Nothing is for free. We pay for having Google as default search engine too. We pay via ads, and tracking. If manufacturers have to pay to google to use the Play Store, this means Google will finally get a substantial revenue-stream that’s not through ads.
The whole free-but-we-pay-via-ads-tax is inefficient and harmful for society.
Blockchain without decentralized proof, wetter through proof of work or proof of stake is nothing less than a distributed, tamper-resistant database.
Both already exist for long time before the introduction of Bitcoin.
The novel thing of Bitcoin was (and only was) a solution to The Byzantine Generals’ Problem. However, for distributed systems (~…
Another profession besides the one you’ve mentioned: musician. To appreciate music, learning to play a musical instrument, sing or otherwise create music is a great way to appreciate music better. Learning the basic skill to program is like learning a few chords on the guitar or tunes on the piano. You might feel far from a musician yet, but it…
Next to having people sign a NDA before talking about your idea, applying for a patent is even worse. Yet quite a lot of people and companies still strive to do that. You not only destroy the capability to innovate, you also waste valuable time and money.
I am not so certain meaningful conversations are rarer than they used too be. Classic and less classic pre-facebook/internet literature is full of stories about characters who merely have superfluous interactions or are annoyed about other people doing that.