Rapid Grants

From the Future Newsletter: We assembled the program under the auspices of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, raised some initial funding, and put together the website. About 10 days after having the original idea, we launched. To help identify the most immediately deserving recipients, our criteria were quite stringent: eligibility was restricted to … Continue reading Rapid Grants

Open Source Mobile Networks

Ubuntu Blog: User equipment – this is anything from a mobile phone, to IoT devices, drones or self driving vehicles. Radio Access Network – this is a part containing the base station, antennas and L1/L2 processing. Evolved packet core – a framework for providing converged voice and data on LTE Micro cloud – a new … Continue reading Open Source Mobile Networks

Scientists should start companies

Matt Krisiloff writes: In academia, most scientists are incentivized to work on their own research in a relatively siloed fashion – publications are an all-important currency that is hard to be shared. On the other hand, with a company, it's much easier to collectively coordinate people towards the same goal. With a general de-emphasis on the … Continue reading Scientists should start companies

The trap of “academia”

Anne Helen writing on her Substack: Looking back, Chris realizes he was in a pretty vulnerable state when he showed up at the admitted students day for the Master’s of Arts Program in Humanities (MAPH) program at the University of Chicago. Today, tuition for one year of Master's Study at the University of Chicago is $62,640. … Continue reading The trap of “academia”

Decentralising Internet

Paris Marx writing for Reconnected: Hermosillo was not the only voice pushing back against the libertarian framing of cyberspace. In 1996, technology historian Jennifer S. Light compared the talk of “cyberoptimists” about virtual communities to city planners’ earlier optimistic predictions about shopping malls. As the automobile colonized U.S. cities in the 1950s, planners promised that malls would … Continue reading Decentralising Internet