We should turn education into a paid occupation

September 26, 2015

We want answers to the economic riddle but before we can have those we have to ask the right question and before we can ask that we have to be some what on the same page. I would like to start with the idea that your money only belongs to you in the sense that no one else should have a say in it.

Money is an inanimate object. If you put a stack of it in front of you it wont grow legs and start building things.

Legitimate economic processes aside for a moment. We could simplify the situation down to 2 people: One holds up a type of contract and claims the other guys labor doesn’t belong to the other guy but is in fact his property. He claims the interest on his 1 million not just makes him the owner of the other guys labor but also that of his children, his grandchildren and so on, until the end of time.

While the victim worker doesn’t have to sign anything, clearly this is already a very reasonable contract? no? It says right here in writing that I own you. Things couldn’t be more obvious?

There are also natural resources that one can purchase with money. We can simplify this to 1 guy and a forest. Here the contract makes him the owner of the trees. As he can chop them down (we assume he is doing the work himself for sake of simplicity) and exchange them for new ownership contracts (money) the size of his budget only determines the speed at which he gets to cut down the whole forest. When all the trees are gone the terms of the contract are not satisfied but after the deed society as a whole owes him even more. If our guy has enough money the interest alone allows him to do this entirely without risk or contribution.

A long story short, money is a contract between people. It only has value if others agree it does. One should wonder if the deal is any good? Keep that what you personally look at as legitimate gains from investments aside for a moment. If those exist or not doesn’t change that people worked for an untold number of generations without accumulating any wealth while natural resources simply run out. After you eat the last cookie the cookies are gone, you might feel you are entitled to 2 boxes of new cookies as the reward for eating the whole box but if we have no more cookies it cant happen. This is not intended to mock anyone, there simply are no cookies left – reality doesn’t care what we think we are entitled to.

Therefore: what should be done with your money is up to everyone involved in the contract. We all want to honor it but there has to be the question if we can. Even in finance, eventually reality does come into it.

This brings us to point 2, that seems best illustrated with a quote:

“They worry, in part, that [welfare] recipients will waste the money spending it on, say, flat-screen televisions, cigarettes, and alcohol rather than nutritious food or school supplies”

Of course it is easy to point out that the poorest people spend their money much more carefully than anyone who has more money than them. If you live on 1 Euro per day and extra 20 cents makes a huge difference. If we ask wealthy people or say top economists what they would do with 20 cents extra they are not even able to give a serious answer. (and neither are you or me)

But there is something much more ridiculous to this *worry*. It strongly suggest we should strip everyone from their money to avoid them “wasting” it on a television. If this was true we should of course start by stripping the most wealthy among us, those who waste <s>their</s> the money on fine wines, boats and private jets. Would we really be that worried what people spend their money on it would be laughable to start implementing MAOism with people who don’t have any. It mocks the (already silly) concept proposed. It would be easier to stop making TV’s because people might buy waste their money on them.

The big “worry” is of course that wealth redistribution of any kind (like say a basic income guarantee) would dramatically cut into the modern slavery scheme. The scheme where one is to work like a slave or face the ultimate punishment. Not sudden death or a bunch of lashes (if only!) but a process of slowly dwindling away, losing friends, your cat, the car, the house and many years of your life if you can call it that and if you still want to live that is.

If we toss you a few bucks at that point you too would want to get drunk asap. What else is there to do for the slave? Buy school materials while living in a card board box by the side of the road? You too would punch the guy who would say that to your face. Smack him with your bottle until he behaves properly.

Much like when government jumps onto your yacht, points at your whiskey and screams: “what?? are you getting drunk now? how dare you! What is that a plasma TV? Have you no shame? how dare you try to enjoy life!” You smack him with the bottle until he shuts up.

The process of excommunication is intentionally slow so that you can contribute to the economy by showing working people what happens if they cant find work anymore. Other civilizations used ritual sacrifice for this.

I would however suggest that there is a real problem with simply providing an income to everyone who doesn’t work. It is not that there is not enough food or that we cant build houses for everyone. The real problem is that a growing percentage of the population would completely uninvolved themselves with that what sustains them. We would end up expecting a tiny group of technocrats sustains us simply because we demand it. Our concept of problem “salving” would deteriorate into waving our fist at it. We already have plenty of that, it hardly qualifies as a solution (if at all).

This is where we are and we are floating towards technological unemployment. Where should we to steer the boat to? What is the answer to the riddle of the ages? Most of our political ideas come from a time that was so different from ours that we can hardly blame the authors for getting something wrong. 200 years ago 99.9% worked on the farm. No one was thinking what if all this is done by robots? 100 years ago people pondered the question but they could hardly envision what we have today.

We all get to take a swing at the puzzle but the requirements your answer must meet are quite unreasonable. It has to be something short and simple so that everyone may understand it while people really don’t have time to listen nor the mental state to ponder the proposal.

My answer would be:

We should turn education into a paid occupation.

Don’t let the simplicity of the answer fool you, it was a requirement.

The idea offers a long term vision as well as short term gains and both poor and rich people should be able to agree about it. We have far to many people competing at the education free bottom of the job market. Many of them could have done better which strongly suggests they don’t belong there. There is no reason to expect physical labor to make a comeback (on the contrary) but would we ever run out of people there we can simply import them from less fortunate places or move production overthere. As long as our citizens are doing well for themselves this isn’t an issue.

As one republican guy rudely noted: if you have to compete for jobs with people who don’t even speak the language you really suck. I would argue that if people have to compete in the job market with people who don’t even speak the language our education sucks. The evidence is overwhelming.

I’m sure many kids think of education as something they have to sit though. They perceive it as something temporary that one just has to survive. We have madly outdated systems that follow methods from ancient militaristic regimes. Imagine a business with the desks positioned like that, with everyone listening to the manager all day. Taking notes etc A platoon of marching soldiers comes much closer to the formula. We do have systems (like khan academy) where the worse student scores 100% while in our schools the best are expected to know about 80% of the material.

The applied formula is just bad then we also put the student on a tight schedule. The schedule begins to divide the citizenry into those who succeed and those who did not and will not. Ohhh that guy who got the flu at the wrong time, he barely made it! To bad for us, now we have to pay for him the rest of his life? It would be cheaper to give him that extra week he needed. Then on the other end of the spectrum we have students sleeping though school. By the time they graduate with high grades they forgot what hard work is. Sure, they work hard compared to everyone else but they cant reach their own potential by sitting there waiting for the slower guys to catch up.

