Covid-19 and Driving: A Valid Analogy

Those of us who have raised the driving analogy to argue against Covid-19 restrictions on most people have mostly been ridiculed.

And yet, driving kills roughly as many people every year as Covid-19 has killed in 2020 so far. If the severely injured are taken into account, the overall effects of traffic accidents are probably way worse. Traffic accidents also kill and maim all sorts of people whereas Covid-19 mostly takes out people who probably wouldn't survive any serious shock to the organism.

Furthermore, those who drive carefully still take a small risk of killing or injuring other people, just like people without symptoms have a small risk of passing Covid-19 to a vulnerable person. And it also isn't "essential" to drive for most people as the state could force everyone to switch to buses and other means of public transport. Moreover, severely restricting driving would probably save a lot more lives than the draconian anti-Covid-19 measures. And severely restricting driving will not be remotely as damaging for most people. …


The crypto space is increasingly becoming an important element of our economic and technological reality. However, despite the higher awareness of its existence, there are so many projects in it that it may be hard for the relative outsiders and even people in the space to figure out which of them are truly important and promising.

Here, we draw attention to a bunch of crypto undertakings that those interested in crypto do not want to miss.

We will start with our list of three favorite projects: RChain, RealT and Etherisc.

RChain and the Quest for Scalable Distributed Compute

A brainchild of computer scientist and mathematician Greg Meredith, RChain is a public blockchain platform running on mainnet. In some ways, it is similar to the eventual Ethereum 2.0, as it features proof of stake consensus and sharding, as well as a Turing-complete distributed computation layer. However, there is also a difference that could make all the difference. …


The crypto space is increasingly becoming an important element of our economic and technological reality. However, despite the higher awareness of its existence, there are so many projects in it that it may be hard for the relative outsiders and even people in the space to figure out which of them are truly important and promising. Here, I will try to add my 5 cents and draw attention to a bunch of crypto undertakings that those interested in crypto do not want to miss.

I will start with my list of three favorite projects: RChain, RealT and Etherisc.

RChain and the Quest for Scalable Distributed Compute

A brainchild of computer scientist and mathematician Greg Meredith, RChain is a public blockchain platform running on mainnet. In some ways, it is similar to the eventual Ethereum 2.0, as it features proof of stake consensus and sharding, as well as a Turing-complete distributed computation layer. However, there is also a difference that could make all the difference. …


If you had asked many people in the crypto space (including yours truly) in 2016 if Bitcoin would retain its overwhelming market dominance four years later, the answer would probably have been no. I would have told you that, even compared to Ethereum, Bitcoin was not innovative enough, if not too conservative, and that other blockchains would eclipse it pretty soon.

And yet, here we are in late 2020, and Bitcoin is still far ahead of the pack, despite having retained its very cautious approach to development. Perhaps, the main reason for this is that none of the competitor cryptos (despite their communities’ seemingly higher willingness to experiment) has managed to actually achieved higher adoption than the pioneering blockchain and cryptocurrency. …


Abstract

After the initial reluctance to recognize the aerosol transmission route as being of any significant importance in Covid-19, the scientific community seems to have settled upon the idea that it has probably been important in certain indoor superspreader events. …


Many people in the crypto space believe that decentralized finance, or DeFi is the industry’s best candidate for the killer app at the moment. Indeed, the amount of cryptocurrency locked in DeFi has quickly skyrocketed to almost $3.5 billion from just $1 billion a year ago. DeFi-generated transaction activity has even succeeded in bringing Ethereum back to the congested state in which it last found itself two years ago.

However, when one looks beneath the surface of the DeFi boom, one will notice that what is actually driving the bonanza is the particular form of staking first dreamt up by the team behind the Compound protocol. In this arrangement, both lenders and borrowers are rewarded in the protocol’s governance tokens for participating (especially, locking crypto within the system). Its result has been a peculiar situation in which the bulk of the DeFi transaction activity is aimed exclusively at generating more governance tokens, often from several protocols simultaneously. …


When one follows the public discussion about the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, one increasingly gets the impression that there are only two alternatives: shutdowns or masks. Either everyone is made to wear the latter, the logic goes, or governments will have no choice but freezing the social life.

Although these measures appear very different at first sight, they have certain important commonalities. …


Do you remember how a week or two ago, the major media were breathlessly reporting on the scary new outbreak in the South Korean capital? The Korean authorities had supposedly rested too happily on their laurels, allowed even nightclubs to reopen and paid the price for their nonchalance. Or at least so the predominant narrative went.

It all started during the night between May 1 and May 2 when a 29-year-old man infected with SARS-CoV-2 visited several nightclubs in the Seoul area. …


The grotesque failure of the most widely cited epidemiological models to correctly predict the dynamics of Covid-19 epidemics (that this author has documented quite early in the Lombardian case) raises the question whether many areas of science today are not too much focused on modeling at the expense of actual understanding of the processes that are being modeled. …


In my previous article, I looked into some recent research on influenza transmission and raised the possibility that a similar pattern of transmission hypothesized for it may hold for SARS-CoV-2 (SCV2). …

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Daniil Gorbatenko

PhD, economics (2018) from Aix-Marseille University, independent blockchain adoption consultant based in Aix-en-Provence, France, Email: daniilgor2004@gmail.com

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