The crypto space is where the idealism of radical socioeconomic theories from the last 150 years can find real application, because ideals such as decentralisation and egalitarianism and democratic rights can be embedded into code and protocols that are resistant to the corruption of human agency.

When Britain’s most famous ghost hunter investigated the Mother of Ghosts.

31 Oct 2022 7 minute read 1 comment Mammal

Helen Duncan   Helen Duncan was one of the most notorious and divisive figures in the chequered history of Spiritualism. A reputation helped in part by her prosecution in 1944 under the archaic Witchcraft Act of 1735 for pretending to conjure spirits...

Preview: a potential mapping concept with POV to complement the Presearch ecosystem

16 Apr 2022 2 minute read 6 comments Mammal

For Presearch to compete with Google, it must not only innovate but emulate its principle competitor and improve upon the Google model in every sense. Decentralised Search Engine Presearch is steadily working toward a fully decentralised search engin...

We are still but a launch code away from Armageddon

11 Apr 2022 3 minute read 2 comments Mammal

As we speak, the Northern Hemisphere is quietly preparing for nuclear annihilation—and as recent events have demonstrated, the end of the Cold War hasn’t put paid to that. Governments may not be bothering with public information broadcasts these days...

Incredible tales from the Cold War—Beware Russians bearing gifts

9 Jan 2022 7 minute read 4 comments Mammal

  the mother of invention   According to Greek myth, only the renowned inventor Daedalus could crack the devilishly difficult puzzle set by King Minos of Crete: how to pass a thread through a Triton shell. His ingenious answer was to drill a small ho...

The Rise and Fall of e-gold: Part V

8 Dec 2021 8 minute read 0 comments Mammal

Part V: … And the law won. Customers weren’t particularly put off by the asset seizures in late 2005 (see Part IV) because during the year immediately following the forfeiture, e-gold bounced back with a record volume of transactions. Nevertheless, a...

The Rise and Fall of e-gold: Part IV

9 Oct 2021 4 minute read 6 comments Mammal

Part IV: I fought the law. Actually, Gold & Silver Reserves Inc.—the parent company of e-gold—although not partners as such, enjoyed a pretty solid working relationship with national and international law enforcement agencies (see Part III). With the...

The Rise and Fall of e-gold: Part III

24 Sep 2021 4 minute read 0 comments Mammal

Part III: The Fall. Continuing from the spectacular rise of the first unconventional method of exchanging value via the internet to achieve mass adoption—e-gold—we now examine its demise. The causes of which had a lot more to do with naivety than hub...

Presearch Just Took A Bite Out Of Google's Market Share

7 Sep 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Mammal

To paraphrase Lenin: There are decades when nothing happens and there are days when everything happens. Presearch, the first blockchain-based alt-engine, has just taken a chunk out of Google’s market share courtesy of the European Commission. Google...

The Rise and Fall of e-gold: Part II

26 Aug 2021 4 minute read 3 comments Mammal

Part II: The Midas Touch. In the early 1990s, another doctor, Dr David Chaum, a computer scientist and cryptographer, had established the groundwork for the first significant centralised digital payment system using cryptographic privacy protocols—eC...

The Rise and Fall of e-gold: Part I

9 Aug 2021 3 minute read 4 comments Mammal

Part I: The Rise. Digital currencies forcing their way into the economic milieu of the 90s was an event not unlike childbirth and just as painful if they fell afoul of the authorities due to any association with criminality. e-gold was an independent...