The mother of all distortions: Ethiopia's foreign currency peg
Check your ideology at the door Perhaps the biggest economic topic in Ethiopia today is foreign currency. Sadly, much of the discussion arou...
"Attention" and "Transformers" in Large Language Models
Everyone is talking about OpenAI's ChatGPT these days. Here's a very quick attempt to summarize the core idea behind la...
Nile basin mechanism design
Part 1 made the case for GERD in the short and medium term. Now for the really big picture The human population of the Nile basin will prob...
The case for GERD
As the third filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam ( GERD ) goes ahead, we should expect what is now becoming an annual uptick in m...
The 4th wave of Bitcoin FUD
I just came across Why This Computer Scientist Says All Cryptocurrency Should “Die in a Fire” . I can't find any point in there that ha...
And now for something completely different: a fun little probability puzzle. What's the probability that the human race will end some t...
What happened in Ethiopia? Simplistic narrative
My previous posts were deep dives for readers already familiar with the basic facts. Today, I just want to respond to this request: I could ...
Ethiopia and the ethnicity rat race - part 2: history
Part 1 looked at ethnic federalism in Ethiopia through a geographic lens, and showed it has a bug: that it's not feasible to geographic...
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