🗞️ The Free-Range Technologist 28 📺
From Prof C-June 2022
₿lockchain Game: Now in Italian and German! 🎮
It has been a while since I hit the send button on The Free-Range Technologist. I have been super busy with fantastic programs like LaunchX, the Friends of the Facts conference, and getting up to speed as the new Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Mizzou’s college of business. I’ll send more resources in the coming weeks and months, but I wanted to note that The BlockChain Game can now be downloaded in Italian and German! Details and current instructions can be found here.
📚 Book Review: Build
An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making
by Tony Fadell 👍
Tony Fadell is one of my tech heroes and role models, so I had to check out this book. It worked well in an audio format, and I enjoyed the stories of how Tony recovered from the failure of General Magic (the most significant tech company you have never heard of) and what led him to quit Apple and work on the development of the Nest thermostat.
I would highly recommend this book to technical co-founders trying to manage a startup's business operations and understand the changes that the company and they will have to make as the enterprise grows. That was Tony's intention when writing this book, which is heavily organized with cross references. This book might also interest you if you like the history of business and technology.
If that doesn't describe you, skip the book and listen to this fascinating interview on the Tim Ferris podcast. It is worth a listen for everyone!
Amazon Link: Build.
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📥 Recent Talks 🗣️
I have been fortunate enough to share what I know with others and geek out with some fantastic hosts. Listen below!
Specifically for Seniors
The Alchemy of Politics
Radio Friends with Paul Pepper
How did today's guest, Scott Christianson, manipulate his own voice into sounding like he "hates hedgehogs," something he would never say in real life? (Who hates hedgehogs?!) That and more will be explained as we dissect #deepfake technology!
👨🏫 Upcoming Talks
I will be presenting a lecture about “The Dark Web” to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Oct 7 with Jake Rice. Registration and information about Osher will be available here.
I will be presenting “Is this the Age of Self-Driving Projects? AI and PM” at the Project Management International (PMI) Mid-Missouri Chapter's 2022 Professional Development Conference on October 13 and 14. Registration and more information can be found here.
I will be presenting “Balkanization and Borders in Cyberspace” on Oct 25 (8 pm) and 29th (9 am)for the Trulaske Edge program on Zoom. This program is for MU students, but if you are interested, let me know, and I will get you in! Here is the description:
The Internet seems boundless and borderless when we use it, but national borders define our online experience. How the country you live in incentivizes and regulates internet service providers (ISPs) determines your connection's speed and quality and the degree to which your online activities are restricted or surveilled. All that is about to change as several planetary-scale ISPs are coming online (Starlink, OneWeb). We will explore what defines the borders of the Internet and if we are about to enter the era of the "post-national" Internet.
I will be presenting a lecture about “Managing the Learning machine” to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Nov 4. Registration and information about Osher will be available here.
I will be presenting “Deepfakes and the future of content creation, society, and business” on Nov 29 at (8pm) and Dec 3rd (9am) for the Trulaske Edge program on Zoom. This program is for MU students, but if you are interested, let me know, and I will get you in! Here is the description:
🔗 Links of the Week
If you follow tech news, you might have seen that Microsoft has ended its support for Internet Explorer after a 27-year run. But long forgotten is the web browser that started it all: Mosaic.
I recommend this essay to students starting (aka making) a business, and this is also an article that I come back to when I find that I am not making as much as I expected: Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule.
From my friend John H, who forwarded me an article from the New Scientist about a meme that has been circulating for 80 years or more, along with this video:
And finally, a tweet for all my scholarly friends:
As always, be sure to hit reply and tell me what you have been up to, what you are reading, and what neat stuff you have discovered lately! I always look forward to getting responses from you all, hearing about what you have been creating recently, and the resources/lifehacks you are using!! And thanks to all of you for subscribing and sharing your insights!