Things I read last week… (WB 8 November 2021)
von Neumann probes
“…we propose a concept for a partially self-replicating probe for space exploration based on current and near-term technologies, with a focus on small spacecraft. The purpose is to chart a path towards self-replication with near-term benefits, rather than attempting full self-replication.”
A conceptual design for creating von Neumann probes with near-term technology. [PDF]
How ‘Bored Ape Yacht Club’ are creating a billion dollar Web3 lifestyle company.
Debit cards are hidden financial infrastructure. Stripe’s Patrick McKenzie is a on a roll describing financial infrastructure.
“An engineer’s view of Venture Capitalists” from 2001. Some things have changed, some haven’t.
Half of FB Messenger’s voice traffic is from Cambodia.
How badly is crypto worsening the chip shortage.
Chris Dixon and Naval Ravikant talk crypto on the Tim Ferriss show.
Teardown of Tesla’s new Plaid car computer. [YouTube]
Reverse engineering the iconic Yamaha DX7 synth from the 1980s.