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Blockchain is the new policymaking frontier — we said that in the fall. Today, it seems truer than ever. China may soon have the first government-backed digital money. Dubai is building a “city on a blockchain.” The Republic of Georgia is now securing land titles on blockchain. Malta is on top of it too — the island country is exploring a national health registry built on blockchain. Sure... Read More

Author: Pete Mathias
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Good government requires good records. A school, police force, utility, tax collection, army, or agency — none operates without ledgers, spreadsheets of rows and columns. Securing “life and liberty” could be brand language for keeping and enforcing records. Efficient markets require good records, too. A single lightbulb engages hundreds of ledgers: the original glass and raw material... Read More

Author: Pete Mathias
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In 1979, China glanced into America’s creative soul. President Nixon had invited a Chinese delegation to see the happenings of Silicon Valley. The delegation’s leader, Chen Chunxian, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was blown away by what he saw. And how could he not be? What a spectacle it must have been, seeing giants in their emerging moments. Apple had just prototyped the... Read More

Author: Pete Mathias
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It is 1943 and two scientists are hard at work. One is Willem Kolff, the other is Robert Oppenheimer; one the father of artificial organs, the other the mastermind of the atomic bomb. Thousands of miles between Kolff’s research center in a small Medieval Dutch town and Oppenheimer’s top-secret laboratory in a hidden Los Alamos plateau, the physician and the physicists shared a commitment... Read More

Author: Pete Mathias