Look for laughs at memory athletes, thanks to simple training they are able to absorb many thousands of times as much information. Look for laughs at speed reading, thanks to simple training they are able to read faster and faster. People doing these 2 sports, much like in any sport, reach a level of ability so high that it looks fake to the rest of us. Why don’t we teach this? If there is any reason it must be some pseudo academic clap trap riddled with lack of expertise about the fields. We’ve all seen them, people who know nothing about a topic but declare themselves an expert on why it cant work.

Sure, it may take a bit more time for some but there is reason to think everyone can reach what is currently considered the highest level of education.

Public discourse, the media, politics, the internet, it will all transform beyond recognition.

How about a diet that contains the necessary resources to actually build a brain? There are no real world examples of building something without the necessary materials. If food should have entertainment value it should come second to nutrition. If one skips things like exercise or exposure to sunlight we cant expect good performance. Do a blood test, take the blood pressure. It should be easy to tell if someone is growing a brain.

As we have phones and internet, teachers can be there for us when we need them. I imagine the right to study at home can be earned. If you fail the trials for some reason you have to show up at school every day of the week until the next trial.

We could argue about the amounts and age but to slap some numbers on it. Above 16 or so we can start paying people for getting educated depending on market demand for their field, as they get older the payments can increase to a decent living wage for good performance (slackers get a bit less) Then at some point a real job should be easy to find where one earns more and doesn’t have to work as hard. If people want to stay in school we can gradually turn them into teachers or homework assistants.

I for one look forwards to a conversation with average people that involves more than just last weeks media propaganda, drugs, alcohol, football, video games, movies, sex, financial drama and 1000 variations of how much [their] life sucks.

It is not by magic that those are the common topics, the media is essentially the enemy of education. Knowingly or not their goal is to keep people dumb so that they can translate things written by professionals into dumb language and sell products in the process. Opinion journalism by nature hates scrutiny. Skilled journalism successfully appeals to the most primitive of emotions to keep the audience as broad as possible. You can’t do much inside the format beyond sensationalism, there is no step by step agenda to teach you anything. You are learning about things by reading articles but any knowledge that doesn’t serve you is part of the problem not part of the solution.

The rise of useless interface design and the humanity killed by it

August 7, 2015

damn, I just remembered in the 80’s I had a clear and specific formula for UI design which I used as an argument why everything was designed the wrong way. I use to attempt to explain it to people but it fell on deaf ears. But now I can barely remember it….

It worked something like this:

Before writing one line of code one should define goals, the highest attainable order of goal is the superior choice.

The highest order is probably something like colonizing the galaxies.

To get there we have a lot of other goals to achieve. Most important of these is to minimize risk. The goal of a stable and robust society that preserves our most precious qualities.

There is no exact order of priorities (goals) but the programmer should always wonder what the parent goal is for his applications.

If the application can be used to accomplish a more generic set of goals it wont be as good as one dedicated to a single one (of those goals) but the sum of the parts may still be the superior choice.

Interface superiority comes in where a person without expertise or experience can accomplish a goal without study, education or reading a manual.

In 2015 normal every day computing we accept as normality that the user should find, chose, install and evaluate an application in order to accomplish some goal fragment of his greater goal.

Would we however flesh out a standard set of goals that people attempted to attain for hundreds if not thousands of years this find, chose, install, evaluate formula is already hurting the user interface to the point where the user doesn’t even know the goal is worth considering. You must think here (first) of incredibly basic things like nutrition, cooking, growing and finding your own food, making and repairing clothing, building and maintaining a house, learning and applying a useful skill, planning and taking notes of ones activities. etc etc The list is by no means limited to those and it should in fact include all human activities but these few make for nice and obvious examples. People dedicated their lives to each one of these activities and they did so far beyond recorded history. There is so much to learn about each one of these that one can never know it all. A sophisticated interface would start by putting these things in the users face and offer to take her by the hand and guide her on her adventure. If the goal is narrow enough the magic of interface forgiveness can be a powerful tool for success.

Analytics is a nice tool but the grand design of things should depend on those who are our most knowledgeable and those who have the most wisdom.

The importance of nutrition is not a statistic derived from the percentage of people who still care about the topic.

We should forcefully confront the user with the topic so that she may actively ignore it. Then, when a 20 second window of curiosity becomes available, the programmer should go out of his way to fit the maximum amount of valuable information into that 20 second attention span. The application should not be overwhelming but draw the user into the process. The programmer should go out of his way to maximize the users empowerment experience. We all know that good applications can do this for us.

In school I always hated topography with a passion, I thought it was the dumbest thing to memorize lists of country names and capital cities, it went in one ear and out the other. This makes a great example because I was among the most willfully ignorant students of the topic and I had the lowest grades that one can imagine. Then, much later in life, I “accidentally” installed Google earth and found myself spinning the globe in sheer amazement. Over a tiny set of very short sessions that felt free from any kind of study like qualities I came to know the countries and big cities but amazingly I even know how to find some tiny villages that captured my curiosity. I see a country fully encapsulated by South Africa with tiny villages on a mountain summit. Strange lines that look like an ancient irrigation system spanning an unimaginably huge area on the border between Namibia and Botswana. I roam around Sidney and New York using street view. I see myself look up the famous Russian village of Kolionovo.

Google earth did not arise out of tweaking an application based on user click though rates but it wraps and builds on many areas of expertise. But what is the real goal here? It seems to aim to show the world which is nice but a superior goal would be to interact with her. I could easily envision a more passionate relationship between me and my world that the kind between an actor and someone watching a movie. Lara Croft is very pretty but if she wont go out with me I will have to let her go. Sherlock Holmes seems like a fascinating guy but if I cant have a discussion with him our interaction wont attain the level of enlightenment I deserve.

In life the bottom line should not be to make as much money as possible but when designing a product one should ponder what kind of people we want to create.

The carrot and the stick are used to condition the donkey but they have as much influence on their user.

We might think that successfully controlling a character in a video game merely offers instant gratification but your influence on that character is of little importance compared to his influence on you.

Even just the tiny barrier of finding, choosing, installing and evaluating other applications accumulates to a full blown prison where the user does nothing else.

Building on what one knows he shall be more tempted to find a new game than to engage in any of the serious activities that our ancestors rightfully deemed so important.

