In the digital world, whenever someone invents guns you don’t get to demand gun control. You simply have to invent a system where everyone wears Kevlar without realizing it.
Well, one thing is, we have been growing up with an understanding of the importance of things like a telephone line or television. So if we would start to treat our telephone lines or TV channels like we treat the internet, people would get really upset. If someone would tell you, you can’t call a friend, you would understand then that this is a very bad thing that is happening. You understand your rights. But people don’t have that with the internet. If someone would tell you, you can’t use Skype for that and that, you don’t get the feeling it’s about you personally. Just by being a virtual thing, it’s suddenly not directed at you. You don’t see someone spying on you, you don’t see something censored, you don’t see it when someone deletes stuff out of the search results out of Google. I think that’s the biggest problem to get people’s attention. You don’t see the problems, so people don’t feel connected to it.
“Counterfactual simulations done over the period 2009 to present suggests that adding Bitcoin to the reserve portfolio of the central bank would not significantly increase volatility but could provide opportunities to offset exchange rate depreciations against major currencies such as the Pound and the Euro.”
Besides being a beautiful addition to Milan’s skyline, the Vertical Forest is also incredibly practical. The foliage insulates the apartments from city noises and reduces energy consumption; during the summer the leaves block out hot sunlight and during the winter the bare branches let heat in. On top of the that, the plants produce boatloads of oxygen while cleaning up smog from the air.
There is no American Mao, but there are millions of good little Maoists all over America bent on persecuting anyone who departs from a party line that now dominates the bubble of campus life. It’s a weird home-grown mixture of Puritan witch-hunting, racial paranoia, and sexual hysteria, and it comes loaded with a lexicon of jargon — “micro-aggression,” “trigger warnings,” “speech codes,” etc — designed to enforce uniformity in thinking, and to punish departures from it.