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    SAFE Crossroads #43, PARSEC - Efficient, Provable Consensus Has Arrived, with Pierre Chevalier

    May 25th, 2018 by fergish

    On Thursday evening, May 24th, 2018, MaidSafe released publically the PARSEC consensus protocol. PARSEC stands for Protocol for Asynchronous, Reliable, Secure and Efficient Consensus. It is being released under very permissive, open-source GPL and MIT licensing for potential use in a wide variety of circumstances by a wide variety of projects quite aside from the SAFE Network.

    For the MaidSafe, the release of PARSEC puts the final major research barrier behind it, opening the door for a stra...

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    Technology and Choice #33, The Meritocracy Chronicle (Log 1, Entry 1)

    April 29th, 2018 by fergish

    The Meritocracy Chronicle will be a regularly recurring segment, dedicated to discussing and documenting the evolution of the game SFEOS and the principles of crowd founding. See links below for more details on both SFEOS and Crowd Founding.

    The term meritocracy can have a variety of connotations and meaning, depending upon users and context. Here it is used only to indicate that the levers of control and influence within a group or activity are best and most justly yielded by those with ...

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    SAFE Crossroads #42, SAFE Dev Con 2018 Highlights, with Dug Campbell

    April 26th, 2018 by fergish

    April 23rd brought core and app developers for the SAFE Network from all over the world to Ayr, Scotland for SAFE Dev Con 2018.

    In this episode we hit the highpoints with Dug Campbell, head of Marketing and Outreach with MaidSafe.

    The full video of the event is linked below, and the different speakers should soon be available as individual videos on MaidSafe's YouTube channel soon, if not be time of this podcast going live. (See channel link below.)


    Music for this ep...

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    Technology and Choice #32, A Case for EOS, with Chadrick Mahaffey

    April 12th, 2018 by fergish

    As promised in the last episode, Chadrick Mahaffey shares his presentation about EOS, the history behind it, the value proposition and why he is bullish on its mass adoption.

    This is far from an exhaustive and authoritative treatise. It maybe even leaves one with more questions than answers. But it is a good foothold about the EOS platform as it is developing, and why an enterprise developer such as Chadrick could be excited about the possibilities of what should be enabled by it.

    If you ...

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    Technology and Choice #31, SFEOS - Game World, Real World, Life, with Chadrick Mahaffey

    March 23rd, 2018 by fergish

    Chadrick Mahaffey and I introduce you to SFEOS, a project that he originated and is shepherding, that I and others are helping along.

    SFEOS is a lot of things at once:

    It's a game that is fun, that engages players in adventure and economics and social organization in the game universe.

    It's a project that is developed, advanced and governed solely by players with real skin in the game, those who contribute value.

    It's a distributed autonomous organization/community with an economic...

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    Technology & Choice #30, Decentralizing Energy for Real (Plus a BIG Crypto Easter Egg)

    March 5th, 2018 by fergish

    NOTE: There is an explosive Easter Egg of revelation in the body of this episode regarding cryptography. It is likely you haven't heard about it before, so keep hands on your bonnet.

    "Alternative Energy" as we've known it has been a disaster for the most part. Everybody wants to "be green," do it right, be efficient, be really smart, but billions in government subsidies have mainly resulted in no progress except to line a lot of pockets and increase central control.

    Professor Jim McCan...

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    SAFE Crossroads #41, App Devs Jump In, with Shane Armstrong

    February 28th, 2018 by fergish

    With the SAFE Alpha 2 Network running for some months now, providing a stable, improving interface for developers to interface with and learn to use the SAFE APIs, a lot of development activity is taking place by independant App Developers.

    Our guest for this episode is Shane Armstrong, an experienced and successful software engineer who recently discovered the SAFE Network and has jumped right in and started developing and implementing important apps for the network.

    We discuss his persp...

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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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    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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