3 initial conditions and content and context

(Just my musings, not necessarily fact!)

A robot that runs and swims like a salamander.

There are four main components behind animal locomotion. The first component is just the body, and in fact we should never underestimate to what extent the ***BIOMECHANICS*** already simplify locomotion in animals. Then you have the spinal cord, and in the spinal cord you find ****REFLEXES***, multiple reflexes that create a sensorimotor coordination loop between neural activity in the spinal cord and mechanical activity. A third component are central ***PATTERN*** generators. These are very interesting circuits in the spinal cord of vertebrate animals that can generate, by themselves, very coordinated rhythmic patterns of activity while receiving only ***very simple input signals***. And these input signals coming from descending modulation from higher parts of the brain, like the motor cortex, the cerebellum, the basal ganglia, will all modulate activity of the spinal cord while we do locomotion. But what’s interesting is to what extent just a low-level component, the spinal cord, together with the body, already solve a big part of the locomotion problem. You probably know it by the fact that you can cut the head off a chicken, it can still run for a while, showing that just the lower part, spinal cord and body, already solve a big part of locomotion.
3 things!

And I think it’s really beautiful how nature hasDISTRIBUTED CONTROL to really give a lot of responsibility to the spinal cord so that the upper part of the brain doesn’t need to worry about every muscle. It just has to worry about this high-level modulation, and it’s really the job of the spinal cord to coordinate all the muscles.

And we found ***THREE*** important criteria in the properties, basically, of the limbs. The first one is that a cat limb more or less looks like a pantograph-like ***STRUCTURE***. So a pantograph is a mechanical structure which keeps the upper segment and the lower segments always parallel. So a simple geometrical system that kind of coordinates a bit the internal movement of the segments. A second property of cat limbs is that they are very ***LIGHTWEIGHT***. Most of the muscles are in the trunk, which is a good idea, because then the limbs have low inertia and can be moved very rapidly. The last final important property is this very ***ELASTIC*** behavior of the cat limb, so to handle impacts and forces.

NOW, WHAT’S INTERESTING IS THAT THIS QUITE DYNAMIC GAIT IS OBTAINED PURELY IN OPEN LOOP, MEANING NO SENSORS, NO COMPLEX FEEDBACK LOOPS. AND THAT’S INTERESTING, BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT JUST THE MECHANICS ALREADY STABILIZED THIS QUITE RAPID GAIT,AND THAT REALLY GOOD MECHANICS ALREADY BASICALLY SIMPLIFY LOCOMOTION.

When I say Castpoints helps things be better by people doing what they would normally be doing anyway, this is partly what I mean! The researchers did not need a lot of feedback, nor AI, when the design was correct at the basic physics / structural level. Then they can have a very concise manifestation, which has a low part count so it’s easy to make, and maintain, including the economics. This is why castpoints has such minuscule overhead!!

How do you see what did Castpoints do for me today?

I don’t have a clue since I am not you 🙂

But in general CP ~= Life, slightly abstracted. So CP took care of all the basic stuff in your life (walking, digestion, enough money to get through the day, etc.) so you could do the more interesting and unique stuff.

Should know cuz yer Castpoints.

Me personally, I can’t know what’s going on with other people because I’m at their level, and am not them. But I can do the right thing by them due to emergence, but I won’t necessarily understand what or why I’m doing something until hindsight kicks in, if ever. I’m just doing what I’m inspired to do.

That’s a main problem with all this wealth redistribution / taxes / “helping others” stuff. People think they know what’s best for other people. This violates the initial condition of private property. The flip side of this is that you can only get what you want 2 ways:
– Indicate what you want
– Let emergence flow to you what you want.

The reality is that most people don’t know what they want at all. Worse, they think they do, but really don’t. When they get it, they find out they wanted something deeper. So it’s a much better strategy to align with their internal spirit / divinity / whatever is “bigger than them” (this is asking for connection to a node higher, the “parent” role, because this role has more perspective of the bigger pattern). Then they stop running around toward the latest fad / away from suffering and align with what works. This creates a better ROI and then creates more emergence for one’s personal life.

In other words, what is truly best for a person is by definition best for everything else. 🙂

It looks like you propose the same thing as “helping others” stuff, except doing a better job at it…parentally, from the collective wants.

Helping others is a by product of helping myself. My efforts go into divinities’ pattern, then get mixed / matched / abstracted / etc., then can go other people.

