Facebook and the world domination

Dino

Instagram app has updated its data policy. It is not yet rolled out to their website so I can link, but I urge you to read it once you soon get the notification:

They are being upfront about how much data they collect, and implictly admit that they have your shadow profile, even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

Which is a double-edged knife; Not only it’s an honest gesture, it will also make you give up quitting their service, cause of course, they see you anyhow even if you haven’t made an account at the first place.

It is smartly drafted and clearly technical experts, lawyers and psychologists are involved.

They have listed many different types of raw data they collect (“data categories”, as a congresswoman called it), but don’t say what this data can be used for. What other information about us can be inferred from processing such raw data – how much this data can tell about us – is inconcievable for most of us. Cambridge Analytica was the tip of an iceberg.

Facebook among many other giants are closing on to the level of a super-organism mapping the real world of social and physical connections, and yet conveying that you can not escape this system so just try to get along and live with it.

While we should be aware how such level of knowledge can be used to manipulate us or others against us – simply for profit and at any costs, simply how capitlaism’s metrics work – we should know that this is yet another stage of our evolution.

As the Internet made the infrastructure available for many codes to quickly evolve and dominate, no *beta* version of any code, no early form of DNA for any superorganism lasts so long.

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The forementioned data policy shows that Facebook has not given up on its self-destructive greed, and is covertly following its growth patterns of move fast and break things. Facebook might have gotten away with this challange this time around, and could also possibly come to an agreement with lawmakers and politicians to let them safely keep on going with their endless domination agenda.

Although, I am sure this super-organism is not aware of things that some of its cells are, and even its CEO could not process such information better than some of us.

That – in a nutshell – how exactly in the face of environmental pressures the big can fail faster:

When the large asteroid hit the earth 65 million years ago, it was the gigantic dinaseurs who went extinct. So Facebook may want to give a little budget from their lawyers and psychologists to hire an ecologist or an evolutionary biologist, to help them take note and learn why it happened to those giant super-advanced reptiles, who were once inarguably on top of the food chain. And how tiny shrews took the chance in such a chaos to dominate the scenery and kickstarted new generation of mammals taking the game to the next level.

My note from two and a half years ago on the topic:

Facebook will die

Ethernal AI dictatorship

Elon Musk is right.

And humans are already slaves of some self-organized technological super-intelligence, made of flesh and sillicon. It’s just many of them out there fighting over us as resrources and the evolutionary battle hasn’t been settled just yet.

So let me reflect on these doomsdays scenarios:

I think we tend to undermine the algorithmic nature of the world, and so the wide variety of scopes and the vast magnitudes of scales that the so-called *evolution* can rule, beyond biology.

It’s an old story. Trees made us to be their polinating agents and we cut them down. We made AI and it will enslave us.

So he is right. But this doomsday scenario isn’t like a Terminator story.

A ‘god-like’ AI is a true threat. But it doesn’t need to be a robot, a super computer, or a conventional AI.

These god-like creatures have algorithmic nature, similar to AI. So let’s talk about that instead.

First of all, algorithms don’t run in a methaphysical space sperated from our world. Algorithms need *stuff* to run on; They need flesh and sillicon. Also they were not invented by humans with the digital computers. They have been around for a long long time.

The truth is, we are already slaves of self-organized algorithmic beings higher than ourselves. The technological end legal entities that interact with each other and the machinery of our civilization for example. These super organisms beyond any individual’s power have evolved an order and dictate what we should do. They rule us, own us, embed and encompass us; We are like cells in their bodies.

What are exactly these algorithmic super-organisms? Very difficult to pin point.

If we can spot and name them, we would still view them as vague concepts entangled with each other like a spaghetti, rather than detached phsyical objects. I don’t think from our perspective we can define these super-organisms as separate entities like the conventional organisms that we know, but that doesn’t make them any less real. Perhaps we can, with our limited understandings, identify some of them that are somewhat immediately built by us: organizations, nation-states, political parties or corporates. But there is much more complexity that goes above our heads when we include all the algorithmic functionalities within and in between them.

It is really these entities who make wars, invent alphabet, or send objects to Mars, not our individual leaders, inventors or visionaries. They have habits and patterns like our personality traits, and one may say we made science as an endeaver to understand those patterns and traits.

These algorithmic gods and masters are beyond our understanding as we are beyond our cells. We are just a small part of them. And they are intelligent too. More than us or less, is difficult to tell. They are operating at different scales and deal with different problems for the survival of their code. Are we more intelligent than our cells? What about the cancerous ones? If so how one of them can kill us?

