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Claude Shannon, a groundbreaking polymath, a brilliant tinkerer, and a digital pioneer who constructed a fleet of customized unicycles and a flamethrowing trumpet, outfoxed Vegas casinos, and built juggling robots. He also wrote the seminal text of the digital revolution, which has been called “the Magna Carta of the Information Age.” (his wikipedia page)
Oh, and he once had a photo spread in Vogue magazine.
I first heard about Shannon when I was in university and my lecturer compared to the next Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton. I was always interested in stories about him as he managed to have lived almost completely separated from the sort of “validation loop” that so many of us end up being stuck in.
This amazing article covers 12 things that the writer learned after spending 5 years researching the life of Claude Shannon.
When Elon Musk launched Tesla Powerwall, the whole world went crazy over it. If you watch the video, you will see than Musk's style is the complete opposite of Jobs.
Jobs is known for being confident on stage - while Elon is fidgety. So, what actually worked? Find out the elements that made it into the best Elon Musk's pitch, so far.
Although Bruce Lee is best known for his legendary legacy in martial arts and film, he was also one of the most under appreciated philosophers of the twentieth century, instrumental in introducing Eastern traditions to Western audiences.
A philosophy major in college, he fused ancient ideas with his own singular ethos informed by the intersection of physical and psychological discipline, the most famous manifestation of which is his water metaphor for resilience.
Find out his thoughts on other areas of life detailed in this writeup by Brain Pickings.
Check out the interesting package redesign process behind Soylent. After 2 years, they manage to create a bottle design that packs over 15% more efficiently in a box, introduces a simple snap cap opening, fits more neatly in your fridge, dents less, and still provides the same complete nutrition you have come to expect from Soylent. Find out more in this article.
Last week, a hacker pulled off the second biggest heist in the history of digital currencies by exploiteing a critical flaw in the Parity multi-signature wallet on the Ethereum network, draining three massive wallets of over $31,000,000 worth of Ether in a matter of minutes. Given a couple more hours, the hacker could’ve made off with over $180,000,000 from vulnerable wallets.
But someone stopped them.
Having sounded the alarm bells, a group of 'white-hat hackers' from the Ethereum community rapidly organized. They analyzed the attack and realized that there was no way to reverse the thefts, yet many more wallets were vulnerable.
Time was of the essence, so they saw only one available option: hack the remaining wallets before the attacker did.
Read the incredible story behind the good hackers vs bad hackers (this has a potential to be a movie!).