October 10 - October 16: WTF SBF?

I’m a little late with this as I’ve been travelling all weekend. Flight delays are always fun, but when mixed with 3 terminal changes, it just adds insult to injury! Oh well.

I had a hectic week trying to get some new teaching off to a good start. I’m enjoying it and find it very self-fulfilling, and the groups I have are really good. I try to have a laugh and a joke with them, all the while pushing forward with the education.

I will be swamped next and will write a little bit of what I’ve been doing then.


I wrote a book list that I published last week. I’ve continued a little with Cory Doctorow’s “The Internet Con”. It’s interesting and does dive into some of the things that have been on my mind recently as it concerns tech as a whole.

If I’m honest, and I think I’ve written before, I’m reevaluating tech and its overall worth to society. I’m still largely positive, but I’m trying to redefine and consider some downsides.

Of note

I’m following with great interest the trial of Sam Bankman-Fried in the collapse of FTX. So far, the defence has been making a pig’s ear of it, and witness after witness (called by the prosecution) has shown how he was more than a naive guy who got in too deep, as he tried to plead through his media tour a while ago. Instead, he seems to be a calculated and ruthless frauder on a hitherto not-seen scale.

The jury will decide, but so far, it’s not looking good for him.

Have a good week.

Matthew Cowen @matthewcowen