human is the awkward prepubescent phase between animal and machine

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121220 0525

Viens cancel kultūras un “deplatformošanas” aspekts, uz kuru es skatos ar zināmu drūmu gandarījumu, ir “debanking”, proti, banku un maksājumu apstrādes kompāniju atteikšanās apkalpot “nepareizos” indivīdus un uzņēmumus. Prognozēju, ka šis fenomens būs spēcīgs katalizators kriptovalūtu izplatībai, kas manā grāmatā ir pēc noklusējuma labas ziņas, ar to papildus bonusu, ka šādi pašiem kancelētājiem tiks izveidota cieša atgriezeniskā saite starp rīcību un tās sekām.

Pateicoties self-hosted maksājumu un viedo līgumu procesoriem [1][2], šādam procesam nav arī sevišķi jābaidās no spiediena uz kriptovalūtu kompānijām, nedz no sociālās justīcijas krustnešu, nedz “kapitālisma pieskatītāju” puses.

[1] https://btcpayserver.org/
[2] https://github.com/mushroomlabs/hub20


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state: contemplative
sound: Oda Relicta - Holy Alliance: The Crown & The Plough

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The very idea of humans being some sort of natural concept is really going to change. Our bodies will be so high-tech, we won’t be able to really distinguish between what is natural and what is artificial.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution promotional video, World Economic Forum, April 13, 2016

Darām, ko varam.


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state: working
sound: Ides Of Gemini - Constantinople: Reaping Golden

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Trampa ēra izrādījās, pēc jebkurām objektīvām metrikām, mazāk slikta un no iepriekšējās atšķirīga par prognozēto. Baidena ēra izrādīsies mazāk laba un no iepriekšējās atšķirīga par prognozēto. Statistiskais cinisms: sabiedrībā viss* vienmēr regresē uz vidējo. Tas ir viss no manis par nesenajiem notikumiem politikā.

 


* Viss, izņemot leviatānu peldēšanas paradumus un citus entropiskus procesus, sapienti sat.


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sound: Tenhi - Väre: Vastakaiun

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Prediction: Given enough time, blockchains will out-compete and replace most other forms of networks.

Humans are a highly networked species, the first one to network across genetic and geographic boundaries and thus expand its dominion. Networks allow humans to cooperate in an organised manner and to allocate the fruits of the cooperation. Overlapping networks create and organize our society, being the physical, mental, and digital roads connecting us all. Money is a network. Religion is a network. A corporation is a network. Travel and trade routes form a network. Electricity is a network. Of course, the Internet is a network. Ultimately, civilisation and culture comprises a network of such networks.

Networks must be organized according to rules. They require governance to enforce these rules against cheaters and freeloaders. Networks have “network effects”. Adding a new participant increases the value of the network for all existing participants. Network effects thus create a winner-take-all dynamic. The leading network tends towards becoming the only network. The rulers of these networks become the most powerful people in the society. Some networks are run by kings and priests who choose what is money and law, what is sacred and profane. Rule is closed to outsiders and based on power. Many are run by corporations – the social network, the search network, the phone or cable network; closed but (at least initially) meritocratic. Some are run by elites – the university network, the medical network, the banking network; somewhat open and somewhat meritocratic. A few are run by the mob – democracy, most of the current Internet, the commons; open, but not meritocratic, and, generally, comparatively very inefficient.

The XX century created a new kind of network – market networks; open, efficient, and meritocratic. Merit in markets is determined by the commitment of resources. The typical resource-equivalent is, of course, money, which itself is just a form of reified time. Market networks work where there is a commitment of money, otherwise they are just mob networks. Their applications have been somewhat limited, until now. Blockchain is the new invention that allows meritorious participants in an open network to govern without a ruler and without conventional money. They are merit-based, tamper-proof, open systems. The meritorious are those who work to advance the network. As society gives you money for giving society what it wants, blockchains give you coins for giving the network what it wants. It’s important to note that blockchains pay in their own coin, not the common money of financial markets. Blockchains pay in coin, but the coin itself just tracks and quantifies the amount of work done, and different blockchains demand different work: Bitcoin pays for securing the ledger, Ethereum pays for (executing and verifying) computations, etc. Blockchains combine the openness of the Internet with the merit-based modus operandi of markets.

potential blockchain landscape )

