A Self in True

If you treat people like a criminal, they are likelier to realize society’s cruel delusion for them
If you trust people, they are likelier to achieve their dreams of fear’s oblivion

In an ideal world there would be no reward for good behavior & no punishment for bad behavior, so that good behavior would only come from true & sincere good intentions, and would never lose its meaning as a signal that can be faked to indicate good intentions where there are none.

In our third dimensional world, there is always a reward for good behavior, a punishment for bad behavior, and sometimes vice versa

The only way to live a saintly life is to never seek a reward for good behavior, which would be the life of a martyr. Given the tragic appeal of the martyr, this might sound like an ideal, at least an ideal to seek, if not to find.

However there are two types of people who become martyrs, the selfless, and the abandoned

Most will attribute the martyrs they see to the abandoned, for fear of being asked to become a martyr

Happiness is the best way to sell your system, as our corporate titans have discovered. A true martyr is a traitor to their system, because they failed to find a way to sell their system to the average person who wishes happiness for themselves.

A martyr is someone who wishes everyone to follow their unhappy path; a leader is someone who can find happiness in nothing but the well-being of their fellow man.

A martyr is not your friend; a martyr aspires to divinity at the cost of their system.

The best way to kill your system is to place suffering in your hall of virtues, until it drowns out all those virtues that could sell it.

If you know something is true, you will find a way to be happy with it, otherwise you would betray the system you’ve accepted as truth and consent to regression, abandoning the hopes of others inhabiting the same system who you might have befriended.

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Innovation Types

Some types of innovations are predictable –

Innovation Types

1. Imminent

Imminent innovations are easily intuited or already known solutions to problems that haven’t been built yet due to demand, logistical, scientific, or technological limits.

Example: inexpensive blood sample analyzer; this is an obvious solution to some known & understood issues in the health & insurance industries but hasn’t been fully developed yet.

2. Combination/Interim

Interim solutions are time-sensitive & use existing, known, understood technologies to solve existing, known, & understood problems.

Example: peer-to-peer driving services like uber will only be in demand until self-driving cars arent widely used, after which the product will need to become a sharing/rental service of the self-driving car rather than a transaction between a driver providing a service & the rider. Uber uses existing technologies (cars, peer-to-peer markets, apps) and is a combination of these technologies that is going to be useful for an interim period while we wait on the technology of reliable self-driving cars.

3. Multi-faceted

Innovation that solves multiple problems & alters the shape of the problem space so that new problems must be addressed.

Example: the innovation of news platforms that provide content multiplied by the social aspect of comments, which interim-solved the problem of news bias & had a part in revealing the problem of comment spam, trolls, and so on.

4. Insight-based

Consists of a new technology that may be a combination of existing technologies that reveals an insight; may also be multi-faceted innovation but has fewer unforeseen consequences than most multi-faceted innovation because it’s based on a realization of truth which empowers more intelligent solutions. Insightful solutions usually inspire other innovations in that industry.

Example: vote-based content platforms like Reddit don’t count votes that come from direct hits to a comment page, making it more difficult for people to ask their friends to vote up their comment. This technology is based on the insight: we should anticipate problems based on the incentive structures we create & build solutions for those problems into our product. This insight may have inspired other advancements in fraud-detection.

I’m using ‘insight’ to mean a link between concepts. the insight above links the concepts of signals (the votes for a comment), mimicking (falsification of the votes by mimicking the real thing), incentives (motivations of comment voter & the developers who build reddit & the people using reddit to find content), expectations (we expect people to act according to incentive structures most of the time), and patterns (the developer identifies a pattern in user behavior and uses it to solve the problem of faked comment votes.

5. Cross-disciplinary

Innovation that invalidates innovations in other disciplines.

Example: the internet invalidated certain aspects of legal frameworks because the legal framework didn’t evolve at the same rate as information & networking technology.

6. Abstract innovation

Consists of a new technology that can be applied to build a solution for any problem.

Example: machinery, data storage, networks, standardization, simplification, statistics, compartmentalization, collaboration, systems

Any of these innovation types can be disruptive but the higher types are likelier to disrupt an industry. Imminent & interim innovations can be intuited by analyzing what problems people have (like by gathering data on what people are complaining about on social media or otherwise identifying systems that have not been optimized) & using existing technologies to build intuitable solutions to those problems. The higher types of innovation require understanding of that industry or another industry whose patterns mimic the other enough to provide a useful framework of understanding. The final type of innovation requires understanding of what I call Abstract City – the network of abstract concepts.

