Ever since I finished reading ‚Sapiens, a brief history of humankind‘ a month ago, I am bookless.
Yuval Harari’s book had been incredibly inspiring. It gave me enormous food for thought and incentive for discussions with friends and colleagues.
In my search for the next awesome piece to read and get inspired, I came across some recommendations that blew my mind in a different way.
It’s hard to believe that I could get so excited about technology. But then, it isn’t so much the technology that did it, but the thinking behind it. The level of resourceful creativity, which the human mind is capable of, is dazzling. The results that come of it, when people are determined, are fascinating.
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…dann bezahlen Natur und Menschen einen hohen Preis!
Im Februar dieses Jahres nahm ich Euch mit auf eine unserer ersten Wochenend- Spazierfahrten in diesem Jahr. Wir fuhren mit einer netten kleinen Moped- und Motorradgruppe in den Süden und genossen das erste Grün des Frühlings, der noch nicht einmal begonnen hatte. Erinnert ihr Euch?
Im Naturschutzgebiet von Be’eri suchten wir Mohnblumen. In dieser Gegend blühen ganze Felder von Mohn und tunken die Landschaft in Rot. Man muss jedoch das richtige Wochenende erwischen, denn die Pracht ist schnell vorbei. Der Mohn blüht nur etwa zwei Wochen.
Das war uns leider nicht ganz gelungen. Wir waren noch etwas früh. Am folgenden Wochenende regnete es und der verfrühte Frühling war abgebrochen.
Aber warum erzähle ich Euch das?
Weiterlesen Wenn steigende Drachen auch Feuer speien…
It was the middle of the week, and the veggies I bought on Friday had already gone bad. Very annoying!
It usually happened when I shopped at the regular supermarket. The veggies ended up in the trash, and I found myself driving down to the nearby Arab village, where the stores never seem to close. There are several greengroceries as well as some minimarkets in Abu Ghosh. I didn’t shop there regularly because I found them to be messy and dirty. I needed to double check the expiry dates on every item.
It took me a while to notice there was one exception. Fruit which I bought at the smallest, but also the cleanest veggie store stayed fresh for an entire week. This little place off the main road seemed to have better quality than any other store.
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“Do you have a new hobby?” Asked some of my most loyal followers after I posted the last two articles. And if anyone is wondering, yes it is still me, Ruth, writing.
I tell you a secret: it’s pure curiosity!
All I really wanted, was to understand why Google and Facebook are not supportive of cryptocurrency. While researching I learned that there was a whole world of values, ideologies, technologies and innovations behind it.
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Remember where my last post left off? The whole Bitcoin-mania of the last months has stirred my curiosity about blockchain technology.
As I am not a technical person, for me it is more of a gut feeling, that we“ll be hearing a lot about blockchain in the near future.
Sure enough, a day later I came across this article and was fascinated with the possibilities this technology opens. I would not have guessed that out of everything the healthcare industry would benefit.
But first of, here’s an explanation of blockchain in the words of someone, who understands it a lot better than me. When disconnecting it from digital money in my mind, it all becomes more obvious.
„…imagine it as a shared book of records, or in more technical terms, a distributed database that’s designed in such a smart way that whatever is added to this database, that is immutable. As if it is carved into stone. Any change becomes immediately evident. Moreover, there is no central authority to decide what’s right or wrong. No bank, no regulator, no oversight. The participants need to signify they accept a shared consensus.“ (Ivo Lohmus from the Estonian company Guardtime, developing K.S.I. blockchain technology).
I find it exciting and encouraging, what can be done with it. Read for yourselves and let me know if you share my enthusiasm:
At the end of 2017, it looked like Bitcoin was just one step away from replacing regular money. All of a sudden this digital currency was what everyone needed. If not this one, then one of its crypto-siblings.
Seriously, what was that? Where did that come from and is it gone now? More importantly, why is there such a big controversy about it? When digging into the subject I quickly realized, that my view of it simply being digital currency was extremely naive. Interesting about cryptocurrency is not that it is digital-only-money, but its decentralized character.
As such it is an attempt to undermine the entire global monetary system. It is a direct attack on the authority of central banks and governments. Sort of rebel money, anarchistic currency, if you will.
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