Ask yourself a question about Facebook

As you probably know I’ve made some experiments about Facebook in the past. Since then, I’ve completely removed myself from Facebook.

I just keep my profile “shut down” in order to access to some pages and logins I have on other websites. I feel better, I don’t visit it anymore, I don’t share something on my personal Facebook profile since a while.

Today I would ask you to ask yourself a question about Facebook. Continue reading “Ask yourself a question about Facebook”

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The future of face recognition

I’m not taking any credit here, all credits are going to /u/skeptical7th on Reddit.com for detailing so well a possible outcome for face recognition technologies.

I’m just highlighting parts of his (or her?) comment because I think it’s something we should reflect about.

I’ll read it again in 10 years from now, I promise!

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About Bitcoin

Blockchain technologies are here to stay. Wikipedia does a superb work on describing what a blockchain is.

A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography.

Each block typically contains a hash pointer as a link to a previous block, a timestamp and transaction data.

By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data. A blockchain can serve as “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way.”

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The luxury of having secrets

It’s 2017. You barely have any secret anymore. But what’s a secret? Let’s see a definition of the term “secret”:

Something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others.

According to the Oxford Dictionary.

If you think of it, you can’t really find a secret which is not known in some way by Google, Facebook or other big corporations.

Let’s make an example. Continue reading “The luxury of having secrets”

Looking for a tech cofounder? Look no more!

It’s 2017. I keep reading (in Italy more than anywhere else) about people looking for a tech co-founder that will help them develop their idea.

Look no more people!

No, I’m not trying to teach you the latest trick for finding a tech cofounder. I‘m simply telling you to stop looking around for tech cofounders.

notgoingtohappen

Why? Let’s keep it real, from a developer point of view.

  1. Do you want me to work on your ideas for free? I already have mine to work on for free, no thanks.
  2. Ok, you want to pay me. With shares in your company. If you’re Google that might look interesting. Otherwise shares of something valued 0, guess what, are worth zero. Go back to step 1.
  3. Doing business with someone is like getting married. Would you marry a complete stranger met on the Internet or at a startup event? No. Probably it will happen someday if you really like each other a lot and after many years of deep knowledge.

But wait. There’s a way to make people work on (and love, if you’re really lucky) your idea:

PAY PEOPLE REAL MONEY TO WORK ON YOUR IDEA

It’s really that simple.

 

Do you really believe in drones?

I don’t really believe we will see something delivered by a drone before 5/10 years from now.

Sure, drones can be used for deliveries between warehouses or delivery centers, but don’t expect a drone to knock at your door anytime soon.

Having tried some drones myself I can’t think of a drone knocking at my window precisely enough to not damage itself or my property (or at worse, myself).

There are some experiments, tests, startup making moneys on this funny idea, but I see a lot of problems in it:

  • Security (of the drone). A professional drone is not the safest thing you want around your house. You don’t really want a 10 kg thing with carbon rotors spinning at thousands of RPM above your kids
  • Security (of the delivery). How safe is an Amazon package with a drone? Not that much. It can fall, people can track and steal it. You don’t want your pizza stolen.
  • What about costs? Let’s say I’m a pizza chain that want to deliver it by drones. I need a drone fleet and a place to put them (drone “airport”?), maintenance, recharge, pre-flight checks, etc… Is it cheaper than a delivery boy? I’ll tell you a secret: NO.

So, if you think of it you’ll just have a good laugh when you read something like this article. Yes, the first pizza was delivered, but it’s nothin more than a marketing gimmick.