Question: How have language, metaphor, and fiction shaped synthetic biology, and can we find new scripts to generate other meanings?

1. Meaningless Words aka Buzzwords

The field of Synthetic Biology, similar to Silicon Valley, can be a breeding ground for coded language, jargon, and outright nonsense. Founders, scientists and investors juggle all-too-often-heard buzzwords to explain why the thing they do is just so much more special than all the other things out there. It seems that the Biotech industry has developed a unique culture with its own language. How are “muggles” supposed to understand what insiders are saying and why should they trust them?


Humanity’s Hardest Problem — Climate Change

We are entering a major crossroads in human history: As the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere rises, the impacts of global warming are becoming more evident: Extreme weather conditions, groundwater crisis, glacier melts, and sea-level rise. The climate crisis poses challenges to energy security, food and water security, and public health. The window to solve global warming is rapidly closing.

One solution to the urgent climate crisis is forming a holding company similar to Berkshire Hathaway to allocate the necessary resources towards solving this ultimate challenge. In the following, I will present a framework to help with…

Dapper Labs’ Flow, an NFT platform, could be the next frontier of the blockchain revolution focusing on the consumer space.

NFTs create new digital opportunities

Blockchain is going to fundamentally alter the financial industry and have a major impact on consumers and their behaviors. While cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether are getting more popular and widely accepted, NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are solving a compelling use case of owning rare digital assets.

Unlike Bitcoin, NFTs are used to create verifiable digital scare assets that are not mutually interchangeable. Unlike currency, NFTs can represent specific original artworks or rare collectibles in online games. …

Why Chamath for California is the best thing that could happen.

Chamath for Govenor of California [Credit: Chamath Palihapitiya]

California has been the leading center of tech innovation in the last decades. But instead of improving the living standard in California, it has never been harder to live in the state.

The state is facing an imminent climate crisis, a housing crisis, and on top of it an education crisis. Chamath Palihapitiya promises to tackle these issues as potential future Governor of California.

1. Climate Crisis

A Process for Capturing CO2 from the Atmosphere

Carbon Sequestration

The notion of a “silver bullet” for solving global warming has persistent appeal: “What’s the one big thing we can do?”. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to a multi-layered problem, such as global warming.

Renewable energy and electric cars will not solve the imminent climate crisis alone. We have to go beyond that and use the three obvious decarbonization strategies simultaneously:

  1. Replace existing fossil fuel-based energy generation with clean, renewable sources
  2. Reduce wasteful consumption through technological efficiency and behavior change
  3. Remove carbon by sequestering it out of the atmosphere or source…

Here is a list of potential climate change disruptors that can help us to reduce GHG-emissions dramatically.

Chamath Palihapitiya has recently posted on Twitter areas of the climate change investing landscape that he is following closely. I’ll present few contenders that can become category winners or leaders of each area.

When it comes to energy, software will not eat the world — it will help save it.

After an “educated guess” by Shawn J., the fintwit community started to discuss that Chamath Palihapitiya’s Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. IV (NYSE: IPOD) could potentially merge with AutoGrid.

So, how could AutoGrid fit in Chamath’s vision to build the next Berkshire Hathaway that is focused on technology?

Disclaimer: Base your investment decisions not on rumors only facts. I’m long Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. IV (NYSE: IPOD) since its IPO.

The Electric grid is being disrupted

The trillion-dollar energy industry is undergoing a disruptive transformation. Energy generation is…

The single biggest advantage in investing is having psychological resilience in the face of uncertainty.

No matter how elaborate your investment strategy is, if you can’t control your emotions and don’t act accordingly, you will have difficulties to succeed or as Mike Tyson said it:

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” (Mike Tyson).

Therefore, maybe the single most important question for an investor is to ask: How can I overcome my personal insecurities?

Much of our decision-making is controlled by emotions. Emotion itself is not a bad thing as it is central to decision-making and…

There is no denying that we are living in the “Golden Age of Stock Picking”. This Golden Age is largely driven by three tailwinds: The proliferation of financial news/data sources on the internet (1), the expanding universe of investable disruptive companies (2), and the emergence and popularity of discount brokers (3).

1. Access to Financial Information

It has never been easier to access financial information on the internet. As a retail investor, you can find most of the relevant information about public companies on the internet. Over the last decade, there is an explosion of information on public company’s fundamentals and sentiment data provided by…

Alexander Roznowski

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