Sound familiar? When CP is facilitating content ranking, the money goes into a dividend fund for a week then is dispersed. This abstraction, or distancing and mixing is critical so that fraud can’t happen.

When things mix away from us, that is critical so that we don’t project our crap onto others. In other words, we can go full tilt on helping ourselves and it will only make everything better. When the communists say, “each according to their needs”, they are right. They just don’t know how to actually do that in a workable way. Whoever gets to allocate those resources is unlikely to be a true saint which is why the whole thing falls apart.

A true saint, or Paladin, ~always does the right thing at the right time no mater what because they are very strongly aligned with divinity. They don’t have an addiction to a “narrative” / “meaning”. They just do the right thing at the right time, and then do the next right thing. There are supposedly only about a handful of people that have that high of consciousness on the planet at this time.

When I say parentally, I only mean perhaps one or 2 nodes bigger. We tend to label that stuff “the Father” and “the Mother”.

What money goes into the dividend fund?  The weekly offering?

When people rate stuff, they back their rating with money. That’s conviction! This money goes into the dividend fund which is paid out weekly to those who have added the most value within a context. Unlike most all the other ranking systems on the internet, this can’t be games since it has a time lag and transparency. Dirt simple, yet extremely effective.

How is ranking content related to enlightenment?
It’s not, directly. It’s just people indicating what has had value for them personally. The emergent properties (mostly) takes care of the rest.
How are  needs negotiated relative to others, across the
span of needs?

Negotiation is in the form of orders. Specific offers on all sides until 2 or more trigger. Again, totally simple, yet very clear and very effective all while minimizing uncertainty.

Your proposed social formation is a Church of Software Divinity, “CSD”.
It’s really just “life” correctly computerized.
Prayers  are submitted in the form of “orders” and there must be faith in the delivery of the Divinity’s will.

Yes, but you don’t need faith very long because you will see results quickly. In fact, that is partly an indicator of how aligned a person is: the rate at which they experience effective emergent things. This does not mean everything is happy though. Can’t learn courage unless you are in some sort of scary situation. Etc. “Effective” can mean effectively learning courage by getting in a scary situation (opportunity) and being courageous.

Interesting idea.

Yes, and it’s the tip of the iceberg 🙂

I can see already that I would need to set greater weight to the word of the divinity  over my intentions…
Church members must be obedient to the “word” of the software divinity.
The ego always ascribes some form of subjugation to what things bigger than itself “means”. That’s how we get past ego: stop ascribing “meanings” left right and center. Meaning implies direct causality, which is true in a linear system. It’s not true in a non linear system. If you have a lot of time, you can reverse engineer a logical path from manifestation back to impulse in an emergent system, but there are many paths. Which one is the right meaning? The answer is dependent on each local point of view. So suddenly there are billions of meanings. When there is a high supply of something, it’s generally less valuable in many contexts.
This is why “meaning” really does not matter in the higher vibration realms. And why therapists have you go back and “reframe” what a trauma meant to a person. Meaning only has local value. So when we look down at ants, we don’t really value them and what they mean, except if we see the universal patterns in them. Then a resonance happens that makes us feel good. That why there are “many paths home”. The patterns are ubiquitous, and we see the ones that are closest to our preferences. The ones further away from what we know, or the ones too close that we think we know, are harder to see.
Our personal intentions are simply a subset of divinity. Why not go to the source? Pain is generally just a message we are out of alignment, within our context.. When things feel truly good, that is a message we are generally on course, within our context.
I have reflected a bit on the Saturday meeting and some of Audrey D Grays’ stuff. It’s all based on the physical level. To be effective, things will very likely have to be more integrated with the emotional / psychology and spiritual realms. Their is no pill in our context because we have a hard time accepting the truth. When we can accept the truth, we won’t need a pill.
I have a friend in Mt Shasta. I have known her for a number of years. She often goes up on Mt Shasta by herself for a few weeks at a time with only a blanket. One time she literally came back looking 15-20 years younger. She’s around 55-65 now. But you would think she is 35. Her vibration is so high, some people literally can’t see her. People have walked right past her and come up to me asking for Grace. Only when I pointed her out 15 feet away, did the person actually “see” her. A quote of hers:
“Creation exists as the expression of the One Being, Which is Pure Consciousness, longing to realize Itself. This longing, this realization is Love…”

How is bad data and bad  ranking excluded?

It simply fades away from nonuse. Sound familiar? Anything not valued is deleted in around a week to a month.

