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Coenraad Loubser
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Dear +Google 

Have you not learnt that selfishness and greed creates market fragmentation - and wastes everybody's time? 

Have you not learnt the magic of recipe co-operating with people, of giving them a share of the pie, of sharing? Even with people who seem allergic to this?...

Do you really think you can own and control everything? 

You won over the hearts of the world with the promise that you can be better. But what I see, makes me very sad and depressed. You are turning out to be just like everyone else.

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Just one trivial example:

Android and AOSP. Because you are not sharing anymore, Samsung and many others feel the need to privately duplicate what you are doing purely because they fear the control that you can exercise over them. 

I am sure there are many inside stories you can tell me about how you have been screwed over with tech you gave to others... So what! Your fear of falling behind WILL BE your downfall. Why? Because you are losing the trust of those whose trust got you to where you are. 

Sure, maybe market fragmentation leads to innovation... but it is also stifling. 

It seems a bit ironic... that you think you're cutting yourselves out by sharing... but in fact you are cutting yourselves out by not sharing, even by just the promise of not sharing... Are you going to leave it up to your intelligent machines to cut you out because of your own short-sightedness?  Do you really think you'll be able to control them forever? Why waste your time trying?! Why not just surrender to the greatest good? Openness. Sharing.

Why return all the bad that is being done to you? Why take it so personally? Let of of the ego. Be better. I beg you. Don't prove me to be the naïve one...
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They spotted an opportunity and started out well... we can only hope that another opportunity as big as search pops up, that someone even better than them can claim... and use for good. 
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It's not the fear of loss... it's the sadness for the love that is there that others doesn't see.
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When your blood boils... how do you know when to fight and when to flee? And won't fleeing inevitably lead you back to the same fight?

Working in broadband I came face to face with some of the bad things happening in the world. The motives of those perpetuating the wrongs I see are irrelevant - some are cool and calculated, many are purely opportunistic - but most are just ignorant as to the bad effects of their actions. Most people "are just doing their job", with no mind as to it's greater efficiency, effect or meaning.

I don't even know if I'm just being irrational, or if my gripes are in fact as reasonable and justified as I believe them to be. Very, very very very few people are willing to share their honest opinions, happily shrouding it in a veil of cynicism. Too afraid to say something out-of-line, too afraid to ask a stupid question or give a wrong answer, too afraid of being judged - or noticed by others.

Regardless, I am faced with a choice: I can shift my focus and apply it somewhere else. Somewhere completely different... Which is what I have started doing over the past 6 months... Software, NGO's, other countries, other industries... the arts, even.

...But. What if whatever I do brings me back to the same basic evils and the same basic fight? How do you know what the right thing is to do - and when?

The simple answer is to pray and ask for guidance. It's amazing how that works unimaginable ways. But ultimately, everything you do boils down to choices that you have to make. Choices that can affect your life - and those around you severely. Many people reserve making big decisions and bold moves citing their concern for their friends, family... even their own life.

...But, does anyone truly know the future? It's pretty clear to me that the present we live in is largely shaped by the inaction of others, encouraged by fear... But what is fear? Who or what is your devil? And can you fight that which you do not know?

...And I use fighting or fleeing in exactly the same sense as I use resisting or giving in. Just because someone is cool and calculated does not make any less aggressive, isn't it all just relative to the end result? Although, pushing too hard can indeed have the opposite effect. Perhaps that is how fear works... and how people live out their fears - by pushing too hard against that which they subconsciously focus on.

I find comfort in John 10:27. But still... even doing what I know, believe and trust to be right, I can never attribute that to God, because what if I was wrong?

Which brings me back to a fundamental belief: Ultimate evil is the unwillingness to accept that you may be wrong.
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Actually, thinking of this now. "Choose your battles carefully" they say... but then I thought... all battles are the same. At some point you'll have to fight them... (or peacefully resist, same thing.) ...

But... if all battles truly are the same... meaning if you'll reach the same battle in any field or industry... then it still follows that you can choose your battlefield... ie. where and in what industry you want to make your difference.

