Recent talks, useless synopses
I am giving in to the urge to be extremely snarky today. If that doesn’t suit your mood, please skip. Just in case it doesn’t come through, I really liked two of these talks.
My synopsis: it’s easier to multiply than to factor. Sometimes you can represent numbers as the difference of two squares and factor them pretty fast. And when you can’t do that very quickly, you still can do that relatively quickly if you keep track of things.
Yesterday I spent the day at USI2016. I gave a talk in the afternoon but I also went to three talks. Here are my synopses of those talks.
Don Tapscott: Blockchain is a big deal. It will eventually solve inequality. It’s a paradigm shift. It’s all about getting Dorito customers to make commercials for the Dorito Corporation. Next stop, inequality solved by blockchain.
Andrew McAffee: Look at this graph, consumption is no longer going up for Americans if you measure it in a specific way. That means we’ve entered a new paradigm, especially because I’ve got a name for it. Also, great news, we rich people no longer need to worry about global warming because technology will solve that like it solves everything else.
Monica Lewinsky: I was the first example of cyber bullying. We need more compassion online. When you click on shame-based news articles, you are training the online clickbait algorithm, and you become part of it. Resist clicking, be nice.