In an interesting discussion online, Yuval Noah Harari brings up one of the most subtle changes in recent human history. Namely, the increase in information processing as a result of technological advances. Mass media, and, more recently, the internet, increased hundreds of times, if not by thousands, the amount of information that it’s produced, and that we have access to. But, and here’s when Yuval has a very interesting remark, “information doesn’t necessarily equals truth — information is just information”. And, if you really think about it, fake news is still information. Propaganda is still information. Advertising (which is a…


Let’s start by saying that I’m an admirer of the blockchain technology and a very early observer of it. Please note I said “early observer”, and not necessarily “early adopter”. When it comes to blockchain, I’m more of a “just in time adopter”, to be honest, and not an early one, because, sometimes, early success might be bad. But that’s another topic.

Beyond the speculative bubble that is engulfing the entire crypto space every 3 years or so (around the “halving” time, for those Bitcoin-savvy), there are a lot of interesting topics to ponder about in this area. So, if…


This pandemic changed our world in ways we would have never imagined before. One of the things that changed dramatically is how we work. Before the pandemic, working remote was some sort of weird thing to do (when it wasn’t “sold” as being a perk, that is) whereas now, it’s pretty much the norm.

But not everyone was prepared for this. For some of us, this change came with real challenges, especially if we didn’t necessarily have to use tech in our daily lives before. A hilarious thing happened because of this a week ago. …


The term “unintended consequences” defines outcomes that aren’t visible, or predictable at the moment of an action. They are grouped into three main types:

  • unexpected benefit — like a touch of luck, or serendipity
  • unexpected drawback — when the benefit is tainted by some inconvenient inherent to the solution
  • perverse result — when the result is massively invalidating the benefits of the initial action

What this has to do with this article?

Well, as you probably have noticed, for the last year the planet have been turned upside down in an effort to battle a pandemic. A virus infection that…


During the last few days I experienced an unusual spike in activity in an area of my life’s which is relatively quiet (and it is like this on purpose, I try to keep it that way). It’s about social media, more exactly Facebook, where one of my posts ignited a whirlwind of comments, almost 100, many of them quite inflammatory. I won’t dive into the details of the actual post, because it is in line with other articles I’ve wrote here, about the generalized mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic, and all the changes that are caused by that. …


As time goes by, we are forced to accept the reality of a new normal. The global pandemic created by Covid-19 took with it not only millions of lives, but also deeply ingrained social structures.

Among them, the modern state.

As much as we still resist the obvious now, we will eventually come to terms with the fact that we’re not going back to what it was before. That is simply not possible anymore. …


A year ago, having the police storming your place for spending time with your extended family, would have been unconceivable. Only extreme, totalitarian regimes would have resorted to something like this, and probably only in very targeted cases.

Now, this is the norm. Like, literally, if you spend time with more than 6 people from your extended family (or 9 people or whatever the limit is in your version of cosmetic lockdown), in your own house, not doing anything loud, or unhealthy, just enjoying each other presence, you’re committing a crime.

That’s the world we live in now.

What we’ve…


First of all, people would take way more care about their opinions. Instead of keeping them unchanged for years, they might check them out at least weekly. “Hm, I feel a little bit triggered today, let’s check on my opinions down there, I might have gotten some opinion chlamydia. And I’m not even aware of that”.

Second, they will think twice before waving it — the opinion — publicly. There is a certain level of consensus required to show up your dick, and the clarity of conversations we have these days will greatly benefit from more consensus and clarity. Sometimes…


10 years ago, if you wanted to eliminate meat from your diet, you had very few options. You could obviously go with salads, nuts and crucifers, but if you wanted a more dense source of protein, you were out of luck. And I’m talking mostly about engineered protein-rich foods. Producers were just starting to understand how to make alternative “cheese” or “meat”. There was very little research and economic activity in this area. Their initial products were mostly simplistic trials, built on top of experimental tech. Also, expensive.

The other day I went into an “eco” super store here in…


You know very well this example: if you put a frog in hot, boiling water, te frog will jump out straight away. Survival instincts will kick in instantly. But if you put a frog in normal water, which you then heat very slowly, until the boiling point, eventually the frog dies, because, lured by the slow unfolding of the events, it won’t be able to jump out anymore.

This is used to illustrate life threatening circumstances, like being stuck in abusive relationships, or social rights restrictions, when the toxic threshold is reached in a very, very slow, allegedly innocent, way…

Dragos Roua

Story teller, geek, light seeker and runner. Not necessarily in that order.

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