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    SAFE Crossroads #40, The SAFE Network Primer

    February 22nd, 2018 by fergish

    The main problems in talking about the SAFE Network are understanding (1) the enormous scope of the project, (2) the various specific innovations it represents, (3) how those innovations interrelate in the overall system, and (4) why the approach is fundamentally different than pretty much anything else that is being attempted.

    Regardless of the technical level of the enquirer, Project SAFE has lacked a really good landing place to begin exploration into it.

    In this episode we interview ...

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    Categories: Technology & Choice

    Technology & Choice #29 The Plumage of Choice

    February 14th, 2018 by fergish

    I start off this episode sharing a bit about why I'm doing this series on festivals in general and the One Love Festival in particular, and why it's important. Part of this is a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of abandoning existing systems and technologies prematurely, in an effort to use new social systems and technologies to improve on or fix existing ones. There's a balance to be struck. Food for thought.

    Then I share a delightful interview with Melanie Davenport and her husband, Nick....

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    Technology & Choice #28 Christopher Jackson on Making Happenings Happen

    February 7th, 2018 by fergish

    Christopher Jackson has been making unique and special events happen for a long time and understands the components. We talk about what he's done, why he changed from being a promoter and producer of hip Hollywood parties attended by the likes of Hugh Hefner and his entourage, and others, to producing a different kind of experience that allows for people to connect on a whole different and more satisfying level.

    We also talk about his part in last year's One Love Festival, and how his technic...

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    Technology & Choice #27, Lucien Vattel on the I AM Tech Stack

    January 30th, 2018 by fergish

    "I Am" is a technology stack that is evolving to incorporate high tech, to aide a process of personal and social improvement and connection.

    Our guest, Lucien Vattel, has years of experience in developing technologies to assist in learning and general education. His company (We Are) is partnering with the One Love Festival (see Technology & Choice #26) to evolve the festival experience while working as a proving/learning ground for evolving the I Am tech in a unique social environment.


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    Technology & Choice #26, Reconnection - Ken Schwenker and the One Love Festival

    January 25th, 2018 by fergish

    Modern technology has enabled us to do so many things that were never possible in history. People move more, farther and faster than ever in history. The internet has allowed us to communicate and form relationships with others from almost anywhere.

    But the impulse for in-person connection with others, the forming of personal bonds, is strong and too often unfulfilled.

    Festivals of all sorts are exploding in popularity all around the world. These events take many forms, for many reaso...

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    Technology & Choice #25, Exploring Value and Exchange with Adam B. Levine, or “Proof Of WHAT?”

    January 16th, 2018 by fergish

    It was an absolute pleasure to have a long talk with Adam B. Levine about the concept of Value, its core meaning, how we exchange with each other with Value in mind, and how new tools of cryptocurrencies and cryptographic tokens give us options that have never existed before--and, of course, some speculation on the possibilities!

    There's a lot here, folks. Enjoy!


    Bumper music: Rocket Power by Kevin MacLeod.


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    Technology & Choice #24, People and Projects at the Texas Bitcoin Conference (part 2)

    November 16th, 2017 by fergish

    Some more interesting folks at the recent Texas Bitcoin Conference shared some more very interesting projects and activities.

    This episode we explore:

    Spectiv -- Nick Ravanbakhsh

    Grid + -- Karl Kreder

    Cryptoart -- Troy Ferno

    Cryptopods -- Eric Hoffenbach

    Decred -- Marco Peereboom

    Once again, huge thanks to Paul and Linda Snow, and all who made the Texas Bitcoin Conference possible.


    Bumper music: Rocket Power by Kevin MacLeod.


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    Technology & Choice #23, People and Projects at the Texas Bitcoin Conference (part 1)

    November 9th, 2017 by fergish

    I had some great talks with folks at the Texas Bitcoin Conference in late October.

    This episode:

    Paul Puey, CEO of Airbitz and the new Edge wallet, on taking the core concepts and success of Airbitz and taking it to a new level of reach and implementation, rebranding as Edge, and making it much more than just a wallet, but a real tool for security.

    Julian Smith, Pres. and CEO of Blockfreight, about integrating blockchain tech into the vastly important movement of freight round the worl...

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    Technology & Choice #22, Eric Anderson (Eijah), on Stealing Fire

    October 31st, 2017 by fergish

    At the recent Texas Bitcoin Conference I had a chance to have a long talk with Eric Anderson (hacker-named "Eijah") about his new project, Promether.

    We cover his history, including a good delve into Demonsaw (a very effective, proven means of anonymous, secure and private communication and file sharing) which has been in use for the last four years.

    With the experience gained on securing privacy with Demonsaw, Eric is launching a much more ambitious project to deliver privacy and anonymit...

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    SAFE Crossroads #39, More on SAFE Apps, with Gabriel Viganotti

    October 26th, 2017 by fergish

    The SAFE Network is a huge software infrastructure project which is currently in Alpha 2, a network of distributed nodes, hosted on cloud servers for MaidSafe as the many intricacies of the architecture are fine tuned. A future iteration will return to nodes hosted by external participants at home, but Alpha 2 exposes a stable set of interfaces which developers can use learn how the network functions and how to build applications for it.

    Today we talk with Gabriel Viganotti of Cordoba, Arge...

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