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Things I read last week… (WB 21 June 2021)
An intro to Zero-Knowledge-Proofs.
More on ZKPs.
“…competition between an incumbent and a software-driven startup is “a race, where the startup is trying to get distribution before the incumbent gets innovation”. The incumbent starts with a giant advantage, which is the existing customer base, the existing brand. But the software startup also starts with a giant advantage, which is a culture built to create software from the start, with no need to adapt an older culture designed to bend metal, shuffle paper, or answer phones.”
An interview with Marc Andreessen.
The economics of dollar stores.
Twitchrockonomics: Twitch for musicians.
The first treatments involving CRISPR.
Michelin puts sails on cargo ships to improve efficiency.
World’s smallest acoustic amplifier at 0.5 sq mm.
“High volume, centralized manufacturing is one of the fastest ways to reduce costs. Think of the products that crash in price: CPUs, solar panels, lithium-ion batteries, flat-panel TVs. The most talented people run a few giant factories and can afford to invest in almost every conceivable process improvement. Manufacturing things like cement, insulation, or 2x4s means you have the assistant branch manager and a few hourly workers toiling in a glorified warehouse. At small factories, improvements often do not make sense. Even if they do, they are challenging to implement at all facilities.”
Why it’s difficult to building housing more efficiently.
An introduction to information theory. [PDF]
Stress turns hair grey, and can be reversed, says researchers at Columbia.
History of Grand Theft Auto. [YouTube]