Links (June 2022)
Idea Machines, AI videos, and TikTok primitives
This century is a turning point in human history. Let’s navigate it together.
Subscribe to join the 1400+ live players building a solarpunk future.
Hey team! Links post this week.
TOTALLY UNFUN, SERIOUS LINKS
0/ Article of the Year. Idea Machines by Nadia Asparouhova.
How “idea machines” (memeplexes) spread through financial capital + people capital turning into outcomes.
See effective altruism, retroactive public goods funding, and progress studies.
1/ What I’m reading. Books on paleoanthropology to understand how homo sapiens evolved.
2/ Cool new AI music videos.
First one uses lyrics to generate DALL-E-style GAN images:
3/ Second one uses deep fakes to change who is singing:
4/ Private companies, not academia, control the AI frontier.
4/ Packy on Optimism and the Abundance Economy.
5/ In 1948, the UN ratified the Declaration of Human Rights. We need a Declaration of Obligations.
6/ Clear, specific example from Liv Boeree on how Moloch + AI drives a negative arms race for Instagram beauty.
7/ Although U.S. adults haven’t really changed their views on abortion in 50 years…
…Young American support is increasing.
8/ Extremely interesting self-license for future simulations to use your mind with good intentions.
9/ 12-year-old Palestinian kid raps about growing up in a war zone.
I want freedom for the population
2 million prisoners living in dislocation
Shouting at the wall, but nothing is ever changing
That's life under an occupation
10/ American Idle, by Eugene Wei. A+ sequel to his old post, Status as a Service.
On how TikTok works as a memetic ecosystem.
TikTok is perhaps the most evolved meme ecosystem to date.
By network effects of creativity, I mean that every additional user on TikTok makes every other user more creative.
TikTok's Duet feature belongs in the social media hall of fame of primitives alongside features like Follow and the Like button.
11/ Infinite depth 3D canvas:
12/ Evolution of humanoid robots. 2040 will be cool and scary.
13/ Good 30min video on how we need to return to a simplified energy lifestyle if we can get renewables, nuclear, and fusion figured out:
14/ New post from Vitalik: Two thought experiments to evaluate automated stablecoins. We should socially shame all new Luna-style volcoins that break these two experiments.
15/ Crypto crash is re-syncing market cap to developer activity.
16/ Uvalde newspaper on May 24.
JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Pathfinders is helping high school and college students determine their direction. Apply by July 1.
Protocol Labs network is hiring
Carbon Wallet, Coinbase for Climate Assets, is hiring a product co-founder
Chorus One is hiring a PM for Node-as-a-Service
Join Season 7 for The Intentional Society.
Synthesis (systems thinking #microschool) is hiring engineers and product folks.
Ongoing Job Boards:
Jobs at tech & society centers
Jobs at Metascience orgs
The Cultural Evolution Society Conference. 21-23 September 2022. Denmark.
Upcoming ETH events
Upcoming Effective Altruism events
This music section often has TikTok duets.
This one is 10/10: fun topic (crypto), great puns, smooth mashup.
Hope you have a great week!
❤️ Thanks to my generous patrons below ❤️
If you’d like to become a pa to help spread ideas for a solarpunk future, please do so here. Thanks!
Doug Petkanics, Daniel Friedman, Dave Hoover, Tom Higley, Christian Ryther, Laurel Petterson, Eric Tang, Chris Densmore, Maciej Olpinski, Jonathan Washburn, Audra Jacobi, Sam Jonas, Patrick Walker, David Hanna, Benjamin Bratton, Michael Groeneman, Haseeb Qureshi, Jim Rutt, Zoe Harris, David Ernst, Brian Crain, Matt Lindmark, Colin Wielga, Malcolm Ocean, John Lindmark, Collin Brown, Ref Lindmark, James Waugh, Mark Moore, Peter Rogers, Darrell Duane, Denise Beighley, Scott Levi, Harry Lindmark, Simon de la Rouviere, and Katie Powell.