Facebook gets 1 million reports per day, about vilolations.

That many violations, and how much money they have to spend on dealing with it is just a readout of hw incomplete their system is.

I am the source of my universe, no where else to go for source.

Right, but we say that, yet we don’t act like that. If we did, we would all be saints / paladins / enlightened. To the degree we source from our internal Source, we are effective / have high ROI / however it’s defined.

How  do we contact her?

I don’t know, other than going to Mt Shasta and asking around. She does not do technology. And she is not talkative. She is all about silence. And she does her own thing. Communication is basically spiritual. She is a very dear friend and I have spend many hours with her in the past on many occasions (mostly in groups), but we have literally only talked for about 5 mins. She does not “do” stuff. She just “is”. If we asked stuff of her she would just give us a hug and drift to the next person and be with them for a bit.

Here is one of Dr David Hawkins’ main contributions. Not saying it is right, just that it helps me understand for now. It show things are relative. If we are at guilt and can rise to anger, that is “good” and feels good and is empowering. It is not a mistake. If we are at reason and drop to anger, that is “bad” and feels like we did something wrong and need to make amends. 1,000 (Jesus, Buddha, etc) is the highest vibration a physical body can tolerate and still be here. Grace is probably in the 800’s. There are only a few people at that level incarnated at this time, supposedly. One level is not better than another level. They just are. And higher levels do not get you a free pass from pain. In fact, if you get out of alignment, you can blow up bigger. Many guru’s do this. They get into love and joy, then have sex with many their followers. Then they drop down below 200. 200 is the line in the sand (phase change) of non integrity to integrity. 600 is the phase change of linear to non linear.
Note that the level of enlightenment is really a role. That role houses and manifests  God view, life view, etc.
Knowing where someone is at is trivial. Look at how they view God, how they view life, what emotions they offer in relationships (“Offer” as compared to “reflect”!!!), and what there process (system) or relating to life is.
People at the level of fear PROJECT this onto everything. So God is punitive, life is frightening, they have a lot of anxiety, and a main defense pattern is withdrawal. We get locked into our level partly because our friends are at the same level and we keep projecting back and forth the same level of stuff which creates and reenforces our “reality”.
I think that is one main purpose of death. To give us a clean slate to try again. Otherwise we (and all of life) would all devolve into a black hole. We need death, a reset button, because we have free will and can choose to think we, specifically only we, are source. That is true, but only in our local context. We are also fractals which are interconnected so our personal source is also a synergy of all sources. On the negative, we think we are all that is — God — having dominion over everything.  This is all in the movies and our politics where we project power greater than 2 nodes away. Where ONE person saves the day by destroying ONE “bad” guy. It’s just a victim / bully duality we are working out on the collective consciousness fractal.
Right now, people are rejecting the central control father figure and embracing autonomy. Basically society is a teenager rebelling and just now getting their self identity, and so will soon reintegrate with the Father and the Mother. CP is facilitating this process. The singularity is a milestone denoting when the process settles in. It does not really have to do with robots and skynet. That’s just a projection.  It has to do with integration 🙂

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What is an example of a content and a context?

Content is me saying to you, “nine”. What se that mean? is it 9 degrees, 9 items, 9 o’clock, 9%, 9/10’s. Is it a number or German for no?  Does that 9 really mean yes? WTF?

In physics, content is a value, context is specifically provided by the units and the equation. Relationships are slight because linearity is predominant and history is slight. We can see evidence of history in the water crystal images. But they are very ephemeral.

In biology, content is any “thing”. Context is both provided by the environment and relationships and is the environment and relationships. Relationships are prominent because there is a strong history present.

You believe this philosophy can be coded into software?

I try not to do “beliefs”. They are just filters for “600” and below. I try to go to the source. As near as I can tell, I’m not describing a philosophy, I’m describing life. It is already coded. I am only mimicking that code so we can use it more directly.

Philosophy is a “study of”. That’s at the consciousness level around 400 “wise, meaningful, reason, understanding, abstraction”. I studied it. Now I’m making a product that has a consciousness level around 540, “One [integration of all markets], complete, [includes conflict resolution & reputation (past), next steps (best proven future)], joy [it’s literally a joy to use], serenity [is produced since we are not in survival mode anymore, transfiguration [the energy put toward spin and fraud is put toward creation].

That organized content and context.

The next step is the Singularity. Then we are the software and the hardware; the content and context.

