Reading news feeds in general

January 10, 2017 19:07

Opening my RSS reader, I see that there are over 3,000 articles to read. And that’s after I wiped out 600 articles by unsubscribing from Lifehacker.

I have observed that I’m avoiding reading any news feeds except comics.

I suspect that I have been trying to stay on top of everything, but the unintended consequence is that I have stayed on top of nothing.

There is more news there than I need to know.

But I do need to know some things. For example, I just watched two TED talks that blew my mind.

Don Tapscott: How the blockchain is changing money and business

Bettina Warburg: How the blockchain will radically transform the economy

I am convinced that they are right. Bigger than the cloud, than AI, than CRISPR, than IoT. And those things are BIG. But the ability to have a secure world-distributed ledger is going to signal the end of many, many things that we have all assumed would probably be around forever.

So, I want to be on top of this and ahead of it, which means clearing the decks.

I still need to stay on top of my investing practice, and several other activities I’ve got going on. And, of course, my day job isn’t going to ask me to be a blockchain expert any time soon. But I think this is going to be enormous, and I don’t want to watch it happen without being involved in it, when I can see it coming so clearly.


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