Karl Ranna

Thoughts about the distributed future, philosophy and life



Pull the trigger


The answers we’re looking for are usually right in front of us… but we have doubts – we are not sure. We look for more information, but deep down we already know what has to be done – we often just don’t have the courage to pull the trigger. It’s not easy, but it’s quite simple.

The rock solid marketplace


It’s inevitable that someone will build an unstoppable marketplace. It’ll be something that cannot be taken down using technological controls because even the creators don’t control the evolution of it. The code will be open source – anyone can copy and launch their own version.

It’ll be peer to peer to prevent central points of failure. To incentivize all involved parties the value transfer will happen on open censorship-resistant distributed ledgers.

The control of these systems will be political since everyone is responsible for the software they run. It’ll be interesting to see how this will play out.

The user experience is bad


It’s a subjective statement. The question becomes… bad user experience for who? What are you trying to accomplish? What are your use cases?

If you’re mostly speculating with the technology and not really using it then yes – the user experience is bad. On the other hand, if you’re using the technology as your life depended on it for the essentials (food, water and shelter), then the question becomes… does it even work? It does? Perfect – the user experience will catch up.

Things that hurt us


Things that hurt us are in many places around us. We usually don’t notice them because the effect they have is seemingly so small, insignificant. It’s playing the long term game. The results are gradual, yet powerful.

What are the things that that you logically know are bad for you in the long run, but your actions don’t care? How can you improve?

We are in a loop


All of us are in some kind of a loop. What is your loop? What is the meaning of the loop we’re in? Is the loop good for us? You either love your loop or don’t.

How does one break out of the loop? You don’t break out of it – you rebuild it, gradually. You can mold it however you like. It’s slow, but a¬†steady process… until we die.

It’s something that I do


Is there something that you do every day? Something that you do regardless of feeling like doing it or not? What is the story you’re telling yourself – in terms of who you are and what you do? Is the story helping you reach your long term goals? Or is it drifting you further away from them?

The small acts that we do every day, the stories we tell ourselves daily – they shape us as we are. Good news is that the stories we tell ourselves can be changed to move us to the right path if we so choose. The right path is the path that feels right to you, personally. The right way for me might not be the right path for you. People are different.

The alternative is to get stuck repeating the same story. Some people enjoy replaying the story that does not work over and over again. Nothing wrong with that. Just a different path.

Better inputs


Watching the screen of your phone too long and often will make your neck hurt. Using the computer too long will make your body sore. Eventually, it’ll cause agonising pain unless you do something about it.

It’s not good to sit the whole day behind a computer. Nor is it healthy to stand the entire day either. Technology has made our lifestyles more sedentary.

How will we communicate with the technology around us in the future? We need better input and output options – something that satisfies our body’s need to move.

Fool me once


There will be platforms that disguise themselves as being open and not centrally controlled. They will most likely even be popular for a while. Sooner or later, as people discover the truth, the story will fall apart. Stories that are not authentic always do.

When (not if) they do the people will discover better alternatives because someone will build them a solution that delivers results and has an authentic story.

The new internet


Yesterday was a sad day for the internet. The EU copyright directive passed.

The original idea of the internet was to connect people, peer to peer. Each user should be able to filter their content. It’s no longer peer to peer. It’s peer to Facebook / Amazon / Facebook / Google / Apple to peer.

As we’re moving closer to filtered down version of the¬†internet, the need for distributed platforms is increasing, rapidly.

Code as law


What is the cloud? It’s someone else’s computer that you rent. It’s a place where privacy goes to die in exchange for convenience. It’s tough to opt out using one unless you sacrifice a great deal on comfort – it’s a sacrifice most people are not willing to make. Platforms of the future will allow people to opt out while maintaining the level of convenience they are used to.

Some people will look for the administrators of the platform to censor the network. To a great surprise – there will be none. It’s just code operating as it was told to. By who? Let’s change the code!

It’ll be open source. Everyone can contribute. A fork will happen if there’s a disagreement – both ideas will get to play out. People, as individuals, will decide which version they choose to run. Most projects will fail. Those that gain community support will thrive.