I’m a big fan of Antony Lewis for his book, The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains, and his ability to break down complicated topics so they’re easy to understand. This article is no exception. Antony argues that we think of as programmable money is actually designer money, and the implications go beyond just automating payments. The concept of programmable money is a pillar to cryptocurrencies, and this is a great introduction for those unfamiliar.
PR company Edelman released a survey
last year that measured the general population’s feelings towards capitalism. The results were not good: 56% believe that capitalism “does more harm than good in the world”. New Yorker
writer Nicholas Lemann offers his perspective on a concept known as “racial capitalism”: racism as a technique to divide working-class whites and blacks so as to enable white capitalists to get richer. The concept is central to slavery historian Walter Johnson’s latest book
, and it challenges our notions of capitalism as we know it. While the entwinement of capitalism and racism is up for debate, there is one thing clear about capitalism from Edelman’s survey: people are losing their trust in it.
Trevor McFedries is the co-founder of Brud, a technology startup that incubated virtual Gen Z icon Miquela. For those unfamiliar with @lilmiquela
on Instagram, she is literally a digital avatar that has 3 million followers and was named one of Time’s 25 Most Influential People on the Internet in 2018 (along with Rihanna, BTS, and DietPrada). What is so great about this podcast is hearing Trevor’s amazing journey from software engineer, to DJ, to artist manager, to now startup founder. He has big plans for Brud that involve Web 3.0, the next iteration of the Internet that aims to be more open, decentralized, and free market.