personal nodes

I have this idea that I should be able to export my content from any platform I use to a personal node, a personal online backup or home. Whatever, implment thos bloody API’s, what are those for ?

If I get it right, Winer takes on the problem from the opposite side “writing on the node and syndicating it everywhere” http://scripting.com/2021/02/28.html#a160632

“If we had a good scripting tool for the internet as a whole, then we could pull together all our creations, so at least we could archive, index and make them searchable.”

Cory Doctorow ha s a good 3d on Facebook deficiencies https://twitter.com/doctorow/status/1337830028478795776

in the 3d I found (but I don’t know if you manage to find it too, it was a sub 3d of replies” Doctorow’s “Adversarial Inrteroperability”https://www.eff.org/it/deeplinks/2019/10/adversarial-interoperability

I’d be happy to have simply the reverse, whenever I write something around, I have the option of easy backing up on my node, in a repurposable format.

BTW adversarial interoperability does not need API’s, it would use directly my logins on the various plaftorms to perform what I instruct my node to do. alt.usenet story, alt stands for alternative or “Anarchists, Lunatics, and Terrorists”? What FUD stands for ? Cory ha the Usenet story on EFF https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/11/altinteroperabilityadversarial

epistemic collapse

there’s lots of fake news and useless experts and pundits, but we have the internet and we had the chance to get to understand the pandemics and do our share, if you think you’re drowning in it than you hould try harder to navigate the news, do not ask for somebody else to control it for you

Asking Facebook to moderate and censor because you are drowning in it is the wrong way, let us preserve freedom of speech on the internet and rather break up facebook, better put create the conditions for more competition on the web, breakup silos patforms and re enable protocols.

lockdown is 1 year old and it has been a year of fake news and experts at large but if you feel overlwhelmed by both, think twice, thanks to the free circulation of ideas and inforamtion, and the Internet, it was possible to find the better course of action for ourselvers (governents) not really.

So going back to fake news, if you think the solution is having Facebook & friends policing content, wrong, they are the problem and we have to preserve freedom of speech, while creating again competition and innovation on the Internet. Antitrust action, not regluation of the Internet.

but then if you really had an epistemic collapse this last year, I feel you but you should asking for more education, more school, more university, not le freedom of speech on the web. Being informed is our duty, in democracy. It’s the dictator that thinks for you, in dictatorship

Brain, Bayes and LSD

(it resounds Sex, Lies and Videotapes, must rewatch)

Our brain is a Bayes machine, senses are not passive recording of the outisde, what they record got checked against the brain’s priors and the result is our perception, which is not a perfect copy of outside we sense.

LSD can relax priors opening up all the beautiful things of expanded percepetion of reality, hallucinations and all sort of universal and mystic things. Anarchic brain, whatever it means, anarchy outside ? For now we should use it in therapy on mental illness https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/09/10/ssc-journal-club-relaxed-beliefs-under-psychedelics-and-the-anarchic-brain/

Scott draw a parallel LSD and the Shannafra sword, the author of the papers use the metallurgical metaphor “annealing”. Scotto goes on evoking the machine learning multidimensional landscape of function with local optima where you want to reach the absolute optimum. Well, it takes energy to climb out of the through to the peak and try the next through. LSD flattens the peaks so it take less to go for a better minimum.

Related, Bernhardt in Quantum Computing for beginners, about simulated annealing describes it like giving a lot of energy in a process where energy goes down, high energy get you out of a local minimum, lower energy then is not enough to get you back to the previous minimum ut enough to maybe jump over more peaks and find a better minimum

When you relax priors maybe you start accepting belief that could socially be out of range, funny, it happened to many pioneers https://slatestarcodex.com/2016/04/28/why-were-early-psychedelicists-so-weird/

Given the wide range of funny beliefs that the internet has put under the spotlight, isn’t that someone has tampered with the water supply and we are all under the influence of psychedelics? MK-Ultra, history channel https://www.history.com/news/did-the-cia-secretly-dose-people-with-lsd

