• Michael Hilton

Break Me Off a Piece of That Bitcoin | The Weekly Geek 63

Happy New Year, you nerd. Here’s your bi-weekly short list of stuff I’m geeking out about.

  • Discovery I find fascinating: A real world “warp bubble.” Scientists discovered a tiny warp bubble, which could, theoretically, lead to the development of a warp engine for interstellar travel. I’m not a fan of sensational headlines in science, and we’re definitely a long way off from warping space time, but observing an actual warp phenomenon isn’t a small thing either. I’m especially interested in this field, as warp engines are the basis for travel in the Bobby Robot series.

  • Podcast I’m listening to: Tim Ferris’s interview with Balaji Srinivasan. Formerly the CTO of Coinbase, Srinivasan is now an angel investor and entrepreneur. And he might be one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever heard speak. I selected this podcast because I was interested in learning more about Bitcoin and crypto in general. I was not expecting a masterclass on human nature and its convergence with technology, journalism, government, and more, though I suspect I shouldn't have been surprised by the intersection of all these. The very idea of decentralized finance speaks to institutional powers and societal organization. Srinivasan's knowledge in these areas is astounding, and his insights on society’s near-future borders on the prescient. Far from esoteric, his discussion here is both pragmatic and applicable. Hands down, this is one of the most fascinating podcasts I’ve ever listened to. If you want to know what our lives will probably look like in the coming decade, you should give this a listen.

  • Movie I’m watching: The Matrix Resurrections. No spoilers. The first Matrix film since the original trilogy’s conclusion in 2003 reintroduces us to the idea we’re living in a simulated world. I, like many others twenty years ago, walked away from the first film with a sinking feeling that I couldn’t prove my reality wasn’t a computer simulation. Expecting a tired, cash-grabby sequel, I was surprised by Resurrections’ ability to recreate that same sense of unease, even if on a smaller scale, through a clever setup in its first act. By no means does this film make a top list of my favorite movies, and I’m not sure I’d watch it again any time soon. Action scenes demonstrate nothing new, with some visual effects coming off as dated. And on the creative side, I question certain decisions that seem to set the Matrix universe back into a status quo. But the plot is relatively engaging, the characters' motivation compelling, and the subject matter itself proves fresh enough that it earns its price of admission. I opted for the theater experience, but you won’t sacrifice much by watching it on HBO Max at home.

  • Quote I'm contemplating: "If code scripts machines, media scripts human beings." - Balaji Srinivasan

That’s it for this week! If you have any thoughts on the topics listed, sound off in the comments. And if you like discovering awesome new stuff, consider subscribing and sharing!

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