I know I know, “fuck, I don’t know anything about gardening” but if we simply remind you it exists and offer those valuable insights when you need them a good bit of software could take all of the cognitive pain out of the process leaving you nothing but the work to do. Not even the greatest specialized expert knowns all the thousands of different onions and neither you nor him really needs to know that. It would be a fun novelty to include the data set some day but the general goal should be to have available to you a set of correct choices for your climate, soil and the amount of sun in your garden, the ways to obtain them, instructions to nurture them and of course the big question if you want to grow onions at all.

The mindless clicking around should need not be less enjoyable than playing a video game but the long term gratification and sense of accomplishment shall far exceed any amount of candy crush.

No doubt one skilled in the arts can design a dress in ms pain, gimp or blender but these applications are not going to forgive you for anything. It really shouldn’t have to involve more than measuring your sizes, picking your fabric and tweaking some templates. You may print your designs and make the dress yourself, you can email it to your mum or a professional tailor.

There is no reason why a carefully crafted application should require the user to have any expertise. Arguably, if anything goes wrong repeatedly it is always the programmer who is to blame. While they are no substitute for goals statistics and feedback are important here.

Maintaining a house is not some fringe exotic activity but in the “every man for himself” setting we end up using google to find well intended but poorly researched articles. A dedicated application would be wonderful but if one has to go find it first the “marketing” funnel will burn 99.9999% of the users of houses before installation and the features will be gawd awful.

If the icon was always there the user can feel empowered just looking at it. If his place needs a pain job it should take no time at all to learn about the different kinds of paint and if everyone is using the tool every paint merchant would want to streamline this process as much as possible. If things are rotten beyond the powers of paint there are logical steps to progress that can be illustrated and purchased. The software can accomplish much more and in contrast with a construction company it has endless patience. You can show of your results to friends and future house owners and view real world examples.

It can be hard for overworked deprived people to get into full system engineering for the greater good. Hell, knowingly or not, most people on the internet seem to aim for a world as sadistic as possible. But even if your soul desire is to exploit others you may consider giving others the means to flourish before exploitation. You may hate the idea that future generations would learn skills and obtain wealth in the end your quality of life depends entirely on theirs. The only type of joy left in the doctrine is to see others suffer.

It shouldn’t be as hard as currently imagined to have a pre-installed driving simulator that kids can use to become competent pilots of motor vehicles. Experienced drivers may want to learn how competent they really are, brush up on their skills or learn to pilot ever bigger vehicles – on land, on water, under water, in the sky and in space.

Trust me, simulators can do a lot more than teach you how to shoot people in the head or cut monsters in half with swords. Real life rewards are not looted from zombies and skills are not acquired by killing zombies for X hours. Ingame items are only valuable if you live inside the game. That might seem a silly statement but the numbers don’t lie, millions play games 24/7 only to be defeated by those who “miraculously” obtained better items, higher levels and greater skill. Things that can only be accomplished by superior dedication. Working people who dedicate every free hour to the game are left far behind and are not as easy to quantify but we can be sure they exist – millions of them. Non of these people are interested in any of those real world activities our ancestors filled their whole lives with.

The metrics, or shall we say leadership-free economic circle jerk where everyone is looking at everyone else has it-self completely convinced that gaming is the future, it is what we should invest all of our money in. No doubt we can study the brain to design the most addictive entertainment formulas. It shouldn’t be to hard to see what kind of silly goal that will accomplish in the long run.

The Walkman, the mp3 player and the smart phone already created a new kind of person, one permanently unavailable for social interaction. I’m not referring to interactions with me but interactions between all people. If the barrier is already to great for someone actively trying to talk with a person then the combined barrier between 2 such isolated people is just going to prevent the whole thing.

If applications are not designed around goals there wont be anything worth talking about.

The reason for us to talk or the goal of talking is to exchange information to aid in our survival. This isn’t as mundane as it sounds. Imagination plays an important role in shaping our vision and all these different kinds of entertainment combined with comfort allow us to dream like never before. That is until we remove the goals from the equation, then you one day wake up and you find yourself surrounded by brain eating zombies.

I welcome your skepticism and I’m sure you can find ways to disagree at least some things written here if not trivialize the whole concept. You might not be impressed by our understanding of the brain nor our ability to monitor it and obtain the statistics on how successful we are at locking you into pointless applications. You might even think that we wont make any progress in that field.

But I assure you, when we lock mankind into virtual reality it can be as potent an agent towards utopia as it can be towards dystopia. You might think you are slaying the zombies fast enough but they will slowly eat your brain from behind. Your arms extended in front of you your vocabulary will reduce to basic grunting. Even ordering food wont require any language.

Are you, dear reader, you self respecting programmer, are you a visionary or a zombie master? It is all up to you, are you going to nurture or eat the brains?

The biological network in the technology race

July 3, 2015

I was watching this short video

Fascinating stuff. The evil of technology is in that we *have to* learn. We have no choice. We have to anticipate the problems to the best of our abilities and address them in time or face incredibly harsh punishments. When nature unleashes the punishments it is often not known if we could have done something but it isn’t rare for the solution to be sitting there on the shelve for years without anyone caring what it is. If we don’t understand the situation we cant understand the problems or the solutions.

Take where it is argued that the automobile didn’t mean we all have to be engineers. He portrays the automobile as a single component. The invention was not the chair, it was not to put wheels on carts, it was not new to move cargo on a vehicle. The invention he is really referring to is the combustion engine. A better context would be engines in general. Everything from wind turbines, water wheels, steam and pneumatics to electric, gas and petrol engines. At first slowly but then increasingly rapidly we’ve replaced human labor with these powerful prime movers.

If people are not familiar with how these things work they wont understand how the world around them functions. Just like we have today it can only result in a society where billions are detached from reality. We need all of those people to govern themselves, we need for their opinion to be valuable. If they are unfamiliar with that what sustains them others can tell them any amount of stories and they will believe them. Self governing ends right there.

Take the electric car, it was invented in the early 1800’s and it held all speed records up to 1900. This while I suspect most people think the automobile was invented in the early 1900. People continued to build electric cars but lying to the general public  prevailed up to today. The first electric train was from 1879 the first electric tram in 1881. Trains with combustion engines are useful but electric magnetic levitation trains are that much more efficient and that much faster.

