Mind the gap blog

Welcome to Mind the gap blog, where we explore the intersections of technology, design, society, and open source. Our goal is to contribute to individual and collective intelligence by sharing thought-provoking ideas, insights, and perspectives. Join us as we mind the gap between what is and what could be, and explore the possibilities of a smarter, more connected world.

Why Open Source isn't Profitable  [draft]

In Open Source is not profitable, I explain my thinking that —in a Capitalist Economy—, Open Source has no (financial) added value. What this means is that, when the added Value is measured with the valuation of the total financial assets created or gathered by a company, then Open Source projects and companies deliver an added value close to Zero (or at least, not as fast growing as traditional companies relying on proprietary assets)....

September 21, 2023 · 9 min · Valentin Viennot

Dying isn't as sad as Not living.

Leaving this here for posterity: “Dying isn’t as sad as Not living.” —Valentin Viennot, 2023 I know; death is a sad and probably not the most exciting topic for a post. But you needed to read it. In fact, this post is more about life than death. It’s more of a wake-up call, an invitation even. I’m a firm believer that our life choices are investments that shape the value and meaning we extract from life itself....

July 31, 2023 · 2 min · Valentin Viennot

All we do is invest.

All we are doing is investment. Taking the bus to meet a friend? That’s an investment. Quitting your job to work at another company? That’s investing. Skipping the gym? Bad investment, but still one. Going to bed early? Probably a good investment. So let me give you my best investment advice: spend your time wisely. Imagine you are a millionaire and you are placing your entire fortune into 24 chunks of money every day....

May 21, 2023 · 3 min · Valentin Viennot

The Open Market series.  [draft]

Welcome to the maze of ideas that’s been occupying my mind, only now finding their way to the surface, and to you. I believe that Open Source is now facing an existential crisis and requires a sustainable funding model, and that a decentralized crypto market can provide that solution. This upcoming series of posts truly fits with the vision of the Mind the gap blog. I’ll be writing about a topic close to my heart —Open Source funding—, and directly contributing to my own mission: enhancing individual and collective human intelligence....

May 19, 2023 · 3 min · Valentin Viennot

How to colorize black & white pictures.

If you’re looking to bring a stack of old family photos back to life, check out Ubuntu’s demo on how to use OpenVINO on Ubuntu containers to colorize monochrome pictures. This magical use of containers, neural networks, and Kubernetes is packed with helpful resources and a fun way to dive into deep learning! A version of Part 1 and Part 2 of this article was first published on Ubuntu’s blog....

January 17, 2023 · 9 min · Valentin Viennot