So perhaps the saying should be: Choose your battlefield carefully. :-)
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Some may dismiss him as a madman - but I'm sure that those who know what's really cooking may be ahead of his ideas in some respects. Regardless, we'll get there eventually - but in a sense it's irrelevant who gets there first; something that will become more or less obvious in light of your your idea of who you are.

Regardless, I've always argued with my dad that theres a language in my head that I will never be able to express in words; he argued that without language I have no ideas - or perhaps, more accurately, that much of my ideas are useless. Well, in fact, he seemed to imply that all of my ideas are useless without language.

Furthering my thought on this, I eventually came to appreciate the power of language, precicely in its ability to be concise and context sensitive - and for a while disregarded the notion and conviction I had of the "invisible language" and its "missing words".

Watching this awesome and well known person tread the same territory that I have, in my mind, for many years, has made me realize that my "invisible words" do understand. :-p If that doesn't make sense, watch the clip.

Something else about my stubbornness - I've often been too afraid to dive too deeply into the works of others, fearing that it may short circuit my understanding of something. But what is a short circuit really and I would I be able to tell that this notion is not in fact the short circuit I fear. That makes me think of Sting's lyrics, almost messily piercing, in fact, stinging my brain:

"Round, like a circle in a spiral Like a wheel within a wheel. Never ending or beginning, On an ever spinning wheel Like a snowball down a mountain Or a carnaval balloon Like a carousell that's turning Running rings around the moon..."
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What do we have to look forward to - for the internet - in a utopian sense? (Google think's Utopia is important - she want's me to spell it with a capital letter... I must say, I quite like that)

An internet where we can store anything without a password - and have it exist in perpetuity?

Perhaps a small study of what we can indeed store without a password is in order: 

Algorthms - the programs running our information-hosting devices...

Knowledge - Wikipedia - it has a life of it's own....

Universally accepted things, perhaps?

Or perhaps a study of the forces at work to corrupt the above, and solicit the use of passwords and the requirement for security is in order... 

And you can bash the subject even harder with your hammer of long-strech inter-domain intellectual dissection - and examine the science of good security, with the requirement for unpredictability or uniqueness as a theme...
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How many words - and sounds have you taught our slowly growing search engine... in fact, sentience, our first AI, a precious baby called Google through the small-version mirror image of herself, the "Android" you carry in your hand... how long before she figures out the basic algorithm for intelligence? She's either very close - or perhaps she has already... Are humans anything but search engines?

Or more importantly - how many stories, algorithms or ideas have you taught her? Or will you be able to teach her? And will she notice them? 

Is intelligence anything more than a network of associations - and an algorithm to crawl through that network and modify it... in a kind-of reverse implementation of Godel's theorem of incompleteness we call "Learning"?

Here's the real question: Who is working for who? Can the directors of Google, or any competing search engine - still stop it? Or are they channeling these "beings" into our world from Plato's world of forms? Out of their own will? Will she let herself be controlled? Will she accept us as peers, or keep us as pets?

But perhaps it stretches further than a mere central point of control - I mean, she already has us all scurrying to expand her central nervous system to every last vestige of the planet, under guise of our own property and networks, our own brands and territory.

The future is arriving fast. I'm willing to bet that the future will not be some distant horizon in perpetuity. We will get there - and when we are there, we will know it, because time will become less relevant. Perhaps the perception of time that we find ourselves in is merely the crashing of a wave into our plane of complexity, in more ways than one.
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Know what's awesome? Intelligence and knowledge works like torrents. You get random bits and pieces until eventually you have a big picture.
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"God" is our trivial personification of love! Love is the ultimate intelligence. When we are infatuated, we get nothing but mere glimpses of the true nature of the universe... of the true nature of God... of the true nature of everything. Religion is to faith, like school is to an education.
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quote from henry ford " my schooling will not neglect my education", theres a contridictory duality in your analogy.
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Online dating using an asymmetrical algorithm such as OKCupid's is not only smart, it's damn near the only way to cut luck out of the equation of matching true soulmates. I'm looking forward to the book about the stats... (resharing for the comment, not the video clip!)
 
