A while ago, I wrote a blog post called “3 Questions for Blockchain BS Detection,” in which I threw some cold water on Blockchain hype and advised people to ask: "where’s the chain?" "where’s the distrust?" and "is there a cryptocurrency I need to trust?" Those questions have helped me determine that a number touted … Continue reading Blockchain For Tickets – A Good Idea?
Originally posted on the Trov "the cache" blog I’ve read that Blockchain is "the new database” that will “shape the future” and “transform society.” You name it and someone is talking about how it ought to be implemented on a blockchain. Unfortunately, there are a lot of pitches that are misaligned with the motivations and … Continue reading Three Questions for BlockChain BS Detection
My old boss, Jim Gray, drilled into me the rule that “it doesn’t exist unless it is written down.” As I described in part one of this post, I eventually came to internalize this value and apply it to our distributed team at Trōv. Distributed teams have a special need for writing things down. During … Continue reading The Wisdom of Jim Gray: “It Doesn’t Exist Unless it is Written Down” (part 2)
Sandy Pentland has a great paper in the Harvard Business Review called The New Science of Building Great Teams. There's so much to glean from this paper; I'll be reflecting for days on applying the ideas to my team. But one thing that jumped out at me was straight from the pages of Your Life, Uploaded: Every … Continue reading Improved Performance by Having Your Life Uploaded
In 1995, I was one of Jim Gray‘s first hires for his new research lab in San Francisco. Jim didn’t enjoy managing, so he never let the lab grow beyond about a dozen lab members. Consequently, I spent the following ten years enjoying regular small-group interaction with a “database legend” (as he was called on … Continue reading The Wisdom of Jim Gray: “It Doesn’t Exist Unless it is Written Down” (part 1)
I first met Ashok Chandra in the summer of 2007. He approached me with a novel idea: “let’s turn research on its head,” he said. “Instead of doing research first, publishing a paper, and then going in search of a product, lets look at what could make a big impact and then do research as … Continue reading Ashok Chandra 1948-2014
Saga is the first true mobile lifelogging app. That is, this is the first time I can see my complete lifelog with location, photos, calendar entries, notes, and health information all unified right on my phone. Saga gets it right by making most of the logging automatic, including ingesting social media posts and taking a stab … Continue reading Saga: the first true mobile lifelogging app