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  • Writer's pictureAdriana Lakatosova

Platform Digest 2022.06: Work in Technology, and Progress

👋 On time for your weekend: a round-up of this week's most remarkable stories at the intersection of #ecosystem#innovation and #platform# organization.

Why Mechanics Design

However, in a social network the “offering” is not a tangible good; it's the other users. The choices you make are not expressions of some underlying product, but mediations that govern how people interact with each other. In this context, the model of just “getting out of the way” doesn't make any sense. When you group people without boundaries, it’s pretty clear that you end up with abuse, trolling, low quality, relevance issues and more.

😲 Mechanics Design and Platform Design, hm! - by David Cole

How to Excel in Tech Without Learning to Code

As you’ll see, though, things are way more nuanced than that! Being technical is a spectrum — it’s not one size fits all — and there are lots of different places you can settle. You don’t need to be a developer to understand the differences between file types, and to know that an SVG is a type of graphic used for design. And if you’ve been in a startup office, you probably know that developers don’t write code on see-through holographic screens.

🤓 Justin Gage gives some awesome tips to the non-techies on how to easily enter the world of techies.

North Korea Hacked Him. So He Took Down Its Internet

But responsibility for North Korea's ongoing internet outages doesn't lie with US Cyber Command or any other state-sponsored hacking agency. In fact, it was the work of one American man in a T-shirt, pajama pants, and slippers, sitting in his living room night after night, watching Alien movies and eating spicy corn snacks—and periodically walking over to his home office to check on the progress of the programs he was running to disrupt the internet of an entire country.

☝️One person takes down a country's internet, in his pajama pants! by Andy Greenberg

🎧 Austin Next: Research Speaks - Progress Studies with Jason Crawford, Founder and CEO of the Roots of Progress

I do think we have seen a relative slow down, although again, progress still moving faster than any time before the industrial revolution. I have three hypothesis: one is increasing sort of layers of bureaucracy and regulation. A lot of this is government and federal regulation, but not all of it, some of it is self regulation within both for-profit and non-profit private organisations. Hypothesis number two is the way that we fund, organise and manage research and development, especially scientific research, which got consolidated after the world wars into a small number of large federal agencies, which creates a bit of a mono culture for research funding... Hypothesis three relates to the philosophy of progress that I was just talking about. The fact that the culture has soured so much on the idea of progress and young people may not see engineering and business as such exciting and meaningful fields to go into more. A lot of young people were instead attracted into the opposite, trying to slow down and push back and fight scientific, technological and industrial progress wherever it occurs look.

🤩 An awesome interview and thoughts on progress! - by Austin Next and Jason Crawford

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