To a blockchain, merit can mean security, computation, prediction, attention, bandwidth, power, storage, distribution, content, and so forth. Blockchains port the market model into places where it couldn’t go before. Blockchains’ open and merit–based markets can replace networks previously run by kings, corporations, aristocracies, and mobs with networks governed by anyone with merit to the network, optionally but preferentially delegating arbitrary complex parts of the governance process to formally verifiable smart contracts co-approved by the meritorious users of the network. It’s nonsensical to have a blockchain without a coin just like it’s nonsensical to have a market without money. It’s also nonsensical to have a blockchain controlled by a sovereign, a corporation, an elite, or a mob. Blockchains, therefore, provide novel ways to govern networks, whether for banking, research, voting, law, search, social media, phone and energy grids, or computation and communication in general.


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state: awake
sound: Mentallo & The Fixer - Burnt Beyond Recognition: Radiant

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This is likely true, and most likely worth more thought than it has received so far.


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state: working
sound: Sun Of The Blind - Skullreader: Lord Of Mind

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The SUBNETS approach is directed to advance psychiatry beyond the realm of dialogue-driven observations and into the realm of therapy driven by quantifiable characteristics of neural state. In doing so, the program would create one of the most comprehensive datasets of systems-based brain activity ever recorded. [..] These models will be adapted onto next-generation, closed-loop neural stimulators that exceed currently developed capacities for simultaneous stimulation and recording, with the goal of providing investigators and clinicians an unprecedented ability to record, analyze, and stimulate multiple brain regions for therapeutic purposes.

Tur, kur ES HBP sasniedz izcilību teorijā un progresā uz pilnu smadzeņu emulāciju, ASV BRAIN iniciatīva sola līdzīga līmeņa specifiskākus tehniskos rezultātus ar, savā ziņā, ne mazāk tālejošām sekām.

Jācer, ka Trampa uzbrukumi zinātnei vai nu nevainagosies panākumiem, vai vismaz neturpināsies daudz tālāk par klimatoloģijas disciplīnu (kam tad būtu jāspēj kalpot par buferi un uzmanības piesaistīšanas zonu atlikušajā prezidentūras laikā), jo šī ar augstu varbūtību ir viena no neiroinformātikas un neirozinātnes trim proverbiālajām “Arhimēda svirām”. Izcēlums citātā mans.


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sound: Human Error - Endure Yourself: The Spiral Instinct

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Rather than asking what might remain uniquely human, perhaps we should question what kind of humanity we aspire to become.

/R. C. Wolcott, Nothing: What Will Remain Uniquely Human In An Age Of AI/

If we can create a high-bandwidth neural interface with your digital self, then you’re no longer [a pet for the AI].

/E. Musk on chronic distributed wireless bidirectional brain-computer interfaces, a.k.a. “neural lace”/


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state: working
sound: Triarii - Exile: Emperor Of The Sun

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Šīgada Goodreads apņemšanās – 50 grāmatas.

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state: awake
sound: Headscan - Shaper And Mechanist: Zenith

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Rogozins uztraucas par to, ka SpaceX varētu apdraudēt Krievijas kosmosa programmu. Citās ziņās – izskatās, ka Krievijas kosmosa programma ir tādā stāvoklī, ka Роскосмос tiek avārijas kārtā apvienots ar renacionalizēto URSC, jo, citējot Rogozinu, “[Krievijas] kosmosa apguves industrija kā sektors ir tik nestabila, ka ir vajadzīgs to nodot valdības pārziņā”. Vēl citās ziņās – SpaceX sekmīgi nosēdinātā nesējraķetes pakāpe ir atkārtotai lietošanai piemērotā kondīcijā. Visbeidzot, SpaceX un NASA noslēdz kontraktu par pirmās pakalpojumu izmantošanu astronautu transportam uz SKS.

Mana (pagaidām ļoti aptuvenā, bez varbūtībām vai ticamības intervāliem) prognoze: līdz 2020. gadam Krievijas kosmosa programma būs vai nu sašķēlusies starp bojā ejošu valsts sektoru un uzplaukstošām nevalstiskām kompānijām, vai kopumā sarukusi līdz tikai vietējas nozīmes pasākumam. Abos scenārijos globālā mērogā vadībā izvirzās nevalstiskās kosmosa apguves kompānijas, gan ASV, gan citur pasaulē.


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state: awake
sound: Tenhi - Kauan: Taival
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