Some months back the novelist and media activist Cory Doctorow, whom I generally believe to be the bee’s knees, wrote “The Inevitability of Trusted Third Parties,” with the subhead, “The search for a crypto use case continues.” I agree with the headline: yes, trusted third parties are inevitable. Sure! The subhead, on the other hand, […]
The last time there was a world-altering tech revolution, Nobel prizewinning economist and NYT columnist Paul Krugman got it wildly, comically wrong. In 1998, he famously predicted that by 2005 it would be clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy would be trivial. The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw […]
Moxie Marlinspike is the founder of the encrypted messaging app Signal, and his recent post criticizing web3 is insightful and great, even though it centers largely on this Banksyesque prank he played at the NFT marketplace OpenSea, where he sold a digital artwork that displays as a poop emoji when viewed in a crypto wallet […]
Web3 replaces secretive, top-down platforms, like Facebook and Google, with transparent, shared-ownership networks powered by blockchain.
What might be the most mansplainy thing yet written about blockchain technology appeared last week on the blog of fiction writer and former Twitter executive Robin Sloan. The author describes himself as “not merely a skeptic, but a full-fledged enemy of Web3,” though in the essay that follows, he proceeds to hedge like crazy: Web3 […]