Adding:
Maybe we’re constantly inventing it. There’s a concept in neuroscience that consciousness is “metastable”: constantly collapsing and re-emerging. Maybe there is an analogy to culture. Zizek’s documentary on ideology talks about the invisibility of ideology, similar to David Foster Wallace’s “water” in his Kenyon College speech.
A better “what to do”  is yet to be invented.
This isn’t a very good image, but it begins to get the point across. It suggests we do best when a bit uncomfortable. (It uses “chaos” more to mean chaotic — spazzing out and blowing up, not in the sense of chaos of complex dynamic systems. )This is why it’s cross cultural (I think) to have a joker / court jester role in society. Their role is to say / do what others are afraid to say / do. To get people out of their comfort zones.
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One example people like to use is that when driving, adding a bit of randomness to your steering direction is how we keep the car stable. It’s an unconscious thing. If we hold the wheel rigid, the car won’t stay in a straight trajectory. Basically the initial condition of direction is constantly being reset because you can never get it set right to last over many iterations (miles).
“What to do” is well known. Meditation, just breathing, yoga, thai ch, therapy, witnessing, EMDR, belief deconstruction, gratitude, massage… They all slow a person down so they can sit with a discomfort long enough to process it so it’s not an unfinished trauma that continues to run the persons life unconsciously. Castpoints does this to by using
– blunt, inescapable feedback
– constantly suggesting things that will relax the knot of trauma.
– employing small steps so that mistakes can be corrected before they blow up.
– fewer distractions.
Why I keep labeling Castpoints a phase change is because it puts each of us, and all the fractals of groups, clans, societies, right at the triple point where, say, water can be a solid, liquid, and gas almost concurrently. Why is that important? Alex W. G. again: That maximizes future options within a context. Very slight changes in decisions (initial conditions) can put things on wildly different paths.
At the triple point, things have a history, but are no longer tied to it. Even a physical history becomes non physical  This is a maximum point of freedom. Another way of saying this in a typical context is that at the triple point “meaning” is not fixed. So we can more easily revisit traumas, heal them, and move on.
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For those interested in life extension, so far they mainly talk about very physical things, stem cells, telomeres, etc., which is fine. But the non physical stuff is much more challenging and is part of the “nurture” of the nature. So once we have a pill to “reverse age”, it will likely work much better on high vibration people compared to lower vibration people. In the link above, my Mt Shasta friend reverse aged at least 15 years in a period of about 2 weeks perhaps because her vibration was so high she did not need a pill. Perhaps that’s the real fountain of youth (root word vital force). A way to have more vital force is to align with source. Then more source can flow through your pattern which then renews the whole thing.
“As above, so below.” Many suggest, and that’s what E=mc^2 says, that the higher vibrations are stepped down in order to manifest matter.
In graphology, the study of handwriting, if your personality changes your handwriting will pretty much instantly change. Or you can change your handwriting and your personality will change. But his direction is much slower and takes consistent effort. We have to “add” enough energy to the writing to induce the psychological change. Whereas a psychological change effortlessly flows downhill to physical manifestation.
I can’t just realize I’m upset about something and go to a website on the internet and just get direct help / healing. There are plenty of websites that will talk about grieving, letting go, acceptance, etc. But nothing at all like how I can go to Amazon, buy something and get it.
If there was one, it would likely be shunned like how telling people you are seeing a therapist often instantly creates a red flag.
CP avoids all this due to it’s integration. It manages all the basic physical stuff of “where are my toys, resources, kids, how do I organize them, what do they need”, but also all the emotional, and spiritual stuff related to that. There is nothing like this on the net at all right now.
It’s non threatening because you just do what you normally do with managing resources and communication via Castpoints, — that’s all linear and familiar. The specific output is also linear and familiar: move people here, try these tasks, etc. The expert non linear / emergence manifests in the middle:
– What output was suggested.
– No barriers to entry.
– Low risk next steps.
– Lots of support.
– Less energy needed to do mundane tasks, so more energy available for creative endeavors that are also more in alignment with people’s internal source.
In other words, CP will be the non physical complement to the regeneration pill. 🙂

How “integrating all markets” effects ads, marketing, and competition patterns

D R A F T [I’m sure I will edit things more, but I’m just so excited! I love data visualization! Edward Tufte is the master! I have tried to keep Castpoints design totally practical and concise for emergency use. But the plain skin totally belies what’s going on and potential investors turn their noses up without glimpsing the capabilities. Time for some sex appeal that they have never seen before.]

