52 Things I Learned In 2020

Risk: micromorts, microCOVIDs, and skydiving http://interconnected.org/home/2020/09/01/microcovids. Solar energy’s dramatically falling cost https://rameznaam.com/2020/05/14/solars-future-is-insanely-cheap-2020/.

Fun list.

My favorite ones: Cash transfers improved well-being, psychotherapy did not.

This lending app publicly shames you when you’re late on loan payment. Okash, a popular fintech app in Kenya and Nigeria, threatens users to notify everyone on their contact list when you fall behind on your loan payments.

There’s a standard way to understand the relative danger of any activity. A micromort is a unit of risk defined as one-in-a-million chance of death (Wikipedia). For example:

  • skydiving is 8 micromorts per jump
  • running a marathon: 26 micromorts
  • 1 micromort: walking 17 miles, or driving 230 miles

Solar energy’s dramatically falling cost.