Doing old things better vs doing brand new things

2020-10-19

New technologies enable activities that fall into one of two categories: 1) doing things you could already do but can now do better because…

Computers that can make commitments

2020-01-26

Blockchains are computers that can make commitments. Traditional computers are ultimately controlled by people, either directly in the case…

Inside-out vs. outside-in: the adoption of new technologies

2020-01-17

There are broadly two adoption paths for new computing technologies: inside-out and outside-in. Inside-out technologies are pioneered by…

Strong and weak technologies

2019-01-08

During a media tour in 2007 in which Steve Jobs showed the device to reporters, there was one instance in which a journalist criticized the…

Who will control the software that powers the Internet?

2019-01-04

Originally published by Wired. As the internet has evolved over its 35-year lifespan, control over its most important services has gradually…

Why decentralization matters

2018-02-18

The first two eras of the internet During the first era of the internet — from the 1980s through the early 2000s — internet services were…