Fragmented markets look something like this:

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Some people can interact directly with a market, but mostly ads and marketing are a middle layer that facilitates connections. Things can be messy. “Market a / b / c” are abstractions, but they have some sort of distance that must be bridged to identify and execute transactions.

Integrated markets might look like this: Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 8.17.28 PM.png

The market’s connections are all internal and intangible, so they can self organize in real time to identify and execute the most intelligent transactions. There is little reason to have ads since all people essentially have direct access to all goods and services.

Also, there is little value operating outside of the one integrated market because the more you participate, the better / safer / more fun your life and everyone else’s are. This obsoletes black and grey markets. In other words, even for “criminals” the path of least resistance is to make more money / survive / actually thrive, by adding value.

The network effect is misnamed. It should likely be called something like the antifragile market effect. Antifragile implies a correct design. Typical stock markets are incorrectly designed. For instance, they have “circuit breakers”. The stated reason for the breakers is to allow everyone to chill out. Instead, since the breakers reduce everyones options, they just intensify the panic and poor decisions.

“Pretty” patterns and symmetrical structures are automatically created and propagated by nearly frictionless supply and demand forces, and emergence.

Why isn’t it all a mishmash? Because everything is unique. “Everything has a place, everything in its place.” This is a restating of one of evolution’s 3 initial conditions. So…

Say the mustard market basically holds 3 kinds of mustard. In order for “Plain 2” to get into this mature market, it will have to spend a lot of money to displace the existing “Plain”. Which is fine, except Plain 2 does not really fit the market and so Plain 2’s overall ROI is relatively low even though they “won” via “competition”.

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A higher ROI could be realized by the Plain 2 team if they put their effort into their own unique puzzle piece that will fit in a unique market niche. Once there is a platform to do this on a mass scale, there is almost no “competition” because everyone is busy finding their unique niche and not trying to force a presence in a niche that is not as good a fit. This has nothing to do with being nice, nor giving up. It’s simply the most intelligent path and high ROI within that context is the readout that the effort is on the right path.

This is how collaboration naturally trumps competition.

Peter Thiel talks about this eloquently:

That’s wonderful, but how do we visualize that?

So assuming we are all unique beings (a fractal conglomeration of patterns) hopefully doing unique things…  Instead of saying, I should start to work out! When people log in, they will see a semi abstract pattern that represents “them”. Their mind, body, and soul. Where the pattern is beautiful, this will be drawing in other similar patterns that together make even more beauty. Where the patterns are less than beautiful, incomplete, bent, etc., there are the appropriate “healing” patterns ready to be added. You just “accept” them and then see what they are! You can already see how much better your pattern will be if you just do the task or participate in the role! And the task, role, etc., has, say, an 80% chance of actually working, without “big data” nor privacy concerns. This makes Castpoints even more fun and compelling.

It’s the game of life. But instead of “Duke Nukem” [which is perhaps the best title ever!] where the path is least resistance is:

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With Castpoints, the path of least resistance becomes an incredibly supportive and collaborative environment focused thriving in multiple fractals concurrently: self, family, clan, district, city, state, society, humanity. All while preserving what’s valuealbe about cultures. All just by doing the work / play / discovery that is personally best for you.

Practically, Castpoints literally suggests your best next step. The result is that you make your visualized pattern more attractive and also the fractals above and below more attractive (within a context). Although I don’t know how to make the patterns self visualize at this time, I know it can be done.

When I look at “my web page” to start to get my work done, I might see aspects like this:

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The gray area would represent a missing pattern of my life. Castpoints knows the pattern that will fit there from simple pattern matching and suggest to you to resources (people, goods, services, tasks, thoughts, etc.)

My clan’s pattern might have aspects of this:

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This suggests that we have the right patters, they are just not connected correctly.

This different fractal might suggest this whole area has good structure, all the parts, but is under capitalized.

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All of these things are creative business opportunities that can be automatically sent out to the exact people who have a proven history of helping in the correct context.

In other words, due to emergence, which is due to a fully integrated market, all the interesting and high ROI opportunities that I could ever want are literally just waiting for me every morning. It’s not even a fire hose of them, because that would stress out my pattern.

The metaphor could be my life is a billion piece multi fractal puzzle. And instead of taking forever to finish it, a few pieces are highlighted every morning that help me specifically and practically. As I incorporate them, all the other fractals of the puzzle become more full, interesting, beautiful, and fun!

