Notes from The Singularity

Month: May 2022

La Ventaja Injusta

Mucha gente fracasa encontrando un tesoro porque tienen el mapa equivocado. Otros tienen un buen mapa de un tesoro que no existe, y también fracasan en el intento. Hacer un diagnóstico correcto de una oportunidad es un buen comienzo pero no es suficiente.

Incluso tener una buena estrategia para una oportunidad real te puede llevar al fracaso si no eres capaz de llevarla a cabo.… Read more...

About Money

At its core, money is just a form of collateral. My €50 bill tells me that the economy ‘owes’ me €50 of value, which I trust I can get at some point (freedom).

Money is, and has always been virtual, based on the trust of a community of users in its value. Something that enables trade, which is basically money and value in motion.… Read more...

A secret code in the WC

So here´s this bathroom with that pixelated design “GitHub contributions style”.

Because of a comment I made the other day someone asked me the other how could this wall possibly contain a hidden, encoded message. Lets do a little digging into it.

A way to decode this wall would be to consider a base 3 or ternary base, by doing:

– white pixel = 0
– light green pixel = 1
– dark green pixel = 2

And now read the code.… Read more...

Notes on NFTs: the pros

✔️ (NFTs) will play an essential role in bringing crypto to the masses. Unlike other crypto niches, NFTs are relatable to aspects of everyday life such as art, music and games. But also tokenization of assets.

✔️ It has to be said that much discussion has revolved around the value or worth of digital assets, and while opinions continue to remain divided, it is evident that NFTs have contributed significantly towards generating interest in art and revitalising…

✔️ The first native crypto economy.… Read more...

Notes on NFTs: Copyrights

IP rights are a large part of the NFT value proposition but with limited opportunity to monetise it.
The NFT economy will be more than just buying & selling NFTs; it will include multiple ways for NFT owners to monetise their assets.
You can also print and copy the Mona Lisa everywhere so what?… Read more...

The Mind in Complex Adaptive Systems

The most challenging aspect of making strategic decisions in a complex adaptive system is its adaptive nature. Any human knows that the actors, or agents, operating in this systems are not fixed and unresponsive. Instead they change their behaviour as the incentives set by their environment change.… Read more...

Las Dos Tribus de Humanos

Los medios no han acertado en nada desde hace más de 10 años. Son meras correas de transmisión de mensajes y consignas desde el sistema, orientadas a dirigir y controlar el comportamiento de la gente. Viven de asustar y alienar a la población en torno a política, escándalos, catástrofes, etc.… Read more...

Startup Craziness and Magical Thinking

Part of the mythology surrounding startups is about individuals creating multimillion-dollar businesses in their home garage, with very limited means. That story has permeated the collective subconscious, along with many others related to technology and business.

When you work in technology you are always bombarded by two things: bad advice, and magical thinking.… Read more...

Collapse is Already Here

We are witnessing the decline of a 500 years old system, which is based on the accumulation of capital. To accumulate capital you need profit from productive enterprises. But -for most industries- the cost of production has gone so high and the real, effective demand so low that the profit is gone, and you can’t accumulate capital.… Read more...

Startups: From Traction to Growth

When creating a new product early adopters and nerds need to go first. Some people are early when it comes to shoes, or mystery novels, or records, while others adopt early in politics, ideas or restaurants.

Most of the time many of us choose to be in the slot of the mass, but in most of  startups or innovative projects you are going after and early adopter crowd that is incredibly distant from regular folks. … Read more...

Human vs Computer Intelligence

There are many forms of human intelligence: this makes complex to categorize a computer as intelligent. But essentially there are 2 very different forms of intelligents.

Computers are good identifying and combining patterns. That’s shy they are good at games. They are closed systems with well-defined rules; pattern matching, rules and possibilities.… Read more...

AI for Large vs Small Organizations

Large organizations with huge data sets may work their way into teaching machines to find patterns. Eg Google guessing your restaurant menu out of the first dish. Nowadays, this is one of the many unfair advantages the big players have over the smaller ones.

If you are small, don´t assume that Big Data or Deep Learning are the best option for you.… Read more...

Cryptography, Privacy an Personal Freedom

Cryptography is a science oriented to maintain information secret and create secret codes. The science to break them is Cryptoanalysis.

Cryptography is vital in online transactions and banking, but paradoxically its the tool to create real open commerce.

Cryptography is the key to create the societies we need to make.… Read more...

Descending into the rabbit hole: the loss of self, becoming a servant to your project and to yout job. How will you free yourself from that Frankenstein you made, while making it self-sustaining?.

How to pry yourself from the tentacles of workaholism, and the fear that it – would fall to pieces without your 15-hour days?… Read more...

AI and the Selfish Gene

Epigenetics theories of Larmarck applied to AI and predictive behaviour in humans. Evolution does not serve individuals, but genes propagation (Dawkins ‘selfish genes’).

Use personal data as DNA that is transfered from individual to individual in a world where individuals are just the ‘interfaces’ for genes to learn and spread across the world.… Read more...

Proto Hologram

Amazin tech for telecom from Proto Hologram.

If you can’t BE there, BEAM there. Proto Hologram Technology is the future of broadcast, communications, and travel.

Original post on Linkedin:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/nolanether_experientialmarketing-web3-metaverse-ugcPost-6925614193366753280-JxWR/

Portl is now Proto.

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Tokenización de Objetos Reales y la 4ª Revolución Industrial

Prácticamente todo el debate crypto se centra en las criptomonedas y los NFTs, pero es en la confluencia de la tecnología Blockchain y la trazabilidad en el mundo físico donde está la acción importante.

Es el internet de las cosas (IoT) aplicado a las cosas del mundo real. Es decir, la tokenización de objetos reales para su registro y gestión en cadenas de bloques.… Read more...

CBDCs are Tools for Social Engineering

Inventing a new digital currency is nothing: all currencies are already digital. Just modify SWIFT a little bit so it remembers what was send to whom, et voila!. On the other hand, programmable money would generate large datasets to direct fiscal transfers to some people, and not to others. And also connect those people to central banks directly.… Read more...

Very Human AI

Sometimes humans workers are the artificial intelligence. Behind FB content moderating AI are thousands of content moderators. Behind Alexa is a global team of transcribers, and behind Google Duplex are (sometimes) very human callers mimicking the AI that mimics humans.
Artificial intelligence doesn’t run on magic pixie dust.… Read more...

From Deep Learning to Symbolic Learning

The two biggest flaws of deep learning are its lack of model interpretability (i.e. why did my model make that prediction?) and the large amount of data that deep neural networks require in order to learn. Neural nets are data hungry.

Geoff Hinton himself has expressed scepticism about whether backpropagation, the workhorse of deep neural nets, will be the way forward for AI.… Read more...