Four short links: 26 January 2018
Bitcoin, Ted Nelson, Constraint Modeling, and NLP
- Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble (Steven Johnson) — a fine exegesis of the thesis that blockchain tech is a return to the open-to-innovation protocols of the early days of the internet. Right now, the only real hope for a revival of the open-protocol ethos lies in the blockchain.
- Ted Nelson on What Modern Programmers Can Learn From The Past — We thought computing would be artisinal. We did not imagine large monopolies. We thought the Citizen Programmer would be the leader.
- MiniZinc — a free and open source constraint modeling language. See also Hakan Kjellerstrand‘s page on it. (via Hacker News)
- How to Solve 90% of NLP Problems: A Step-by-Step Guide — with an interactive notebook!