Patapluffiade

nelle viscere della Grigna vive l’antico popole dei patapluffici

i P sono stati guidati nelle viscere della montagna dalprofeta Patanewton, da secoli non escono per la proibizione del prfeta, hanno dimenticato il perchè e qulche giovane ignaro o cursioso a volte vaga fuori dalla caverna per scoprirlo

a valle della grigna c’è l valsassina, valle di pastori di capre. Dalla notte dei tempi ogni tanto un bambino rotola giù dalla montaga e viene accolto come un figlio, mugugando cotrno quell+”Va, l’assassini” i viaggiatori li chiamano per questo i valsassini e la valle valsassina.

i valsassini si sno incrociato con i patapluffidi caduti per generzioni, ma ogni tanto nascono dei figli che non stanno in piendi e patapluffano che strano

nei boschi sopra la valsassina abitano dei genietti moletsi che tutti evitano, se non li vedi e tisaltano addsso ti si attaccano addosso che non li stacchi più. Ma non sono cattivi, solo ciarlieri e devi sorbirteli per ore finchè non si dicidono a staccarsi. SOno i resinelli e una leggenda vuole che siano creature del bosco che rotolano dalle vette per poi fermarsi nelle pozze di resina del grande bosco di abeti. Avrete capito, patapluffi anche loro. Un’altra precauzione è non dargli cibo, reagiscono violentementeall’offerta di cibo con esplosionu maleodoranti chiamate riflesso gastro-colico

I patapluffi hanno questa camminata a cadute seriali, appena possono sono aterra, a fondovalle è divertente e ci sono tutta una serie di attività e sport che sono nati dalla comppnente ptapluffa. Ma I resinelli vivono ancora in costa di montagana e per non perdere quota continuano a spalmari di resina per rimanere attaccati al proprio mondo

Mentre i Patapluffidi quelli veri, gli originali, continuano a vivere nelle grotta così non rotolano più a valle

Writing Prompt

sei il nuovo papa, ti sei fatto chiamare Polonio I e adesso hai iniziato il processo di santificazione di mussolini sotto il nome di san fascisto. Al posto del crocifisso adesso porti l’appeso al contrario, accampi diritti territoriali sull’Italia come discendente del duce, alla IOR hai imposto di investire tutto in computer quantistici

TFP (total factor productivity, what the hell is it)

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“For centuries, remember, Italians looked up in wonder at the cupola of the Pantheon, the arches of the dry aqueducts, and wondered how they had been built. ” https://johnhcochrane.blogspot.com/2021/03/europe-productivity.html

Things that depresses TFP, for future reference. TFP is often quoted as the problem but really seems an epiphenomenon. From Noahopinion https://noahpinion.substack.com/p/answering-the-techno-pessimists-part-275

A critique of TFP that I shoiuld read https://growthecon.com/blog/BLS-TFP/

Also, TFP as a proxy of economic success, ameasure of ignorance (cit Moses Abramovitz) Wgy do countries differ in TFP? https://selimraihan.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/why-do-countries-differ-in-total-factor-productivity/amp/

Analogia

un libro inaspettato, eclettico e pieno di storie che non conoscevo, fondamentalmente autobiografia dell’autore, figlio di Freeman Dyson, cresciuto a Princeton ai tempi d’oro di von Neumann, nascita dei computer, della bomba H e del progetto di suo padre dell’astronave a propulsione nucleare

ma è anche un libro sui kayak, sulle popolazioni artiche e sulle propaggini più a sud, gli ulimi indiani di america, Geronimo e la Ghost Dance, i profeti del riscatto e della venuta dei fantasmi. Esplorazionio, epidemia e stragi.

Il tema che scorre lungo l’autobiografia è quello della dicotomia digitale-analogico e della teoria del continuo, ma è bella anche la storia delle valvole e come si costruiscono i kayak con le pelli, la “wave piercing hill” utilizzata nei design tradizionali alle alueutine e perso nella stabilizzazione del design ai tempi dei russi

e bello avere una casa sull’albero abusiva con vista su Vancouver, costruita con un albero vecchio di 600 anni, si può ancora fare ?

