Technology & Choice, and SAFE Crossroads podcasts

Technology & Choice, and SAFE Crossroads podcasts
By John Ferguson
About this podcast
Welcome to the Crossroads of Project SAFE, and Technology and Choice podcasts. Safecrossroads covers the technology, applications, ideas and people of SAFE Network, where SAFE stands for Secure Access For Everyone, with the keynote of Privacy, Security and Freedom for all.

Technology and Choice covers almost anything viewed through the lens created by the concepts of technology and choice, taken together.

Your host is John Ferguson, the Simpleton of the Project SAFE, because sometimes it takes a simpleton to ask the right questions. After all, we can't all be geeks.

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In this podcast
Latest episodes
Feb. 14, 2018
I start off this episode sharing a bit about why I'm doing this series on festivals in general and the One Love Festival in particular, and why it's important. Part of this is a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of abandoning existing systems and technologies prematurely, in and effort to use new social systems and technologies to improve on or fix existing ones. There's a balance to be struck. Food for thought. Then I share a delightful interview with Melanie Davenport and her husband, Nick. Melanie and Nick are avid festival goers and share why. They also are vendors at festivals, where Melanie shares her custom clothing creations, Gypsy Spirit Apparel, designed especially for the needs and wants of other enthusiasts. There are specific needs and her adaptation of the technologies she uses is interesting. We also talk about their introduction to cryptocurrencies and the appeal to this community, and how it can help it evolve in desirable directions. It was a great pleasure to visit them in their home and get to see Melanie's operation. See the links below to get access to what she's about. Nick, too. #### Music Bumper music: *Rocket Power* by Kevin MacLeod. #### Links [Gypsy Spirit Apparel]( [Melanie's Facebook]( [Melanie's Etsy page]( [Melanie on Instagram]( [Nick's Instagram]( [One Love Festival site]( [Technology & Choice Subscription page](
Feb. 7, 2018
Christopher Jackson has been making unique and special events happen for a long time and understands the components. We talk about what he's done, why he changed from being a promoter and producer of hip Hollywood parties attended by the likes of Hugh Hefner and his entourage, and others, to producing a different kind of experience that allows for people to connect on a whole different and more satisfying level. We also talk about his part in last year's One Love Festival, and how his technical application will be helping transform it even more as it goes forward. Only hints so far about cryptocurrency integration, but that's coming. #### Music Bumper music: *Rocket Power* by Kevin MacLeod. #### Links [Grateful Generation site](http://www. [One Love Festival site](http://www. [Technology & Choice Subscription page](
Jan. 30, 2018
"I Am" is a technology stack that is evolving to incorporate high tech, to aide a process of personal and social improvement and connection. Our guest, Lucien Vattel, has years of experience in developing technologies to assist in learning and general education. His company (We Are) is partnering with the One Love Festival (see Technology & Choice #26) to evolve the festival experience while working as a proving/learning ground for evolving the I Am tech in a unique social environment. This is a really special episode, as it goes straight in on the Technology & Choice theme. #### Music Bumper music: *Rocket Power* by Kevin MacLeod. #### Links [Lucien Vattel's LinkedIn profile]( [Lucien's TED talk]( [GameDesk video]( [Technology & Choice Subscription page](
Jan. 23, 2018
Modern technology has enabled us to do so many things that were never possible in history. People move more, farther and faster than ever in history. The internet has allowed us to communicate and form relationships with others from almost anywhere. But the impulse for in-person connection with others, the forming of personal bonds, is strong and too often unfulfilled. Festivals of all sorts are exploding in popularity all around the world. These events take many forms, for many reasons. What they hold in common is that they are gatherings of people of common interest, in person, to celebrate community in their preferred forms. In this episode, we talk with Ken Schwenker, a motion picture producer who has gone on to produce a series of powerful events and festivals to help meet that need for true community reconnection. We talk about the rational and technology for putting on such a festival, what the six-year-running One Love Festival is about, and drop hints about other technological innovations to be forthcoming surrounding this year's festival. #### Music Bumper music: *Rocket Power* by Kevin MacLeod. #### Links [One Love Festival](http:// [Leaders Causing Leaders](http:// [Soundcloud feed for Technology & Choice and SAFE Crossroads podcasts]( Subscribe on iTunes under SAFE Crossroads--John Ferguson
Jan. 16, 2018