I think we already are slaves of some god-like beings that are in their infancies and are co-evolving with us. And it shouldn’t be surprising if their greed for domination and survival as their emergent property, tend to accelerate out of our control and if we find ourselves captured in a deterministic ordered that we built together, while there is no way out.

We have experienced this situation before. With the idols, commandments, money, cities and legal systems we have previously made codes that became stronger than us. These codes are already our masters, exhibiting recognizable patterns taking us to wars and situations beyond the decisions of any CEO, king or emperror.

And I think of AI threat along the same lines, only on steroid. AI is scary because it runs on increasingly faster platforms and can accelarate since it may gain the power to make itself acceleratingly smarter.

When it comes to what matters to us, things like freedom of humanity, what we call AI and is warned about can co-evolve to make the grip of such evolving super-organisms much tighter. It can give them more efficiency to execute their codes against the competition and help them minimize their cost-functions more aggressively to optimize their goal, money, growth, profit, order, whatever it might be.

While nature is at its own game, the bad news for us may that our current welfare and freedom can last for only a short moment in the history. That the priviledged position of the enlightened modern man may be just a temporary behavior of one of these algorithmic entities going through a phase transition.

So these fuzzy pilosophical especulations aside, I think what makes AI dangerous is something like this:

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Technology has transformed us. As our individual survival depends more and more on the interaction with technology, we are gaining some freedom while losing some. Our functions are changing rapidly.

We are already not free to think with our own individual brains. Are we? The dominant codes, wide-spread systems and algorithms are dictating how we should think. What questions should be asked and what options are out there. How we should model the world, how we should think how to live. Call these forces the society, economy, media, culture; They have rules and systems and we get our thinking patterns from them. The most successful of them have evolved to copy themselves like programs in our heads and they are ruling us already.

We see now that smartphones controlled from small brain-like power hubs and control panels in the tech giants already control the masses. But they even control the CEOs of the those giants in some way. You see when these powerful individuals seem to be in full control, how suddenly desperate they become in the face of unforeseen challenges?

This is just one decade of smartphones taking over our lives. Soon enough we will even have chips in our brains and implants will replace screens and touchpads. So it would be much easier to control us, and voluntarily even.

Environmentally, almost all wild animals who did not follow the new order are gone already and only us the tamed ones are left. Some of us domesticated animals will be the the pigs locked up in the slaughter house. Some would be workers trapped somewhere else to provide electricity to those facilities. Some of us would be more free programming the machinery, some are following someone elses’ orders, who gets order from another one, who is somewhat voted by us through the propaganda that is fed to us by . No one’s really free already.

Who wrote all these code? No body as far as we know. We all together did it and it evolved with us. And it’s there now anyway. AI can only make us voluntarily head to make such a destiny much faster. Because it potentially knows us way better than we do ourselves.

We can’t even say if this scenario is good or bad. It just is. I think there’s no right or wrong at this scale.

Good or bad, I think a kidney cell can never go back to float freely in the wild precamberian oceans of the earth like its ancestors did. Not after it evolved to enjoy the economy of scale and its existence dependent to interact with the rest of the nody.

We may be heading to uncertain futures like this that find ourselves increasingly *locked up*, if not physically but algorithmically, to run functions that deals with our very survival. It sounds deterministic and sad. But we are heading that way already. I think AI could only make it faster and could come up with new creatures that would blow our current minds.

There is one thing for sure. What we are experiencing now is anything but a state of equilibrium, so we are heading to something pecular. We humans as the catalyzers of this process may try to stir it so the established future order wouldn’t be upleasant for our species. Although I doubt if we can manage.

Electrified Bees

If you are an electrified bee amongst all other bees in the hive, how far can you go off-the-grid and still survive?

– What if you think electrified bees produce bad honey?
– What if you have a dream of making honey, but not from sugar fed to you under fluorescent light. But from wild flowers and in the sunlight?
– What if there is this rule dictated in the hive that going off-the-grid is a sin. So if you do it, most bees would think of you as a lazy bee who doesn’t want to make its fair share of honey?
– What if you come to believe that the honey you make is really not honey?
– What if you come to believe that the honey you make is really not yours?
– What if you think the hive has a systematic leakage? And most of what you all make goes wasted?
– What if you come to understand that no one is responsible in this situation more than you. That the queen bee is in it together with all the rest?
– What if you think the hive is in a free fall off a tree, or rolling down from a hill, and sooner or later will hit the river?

Should you, if you can, get a little far from the craze if not completely off-the-grid, and still survive?
Or would you starve on the way to the flower garden?