Storia invece di multiverso

esci dalla facoltà di economia con l’idea che l’uomo economoco è razionale e su questa razionalità l’economia non riesce a spiegare la cooperazione: l’uomo economico pensa solo a massimizzare la propria utilità e lo fa pensando a se stesso

poi, 30 anni dopo, scopri che questo è così per come la teoria dell’utilità è stata formalizzata a partire dal1 8esimo secolo. Ogni decisione che l’attore razionale prende è autonoma da ogni altra, un attore razionale che fa molte scelte -per la teoria della utilità- lo sta facendo nei diversi universi di un multiverso. E’ la conseguenza di aver ipotizzato l’ergodicità, cioè l’omogeneità nel tempo per cui si può ipotizzare l’indipendenza degli eventi. Toglindo la storia dalla teoria ‘economia dell’utilità.

Invece se la storia la si rimette dentro, quello che decido oggi si “compund” su quello che ho deciso ieri e sarà la base del compound della decisione di domani, allora si ha una cosa come The Farmer Fable, dove il comportamento razionale, cioè quello che massimizza l’utilità, è la cooperazione e il pooling delle risorsa. Potere del compounding dell’utilità, della storia invece del Multiverso

https://www.farmersfable.org/

Questo nuovo approccio -in maniera poco chiara IMO- viene chiamato Ergodicity Economics, in realtà the economics che elimina l’assunto di ergodicità per arrivare a una descrizione piùrealistica dell’essere umano che investe e nel farlo elimina anche un po di paradossi che si sono presentati nella teoria tradizionale.

Tyler Cowen got me down the rabbit hole…

saying that he finds Peter Thiel one of the most interesting thinkers of late “For instance, Ross Douthat and Peter Thiel are two of the most interesting thinkers as of late and they are both religious and Christian.  I am also struck by the enduring influence of Rene Girard” https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2021/02/why-will-the-important-thinkers-of-the-future-be-religious-ones.html

Well, I have sort of followed Thiel because of startup, I have been reading “from zero to one” for a couple of years, I like it though I do not progress much in reading it. I try to understand what’s Thiel’s role in coaching Zuck and steering Facebook evolution in recent years, since his endorsement of Trump with the tech world.

So I looked up google for Thiel’s writings and I got here https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23975518

I found this “The education of a libertarian” https://www.cato-unbound.org/2009/04/13/peter-thiel/education-libertarian maybe bad luck but it is a speech about: we were libertarians at uni, could not change much so most of us got into alcohol. The world out there is difficult for us libertarians because of the interests of people on welfare (the poor) and women. So we have 3 alternatives: cyberspace, emigrating to space, living on a ship.” and in an addendum he said “I do not understand, I thought you would have discussed the 3 options, but all of you discussed the thing that women rights are bad for libertarians”

Elesewhere Thiel is always quoted for dissing Michelle Obama for saying she would not want to send her daughters to ivy league unis, but Malia eventually got into yale or something similar. But you can fault Michelle only if you thinks kids don’t get to choose university, mothers do, how liberatarian is that ?

And Thiel followers like that thing he said about Europe, it could go that way, or that other way, but the third way is Sharia law. Well, Tyler, thank you, it was 2009 but still, what a provocative thinker.

Much better going sideways, in hacker news comments they quote a podcast on “the Portal” with Eric Weinstein who happens to be CEO at Thiel fund and also a mathematician who has a unifying theory of particles “The unpublished theory includes a 14-dimensional “observerse” and predictions of more than 150 new subatomic particles, some of which Weinstein believes could account for dark matter.” this is from wikipedia.

well, rabbit hole. I will anyway listen to tyler cowen interviewing him https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_yJTCDU4uE

UPDATE thank you easter bunny, the hole is fine. Sabine Hossenfelder has a guest post on Eric Weinstein, hole worth following 🙂 http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2021/03/guest-post-problems-with-eric.html