How are these patterns and images created? NOT data mining. Simply a visualization of the nodes, connections, and their content flows, that you, personally and currently value. Probably, these will be matched to visual patterns form stock photos or something. So if an area sort of looks like a bird, then perhaps a bird will be used. This will be all auto-magic and likely highlight archetypes.

ps. Some “image quilts“.

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Patterns: the decentralized “Operating System” and AI

Delta City has aspirations of having a vibrant economy. The current centralized way of management is relatively ineffective and can’t hope to keep up with the pace of change. I like to think Castpoints is an answer. This is a discussion of it’s structure.

Castpoints is nature’s operating system of, “evolution”, codified for practical use. Perhaps you would be interested in parts of it since it redefines AI to ultimately having empathy.

Current AI of “agent” and “connection” lacks 2 crucial initial conditions:
1) A context / environment / fractal. Without this, it’s like the monkeys reared with no mammalian contact. They are not well adjusted because they lack reference points and so can’t easily form meanings.
2) “Agent” implies intelligence, but they really should be called nodes because they can be anything, like a pile of bricks. Also crucially, a tangible node (bricks, a person, etc.) has a scope of about 2 nodes away, while an intangible node (content, light) has a scope of ~infinity.

Current AI can produce Skynet since ultimately this AI has to generate it’s own context and scopes to work with, and that might not value empathy the way we do.

Castpoints AI (evolution) made everything including us. So as long as it’s coded correctly, it “should” 😉 easily value empathy without it being specifically coded in.
The intelligence is more in the connections than the nodes. Speculation:
– More connections basically = more opportunity for emergence. This is what allows evolution to solve problems without first asking the right question, and to solve problems at the same level they were made. Possibly, very dense and very structured patterns create emergence at such a high level, we really don’t understand it and so apply the term “miracle”.
– The connections make patterns. The more structured, antifragile, etc., the more quantity and quality of amplitude and frequency can flow through them. We have intellectually termed this “having value”, being workable, having bandwidth, powerful,  etc. Emotionally we termed these “feeling good”, empathy, etc. Physically, the terms are beautiful, elegant, etc. This is easily visible by putting sand on a plate of glass over a speaker: “Beautiful” music make “pretty” patterns. Acid rock makes “ugly” and course patterns. Thermodynamics wise, beauty is laminar flow while not-beauty is turbulent flow. Of course, both have value, WITHIN the right context. “Ugly”, turbulent flow is often associated with elimination and recycling processes. Crying purges an overloaded system so it can safely reset back to a more comfortable homeostasis.

Purpose? Perhaps… Being comfortable interacting with larger fractals, and scopes, of degrees of freedom. In that case growth, discovery, and challenge are forever since infinity is really, really big.

As far as I can tell, evolution keeps homesteading voids then filling them with cool stuff. Can we ever run out of void? So the overall pattern keeps growing, and there is always more uniqueness to discover.

Related
Standard AI still struggles with how to value things… (updated Dec 2015)

How failure moves from resulting in death to engendering support thus negating welfare

This recently popped into mind:

When using Castpoints, failure engenders support and success attracts investment.

Many people have been trained to distrust “markets”, even though we swim in a sea of markets. It’s true that evolution (a market) can be pretty harsh with many avenues leading straight to death. So “capitalism must be mean” right? I always knew there was more to the story from Castpoints point of view, and now I got it!

Evolution is awesome at 2 things: creating niches, and  arbitraging opportunities. Niches just snuggle into voids (root: make ineffective, get ride of, left empty).

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Image credits: heart, tree, brown, lounge.

Arbitrage means promoting what’s undervalued to be more effectively valued, or finding what overvalued and shorting it down to a seemingly more effective value.

Never mind the people who have made “enough” money and are looking to add meaning to their lives by helping other’s, Castpoints is a system where the most undervalued are awesome because the bigger the arbitrage spread, the bigger the potential profit, with minimal risk of trouble or exploitation. Don’t reform welfare, kiss it goodbye.

Is there any science backing this up?

Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better. This property is behind everything that has changed with time: evolution, culture, ideas… The antifragile loves randomness and uncertainty, which also means—crucially—a love of errors, a certain class of errors. Antifragility has a singular property of allowing us to deal with the unknown, to do things without understanding them—and do them well.

Just like Alex Wissner-Gross’s A new equation for intelligence, real (Artificial) Intelligence does not need a goal.

