#HashBased for week 1/2020

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a venue for quality technical, philosophical, and cultural writing that is of general interest to the crypto community as a whole, for beginner and expert alike.

The inaugural articles are:

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#HashBased for week 51

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Bitcoin-related technologies (from Lucas Nuzzi’s article)


Assorted links for 12/12/2019

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1. Damaged newspapers, damaged civic life: How the gutting of local newsrooms has led to a less-informed public (media, Nieman Lab)

2. Stop the Ethanol Madness (energy, The Atlantic)

3.There’s only one way to take on big tech: by reining in big money and big state by Evgeny Morozov (society, The Guardian)

4. Dead Whale, 220 Pounds of Debris Inside, Is a ‘Grim Reminder’ of Ocean Trash (environment, NYT)

5. The “labour illusion”: Why progress bars can make you feel better (psychology, BBC Future)

#hashbased for week 48

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Mapping the Most Important Ethereum Forks by Ashley Viens via Visual Capitalist

Papers (7): Mapping micrometer-scale wetting properties of superhydrophobic surfaces

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Our paper on measuring micron-scale wetting properties (adhesion, friction, etc.) using Liquid Droplet AFM has been published in PNAS.

#hashbased for week 47

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Bitcoin energy consumption is comparable to a medium-sized developed country (~50-75 TWh) and there are doubts that it can be made more sustainable. Another issues related to bitcoin mining are CO2 emissions and generation of electronic waste. The waste is mainly from discarded ASICS, which can be used only for mining Bitcoin – most ASICS end up being incinerated when new models are on sale. In a recent article in Environmental Science and Technology researchers from Aalborg University describe how they “applied Life Cycle Assessment methodology to in-depth analysis of drivers of past and future environmental impacts of the Bitcoin mining network“. In general, energy production and its environmental impact vary widely across the world and when taking into account the geographical distribution of miners and the efficiency of the mining equipment Bitcoin’s energy consumption is much less then previously thought.

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Assorted links for 11/23/2019

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1. The Big Business of Unconscious Bias. Companies want to avoid racism, sexism and misgendering. Consultants are standing by. (society, NYT)

2. Women are increasingly unhappy. This comic explains why. (society, Vox)

3. What If Porn Had No Pictures? Female-run businesses want to bring audio pornography to the imaginative, ethically conscious masses. (society, NYT)

4. Dealing With Bias in Artificial Intelligence. Three women with extensive experience in A.I. spoke on the topic and how to confront it. (AI in society, NYT)

5. How Can Female Entrepreneurs Attract Financing? Money is the biggest stumbling block for start-ups led by women, but there are ways to work around that. (society, NYT)

Assorted links for 11/22/2019

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1. Sour Grapes: The Pisco War (culture, JSTOR)

2. Finally, a Machine That Can Finish Your Sentence (AI, NYT)

3. Why the world is running out of sand (resources, BBC Future)

4. What Happened to Tagging? (media, JSTOR)

#hashbased for week 46

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Here they come: Peter Rudegeair and Liz Hoffman report in WSJ on Google’s ambitions to move into fintech and banking. The company is launching “Cache”, a service that will allow users opening checking accounts. This follows a similar announcement from Amazon, while Apple is already offering financial services in collaboration with Goldman Sachs. At the same time Facebook is launching Libra, its own digital currency and blockchain technology for payments and financial services, but is facing a significant pushback from politicians and regulators. It is expected that the Google collaboration with Citibank on checking accounts will face similar opposition.

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Jerold Haas was on the brink of blockchain riches. Then his body was found in the woods of southern Ohio.

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Haas had vanished only months after he’d been on the verge of a life-altering triumph. He was a cofounder of Tessr, a buzzed-about Columbus startup that aimed to use blockchain technology to streamline data sharing in higher education.

  • A warning about stablecoins in the November edition of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ “Financial Stability Report“.

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$69 Trillion of World Debt in One Infographic via Visual Capitalist