You have to think of an automobile as an indivisible unit to think that a tram or a  train is something different. It might be worthy of a special name if you put just 5 chairs on it and rubber bands over the wheels but to argue that this is the point where electricity stops being a viable solution is completely silly.

We use our many types of engines all over the place. To cool your computer, to mow the lawn, to open the garage door and to propel the industrial revolution. Today robots and artificial intelligence are playing an ever increasing role in society.

If it was true that people don’t have to understand any of it we will soon be reduced to a kind of pet in the most literal sense. Fast forwards a bit to the point where machines do everything, they hand us food and make our bed, shave you, put on your pants. From the other end, like with electronics, car engines and processors corporations will seal the components into lego like building blocks while promoting the idea that you should not know how things work.

If we are not careful we really can (and will) build a society where nothing is for you to know.

To take the amazon example. If everyone had a basic understanding of the technology we would have build a distributed system where the book store would be a node in the network. With a basic understanding it would be entirely obvious that a central control for profit at the expense of librarians and other literature professionals is undesirable.

As a direct result of our mistake Amazon purchased those nice little warehouse robots making them unavailable for everyone else.

They’ve hired part of the small group of people who understand how things work and now they own a large chunk of society. A large chunk of *our* society. That people don’t understand this doesn’t make it ok.

He speaks of time. Assaulting time. It is absolutely true that Amazon is able to deliver things faster than anyone else. But that is just a marketing component to them. They are not in the race to set the best time possible but their goal is to finish first.

A collective effort can gradually improve everything simply for the sake of improvement. For amazon it has to first make financial sense to focus on that area. They only have a tiny group of people working for them, they have to chose what to work on. Most will be in warehouses picking orders.

Commercial enterprise can barely get a rocket to ISS while collective efforts are approaching Pluto.

When space x figures out how to launch rockets reliably they could freeze the technology and work on other aspects of their business.

One day there will be a commercial space station and a commercial mission to Pluto.

By that time the collective effort will have bases on the moon and on mars and we will have rovers on Pluto.

The rovers will be complicated and their components will be complicated but those components will be made from simple mechanical contraptions that a child could understand. It will likely have a solar panel, a battery and an electric motor. A familiar computer with input and output devices.

If amazon had a publicly supported competitor and I had anything to say about it we would have digital copies of all books accessible before the hard-copy arrives in the mail. It could eventually be printed locally – it would defeat amazons delivery speed twice. We would have a debate how to properly reward living authors and reward librarians, we could run pilots side by side.

If people would understand technology we would have to wonder why we need google to find documents on-line. Google should definitely have a place on the web but to fully depend on commercial search providers results in poor search results and it gives them way to much power. They will seal their technology into components and keep it a secret just like all those commercial efforts before them. They will control what you get to read and what you wont get to read. They will closely monitor everything you do on-line. It is not unfair to say they can do whatever they like.

A crucial ingredient is for the general public not to know how simple it is to make a search engine.

The user types some words, they are send to other computers that will forward them again to many others. The words are compared to the index and the results are send back the same way.

The challenge is to sort the results by quality. A public debate about this is extremely important. Who is to decide which pages the general public should be reading OR more importantly who gets to decide which pages the public should not read?

Corporate interests? Must be kidding? I’m sure you can already picture what a joke that is. Google has been extremely nice to us in that regard. We should be glad we have such a benevolent information dictator.

Collectively we could do so much better than to sort search results by popularity as if that would be the ultimate measure of quality. The idea is easily debunked by the lack of sources popular articles cite. Citations after all end up promoting other websites other websites from the one the author is working for. The news article about Joe becomes a direct competitor of Joe’s homepage.

This is also why people are not making websites anymore. If we refuse to make an index that respects our hard worked articles it is no longer worth writing them.

This is how other realms of thoughts are being pushed out.

In short, programming is the reading and writing of the 21th century.

Arguing one doesn’t have to know how it works is equal to promoting illiteracy.

Removing economic uncertainty from fruits and vegetables

May 22, 2015

Basically, from a time-line perspective, if you want a specific vegetable at some time it will have to be planted and the location to grow it has to be negotiated. We’ve build a lot of uncertainty into our system by suspending the choice almost to the latest moment. Entrepreneurs and restaurants have to guess what you would like to eat, logically they cant always guess right.

It doesn’t look that way but this uncertainty is costing us crazy amounts of money and resources.

There are for example commercial community farms where you get seasonal vegetables for a fixed price per year. These crops are sold long before they are planted. If something fails or has limited yield the risk is for the customer. They fix this with crop diversity. (The farmer fills the crate with something else.) The diversity prevents them from using large scale agriculture but the prices are unimaginably low while the profit per acre of land is insanely high. Auctions, packaging, shops and processing plants are also cut out of the equation.

It should be possible to sign up a large percentage of the population and periodically deliver a crate of fresh fruits and vegetables for a price that mostly reflects delivery cost.

But that is only the beginning of the profit. The thing is, we all go to the store and look at fruits and vegetables but most of us hardly eat enough of them to stay healthy. Besides from medical savings you can’t build a working brain if you don’t have the materials to do so.

There are probably many of us who believe you can make a potato salad without potatoes, a banana split without bananas and a brick wall without bricks but even they should still be able to see that it would be a lot easier if you had the bricks to make a brick wall. I don’t know what alchemical miracle they believe in but a brain needs nutrition just like the rest of the body. That people are able to question that only proves it. We cant possibly get the fruits and vegetables close enough to their face.

Between the (rather large) sum of extra money in peoples pocket and the increased cognitive ability there should be a large window for economic development.

Throwing away food seems to always bring up the context of poor people. (as if the rest of us would gladly spend dozens of times to much for everything if only we can be ignorant about the world) In stead of forcing the poor into a diet of [known to be unhealthy and known to be depressing] processed foods they would end up eating more healthy than the rest of us. And lets not forget the people who are about to get poor. Even if it is still a few months away, not having food is already a truly terrifying idea. Trying to pay your debt while eating your money is not funny, effective or good for anything. The way we’ve wired our world to explode debt is [apparently] great for the economy, that might be true (of course not) but we do need people to be able to pay it back. Anything that feeds however vaguely into peoples ability to pay their debt is going to have major impact economically.