But wait, how do we tell what’s undervalued? Easy. This is a mocked up partial search result from Castpoints:

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“Arb opps” means arbitrage opportunity. This is not some fancy black box math. It’s just the spread between the current, and historical average supply and average supply for the given context, based on the value a user has already added in that context. Not just for people, for anything. It does not really matter if there is a huge demand for written content about birds, if a person does not write well, there is minimal opportunity for them.

Right now we often think insulating ourselves from our actions and blaming others is a workable strategy. In CP, failures are kept small partly because we get real time ROI feedback on how things are going. It’s transparent so there is no one to blame. Also, if open to other options, it’s a profit opportunity to others to help you out. And CP can auto suggest roles and task specific for you.

In other words, people can’t fail on a big level unless they willfully try!

The “success attracts investment” part is obvious. Almost every option has an ROI associated with it and an insurance percentage. It’s simple to rank options according to the ROI (which is based on transactions) with a minimum risk. Once a thing has a proven record, and a low insurance percentage (premium) they have near zero incentive to mess up. Or else their insurance immediately goes up (until their track record gets better) which makes them less competitive.

Related:
+ A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Nassim Taleb about Optionality/Investing

Castpoints use case: proactive EMS in schools

A topic that is foremost in every parent’s mind is their child’s safety, (particularly while on school grounds).

Here are a few facts:
• Active shooter events have nearly tripped in the past 7 years.(2)
• The five highest casualty events since 2000 happened despite police arriving on scene in about 3 minutes (which is considered fast).
• Current communication and organization options are poor.

After 15 years of working on this very issue, I finally have a solution: An advanced, yet simple, communication system that works on any cell phone, and cuts response time to under 10 seconds: “Castpoints.”

When I talk with parents about how Castpoints could:
• Reduce a school’s overall risk.
• Greatly reduce casualties.
• Is transparent, yet protects privacy.
• Is built on the proven(3) Incident Command System, which provides a standardized approach for incident management, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity of the event.
They universally blurt, “I want that!”

MINIMIZE RESPONSE TIME WHILE MAXIMIZING USABLE INFORMATION
A few taps on any phone to change a status to “Emergency, active shooter” immediately messages teachers, staff, parents, EMS, everyone, who then update their status and location. Now everyone can immediately, and independently, tell where the issue is, and IS NOT, and act. The key is that relationships are established BEFORE the incident, so:
• A trusted chain of command is in place.
• Frantic people do not need to ponder who and how they message. The Castpoints expert liaison structure automatically does this.
• Half of these incidents end by unarmed citizens. Now they know exactly where to go.
• Police don’t just “arrive on scene”, They also know exactly where to go.
• Seconds count: saving a minute can save 10 kids.(1)
• A campus can be declared secure very quickly, speeding help to the injured.

RESPONSE AND LIABILITY

It’s crazy to expect school staff to correctly make intense life and death decisions in seconds while under fire with only 4 hours of yearly training. With Castpoints, there is no more, “If only I did…” Teachers don’t have to wait for central authority to make good decisions. They can act in seconds. Plus, an offsite Incident Commander, with their massive resources, can instruct school staff to get kids to safety, while directing others to confront the shooter, all within seconds.

MANAGING PARENTS
Most incident systems are only for professionals, and cost a lot of money. Schools normally broadcast simple messages that parents can’t respond too. In a real emergency, the office will be flooded with calls. The Castpoints liaison messaging system means there is no need to call the office because the best info about a parent’s kid, and the situation in general, is already on the parent’s phone in seconds.

Castpoints can manage other incidents as well such as broken bones, earthquakes, drills, and emergency supplies (that are often out of date).

I’m wondering if you might be available to discuss this simple, free (for schools), and professional way to secure schools.

I’ll be upfront by saying that I have successfully coded 20% of Castpoints. I have done this all with my savings and free time. However, now I am at a point where it’s become essential to outsource some of the funding so I can hire help and finish this much needed system within 5 months.

This system can provide life changing results for schools that I hope one day will be incorporated into schools nation wide.

All the best, Jeff Fitzmyers, MS

Selected resources
1) http://www.policemag.com/channel/careers-training/articles/2013/02/rethinking-active-shooter-response.aspx
2) https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/office-of-partner-engagement/active-shooter-incidents/a-study-of-active-shooter-incidents-in-the-u.s.-2000-2013
3) https://www.usfa.fema.gov/pdf/efop/efo31023.pdf

More resources
http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/91068/file-15973733-pdf/docs/msa_special_analysis_
https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/MediaLibraries/URMCMedia/flrtc/documents/ActiveShooterEvents.pdf
http://www.spartancops.com/solo-officer-entry-active-shooters-ron-borsch-qa-part-1/
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/pdf/efop/efo31023.pdf

Traction examples

When I explain to parents how Castpoints would help protect their kid(s), they universally blurt, “I want that!”

