In my very first blog post I mentioned that there are other people attempting to build something similar to UTU. I was not very worried as these competitors were not gaining much traction and my plans were to build something quite different.
Now more serious competition has arrived. They have connections, succesfull people, investment money and publicity. They took the classic Ripple, mixed it with Bitcoin and created new Ripple.
I was quite worried for a while. After more detailed study it seems things are not so bad after all. The guys running new Ripple are eminently clever and their overall philosophy matches my thinking very well. Their focus and approach is however quite different from what I am thinking and implementing.
It’s nice to have some pressure driving me forward again. Let’s see how well UTU shall compare against reforged Ripple approach. 🙂
This book is about role of luck and judgement in decision making. There are quite interesting nuggets within, especially regarding studies on human psychology and risk. Still I felt the book to be 95% boring 🙂
Ten years ago I started working with World in a Box, a small software development practice based in Southern Finland. This company makes software for engineers and scientists. Over the years I have worked with WIAB in various roles and capacity.
One software we created is called TreeCreeper. This software was designed with Carlo Ricotta and is used to study certain theories in plant ecology. Annali di Botanica has now published a research paper on TreeCreeper. I am proud to be listed as an author.