I’m keeping it simple, it is possible to have 14 year olds do [part of] the farming, planning, sorting and delivery and use peoples own garden to grow and preserve food for them. In stead of picking the tomatoes and carefully putting them in your crate we can deliver a plant with ready to eat tomatoes. The broccoli doesn’t have to die today. If we did that your broccoli eating window would be much smaller than it needs to be. Lots of things work just fine in pots. We design or select a nice electric cargo bike for the kids. As they (and  everyone else) inevitably learn about vegetables in relation to seasons it cant help but quickly accumulate into something truly wonderful.

How many vegetables do you buy? How many can you name? …and how many do you think exist? We can provide a wonderful composition of ingredients with clear and accurate illustrated instructions. One weekly experimental fruit or vegetable should be quite interesting. We can record opinions and adjust the plan over the years. You don’t have to be able to pronounce the name of something to recognize it from a picture and rate it delicious.

In the uncertainty market one simply cant take risks like that. The shops can only offer a small assortment of things everyone eats. You then pay for everything, pick the one you want and everything else is a waste product.

We all love fresh herbs and almost no one buys them. I’m sure there are 100 different kinds of thyme and a thousand different onions. We don’t have time to figure that all out. We want the one that fits with the rest of the recipe.

From the farmer perspective it is equally hilarious. They get paid in advance in a name your price kind of way.

I really want to pick up the harvest with carts pulled by horses.

Does that make me a weird person?

Become an instant Education revolutionary with this easy thought experiment

May 21, 2015

In my thought experiment we start by lumping public libraries, the printing press, radio, television and the internet into one group then we call it Education. These are our media, this is wherefrom human beings get everything they know.

We then take popular concepts (or misconceptions) from each method and apply them to other methods in the group.

This allows us to get rid of all the weird cultural assumptions we make about these very similar forms of acquiring knowledge.

For example:

Lots of people believe there is a magical rule almost as if handed down by god that says television is suppose to be full of entertainment. It must absolutely contain nothing that would allow the viewer to sustain himself. When searching for work television may not contribute to your expertise. Television exist for the purpose of distributing advertisement messages, propaganda and to denounce politicians.

We then simply apply this “logic” to other means of information distribution. (here considered “Education”) We could quite easily build schools by that same line of reasoning and rate it by counting viewers and selling products.

Every step along the way people expected public libraries, the printing press, radio, television and the internet to have a much greater influence on education than it actually had. If the public library really revolutionized our knowledge the internet should be making everyone into a professor. Safe to say there is a lot more going on than we can anticipate. The repetition of the assumption suggests that the way things work are not obvious even after the dream doesn’t materialize.

If some of us like to visit a sooth sayer we might think it ridiculous we wont actively try to prevent them going there. Most people who go there understand the perspective from those who do not. Even if a huge percentage of the population would go there every day there is no reason to replace any kind of Education with sooth saying.

A library could interrupt your reading for “these commercial messages” the same way we do with radio. If this seems like a terrible idea (it certainly does) are we referring to interrupting Education for advertisement messages or is the library now a kind of holy ground? We don’t get furious because we are all used to radio in the current format. This same kind of conditioning would work in libraries. In one or two generations people simply wouldn’t know better. If you want to hear uninterrupted music you can play CD’s, if you want to read you can take the book home.

Play with the thought experiment, it should provide valuable insights however you transplant ideas from one branch of Education to another you should run into many great and terrible ideas and the medium should never be an excuse for or against it.

The reasons why we think advertisement should be tolerated are not exclusive to any Education medium.

Envision it!

Without advertisement we would all be standing there in the supermarket looking at another dumbfounded, not knowing what to purchase. On the edge of starvation we would all follow the old lady who still remembers what kind of products to buy. You would look at products on ebay not knowing what they are for – if it wasn’t for advertisement. All those giant databases with your every personal detail would be worthless without the means to constantly harass people with advertisement messages. The economy would collapse and we would find ourselves in a nuclear war within days – if not hours!

Or maybe thats not what would happen. Maybe that friendly stranger offering you to buy drugs is not being helpful and not a desirable component in Education. Maybe, neither the other friendly drug pusher on tv, the guy selling socks, the other nice people selling other consumer items etc etc There are not a lot of jobs that require you to be an experienced watcher of advertisement. Most would involve pushing marketing messages but there will always be catalogs to fill, products to present, etc etc But lets not forget that making the product is important too! We can’t have selling the product eating into the making of it. The way we are pushing people out of innovation and production into unemployment downscales civilization in more than one way while it also prevents them from buying things.

Rather than endorse it you should willfully fill your head with irrelevant nonsense the way you want to. When you do you should be actively engaged in it – with intend. If you want to “enrich” your memory with all the Pokemon, every wrestler, every sports team and crazy blog posts like the one here that should be up to you. Force-feeding my ideas into your head…. now that, we should agree, sounds truly terrifying. No doubt I could have you pretend to be a chicken and have you sing the national anthem backwards. Then I could sell you to the circus.

But I prefer to see all the humans on the same team, It works for me, I’m more romantic that way. You are not a product to be made and sold but if you were we should try to make you into something useful and valuable.

If we lack trained professionals in health care it should be acceptable to train people to be doctors by all means available to us. If that is what we need we cant have other things take priority over that without being widely illogical and suicidal.

Perhaps the simple solution would be to rate library books, radio shows, television programs and (possibly) even internet websites by intellectual power level then require different licenses to promote such materials. Every additional lvl 1 show on the Tee Vee could require an exponentially more expensive license. The cheapest variety (perhaps even subsidiced) would be to make nothing but overly intellectual programs that follow the curriculum live while it happens in universities. A program for the “tiny” audience of chemists and those dreaming of becoming one. Everyone else can feel appropriately dumb looking at it which will do miracles in self education.

Our television producers are sophisticated enough to create an audience for such program in that exact same way they’ve created untrained people to watch their programs for untrained people. We didn’t end up enjoying south park just like that, it required many years of highly stupefying mass media to appreciate jokes about the same. While intensely amusing it isn’t like it is so funny that we don’t need doctors anymore. We can be amused just as effectively by things that inspire us.

The glorious explanation why all TAX is nonsense

May 14, 2015

Thinking about this a bit more I now think it is crazy that government is not self sufficient. It should be cranking out products and it should be selling those to the rest of the world.

Free market capitalism has obvious advantages over government organizations. Efficiency and innovation seem the most relevant 2. The most profitable sectors that are not innovating should just be seized by the state. If it creates a global monopoly some 10-20% private ownership should be enough to keep up innovation and efficiency up to date.

