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…


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


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…


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…


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. This paper puts forward additional lines of evidence suggesting that the aerosol route is not just indispensable for explaining such events but is the dominant transmission route of the disease. We also turn on its head the main objection to the aerosol route’s importance, namely, that it would imply much larger spread than what has so far been observed. …


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…


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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. They are both sweeping, superficially plausible and easy to impose on the population as a whole by government decree. They create the impression that something really is being done. …


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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. Several thousand people were potentially exposed. …


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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. Epidemiology is certainly not an exception in this regard, my own field of economics is replete with the same kind of modeling, where the only reason for the extremely distortionary assumptions is that practitioners desire to do models. …


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). As a quick reminder, influenza researchers have recently found that a much smaller dose of virus was needed to infect people if it was delivered in the aerosol form than if they were inoculated intranasally. More recently, other researchers conducted a human challenge study in which they split a group of volunteers into the donors who were to be infected directly and the secondary attack group that was to…

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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