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When I Die

Many years ago I decided that when I died I would become cryogenically frozen when I died.

Of course, that decision carried no weight - the procedure costs more than one hundred thousand dollars, money which I didn't have to set aside.

A couple months ago I walked into Style's living room. Mystery was there.

The Rise of the Attention Economy

On Isaac Lewis

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I've been thinking recently about how time is being replaced with attention as the scarcest, and most important, economic resource. This trend is manifested in a few ways. For example, while twentieth century consumers bought time-saving products, twenty-first century consumers will buy attention-saving products. I'll talk more about the implications of this below, but first, how did we get here?

(Note: this article by Venkatesh Rao provided a lot of inspiration for the following post. He's more than a few levels above me in writing/thinking skills, so if you enjoy this post, I'd suggest checking out his).

The attention economy is a product of the information revolution. In their time, the industrial and agricultural revolutions also created new economic orders. There have been many revolutions, but these were the only three that changed the fundamental nature of wealth, scarcity, and growth. Between them, these three revolutions split economic history into four distinct phases.

"I store meat in the belly of my brother."

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