Bunnyhopping is a newsletter about progress! If you’re curious about how humanity has gotten to where it is now, where we might head to in the future and how we can shape this trajectory, you’re in the right place!
The fundamental driver of progress is the phenomenon of increasing returns. It is at the heart of why we live in larger and more prosperous communities than at any time in human history. Achieving these increasing returns requires bunnyhopping to better equilibria! How does this happen?
Part I. By discovering new general purpose technologies which discontinuously improve human wellbeing. The Industrial Revolution came about from a fall in energy prices. Arguably, the Great Stagnation since the 1970s began due to oil shocks causing the opposite of that. The Information Revolution happened because of Moore’s Law.
That’s why I’m curious about the history of the Industrial Revolution and interested in what the next GPT might be! Perhaps the next sphere of life to be altered after atoms and bits will be cells!
Part II. By building social technologies which let us accelerate the arrival of the next GPT and align them with the greater good. Finance is classic example. It acts as a way to codify and keep track of our commitments to each other. Financial engineering is the art of using these commitments to bring about changes in the real world.
That’s why I’m fascinated by the historical role of finance and riveted by the possibilities web3 offers in letting us “codify” commitments literally i.e. in code!
Sometimes I write about other things too, but these are the two main themes of Bunnyhopping: 1. general purpose technologies and 2. social technologies!
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I’m still in the process of migrating over posts from my old blog, so check back in a bit for some recommendations for what posts to start with!