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RCAST 130 – [Climate & Coordination] Mar 26 2021 – australian flooding, preserving arable land, transparency is facebook’s biggest threat, jack dorsey: bluesky, square and tidal

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Today we spoke about horrible Australian flooding, how to preserve arable land, Reddit investors using GameStop proceeds to fund wildlife rehabilitation, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Square’s investments in Tidal and how it could be connected to Bluesky’s open source social media blockchain platform.

“Which do you think is more feasible from an engineering point of view? Build a payments network and then try to expand it to a data network, or build a data network and then as a side option you can specialize it to a payments network?”

Greg Meredith

0:00​ – Intro

0:01:10​ – Nora – Thousands evacuated in Australia’s worst floods in nearly half a century https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.r…

0:05:13​ – Steve Ross Talbot response – increase of 7% water in atmosphere with every 1 degree of rise. 0:07:16​ – Story from BBC: Australia floods: Saving a home from fires only to lose it in floods https://www.bbc.com/news/world-austra…

0:10:47​ – SRT – the concern is the washing away of the topsoil.

0:13:30​ – SRT – article – Scientific American “Only 60 years of Farming Left if Soil Degradation Continues” – in 2014 – https://www.scientificamerican.com/ar…

0:15:36​ – Greg – ted talk – farm in a box – microclimate – container based farming environment

0:17:28​ – SRT – Craig Kelly – in Australia – well known climate denier – claimed there was more flooding in the first part of the last century than the later and was debunked.

0:18:48​ – Nora – The Guardian – Reddit investors use GameStop proceeds to help protect gorillas https://www.theguardian.com/environme…

0:23:05​ – SRT – Carrie Symonds – will almost certainly be behind the climate conference in Glasgow

0:25:06​ – Darryl – Mining Bitcoin for Heat, Strawberries and Chickens https://www.coindesk.com/mining-bitco…

0:26:30​ – SRT – Bill Drummond of the KLF – burned a pile of money.

0:28:30​ – Darryl – article – Bitcoin Will Save Our Earth – https://bitcoinmagazine.com/business/…

0:30:48​ – Apple and Facebook’s Fight Isn’t Actually About Privacy or Tracking The real reason Facebook is so worried? Transparency is a much bigger threat to its business. https://www.inc.com/jason-aten/apple-…​ –

0::44:06 – Dorsey vs Zuckerberg in regards to their approach to blockchain.

0:34:43​ – SRT on GDPR

0:35:24​ – Hearings last Thursday – Jack Dorsey – Bluesky – “create an open and decentralized technical standards for social media platforms” more than hinting at a separate project from Twitter – Bluesky – Square just bought music streaming service Tidal – for $297,000,000.00

0:40:04​ – Darryl – seems like there’s a shift happening in the air. People are on to the deceit – Jack Dorsey seems to see into the future better –

0:41:30​ – empowerment of artists on social networks – chink in the armour of the youtube / soundcloud model of profiting off of user generated content.

0:42:56​ – SRT – Dorsey as a good surname for music.

0:45:52​ – Greg – blockchain space is dominated by those who see blockchain as a payments network.

0:47:57​ – Greg: – “Which do you think is more feasible from an engineering point of view? Build a payments network and then try to expand it to a data network, or build a data network and then as a side option you can specialize it to a payments network?”

0:48:37​ – SRT – there’s another dimension to it as well – that’s very specific to RChain – compute is not free – they consume energy – what you want is a global computer that you can do things on, and you want to pay for what you’ve used, not what somebody thinks it’s worth – know the actual cost in a a real transparent way.