It was an absolute pleasure to have a long talk with Adam B. Levine about the concept of Value, its core meaning, how we exchange with each other with Value in mind, and how new tools of cryptocurrencies and cryptographic tokens give us options that have never existed before--and, of course, some speculation on the possibilities! There's a lot here, folks. Enjoy! #### Music Bumper music: *Rocket Power* by Kevin MacLeod. #### Links [Soundcloud feed for Technology & Choice and SAFE Crossroads podcasts]( Subscribe on iTunes under SAFE Crossroads--John Ferguson [Subscribe on Twitter](
Nov. 16, 2017
Some more interesting folks at the recent Texas Bitcoin Conference shared some more very interesting projects and activities. This episode we explore: **Spectiv** -- Nick Ravanbakhsh **Grid +** -- Karl Kreder **Cryptoart** -- Troy Ferno **Cryptopods** -- Eric Hoffenbach **Decred** -- Marco Peereboom Once again, huge thanks to Paul and Linda Snow, and all who made the Texas Bitcoin Conference possible. #### Music Bumper music: *Rocket Power* by Kevin MacLeod. #### Links [Spectiv]( [Grid +]( [Cryptopods]( [Cryptoart]( [Decred](
Nov. 9, 2017
I had some great talks with folks at the Texas Bitcoin Conference in late October. This episode: Paul Puey, CEO of Airbitz and the new Edge wallet, on taking the core concepts and success of Airbitz and taking it to a new level of reach and implementation, rebranding as Edge, and making it much more than just a wallet, but a real tool for security. Julian Smith, Pres. and CEO of Blockfreight, about integrating blockchain tech into the vastly important movement of freight round the world. Dhruv Bansal, Co-founder and CSO, Unchained Capital, about why "friends don't let friends sell Bitcoin" and the advantages of borrowing rather than selling an appreciating asset. John Bushe, Pres. and Permaculture Designer for ZeroWaste, about the vast resources squandered in wasteage, the opportunities and benefits of exploiting them, and how blockchain tech is being targeted for integration to improve outcomes. Ernest Hancock, Editor and Chief of the publishing and activist site Freedoms Phoenix, and host of the broadly popular radio show, Declare Your Independence. Ernie was at the conference to network and share the collaborative project called "Pirates Without Borders." Thanks to Paul and Linda Snow, and all who made the Texas Bitcoin Conference possible. #### Music Bumper music: *Rocket Power* by Kevin MacLeod. #### Links [Edge Secure]( [Airbitz]( [Blockfreight]( [Blockfreight on github]( [Unchained Capital]( [ZeroWaste]( [Freedoms Phoenix]( [Pirates Without Borders](
Oct. 31, 2017
At the recent Texas Bitcoin Conference I had a chance to have a long talk with Eric Anderson (hacker-named "Eijah") about his new project, Promether. We cover his history, including a good delve into Demonsaw (a very effective, proven means of anonymous, secure and private communication and file sharing) which has been in use for the last four years. With the experience gained on securing privacy with Demonsaw, Eric is launching a much more ambitious project to deliver privacy and anonymity to the mainstream, making it easy and rewarding to do so. Along for the ride in the interview, with his own questions and perspectives on privacy, is Ernest Hancock of, and the Declare Your Independence radio show. #### Music Bumper music: *Rocket Power* by Kevin MacLeod. #### Links [Demonsaw](https// [Demonsaw wiki]( [Promether]( Twitter : @endsurveillance Email -- [email protected]
Oct. 24, 2017
The SAFE Network is a huge software infrastructure project which is currently in Alpha 2, a network of distributed nodes, hosted on cloud servers for MaidSafe as the many intricacies of the architecture are fine tuned. A future iteration will return to nodes hosted by external participants at home, but Alpha 2 exposes a stable set of interfaces which developers can use learn how the network functions and how to build applications for it. Today we talk with Gabriel Viganotti of Cordoba, Argentina, who is both an independent developer working on apps to run on the SAFE Network, and also a contractor with MaidSafe, working on front-end development. ####Music Music for this episode: *Safe Crossroads Beta*, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes ####Links [Safenet Forum]( [SAFE Developer Forum]( [Safenet Forum thread on Gabriel's wallet app]( [Forum post about ThanksCoin and SAFE Faucet]( [SAFE Network School]( [SAFE Network Wiki]( []( [MaidSafe](
Oct. 17, 2017
With the SAFE Network Alpha 2 release progressing forward with interfaces stablizing, and a stable network to test against, application developers are starting to see and begin exploiting what is possible with such a network when it is ultimately in place. Today we have a very interesting talk with Edward Holst, Software Architect and Lead Developer for a small fintech firm in Sweden. In his spare time he has begun to explore the guts of the SAFE Network and see the huge advantages SAFE will have for hosting the type of Event-Sourced databases he is familiar with. We explore that area of tech, as well as getting a feel for where SAFE is at currently from the perspective of a seasoned developer. ####Music Music for this episode: *Arrival*, an original piece composed and performed by Nicholas Koteskey of Two Faced Heroes ####Links [Safenet Forum]( [Safenet Forum thread on Edward's EventStore project]( [Edward's EventStore github repository]( [MaidSafe site](