Author Archives: J. M. Korhonen

About J. M. Korhonen

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Why I believe we ought to build a spacefaring civilisation

The successful launch of the Falcon Heavy is a milestone, and it has raised again the important question: should we humans try to create a spacefaring civilisation, even if we could?   This is a philosophical question, and answers to … Continue reading

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My professional opinion as a blockchain researcher: I don’t see the point (yet)

I’ve spent the last 15 months researching the implications and possibilities of blockchains and related “distributed trust technologies” from a business and societal point of view. Sadly, I have to say that I don’t quite get the hype, as much … Continue reading

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Necessity is the mother of inventors: my PhD lecture

The following is the traditional Lectio praecursoria a doctoral candidate in Finland gives to the audience before his/her PhD defence. This one is mine, delivered on 12th December 2017. Esteemed custos, esteemed opponent, ladies and gentlemen! You all are probably … Continue reading

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Finland is the land of personal freedom, and that’s why I love it

On December 6th 2017, Finland celebrates her centennial as an independent nation. Exactly one hundred years ago, the Finnish Parliament finally voted for the motion to sever all ties to the revolutionary Russian government and assume the highest legislative power … Continue reading

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Power and the (European) anti-nuclear power movement

This post contains some thoughts about the history of the anti-nuclear movement and in particular the European anti-nuclear movement as a struggle for power and empowerment; it’s posted here for convenience and as a reference, and as a caution against … Continue reading

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Mutually Assured Economic Destruction: the strongest weapon in the arsenal of the masses

I just understood something profound (to me, very likely not to most others) about Brexit and other supposedly “irrational” decisions by less well off voters. The standard middle-class liberal critique of these decisions almost inevitably includes wonderment why the voters … Continue reading

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Flesh may be weak. Savotta is strong.

In a break from my tradition of complaining about things, a positive post and a recommendation – and about a corporation, no less! Savotta of Finland is one of my favorite companies these days. They make my life better, easier … Continue reading

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