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How would ISIS spread into Saudi Arabia? More generally, how would an open source insurgency defeat a fragile dictatorship? As I pointed out earlier, ISIS is already doing a great job marketing itself to young male populations (particularly young men... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Global Guerrillas
Thinking evolves. The environment is much different now. Those are also single chain commercial platforms.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Blockchain Companies at Global Guerrillas
NOTE: I've turned on the comments for this one for feedback on this post. Question: How would ISIS cross the "air gap" between their conquests in Iraq and Saudi Arabia? Answer: It already has. ISIS has become the leading supplier... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Global Guerrillas
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ISIS is the open source insurgency (see Wikipedia) I warned about when I began writing Global Guerrillas back in 2004. For example: It operates very differently than the insurgencies we faced prior to Iraq. It's composed of many groups held... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Global Guerrillas
What is the biggest threat to the world as we know it? Answers range from climate change to peak energy to a pandemic... None of those matter. They are all exogenous events. Challenges to be overcome. The only real threat... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Global Guerrillas
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My friend Jeff Garzik (bitcoin core dev) nailed it on Twitter: This single-chain thinking is not scalable. Memo to Counterparty, Mastercoin, Ethereum, et. al. The future is an Internet Of Chains. He's right. It's the same conclusion I stumbled into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
It should be pretty clear that the economy we have today is holding us back. It's an amoral, debt-riddled system that is riven with corruption and wracked by periodic bouts of extreme instability. Worse, on its current path, the 'turking"... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
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It is.. unless the old insurgency ran its course.
Some interesting stuff: How to turn America around. A million new owners at a time. Federal Bureaucracy blocks cleaning crews from cleaning up Ebola quarantine site in Dallas. People quarantined left to protect themselves with bleach and prayer. Classic. 4... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
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ISIL is an open source insurgency. That means it is composed of many groups. Groups that don't share the same motivation for war. Yet, all of these groups can work together if they agree on a single goal. Occasionally, fractures... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
That was a small step. This one sell/distributes ownership directly to customers and participants. No wall street. No investors. It's going to be a messy transition, but since most of the new value in this economy will be made in the new way, it's going to happen.
Wall Street exists due to one reason. It was built to overcome the limitations of the information system our economic system was built on. Limitations that we didn't have the technology to overcome (until now). To work around these limits... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
Haven't seen that term before. It feels very right, doesn't it?
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The most interesting app in the world right now is, unfortunately, another bit of commercial malware from siliscam valley. It's FireChat from Open Garden. FireChat is an app that you can download to your smart phone. Once installed, it lets... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
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China is in the process cracking down on democracy protesters in Hong Kong. It's important to remember that China is a dictatorship. It's almost always been a dictatorship. It also has a long history of extreme insularity and xenophobia. That's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
As a publishing medium, it's still interesting, despite the reduction to 40 bytes per transaction. As a way to store your wealth, not so much. No targets specified. Yes. CIA doesn't gain from that. They have a budget to think about. That money has to come from somewhere. More specific rules as I think it through.
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"there are no second acts in American lives. " F. Scott Fitzgerald This pithy quote from Fitzgerald holds some great insight for disruptive thinkers. Fitzgerald doesn't mean that there are no second chances in American lives. He meant there literally... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
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Here's an interesting combo of game + disruption + bitcoin The goal of the game is to become the world's first anti-trillionaire --> a person who creates a disruption, or series of disruptions, that result in an economic loss of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
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Your ability to disrupt the system isn't based on your budget or skill. It's based on your imagination... 600 kph kinetic kill weapon. Drone with micro-jet engine. You can fly this in first person mode. Frankly, I don't think there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
I'm expecting to see it happen.
I have and we have. JR
Ransombots are everywhere now. Last month 900,000 Android users were attacked by an aggressive bot using the "ScareMe" framework. Here's what ransombot does: Bot finds a way to infect your phone or your comptuer. Bot locks your device and/or encrypts... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
In the last quarter of 2011, more iphones were sold than babies were born. That's interesting because that is also the quarter that Siri shipped. FYI: Apple's Siri is the first mass market bot. In hindsight, this apparently minor observation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
Last night I watched "Transcendence." It's a movie about an AI (artificial intelligence) that becomes a threat to humanity. The movie is a redux of the classic rogue AI we saw in "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (worth watching on DVD).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Global Guerrillas
Most places have the ability to call all residents with a message now. Very possible to do the same with alternative messages.