(note: all governments are legally able to seize assets in times of war. Therefore all it takes is one of those fake wars)

You could even print currency against the new state assets and buy everything or offer limited compensation.

Run the proverbial government corn for a few years, make a nice report about the success of the project then either continue or if it turns out to be a drama sell it back to the market for whatever it is worth.

If people use their money to complaint seize their personal assets. We are running a country, we should not care about the benefits of the few if it gets in the way of the benefits of the many.

I would, overnight, put bars, restaurants, casinos, dance floors and [for profit] conference rooms in all government buildings. If the paper work gets in the way of serving drinks we should work hard to automate it into oblivion.

In a few years they would also have supermarkets, a hotel, sell clothing, furniture, electronics and cut peoples hair. Prices tuned to match local competition.

I would easily pay all the bills, then I would buy public support first by giving people free meals and free drinks every week and later with a heavily localized revenue sharing model.

I would send tickets to government officials from all over the world to do my advertising for me. I would invite the whole town to help show this guy from Japan what a wonderful thing we have going on here.

Soon after the supermarkets I would start local farms and local manufacturing. Buying things in bulk then doing a bit of repackaging is not rocket science. It will have the label people trust and have learned to love.

I would invite local people to participate in tuning and expanding this glorious project, it will be a court like setting where we first denounce their lack of vision then physically remove them if they so much as try one of those destructive narcissistic “everything is impossible” rants.

Most topics will have a ton of data from around the country and where we lack such data we can take pride in being on the cutting edge of things. Failure is entirely acceptable. We get to try things again and again and again until we get it right.

If people want 3 different kinds of peppers we are going to put effort in growing them in stead of listening to someone who doesn’t believe that is even possible.

He will get 5 minutes to describe his experience with the failure of growing peppers, if it is not a convincing story he is thrown out of the building.

Never again will government gardens grow unproductive crops and planting trees without fruits will require a lot of explaining. We will garden on walls, on roofs, by the side of the road, on fields nearby and indoors.

There will be chickens, pigs and cows in the park.

We will purge cars from the city and replace them with electrically assisted aerodynamic recumbent bicycles, to avoid giant batteries and limited range there will be charge strips by every traffic light and by the side of the road. The power surge will be negotiated wirelessly for maximum safety. Likewise a maximum speed will be electronically enforced. Pedaling harder will just reduce electrical assist or be consumed for battery charging.

Then, after inevitable success we will sell this system to every country around the world. Build and train their local manufacturing of the same. Teach them how to mold the aerodynamic body, how to wind and wire those electric motors, how to wire the underground battery to the wind turbine or solar array, if available how to hook up the grid failback and how to map the charge points on the gps.

It will send tremors across the global political sphere. As if dropped in icy water politicians around the world will wake up from their slumber of gay marriage, perpetual austerity and wars on terra.

They will find themselves completely outclassed, if not out right transcended.

Then, at the moment of maximum confusion I will create a monetary system where every tangible asset available for purchase is considered money.

To do this we will have a completely automated forex exchange system that allows trade, the way it was before the days of ancient Egypt and before Summer, to reemerge.

The ancient riddle where trading a cow for a bag of grain was considered complicated. The word of interest is “complicated” as it describes both the problem and the person having it.

I’m doing the impossible already, miracles take a little bit longer and “complicated” makes me shake from laughter.

Traditional currency will be used as a reference point, to pay taxes (in the unlikely event such a thing as tax would still exist), to pay national debt, for complex trades, monetary reserves and for trading with primitive nations.

The basic idea is this. You own a bicycle, if you own 51% of it you get to decide how it is used. Other people can buy part of your bicycle and trade that part for other goods but the bicycle will eventually perish along with the currency created against it.

If a city grows 10 Euro worth of tomatoes it can buy things for this 10 Euro but unless someone shows up to exchange the currency for tomatoes directly the currency will perish along with the fruit.

If you own 100% of a bicycle the automatic forex exchange will conveniently allow you to purchase say 10 Euro worth of tomatoes for only 8 Euro worth of bicycle, as bicycles are far less perishable than fruits.

Likewise the 8 Euro worth of bicycle could buy 4 Euro worth of gold.

People in the city can get that part of their salary in tomatoes, the part they plan to spend on food anyway. 10 Euro of fruits buys 10 Euro of other fruits quite dependably.

If you fail to trade or collect your tomatoes the money will simply perish.

When you chose to sell your bicycle (that is a registered asset) the future owner can buy 49% on the exchange and pay you in 2% in bananas or he can purchase your 51% directly, whichever is cheaper or more attractive.

If you refuse to sell your 2% the value of your bicycle as a currency also drops and you get a bad review as a trader. A better idea would be to purchase a new one with your 51% bicycle money.

You will effectively be forced into trading which will serve both to teach you and to create cash flow. The Forex application is a fair game for everyone to play. Software will be written to tailor your assets to your personal lifestyle.

If you want to take risks with perishable goods you can earn a ton of money by holding onto the tomatoes for a few hours.

If you want more certainty you can buy gold, Euro, shares or a life time supply of toilet paper.

You take a picture of that chair you are sitting in, register it and poof! You get to spend 49% of it! The desk, the computer, the phone, the coffee pot.

You would have so much money all of a sudden that it boggles the mind.

When Ebay first launched it had a lot of traders who didn’t understand why people would pay so much for their items.

That coffee pot of yours is long out of production and there is someone out there who use to own one just like that. Depending how much emotional value they have invested in it you might be willing to part with it.

If you chose to do so it will add value to everything else you own. Depending on the amount of successful trades your desk chair will be worth more than the exact same chair owned by someone else.

It may come as a shock but the way the art market works, you can simply pay someone to buy your paintings and artificially pump the value of all your works. When art traders insist they are really worth that much you have no further say in it. You should probably make some more.

More legitimately, you should make some more of that pottery, grow some more of those flowers – if that is what people want from you who are you to refuse?

If you want to own 100% of what you own and get paid in Euroes that should certainly be an option. You can hardly object to the fact that the cookie factory that employs you can afford a much higher salary if they can pay part of it in cookies. They can also arrange deals with other businesses to trade some cookies for fresh fish, tomatoes and electric razors.

They could create a highly complex package of things and pay you in exactly those currencies. The guaranteed business and cutting out all the middle men would create unbelievably efficient deals.

