OurSpace

A distributed alternative social media system based on RSS over IPFS and using BitTorrent to distribute media attachments.

Use something like ENS to resolve usernames to a wallet public address and corresponding RSS feed file of their posts.

People could easily restrict their feed to only be viewable to friends, like how TOX works, and then they can subscribe to RSS feeds they’re interested in from friends, podcasts, etc.

Taskflow

Is service oriented architecture that takes input in the form of natural language requests and create threads sort of like pendings and then tries to solve the requests

Their class can also be programmatically entered. For example download the latest episode of some TV show. And then it has to go find it and download it and categorize it.

Rogue Planet Dream

I had a dream and wanted to write it down. Maybe eventually I will work this into a short story.

 

an asteroid is discovered on a long elliptical orbit that passes several potentially habitable worlds. The gravity on the asteroid is close to Earth normal. Humans decide to colonize it in order to drop colonies on those habitable worlds as it passes them before it circles back around the earth.

Everyone seems to think good things will be different there but in reality all the same problems follow us. Some people think it must be sent by God. Others think this is absurd and it should be a reason for us to leave those kinds of ideas behind.

Crime and capitalism and neo-fascism and everything else show up in short order. The same old tensions and violence quickly emerge. We come to realize that the reason our problems follow us is because we haven’t really addressed them. We keep thinking new situations will finally help us move past them, but until we really address the fundamental issues, we can’t move past the problems they cause.

One of the more interesting examples

While I was camped out, another group showed up really close to me. I felt unsafe because better than were taking the normal pandemic precautions. Also it seems like they intended to rob me or something. I was able to rouse some neighbors to come to my aid. This drove off the sketchy people but created new rifts and political alignments in the local population. We found solidarity and at the same time we found division.

It would probably be better to describe it as a rogue planet. It could even be something very earth like. Some cataclysm happened which knocked it out of its orbit. We could find traces of life. It has oxygen so we can breathe. It has natural heat from tidal forces and radioactive decay. All it’s missing is light from a star.

It should also be a commentary on sustainability. The rogue planet passes by maybe 20 or earth like planets over the course of 30 years before it comes back to Earth. We send two dozen reusable rockets full of colonists to land on the rogue planet. Everyone has to figure out how to survive for 30 years while we wait for a planet to be dropped on.

Permaculture and radical sustainability become an ideological assumption. Inequality emerges as different groups have different degrees of success with subsistence. The rockets are privately owned by a small group of super rich people who are doing really well compared to the colonists who are mostly left to fend for themselves during the wait.

Communal Effort

In my capacity as regional co-chair of Burners Without Borders, I once asked some of my peers if there is a manual somewhere for how to respond to disasters. That’s what we do. We respond to disasters and provide things like shelter and critical infrastructure. Unfortunately there is currently no repository of tools and strategies for responding to disasters.

Since this is so closely related to my other projects NomadPedia and Resource-Sovereignty, I decided to try to take on building a blog about what we’ve done in the past and what has worked well. This will hopefully become a tool for those who are responding to these kinds of disasters in the future, and a living document that we can continue to develop and update as we continue to work on providing shelter and infrastructure to disaster areas around the world.

 

Check it out at https://communaleffort.org

NomadPedia

I have done a great deal of personal research and interviews with people in experimental and improvised communities about how they address individual-scale solutions to infrastructure problems.

I’ve taken countless pages of notes and countless photos of the examples. As regional co-chair of Burners Without Borders, I am also working on deploying these solutions at homeless camps throughout the San Francisco bay area.

This project is about working on compiling all of this into a simple set of categories which will hopefully make these solutions more accessible to people who are trying to learn how to solve these problems on an individual-scale.

 

Check it out at https://nomadpedia.org

Resource Sovereignty

This is a project I’ve been working on for some years which is slowly evolving with experimentation and research. The basic idea is that small groups and communities should be able to reach a point where they can provide for their own needs without new inputs and while managing and minimizing their outputs. I call this idea resource sovereignty.

The idea is more than sustainability, resiliency, permaculture, arcology, etc. But it incorporates parts of these ideas plus more. The basic idea is that communities should not need anything from the outside in order to survive, and they should be able to live in a way that will keep working indefinitely.

Earthship Biotecture is very close to this idea but they are not really feeding themselves and they are not solving problems like internet connectivity and radical water reuse. They are still relying on inputs from the outside for things like water, comprehensive nutrition, and they are not controlling and managing their outputs to the degree that seems necessary in the long-term.

My other project NomadPedia is looking at how to solve infrastructure on an individual-scale. This project in contrast is looking at tribal-scale and community-scale solutions to these problems, and more from the perspective of staying in one place rather than constantly moving around.

Check it out at https://resource-sovereignty.net

Session 2

  • Review Article
    • Objections raised by author
      • Computers are merely “serial” but brains are “parallel.”
      • Computers are “digital,” but brains are “analog.”
      • Computers cannot generate emotions, but brains do not generate emotions.
    • Definitions
      • Parallel vs serial
      • Digital vs analog
    • Cognitive science
      • perceived gap in research areas:
        • no science of cognition
        • no systematic exploration of central questions
      • The scientific study of cognition, involving a domain of investigation and a set of procedure for studying that domain.
    •  Cognition
    • Computation
    •  Empiricism
    • Introspectionism
    • Associationism