choice #17 Decentralization and Agronomy

    April 5th, 2017 by John Ferguson

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    Agronomy is the science and technology of producing and using plants for food, fuel, fiber, and land reclamation. -- Wikipedia

    Co-host Michael Bright and I present the third in the Hemp Corner series. Those used to hearing mostly about internet and cryptocurrency tech may wonder why we're exploring such a mundane and seemingly distant subject of agriculture.

    As this series goes forward, we will definitely be exploring the direct interfaces between internet te...

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    Technology and Choice #16 Will Work for Hemp

    March 21st, 2017 by John Ferguson

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    This is the second of what we're calling The Hemp Corner of Technology & Choice. After doing a high-altitude overview of hemp and cannabis in the first Hemp Corner, we thought it would be a good idea to work at straightening out all the scrambled thinking about cannabis and hemp that has been brought about by nearly eight decades of prohibition and contradictory propaganda.

    To do that we called in the big guns. Joy Beckerman-Maher is a 25 year veteran of laboring for ...

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    Technology and Choice #15 Ryan X. Charles, Working to Give You Yours

    March 14th, 2017 by John Ferguson

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    The hope of Bitcoin enabling fast, frictionless micropayments is one of the promises of the technology that has excited us all. But it's been a long time coming and, especially in Bitcoin, it has seemed a long way off.

    Enter Ryan X. Charles and "Yours." Yours is a social media platform that will enable true micropayments that can get everyone that contributes value to the platform to get paid, proportional to the value given. Not a new idea, but Yours is about to prov...

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    Technology and Choice #14 LBRY

    March 6th, 2017 by John Ferguson

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    Recently caught up to Jeremy Kauffman, Founder and CEO of LBRY, a protocol and platform for sharing digital content, with incentives for all.

    The first part of the show is a replay of an earlier interview form July 2016, because it's hard to improve on for a clear idea of how LBRY is supposed to work.

    The last part is the recent interview, where we catch up on how things are going, some of the bumps in the road since July, and projections for the future.

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    Technology and Choice #13 The Tech of Hemp, Our Estranged Intimate

    February 14th, 2017 by John Ferguson

    An "Intimate" is someone or something that is not quite Self, but does not have the feel of Other.

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    We're very, very jazzed to be introducing a new series within the Technology and Choice podcast, dedicated to the technology and choices of Cannabis, a plant species which encompasses so very much more than just its psychoactive variety, marijuana.

    Co-Host Michael Bright of The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine joins John for this periodic series, to assist in exposing the in...

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    Technology and Choice #12, Influence Says It All

    January 16th, 2017 by John Ferguson

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    What is the most basic action in the universe? Influence.

    Technology is all about better directing influence, whether it be influence on the environment, the materials at hand, electronics, software, or people. And there is a lot of technology on the nature of influence and persuasion amongst people.

    In this episode, we look at how influence is the most fundamental action of life, and why it's a good idea to not be ignorant of the technologies of personal and socia...

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    Technology and Choice #11, Storj, Shawn Wilkinson

    December 7th, 2016 by John Ferguson

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    Great talk with Shawn Wilkinson, CEO/CTO of Storj Labs, about the Storj network which is about to go live in a very big way in headon competition with Amazon Web Services and the like. Hey, AWS, et al, you will be absorbed. Resistance is futile. App developers, as well as anyone who has some spare hard drive space they'd like to make some money with, should find this an entertaining and informative listen.

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    Technology and Choice #10, Value Choice

    November 17th, 2016 by John Ferguson

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    While visiting my friend and associate, Travis Remington, in his home in Utah, we recorded this conversation to give some background on where we are going with our specific business idea, but more broadly, we wanted to open-source our ideas (at least partially for now) on expanding the implementations of cryptocurrency-related tech into the broader environment. In a short phrase? "Tie it all together."

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    Technology and Choice #09, Ernest Hancock

    July 12th, 2016 by John Ferguson

    In this Episode

    When I was at The Porcupine Freedom Festive in New Hampshire, I had the chance to sit down with Ernest Hancock of Freedom's Phoenix, along with the hosts of another podcast, Liberty Cafe. We had fun. Hope you enjoy it.

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    Technology and Choice #08, Porcfest Potpourri

    June 29th, 2016 by John Ferguson

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    A few days at the Porcupine Freedom Festival in New Hampshire netted a load of wonderful connections, some very interesting insights and a few very relevant interviews, from the perspective of the technology and choice pair.

    First up in this episode is Sam Patterson, Chief Operating Officer of OB1, the company developing the Open Bazaar protocol and ecosystem. Sam shares some insights about the ideals of peer-to-peer commerce, shares some very encouraging news about th...

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    The Choice Eaters

    June 23rd, 2016 by John Ferguson

    BEWARE THE CHOICE EATERS!

    Politicians and other shysters take up and use the Choice that others have abandoned, and they encourage others to abandon their own Choice so that it’s easier for the Choice Eaters to consume. They are like carrion fowl: they consume the corpses of abandoned Choice. Some few of them know well what they’re doing. The rest are just chumps, following “conventional wisdom.” But, you know, even the chumps will eat your Choice if you abandon it.

    **Wake up my fe...

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    Technology and Choice #07, Some Loose Ends

    May 17th, 2016 by John Ferguson

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    This week Robert and John do a bit of house cleaning. A number of loose ends demanded attention, so we had a blast just batting them around.

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    Technology and Choice #06, Chadrick Mahaffey on Crowd Founding Principles

    May 10th, 2016 by John Ferguson

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    Chadrick Mahaffey is a software developer and fan of the SAFE Network. For years he's been working to understand organization principles so as to evolve a way that people can "Labor in Freedom."

    In this interview, we go into the background of how he arrived at what he now calls The Crowd Found Hub, a system using smart contracts and crypto tokens to allow for a very open and fruitful way to organize group activities in a completely voluntary way, but with a way of rewa...

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    Technology and Choice #05, Scam Tech 101

    May 3rd, 2016 by John Ferguson

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    Finally, Robert and John get to really start exploring scams. What is a scam? Why is it so important to understand the mechanics that make something a scam, or not? What does this all have to do with technology and choice?

    We dig in on a scam that Robert himself got snared by, and what he did about it. The image of throwing a ragdoll to a puppy is invoked. Listen to see how it came out.

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    Technology and Choice #04, A Talk with Paul Rosenburg

    April 26th, 2016 by John Ferguson

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    John and Robert have a great time with Paul Rosenburg, a true renaissance man and scholar, about technology and choice--past, present and future. Should we be optimistic, pessimistic, or simply mystic? You get to choose.

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    Technology and Choice article (What's in a Name?)

    April 18th, 2016 by John Ferguson

    [Note: link to author's reading of the article appears at the bottom of the article]

    Technology and Choice is a great name for a podcast, don’t you think? A lot of people seem to find the title compelling, all by itself. I know I do. There’s so much implied, yet so formlessly. Even I only have a vague idea of where we’re going with this--just a thread to start pulling, really. So, why is the name so engaging?

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    Choice is one of those weird strings the universe leaves han...

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    Technology and Choice #03, The Resounding Duh!

    April 18th, 2016 by John Ferguson

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    Be sure to read and/or listen to the article "Technology and Choice (What's in a Name?) on the LTB front page. The title of this episode will make more sense once you've read the article or listened to this episode.

    We discuss the substance of that article from some different angles. We have some fun, and even start bleeding into next episode's topic.

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    Music for this episode: SafeProject, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey o...

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