Reflecting on Iran’s Recent Protests

Iran’s anti governmental protest enters its fourth day. People follow with mixed feelings, hope and worry. Few points and opinions for the western audience that the mass media may not highlight:

1. Technically, this time around things didn’t even start in the capital. They took off in few smaller cities across the country and spread to some big cities and then reached the capital. This points to different dynamics that could make the uprisings more difficulto control for the government. More than 30 cities have been involved. This is unprecedented.

2. Iran has reportedly repealed some net neutrality (restoring its freedom as some put it!) by reportedly discriminating against massaging apps that are used to mobilize populations. If protests spread further, they may shut down the whole network as they did before. In comparison to 2009 uprisings the Internet penetration rate has nearly doubled reaching above 80%.

3. During the first couple of days the hardliners tried to seize the protests and view them as economic disatisfaction of the masses to use it against the reformist government. That however backfired and slogans targeted the regime as a whole. This will intensify if the revolutionary guard (under the supreme leader) enters the scene; so far only the police forces have been in charge of controling the crowd with limited casualties.

4. Protesters as usual protest economic pressures and also demand social and political freedom. Economic pressures are partly due to neoliberal policies of the reformist government and the power it has given to the banks. This plus some typical-range curroption and mismanagement is not unique to Iran. Iran’s economy, however, suffers from few other elements:

The country has grown several political mafias in the past 40 years from cartels under the rule of the Islamic revolutionary guard and many other theocratic organizations. On top of these, the economic sanctions that were supposed to be relieved after the Iran Deal, still keep pressuring people. Needless to say that US under Trump resisted the agreement illegally, although Europe did its part after Iran showed its commitment to the nuclear deal.

5. Now Trump’s administration backed by the war machine is trying to harvest the fruits of this economic pressure their own way. His message [although in pure syntax and without a context] was heart-warming (The world is watching, we are supporting the people of Iran, they differ from the government, bla) in reality was only worrying, given where it came from!

The truth is, the majority of the people in Iran are tired of its theocracy, though a majority of those – hopefully – have some historic memory on what has happened to other places that US offered a hand of support; Iraq, Lybia, Afaghanistan, Yemen and Syria, directly or indirectly. So it seems they will pass this time too. Plus no one should be fooled that Trump’s administration has a slightest care for this thing called human rights, in any part of the world.

This is a political excuse to use against the geopolitical adversaries, and never against the temporary allies. And in itself is a hypocratic and psychopathic measure.

6. Along those lines, Fox News is shamelessly repeating that Obama lost a golden opportunity in 2009 to interfere or else the Iranian regime would not be in place. I wonder what kind of people watch this show. What’s their level of intellect, their fact-base or their empathy level, to buy this rhetoric, still in 2017? One of these three at least shall be questioned for any houshold who gets their news and analysis from such sources.

Had Obama meddled in 2009, [a quick look at other countries where they meddled show that] not only the theocrats in Tehran wouldn’t be in place right now, but lots of buildings and roads, infrastructure and universities and historic monuments and probably some half a million people wouldn’t also be there. Thus, Obama did the right thing not to seize that *opportunity* to wage war against a complex and misunderstood country. And did it wrong with any other country that it did meddle with, including Syria and Lybia. It’s that simple. And it’s mind-blowing that a large fraction of the American public watch this rhetoric on channels like Fox and don’t call it bullshit to change the channel immediately! This is about time for Americans (and with respect to the trends, soon the rest of the west) to understand how short-minded and manipulative these rhetorics are and to stop seeing themselves as the saviors of the world. Especially America that needs to deal with its own rigged politics before exporting a democracy that is running out at home.

7. War is a lose-lose game. That is, the end of all hopes. And the war machine does not miss any opportunity to wage another war. The west must not repeat its mistake this time around, when US adiministration will come to team up to get allies to participate in another war. We must be very clear that it is not an option.

War is lose-lose game for the whole planet, including the western voters who keep voting for war-friendly politics, not paying enough attention to the fact that much of their issues come from those counter-productive policies. Only few will win in a war: Right wing politicians, such as the Republican Party and the sentaros who will use it to distract the public while looting them. Hardliners, Mullahs and right-wings in Tehran who will probably get more powerful if they won’t be overthrown, as they did it before in the 80s. Even if they are rid of, other perhaps new radical groups and brands such as ISIS who will norture from a post-war ecology. And not to mention, of course the weapon industry and their shareholders. These groups combined mke a very tiny fraction of the world population. They are the winners of the next war and every one else will lose. Generations will be hurt and that pain – as usual – will NOT stay within the borders of the affected country. Its shockwaves does spread through immigration, economic difficulties, disease and a lot of other mysterious ways that Karma works. So do not get hopeful when you see another country in war cast on your TV. Right in that moment you are participating in it, and Karma works in mysterious ways!

