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Cryptocurrency for life (2)

Continues from (part 1). Back home and almost healed I read Anand Giridharadas crusade where he has a very reasonable point:

“But then I had the following thought.

Why are the people not connected to Epstein leaving this orbit, while people connected to Epstein remain?

Shouldn’t it be the other way around?”

To have a direct confirmation of these self-protected circles of power is interesting. Rich donors and academia are some of the players. I’m directly interested about this from the point of view of somebody who tries to do Open Science since a long time: to paraphrase Anand

Why are the people not obeying old practices of academic publication leaving this orbit, while people connected with the useless legacy publishers remain?

Shouldn’t it be the other way round?

 

The same academic managers are in so friendly relations with publishers which do not offer anything to the scientific community. The honest effort of Open Access has become a caricature where it is entirely normal to baptize the_author_pays_for_publication as the way to do Open Access.

OK, so what is this having to do with the subject of this post? Simple: if the cryptocurrencies communities do want to explore new social models then research (of biological life as decentralized computing, as I suggest) should be a part of it. You can’t turn to the old fatigued elites, because they already gave what they can do to MS or others alike. They don’t have new ideas since a very long time. Hot air with old boys support.

But now comes my point: would these cryptocurrencies efforts support a new research structure? Why not? There are very clever people there who understand the importance.

But maybe they are in bed with the circle of power. Just maybe.

The following are beliefs only (what proof can you ask?). For reasons along the lines explained previously, since years I’m very skeptical about anything ethereum based, but I am really amazed by btc. Well, but who really know?

Does not the cryptocurrency community (or the parts of it which are not in bed with the enemy) want to make a point in research?

 

 

 

Cryptocurrency for life

Biological life is a billions years old experiment. The latest social experiments, capitalism and communism, are much more recent. Cryptocurrencies experiments are a really new response to the failures of those social experiments.

We don’t really understand biological life starting from it’s computational principles. As well, we don’t understand in depth decentralized computation which is at the basis of many cryptocurrencies experiments.

My point is that we try to solve the same problem, so that we shall be able to evolve socially at a human time scale. Not in hundred thousands years, in decades instead.

Therefore it would be only natural if the active people in the cryptocurrency realm would dedicate significant financial support to the problem of life.

How time flows: Gutenberg time vs Internet time

Based on  a HN comment, I made a page which proposes the hypothesis:

(Δ t-historic) = (Δ t-today)^(log 5/ log 2)

 

where the Δ t-historic is the time in decades from the invention of the printing press and Δ t-today is the time in decades from the opening of the ARPANET.

A collection of interesting correspondences is given, as well as some predictions, if this hypothesis is to be taken seriously.

The page has a small JS script for a calculator t-historic to t-today, so you can easily find new correspondences if you like the game. Please let me know in case.

UPDATE: There is now a very amusing python3 script by 4lhc, at this gist. It lets you write a year, recent or old, then it proposes two events, one from the old time and one from recent time. I played with it on my computer and it’s just cute!

[I had to install the wikipedia module and then the correct command is

“python3 The_Gutenberg_Internet_analogy.py”

wait a short moment and get the pair of events!]

 

 

An example of “Official EU Agencies Falsely Report More Than 550 Archive.org URLs as Terrorist Content”

Today I read Official EU Agencies Falsely Report More Than 550 Archive.org URLs as Terrorist Content.  Two comments on this.

1. It happened to me in Feb 2019. I archived one of my stories from the chemical sneakernet universe. The original story is posted on telegra.ph. Here is the message which appeared when I checked the archived link:

GVFoyIh

What? I contacted archive.org and got an answer from the webmaster, pretty fast. The problem was with telegra.ph, not with my link in particular. Now the archived link is available.

After I sent the message to archive but before I received the answer, I searched for a way to contact EU IRU, to ask what the problem might be.  I was unable to identify any such way. However there was a way to send a message to EU officials, who might redirect my message to whom it may concern. It worked, but it took longer than the time needed by archive webmaster to respond and unblock the link. I was not contacted since.

2. As you see in the post from archive, it was not EU IRU the institution which sent the blocking orders. But nevermind, how can one try to block arXiv articles? This reminded me of a very recent story: Google Scholar lost my Molecular computers arXiv article. As the article is on the same subject as the story from point 1, I wonder if by any (mis)chance Google Scholar received a blocking order.

System X, semantic pain and disturbing news to some

This is a temporary post. Soon some news will come, some disturbing for some. This is just to entertain you with the System X, a small graph rewrite system proposed as a replacement for slide equivalence. Here is some prose I wrote while trying to understand 3 tiny graphic beta rewrites. This qualifies as semantic pain, but it was a very good exercice because it gives ideas (to those prone to have them, as opposed to those who lack personal ideas and take them without acknowledgement).

Google Scholar lost my molecular computers

Today I noticed that my Molecular computers article arXiv:1811.04960 is replaced by Google Scholar with the unrelated article  Defining Big Data Analytics Benchmarks for Next Generation Supercomputers, arXiv:1811.02287. I’m not an author of that article.

Screenshot from 2019-04-07 21:52:00

 

A cosmic ray is the cause?

Google search can still find it, but Google Scholar gives the wrong result.

UPDATE: I added the article by hand, but the link to the source (i.e. arXiv article) is not present. How can they loose arXiv articles? Or more precisely  arXiv e-prints , in no place arXiv uses the name “preprint arXiv”. Maybe google scholar merged with legacy publishers, who knows, these days…

Do you experience errors in Google Scholar?