~…performance management system… The standard annual interview doesn’t fit anymore…It’s a very big transformation… since it has been announced, I have received tons of mail and requests for information on how we’re going to do it… It seems that most of the companies, large and small, are looking for a new way of driving performance management…. Feedback is given in realtime after the project is done….Simplify criteria. Get back to what matters. Should not be more than 3 or 4 metrics. 20 is not better than four. – Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s CEO

How cool is that!?!!? People are hungry for more effective performance reviews. AND Mr. Nanterme understands that 3 to 4 variables are all you need to create! BUT, the performance is still at the end of a project. It should be transparent and realtime DURING the project.

Wouldn’t it be valuable if each role had a summery page like this? All the critical info of everything, at every scale at a glance.

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How to protect everyone at a company from financial stock issues

When a Unicorn Start-Up Stumbles, Its Employees Get Hurt

Different classes of shares produce this: “…employees discovered their Good stock was valued at 44 cents a share… In contrast, preferred stock … was worth almost seven times as much.” Castpoints uses only one kind of share specifically to avoid this kind of issue.

Not applying a tax at the correct time produce this: “…IRS levied taxes on some employees when their Good stock was still considered a valuable asset and worth multiples of what they actually received. One person’s tax bill came to more than $80,000, while another paid more than $150,000…” All parts of a transaction have to be complete when executed, otherwise this can happen. Un-executed parts just increase uncertainty.

Not having a free market produces this: “… with a valuation of more than $1 billion…. Good’s final sale price down to $425 million…” So really, the real valuation was overstated by double. Non free markets produce large arbitrage opportunities. Arbitration narrows the spread between reality and illusion and so reduces uncertainty. 

Not having a free market produces this:”Good’s final sale price down to $425 million… Good’s board had turned down an $825 million cash offer just six months earlier, less than half of the company’s $1.1 billion private valuation.” In a free market (depending if there are agreed upon lockup periods) the stock owners can trade whenever they want. If they thought that deal was a missed opportunity, they could have sold at the private valuation of $1.1 billion. If they agreed with the decision, they can’t blame anyone (unless there was fraud involved).

Not understanding risk produces this: “Yet three days after Good rebuffed CA’s [$825 million] bid, bankers recommended that Good delay the I.P.O. for a month. Several tech companies had gone public for less than their private valuations. When the stock of MobileIron, a publicly traded rival, sank in April, bankers recommended that Good further postpone the offering.” If you are a solid company, you don’t need to ride a frenzy. Hindsight is easy, but the whole IPO process is broken. People who know markets well, the rich traders, always keep risk at the forefront — unless they are making mistakes which gives them something to talk about  in interviews 🙂 Here the risk is a smaller IPO vs. the trend changing to a very poor IPO environment, and while waiting for it to turn around, the company runs out of cash. A good trading rule of thumb if you don’t know exactly what you are doing: If you get a windfall, say thank you, and exit the trade ASAP! Windfalls are rare. Don’t waste them like I did, twice!

Not having transparency produces this: “Employees had little idea that an outside appraisal firm had valued Good at $434 million.” In CP, everyone in a role can see the role’s cash flows and ROI’s. And the roles 1 node above and below. So if words don’t match reality, it’s simple to know.

Not having a system that transparently suggests best practices produces this: “We listened to these executives and, in the end, incurred huge tax bills because we trusted them,” Mr. Parks said. “Employees essentially ended up paying to work for the company.”

All the above produces a messy aftermath: “…the lawyer representing Mr. Bogosian and the institutions, said that “managers and controlling shareholders may not put their interests ahead of the minority owners of the company.” ” Good luck defining all those terms. Plus, it’s not effective —  not how nature works, to put other’s interests before your own. That’s why when masks pop out of the overhead compartment, you put yours on first. The share structure should be such that everyones’ interests are aligned by default.

Why people’s laws don’t work: “They possess the power to write a law, but they lack the power to enforce it against the trend or human nature.” — Martin Armstrong Why nature’s laws work: Billions of years of evolution.