Intelligent money

The cover of The Economist's first November issue boldly states "How the technology behind Bitcoin could change the world". Here we are – it's 2015 and a well respected magazine acknowledges that the banking industry is facing inevitable change, just like any other. This has equally huge possibilities, as implications.

2015 and beyond is an era for the information distiller, concept-maker, broker and communicator. 

The reason that Bitcoin earned an Economist front page feature is due to the technology behind it, called blockchaining which intelligently shares information on transactions and account balances in a peer-to-peer-way (from what I gather it's a bit like torrents - think Napster or Piratebay). 

This shared 'intelligence' of who owns what makes the information near impossible to hack as the information is stored and shared across a global network of individuals. It also means that a central bank isn't needed in the same way.

On this premise, The Bank of England which isn't exactly known for invention, has concluded that the technology is a "significant innovation" and could have "far reaching implications" in the financial industry...

Let's see what happens.

 

 

Apple iOS 9's Kerning Test

Apple's new bespoke typeface San Francisco was rolled out with iOS9. The optical placement of the letterforms/kerning of the keyboard was noticeably different from the previous version where they used Helvetica Neue.

I couldn't help but notice that the letters appeared to be optically off-centre which was a distraction when typing on the keyboard.

I kerned the keyboard myself to see wether I could make it more pleasant to look at as an overview. See the .gif below and see what you think.

 

Multiverse

I rediscovered the great thinker and writer Bertrand Russell. It occurred to me that the universe actually have a limited number of particles i.e atoms, so in that sense our universe must be finite.

"The number of atoms in the entire observable universe is estimated to be within the range of 1078 to 1082".

Even though the universe is constantly expanding, its sum of particles is in fact limited.

But what is beyond those particles?

Let's presume that the particles were emitted from a Big Bang theory and imagine that we live in one of those big bangs on billions of particles, expanding ever further, until it implodes on itself. Perhaps when it implodes on it's own gravity it will explode again. In short terms cyclical.

But why would there only be only one of these sphere shaped 'jellyfish-moving' - 'big-bang', there could be an infinite number of those.