8. Social and political freedom is a win-win game. It’s time for theocrats in Tehran to let go of their repressive measures and let the people breath. They sure know policies such as compulsory hijab, or the organizations that keep an otherwise democratic code from functioning democratically, do not come from their faith in some ideology. These are just symbolic signs to show who has the power, or some institutions to presever it. And similar to the collapse of soviets, they aren’t working for them anymore and if they try to keep those elements, they may lose it all.

So it’s about time for the Iranian government to allow genuine and radical reforms – socially and even politically – not as a passive response to the political unrest, but as proactive measures for the future events that will sure come their way even if they manage this one. In fact this might be one of their last chances to do so. The moment people know a different reality is imaginable they will not tolarate theb current fourty-years backwards politics of isolation. We are hopeful and we wish that somehow without any other foreign intrusion, the Iranian people manage to mobilize peacefully to align their demands, and confront their local dominators in large numbers to show that enough is enough. Let’s see how the future unfolds. But a large political shift, like a referendum should be within reach.

And as a usual princinple, screw the dominator!

Peace and love

Complex Coin!

I just thought of an algebraic suggestion to extend the domain of traditional money with the use of crypto currency.

How about we make a new currency: ComplexCoin! Its value would be like a combination of a major FIAT currency as the real value (💶) and a major crypto coin (👾) as the imaginary value. (Don’t get offended if you are a crypto enthusiast; There’s nothing more real about real numbers compared to the imaginary ones. Afterall these are concpets that mathematicians use to model and conomists can follow too.)

To use the ComplexCoin (i-Coin?) we need to make new pricing models in especial online or brick and mortar stores that sell stuff at complex prices. The pricing is stable because it shall be regulated to depend only on the complex cost of producing or acquiring the goods, and not the volatile exchange rate between the two types of currencies.

So if you have an A+Bi amount of cash in your bank account and you want to buy an item at the complex price of a+bi your account will be charged so you are left with (A-a)i+(B-b) i-Coins. As simple as that.

What matters is that the price of the goods are set by the manufacturer/distributer based only upon the complex cost of the items, all the way from mining and production to wholesale and retail.

This is meant to keep the rates more stable to help adopting cryptocurrencies in our daily lives, so it is important that at the event of purchase the exchange between the real and imaginary values shouldn’t be permitted. Of course people can in their digital bank accounts exchange between the two currencies if exchange rates are unstable.

For example, if an apple (🍎) cost a farmer 1£ and 1 Ripple they typically sell it to the wholesalers with a certain profit(say 100% would make it 2£ and 2Ripples). But even if 1 Ripple is 1£ at the time of purchase, the terminal can not charge 4£, or 4 Ripples, altough they are equal at the time of the transaction.

There can be exceptions where the terminals charges you one of the currencies when the buyer runs out of the other one, for the transaction to go through after prompting.

Also when a transaction fee is applied (purchasing abroad or cashing out at ATM), it can be charged not as a percentage of the magnitude (as it is already the case for our real-axis FIAT currencies), but instead as an angular rotation that will be profitable for the cash terminal, based on the current exchange rate between the two axes.

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There may be a lot of problems and challanges for this to work obviously, but it was worth sharing. At worst, think of it as yet another coin, which creates its niche to stand out by the use of a mathematical concept instead of breeding kitties!

I just wonder if people are going to buy shares in a bank that issues this token, would that be an ICO? IPO? (i-CO or ICPO?)

My flight is taking off now and no Internet on-board this time. I shared my idea. Share your opinions here!

Dream: Ticking Bombs of Ancient Wisdom

Finally, the Sci-Fi dream of two nights ago. As promised here, the tried topic for lucid dreaming was about the wild ways we could possibly encounter aliens.

Here’s the outcome, to be drafted in linear terms, in three eposides:

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Episode one, Ancient Intelligence: 👽

There were aliens long before us. They were very intelligent. Too intelligent for their own good, like us, only more. They were like what we could be in a thousand years, however still not immune from the existential threats caused by their own progress.

Their expeditions kept imposing frequent threats upon their safety, and their knowledge could only marginally solve them. Plus they had used up their planet, so they wanted to go for the stars. For that they had also started to spread seeds of life in to the vast darkness of the galaxy, hoping that one day one of them hits a livable planet and contaminate it with life.

This charitable cosmic initiative was still a humble investment by our ancient grandparents: First it would take billions of years for those life forms to create a discent biosphere. Then once any of these life forms could reach an intelligent level, it would not be immuned from a self-distruction that seems to be the natural course of evolution. Because of such prognosis they were working to make better plans and manifacture more resilient seeds of life.