If you don’t want it you have to change the currencies to other coins with a slight loss and they have to sell the box to someone else thus making it even cheaper.

Someone is going to want an electric razor soon enough, you don’t have to drop your razor money offer far below the market price to change it into something else.

The system will have some quirks and some growth pains but generally everyone will have so much wealth it hardly matters.

If someone is trying to game the system, hoard some good or is trying to influence the market negatively some other way [with intend] the state can simply seize part of that property and redistribute it with or without punishment or compensation.

We are not falling for the trick of wealth being used to deprive others ever again. The response should be so harsh that one wouldn’t dare consider it.

Over time local organization will suffer the conditioning of constructive thought. We shall then give them some room to play with experimental local law making. If good ideas arise they should propagate sidewards to other towns and downwards towards regions, nation wide politics and yes, global implementation of good ideas must also follow.

They can buy our mojo and learn to be awesome just like us.

You can already start by getting over your anti-innovation indoctrination. The romans build roads and aqueducts and you, with all the tools available to you, cant even punch a dent in a pack of butter. If drinking water out of the tap was a new idea you would be against it. If solar was a new idea you would go out of your way getting in the way of it.

It has nothing to do with the topic, it is that you’ve been indoctrinated to be against everything in order to prevent society from rising up against its owners.

Of course you are also against a currency backed by tangible assets, you would prefer fiat currency and austerity every time.

You will be against it until large volumes of money start flowing though your bank account. At that point you wont dare express your negativity publicly and point and laugh at anyone who does.

You have to fight this sadistic pleasure you get from the idea Tesla was prevented from providing free electricity to everyone.

You have to wake up to the idea that the war industry is the biggest industry in the world. The idea that all of your wealth is pumped into a dead end for the purpose of hurting people.

Picture a world where your wealth, however large it might be, will be many times larger.

Now imagine yourself to be the prime actor in fighting to prevent that. If you (collectively) are the only one who can change it it automatically becomes your responsibility for not making it happen.

I have no way of knowing how far or how long ago you’ve detached yourself emotionally from the wellbeing of others, if you can still remember it or if the concept is entirely alien to you. Just remember, your comfort zone is a very small place where few exciting things happen. In stead of focusing on fear of the unknown consider that awesome things may happen. Humanity should stop being such a fearful bunch of cowards. It doesn’t look good on us. Look at all the weapons we build! HA-HA We that afraid eh? Preposterous.

Thanks for your time, may you pay a lot of taxes, good luck with the war on everything and may the force be with you!

How I would rule the Netherlands

December 26, 2014

I propose that we use our government to seize all industries without innovation, banks may borrow money from government if they want to lend money to people (rather than just create this money themselves) All types of innovation will be subsidized until there is nothing left to further develop, then the government seizure kicks in.

Then we pay each Dutch person a dividend of roughly ten thousand Euro per month, 2 thousand if you leave the Netherlands (please go away if you don’t like it here)

Then you will see what kind of economic growth that produces. Non innovative companies can leave their bags behind and go do their things elsewhere, because a trick anyone can do – anyone can do!

Private and corporate mortgages wont be paid off, you have a house or building that backs your debt, paying is nonsense. Only the difference between the debt and the value of the building has to be paid. Interest on mortgages will also be abolished.

Programming will start in primary school and drivers licenses will also become part of the basic curriculum (just like in the US) Road tax will also be abolished.

All forms of advertisement will be made illegal, on television only lectures and documentaries may be broadcasted, on university level, and peer reviewed.

Education will be free, there will even be an appropriate monthly bonus for each diploma you obtain and a similar bonus on scale for strength training and for having a good condition.

Build windmills en mass, flywheel energy storage to bridge the periods without wind, then free energy for everyone, corporate and private.

Minimum wage, social support and government health care will be abolished, you will have enough money to pay for that yourself, and if you like working so much you can do it for free.

City hall and other government buildings get party halls open 24/7, with live music, smoke and beer etc. Such nice A locations should be profitable. They make lovely coffeeshops where everyone in Europe is welcome.

Internet and telephone will be free, the self driving cab and public transport will be free too.

Then we build excessive numbers of houses to drive down the prices. Not the old fashion crap but high tech state of the art, with a little door behind which every possible order magically appears in 5 minutes.

Then, politically we will ridicule other countries, point out how silly they are. This is necessary to prevent them from doing something against our elaborate freedoms. With little effort they will be much to busy at home keeping their fairy tales alive to be able to worry about us.

There will be a holiday park for each country so that a good number of civilians can visit the Netherlands (preferably free) and see with their own eyes how fantastic we’ve organized things.

If there is some kind of issue some place then we get on our bicycle, hop in the train or take the car and go there, all together, to fix the problem. Just for the fun of it, if you don’t want to come you should stay at home with your sour face.

If people get to lazy we lower the income and introduce forced labor for everyone, 7 days per week 6 to 20:00 military time! Work until the backlog is cleared out.

For addictions one will first get many warnings but eventually you will end up in forced treatment. Nice, a month worth of sports in some park with other crybabies who also don’t have cigarettes.

There will also be a voting diploma, if you don’t know what you are talking about you should shut up and look away. If you really must vote then you can follow the course – with your fat lazy ass.

Armed with the appropriate diplomas you will take the political decisions, at home, on the computer, using the big evil internet.

I understand that you are a bit frightened by all these responsibilities, but we are going to pay you for it, after we take your fake job away from you it isn’t like you have anything better to do.

And if you want to cry, when you see that machine doing your work so much better than you ever could thats okay. Just as long as you go do something fun after that. You could for example go to school and get a real job helping with further automation, or you can go to the beach Go figure!

Je Maintiendrai !

be advised be very very advised

October 19, 2007

I judge people by what they do with my advice. For me this makes an awfully good excuse to listen to people. Minding your own business doesn’t go as far as people think. It is awfully soon when they shall make it yours – I tell you. Always be advised be very very advised.

<leap>being just about as lazy a thinker as an advanced chess player I found myself in a situation where I had to study openings. The thought alone gave me the shivers. I mean there should be an easy cop-out to find in all this if there is one? Couldn’t I just patch this with raw thinking power? For a while that worked then the patch required patching. Don’t you hate it when that happens? So, I found the solution in doing the absolute bare minimum of studying in combination with my raw thinking powers.