Do you think it’s worth investing in an algorithm to programmatically identify the final type (abstract innovation)? Do you think we’re ready for the rate of change that automated abstract innovation could bring about?

Some of these innovation types qualify as discoveries, where there is an asymmetry between the truth & what we know, and others qualify as perspectives, where the truth is distorted because each perspective rewards its hosts’ incentives.

Ultimately I don’t think innovation is real in the sense of being time-independent; each innovation chips away at the perspectives distorting the underlying truth in the abstract network and is an interim step toward its revelation.

On Teamwork

instead of different people tackling different problems, we tackle the same problem to see who has the best solution in a competitive marketplace, which results in an optimal solution eventually, but the same amount of time could have produced solutions to different problems
which may be suboptimal without peer review, but on further edits by the original problem-solver i think theyd achieve the optimal solution on their own
and because multiple people are working on the same problems, we waste time on meaningless discussions about standards when a clear decision on the matter could have saved a lot of time from the beginning
its the same principle driving the development of different languages, which accomplish different things optimally
we use python for data analysis, php for site delivery, bc theyre good at different things


people try to consolidate everything in a competitive marketplace, which wastes time on streamlining different tools when developing the tools to optimize the tasks theyre good at would result in optimally powerful tools
i think about the impact of different companies tackling different problems instead of every company tackling the same problem and it hurts my soul
google keeps doing this; theyre developing their own competitor to uber now
in my analogy, each company corresponds to a tool/language
instead of each company trying to do everything or each language trying to do everything, they should specialize and be good at one thing, then work together & share their solutions to build a thriving environment of optimized products/tools


if the original developers of languages had invested more time planning and had coordinated with each other, i think they would have arrived at this conclusion too, and we wouldnt have languages like java and php which have a lot of functions in common


When the right to speak costs too many lives,
When the freedom to love, too many scars,
When balance is exiled from your games,
And context from your rules,
When assumptions drown out your conscience,
When beliefs are passed around your broken,
When conversation buries truth,
When virtues betray the book,
When stories never end,
When weapons are the dream, and blood the tribute,
When a question can silence,
When a fact can own,
When the ideas speak for themselves,
When uncertainty’s touch riots on the street,
When a word is the enemy,
When statistics deny dreams,
When you turn your back on fear,
When freedom isn’t free,
But your minds are,
There I’ll be

Solution-Friendly Platforms

Platform (n): physical structure or place (website, hand, country, home, belief system)


Given this talk:


My initial reaction:
i wonder if they’ll integrate that with gene expression technologies, to make sure the gene to produce more melanin is switched on. its weird that the process of UV rays activates that and the product of that also happens to have energy potential

when people get older their gene expressions change so maybe once they find a way to keep those active, we can use our existing biological processes to charge our devices without dependence on external resources. of course eventually we will become the device – the merging of two platforms – one made, the other found.


Leading to identifying a trend:

i keep seeing this trend of shifting the platform of solutions – people are developing solutions that place the burden of the solution in a more relevant place according to the context

so to keep people from using certain words in an online forum, they use form validation, which is placing the burden of the solution on the platform being used in that context, rather than trying to solve the problem from a psychological or social standpoint

or creating a consequence for some transgression that is only activated if the transgression has actually occurred

or painting house roofs white to provide a solution to energy use that addresses the problem (energy use in homes) on the platform impacted (the home itself) rather than on external entities that are inflexible, like regulating energy companies and taxes and so on

or designing a bio-plugin that will trigger a painful event on someone who is touching you against your will when it senses that someone’s touch is non-consensual – thereby only punishing those who actually touch you against your will, on the platform where the transgression would occur (your body)

or storing your true thoughts about someone in a place where they might spy on you (email drafts, network access logs) – so they will only find your true opinion of them if they are actually spying on you

Predicting the behavior of monster systems is fun but not useful for short-term solutions, given our current understanding.

What matters then is what platform you choose
If you choose a platform that punishes bad behavior, you’re declaring good intentions

Platforms must be built with problems in mind and solutions in the blueprint.



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