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Episode two, Edible Knowledge: 💊📕

These aliens survived long enough to know how to hack life. Their bodies were customizable and could transform, their age and faith and habits were out of their own choice and above all they had this organic technology that allowed them to learn new knowledge by eating stuff; a library for a spoon of whatever knowledge they wanted to learn and store!

Among those edible flash memories, there were even more flexible variations compatible with some other potential life forms that could have evolved out of those pollinating seeds. And the aliens wanted to preserve their legacy and save their civilization, but if not that, they new they can stand a chance to save their future descendent life forms from doing similar mistakes.

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Episode three, ticking bombs: 💣☄

Fast forward… Their civilization was long gone. But in a cold corner of their solar system, in danger of solar flares and cosmic hazards, there were these space stations rotating silently with thousands of ticking bombs in them. They would go off once in a million years according to the plan to hopefully end up landing on a now-matured life form to give them the edible wisdom of survival, showed long ago to successfully transfer the knowledge to most imaginable life forms of this family, lab-tested and scientifically proven!

May be this time we could survive and go interstellar…

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PS. This was obviously influenced by Terence’s Food of the Gods and any originality must go to his machine elves and their ecology of souls. 🍄 What was new to me was the third episode, especially the sad punchline that reminded me of the detached scene of Gravity. There was no scenes of dildosphere!!

Not alone, but we’re lonely

Aliens probably exist. But they didn’t make our pyramids. And they didn’t negotiate with our governments. That’s just a childish scenario.

It’s reasonable to believe in extraterrestials. They are likely to exist, given the vastness of the universe, and given us. So we are probably not alone, but our companions are perhaps not so hangable either.

Aliens, at the time of us encountering them, could be inconceivably different from us. In their size and time constants, intelligence, capabilities, goals and morals. So the cosmic pluralism that makes us unlikely to be alone, makes us even less likely to have friends.

The most realistic scenarios of us and aliens encountering each other has got to be the wildest ones. Not like we both go to space and we then meet and exchange ideas. Or they come find our planet and throw a pyramid at it and leave, then millenia later return with fancier UFOs to negotiate with our government.

We have probably not met aliens yet, not conventionally, recently, and in equal terms at least. And they have probably not encountered us. But if they already have, it must have been a long time ago, and perhaps in ways less imaginable to our day to day minds.

So this was a preperation for what I am going to dream about tonight. In what ways we may have encountered aliens! There may be episodes or scenes of dildosphere too. Will let you know how it goes.

Good night!

Dildosphere

1. The end of bio-diversity: Perhaps a while before but certainly after the agricultural revolution, we humans as one of the many species dominated the earth and killed off or domesticated all the other species. We redefined the earth’s gene pool according to our own genetic code. A hundred thousand years ago it would be impossible to guess which of these animals [who populated the earth and if any] would eventually get out of balance and dominate the earth like we did. It turned out to be us who killed the planet’s bio-diversity and instead created a cultural diversity based around our own species.

2. The end of cultural diversity: The cultural diversity did not last long either and after the industrial revolution one of these many cultural codes killed the rest or tamed them to dominate the civilization. Industrial capitalism eradicated all the other cultures and life styles, or largely made them adapt to become yet another implementation of consumerist culture. A thousand years ago it would be difficult to guess what kind of cultural code will dominate the earth, but consumer capitalism turned out to kill the rest of the cultural pluralism and instead created a diversity of consumer goods and products.

3. The end of product diversity: Will the product diversity of today last for ever? Now it’s very difficult to guess what branch of these product groups will eradicate all the other goods to take over the scene in decades to come. But we can always speculate and my blind guess is dildo!

My prediction for the faith of the humanity is that we will swim in an ecosystem of dildos and AIs who serve them, and any other product you see today around yourself will seize to exist, or will be taken out of its traditional “wild” usage – including eggplants and joysticks – and shall serve the amazingly diversified dildosphere from pole to pole! 🕹🐛🌂🍼🏑🍆

Now should we not be pro-active, to preserve the pluralism of our beloved dildosphere? Share if you agree that shafts are shafts, no matter their color, frequency, size or curvature!

Wars and Crashes

Few powerful humans can decide a war, but no one can predict a market crash.

Few hours before any bloody conflict there are people on earth who know hell is about to break loose, and they can as well stop it.

Market bubbles are inflated by humans, but their crash is really hard to see. Even few hours before a market crash no body can see it coming, and if they do it’s a point where it has become certainly out of control. Out of everyone’s control.

And when a financial bubble is about to burst, what can take the public attention away from it?

A war!