Looking deeper and deeper into the opening games I started to discover how much my opponents really knew. I was like an absolute square one beginner. Like physics the actual chess study made no sense to me at all in some areas. I was like whaaaat?? It was not that I just didn’t know any in-depth move, I was playing an entirely different game as them.

It apparently took actual chess computers to figure out that getting rid of as much material in the most silly way possible is in fact the most astonishing win game one can deliver.

But at least I knew what openings I was defeating at that stage. I sure didn’t win all games. If you just memorise a few books and bother to write down all games you play then study those you have quite the edge over basic thinkers.

But my cop out had become like the game of a newb in my own view. I absolutely needed to find a way to reduce the amount of relative studying I did. So, as I was the 3rd time I’d better fix it for real this time. Some of my rather silly gambits involved actual existing games I mostly guessed correctly. Some of my gambits where just stupid statistically. But I use to win with that strangely enough as it was a weird variation I knew and my opponent didn’t. That was the trick, I needed to add more bizarre factors to my game that actually worked.

Doing a bad move isn’t bad at all if you know exactly what the game looks like after that. You can have far less material on the Bord and play like a real master may it be a master with less material but you can sure win the game like that.

Searching though old books I found some old stuff, I buy 10 old books for about a Guilder each book. No one wants that stuff. I study things like the Dutch defence which really doesn’t exist anymore.


Just look how awful those games look. :)</leap>

I figured out there are really really much books and documents to read out there. Most of which will never be looked at and tossed away within 100 years or so.

Piles of books full of advice from people with an entirely different world view, their world was totally different from ours to begin with.

So do me a favor and go to google books and google patents and read, just read. Imagine how all those people are not around anymore while no one cares. There is way to much written to read all of it. All evidence of the existence of the person is in that single patent or book or painting. It’s all that remains. People spend years running around that keyboard of yours designing it the way it is today. It started out with hammers remember? Today you don’t even need a dead tree for such ritual.

Take for example US Patent 190206 where a very simple effect is described be it the combination of pushing and pulling. Wesley Gary’s devices embodies a permanent magnetic north and a permanent magnetic south pole with one end of a flat ferromagnetic core “stuck” in the exact center between the magnets, as a result the core moves neither up nor down. By creating an electromagnetic pole between the 2 permanent magnetic poles a 3 point interacting arises. The pole is now subjected to both push and pull but in complimentary direction. This while the electricity consumed reflects the difference between the push and pull.

Wesley Gary – magnetmotor

You will find quite a few more inventors and my attempts to figure out what it was they had going. The site is specifically about magnetmotors but you can fill in the blanks using your own know how. Some would argue even the tools for burger flipping are not fully defined ideally. You know what your thing is. Now go seek the oldest books about it and read some of that stuff no one cares about. It’s mighty interesting and entertaining if it was just that it would already be useful. Who knows what advice they may have for you? for me? for mankind?

unified apocalyptic theory

December 24, 2006

It’s far worse, people are not fools, they are sheep. The most important subjects can not even be discussed. I’m not even sure if I can myself.

Lets make the really… really…. really….. long story short…..

Only a huge invention can steer our titanic around the iceberg we are heading towards. Mankind desperately needs some incredibly efficient power source.

I don’t want to talk about theater wars, over population, global diseases, the dollar going kaput, oil running out etc wtc etc.

Second of all it’s much to upsetting and First of all it all boils down to the same thing.

Do you think we can live on this planet with 50 000 000 000 without any industry? What kind of life expectancy do the survivors have in a world of corpses? Would you want to live in that place?

I present to you the unified apocalyptic theory

First of all, we are perfectly happy it’s all going to end, it was all planed this way by ourselves.

The theory prescribes it’s better to list previous civilisations and the disasters they didn’t survive. As it is to look for an actual solution. We cant argue with the planning of our fellow man.

When we argue there is so much historical events of hightech civilizations doing the self-destructo-polonaise we have evident prove self destruction is inevitable on our side.

People who argue it isn’t so are to be made fun of. They cant come up with a shred of proof.

This makes the UAT teh supreme theory.

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Super Americans

May 14, 2006

I’m starting to realize there’s a difference between having an interest in history and an interest in really old stuff. Rarely does the really old stuff tell us much about why its creators were important. We think it’s going to, but then we get there and it doesn’t. So we take pictures and we leave.wherethehellismatt.typepad.com

What an interesting thread. I want to explain but it's going to be really hard.

Please note that English is not my native language and that I'm doing the best I can to explain. If you don't understand it's all your error because you can't speak proper Dutch. :lol:

Of course a guest should act like one. It's to bad you didn't know that. Very common in the us, but not my point. People have crazy habits all over the world, why should you be any different? (humm, that's not my point either)

You say you only see a pile of rocks. And that it means nothing to you. Now ask yourself to what extend you've tried to find out what it means? I think you are unaware that you could learn this?

Notice how they didn't fail to explain their views in your language. You just didn't know there was anything to feel about it. The meaning of the Parthenon rock pile is in peoples heads. I'm sure your skull isn't to thick to understand that. I just know you can get your head all the way around this. :)

Now, do you seriously think anyone could explain about what is dear to him to a charlatan? It successfully prevented you from getting an answer to the question you didn't know existed.

But you didn't leave it to that, in stead they should learn from you how it's one big pile of nothing. They should accept your ignorant view about their monument before you even try to understand theirs. Now that means you didn't show the least interest in the actual thing you was visiting. Which obviously made it a waist of your visit. You just wouldn't find out behaving that way.

In stead of adding some color to the canvas of your life you try to remove it from others. I'm sorry to say it makes you the pile of rocks.

I even understand that you just wanted to dance. It was funny but it wasn't worth insulting anyone. Why do you think the Japanese guy walked away the moment you got disrespectful?

If you look at the amount of text here, you can understand why they just let you go. It's almost impossible to explain. And very unlikely that you understand. Then again this reply is all that you gained from the trip.(haha) And yes I know I've waisted my time buy hey,

I probably suck to much at this language of yours, or it's the language it self I don't know. At least I tried right?

Look how you even complain about getting attention for being an American. We all speak English because we want to know what people think. Americans on the other hand don't show the least of interest in what anyone thinks. Respect is pretty foreign. At least this should explain why US-europeans are better people as Euroamericans. *ads pun*

To put it quantum mechanically, try to observe something without disturbing it or you wont get to see it.


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