What’s Next — Fighter, Psychology, Networks

by Jordan Gonen | 1.29.2018

What’s Next — Fighter, Psychology, Networksby Jordan Gonen | 1.29.2018

by Jordan Gonen | 1.29.2018

Hi 👋 Writing this from a hostel in Singapore! Lots of interesting content and updates below, hope you enjoy 👇

Articles to Read.

What You Can Learn From Fighter Pilots:

“What is strategy? A mental tapestry of changing intentions for harmonizing and focusing our efforts as a basis for realizing some aim or purpose in an unfolding and often unforeseen world of many bewildering events and many contending interests.”

Developed by strategist and U.S. Air Force Colonel John Boyd, the OODA loop is a practical concept designed to be the foundation of rational thinking in confusing or chaotic situations. OODA stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act.

The Psychology of Human Misjudgment: (Long Read PDF)

One of my favorite cases about the power of incentives is the Federal Express case. The heart and soul of the integrity of the system is that all the packages have to be shifted rapidly in one central location each night. And the system has no integrity if the whole shift can’t be done fast. And Federal Express had one hell of a time getting the thing to work. And they tried moral suasion, they tried everything in the world, and finally somebody got the happy thought that they were paying the night shift by the hour, and that maybe if they paid them by the shift, the system would work better. And lo and behold, that solution worked.

Early in the history of Xerox, Joe Wilson, who was then in the government, had to go back to Xerox because he couldn’t understand how their better, new machine was selling so poorly in relation to their older and inferior machine. Of course when he got there he found out that the commission arrangement with the salesmen gave a tremendous incentive to the inferior machine.

The People Who Would Survive Nuclear War:

How an appendix to an obscure government report helped launch a blockbuster and push back the possibility of atomic war.

The Pursuit of Happiness is a Pointless Goal:

His YouTube videos have had 35m views. He is fast becoming the closest that academia has to a rock star. Peterson has largely been in the news for his blazing, outspoken opposition to much of the far-left political agenda, which he characterises as totalitarian, intolerant and a growing threat to the primacy of the individual — which is his core value and, he asserts, the foundation of western culture.

“‘Happiness’ is a pointless goal. Don’t compare yourself with other people, compare yourself with who you were yesterday. No one gets away with anything, ever, so take responsibility for your own life. You conjure your own world, not only metaphorically but also literally and neurologically. These lessons are what the great stories and myths have been telling us since civilisation began.”

Driverless Hotel Rooms:

How driverless vehicles can enable on-demand accommodation for one night or 1000, and at rates 10x cheaper than your rent bill.

Epistemic Implications of Networks Built with a Bitcoin Blockchain Design:

This is an exploration of properties and implications enabled by networks adopting blockchain technology, with the design principles of Bitcoin.

Human history is the history of networks. Nomad communities, agricultural towns, and full-blown civilizations, states, nations, and organizations encompassing several nations represent how humans have evolved in creating structures for massive organization. Humans are the networked species.

Will Cryptocurrencies Be the Art Market’s Next Big Thing?:

The online gallery describes itself as the first to specialize in “blockchain-based artwork and exhibition.” It invited bids for the work, starting at one Ether, equivalent to about $650 at the time. (As of Friday, one Ether was worth about $1,200, according to ethereumprice.org.) The timed auction ends on Monday.


Which is why Bitcoin is an excellent idea. It fulfills the needs of the complex system, not because it is a cryptocurrency, but precisely because it has no owner, no authority that can decide on its fate. It is owned by the crowd, its users. And it has now a track record of several years, enough for it to be an animal in its own right.

More to Check Out:
Booking flights on Airbnb
America’s Shithole Success Story
Why an employee left Google
Your candy wrappers are listening
– Log Cabin Timelapse Video

See My Full Reading List

My Update:

– I was nominated to be one of Product Hunt’s 2017 Maker of the Year. Thanks for the support!

– Barcelona is an awesome city. Excited to have spent a week there and will definitely be back.

– Singapore has been great thus far — have done a lot of exploring, tasting and traveling around. Headed to Hong Kong today!

By jordangonen on January 29, 2018.

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