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Non tutto è perduto. Serve solo un po’ di umanità.

Non c’è bisogno di dire quanto il coronavirus ha trasformato le nostre vite, sia professionali, che personali. Il lavoro e il rapporto coi colleghi oramai è principalmente digitale, le comunicazioni interne sono incentrate sulla sicurezza e il contenimento del danno, le newsletter mostrano gli sforzi delle aziende e di come stanno gestendo la pandemia.

È sicuramente fantastico sapere che lì fuori c’è ancora chi non si arrende e mantiene le corde del business nonostante i tempi duri. Tuttavia, newsletter, notifiche, post sui social con le ultime novità aziendali e le loro strategie per mantenersi attivi possono risultare esempi di “business-centered communication”, cioè di comunicazione incentrata solo sull’operato aziendale. …

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Not all hope is lost. It’s just a matter of humanity.

There’s no need to say how the coronavirus has reshaped both our personal and professional lives. Coworking is now mainly digital, internal communications are centred on safety and damage control, newsletters show the brands’ efforts to cope with the pandemic… I mean, how many of us have received emails even from the café we’ve been to that one time on the other side of town just to get some wifi?

It sounds great to know that there are people out there who don’t give up and try to keep the business running despite the harsh times. However, newsletter, notifications, social posts with company news and strategies to keep alive can look like examples of business-centred communication. That is, a kind of communication mainly focused on their work. …

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Talks of new technologies stealing our jobs are not a 21st-century thing. One could say the kickstart of unemployment fears was the Luddist movement during the industrial revolution in the UK, but we find evidence of technological unemployment even in Aristotle or during the Romans! For instance, in the 1st Century AD, Emperor Vespasian refused to implement a technology that cut the costs of transportation since this could affect employment in the Empire.

Let’s fast forward to the 20th century: the world already witnessed two industrial revolutions and was about to enter the third one. Technological unemployment is a hot topic, so much that, when talking about the prospects of work in the future, John Maynard Keynes foresees a future where machines would take over all labour force by 2030 (that is one hundred years from the day he’s writing) in Economic Possibility for our Grandchildren.

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Arguably, what made cryptos so successful in the first place is the possibility of having a recognised valuable asset without the hassle of complying with banking and legal regulations.

Sure, this wasn’t Satoshi’s main task when he published his whitepaper on the cryptography mailing list at metzdowd.com, but this feature caught much of the attention of investors trying to find new ways to make easy money.

Obviously this brought the ‘market wanna-be’ to be a nest of hackers, scams, and trading of many assets at best bordering on the limit of legality — if not utterly ending up in the drug cartel or worse. …

Whenever it comes to Africa and its potential, there is always a problem attached to it: the lack of actual infrastructures, given all the difficulties Africa has gone through since decolonisation and its consequences in the following decades. How would you address such infrastructural problem in regards to the implementation of an Internet-based, alternative economic system?

Africa has one of the most sophisticated mobile economies in the world. In part, because the fixed-line telecoms and bank branch systems never took hold on the continent. Younger people are more familiar with new technologies and sub-Saharan Africa is home to the youngest population across the globe. As a result, the mobile economy across Africa is set to expand in the near future. GSMA predicts that the market might reach a staggering value of $185 billion by as early as 2023. …

Many of the readers and investors interested in cryptocurrencies and blockchain do the common mistake of picturing them as the same blur, undefined, structural trading system.

However, the reality of facts is quite different: blockchain is a system, a model, consisting in a growing list of records (called blocks), while cryptocurrencies are only one of the uses you can have of a blockchain-based ledger. Blockchain-based apps and technologies can exist for other purposes than merely virtual currencies and trade.

Now, the reader may be thinking: “I clicked on here ’cause I saw ‘China’ in the title, what’s with this lecture-like intro?”. Well, ’cause to actually understand the Chinese strategy on the implementation of blockchain-based technologies — and its openness (and closure) to a brand-new wave of young, digitally native entrepreneurs — one needs to bear in mind such misconception. …

On November 29, 2018, after years of silence, the anonymous creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, gave signs of activity on the social P2P Foundation, when Nakamoto friended another user — Wagner Tamanaha, a Brazilian cryptocurrency enthusiast, according to his about me bio on the social — and posted the word “nour” in parenthesis. The meaning of such a word is still debated.

Some have suggested a possible hack of the gmx email account linked to Nakamoto (satoshin@gmax.com) and that it might not actually be him/her to show activity on the account. …

The hype for blockchain and decentralised currencies does not seem to stop.

The power of blockchain lies in the fact that it does not only have the potential to reshape the financial world but it can also affect the wider social context such as promoting gender equality, delivering a valid alternative to store and exchange money in those areas of the world where traditionally finance failed to supply a solid infrastructure.

Now, let’s imagine that we are dealing with a group of people who have no access to proper, formal financial services.

Traditional banking would tell them to pass through several middlemen and bureaucratic stages to get their money stored in a bank. That means that in the process, not only one must pay a price for the intermediary service, but also needs a leap of faith to trust those people involved in the passages. As a result, people in rural areas might simply give up the process. …

“Boredom drives you to overcome your limits, boy. It fosters imagination and helps your creativity.”

This is what my father told me while walking back home from a day spent at the beach. Living 10 minutes away from the seafront of your little coastal native town also means you are going every day with your parents to the beach everyday, which might actually end up in being bored most of the times while they do their adult stuff.

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Particularly, if you are not able kick a ball straight into a net you’re quite a useless kid in the South of Italy. That is why I spent most of the time with my brother, who also can’t play football, either playing with the sand or in the sea. …

It was an extremely boring night. One of those nights you don’t really feel guilty for lying in bed and staring at the ceiling. Also, London’s winter doesn’t really invite you outside. The cold breeze and the rain were hammering on the window of my miserable room. It was sure I would’ve stayed home that night.

Hence, I did what I always do when I need to turn off my brain for a good fifteen minutes and enter a vegetative state barely necessary not to die: I started to compulsively scroll down my Facebook wall looking for something interesting to read or watch. …

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Marco Rossi

Tech enthusiast and growth hacker. PR and Growth Hacker at Hueval (https://www.hueval.com/)

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