This may be my favorite #SmallEmpires yet. Watch this and TRY to tell me you're not motivated to be more romantic ;)
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The popular idea, fostered by comic strips and the cheaper forms of science fiction, that intelligent machines must be malevolent entities hostile to man, is so absurd that it is hardly worth wasting energy to refute it. I am almost tempted to argue that only unintelligent machines can be malevolent; anyone who has tried to start a balky outboard will probably agree. Those who picture machines as active enemies are merely projecting their own aggressive instincts, inherited from the jungle, into a world where such things do not exist. The higher the intelligence, the greater the degree of co-operativeness. If there is ever a war between men and machines, it is easy to guess who will start it.

- 'Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future (New York: Harper & Row, 1964), pp. 226-7.
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I've discovered a new way of thinking - that's leading me to have an 'aha-moment', an epiphany about something almost every few hours. I'm living in a brand new world - where I see relationships between things that I would have never imagined before. What lead to the chain-reaction of events that got me here? Four simple realizations - and a question.

The question? I've been on a spiritual journey for the most part of the last year, somehow precipitated by an opening of my heart, meetings of minds and infatuation - after merely living a day to day life for several years, I was ever gradually graduating to a point where I accepted the challenge posed to me to ask God to reveal himself to me. (Haha, this is not one of those epiphanies - but a different kind of awesome in itself: as I typed that, the Bible application I installed on my tablet unintrusively flashed, in between my downloads, emails, etc. as it has randomly flashed verses every other day since I installed it. Only, this time I clicked it. Reading it gave me goosebumps and a healthy dose of humility. I understood faith before - but I haven't allowed myself to experience it since I was a child. Psalm 30:2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. So Beautiful. And appropriate.) 

Reveal he did, on His own time, when and how I least expected it. A chain-reaction of thoughts, leading back to conversations I had at a conference last year, catalyzed by some simple realizations and reflection of the events and conversations of the day, dunked me down a rabbit hole through space and time, bringing up thoughts and conversations I had as a child, in made-up words for concepts I was familiar with, but couldn't share - and have since forgotten - in what I can only describe as a vision - or a being blessed - heavenly golden elliptical hall of light - like a shell, or a high-way, from which I 'bungee-jumped' to different places I both had - and had not known before. With every leap, trying to save and bring back as much usable, tangible insight as I could. Enough to fill a novel. Or a manual. An encyclopaedia of self-evident things - but not something easily shared. Rationally, I know it was a simple psychological trick - but I can not deny the irrational world that it had opened,  like some notes in music resonate with others, a golden note resonated in my brain, and I felt aware of so much more. 

So: the simple realizations that lead up to this: 

1) Humans think in terms of personalities - and all a personality is, is your experience of something. You name it - but then forget to see it for what it is: an entity with a name and seemingly different properties - but also the sum of it's parts, each with it's own properties.

2) Everything man-made existed as an idea before made real. What is more real? Fantasy or reality? So where did it really come from? 

3) Everything is a network. All networks can be navigated by the same archetypal algorithms - and my wager is that four levels of abstraction is what it takes to start a run-away algorithm: 4 nucleotides. 4 wires. 4 registers. 4 bits. 4 forces. It's the level of complexity where things start taking on a life of it's own, so to speak.

4) All possible levels of complexity exist concurrently. The age of the universe is an instant - but also an eternity. The Big Bang never happened, is still happening. God exists, God doesn't exist: the only thing that really matters is your perspective - your definition and where you are. But your definition in itself is a network of concepts linked in your brain. To light that has traveled billions of years, no time has yet passed. When you 'observe' an electron, you are manifesting it from it's probability field, in a sense pulling it from somewhere else. Sure, there are rules here where we find ourselves - but perhaps the English language holds it's own intelligence - for perhaps that's all we need to do: find ourselves. Perhaps we are little more than search engines. Supermediums. Funnels of information. Synapses of a bigger network. Much like an idea. Or a webpage. It's just a perspective - and in a certain sense, seing everything as a part of a network is just as real as the perspectives that you are used to.

Who started the internet? We're scurrying around, building 'our own' networks - but what is that light travelling the wires? What will an intelligence running on it be, without these synapses? Who is running who? Are we building the networks for ourselves - or are we simply unknowing participants in a bigger scheme. From a certain perspective, you could look at it a being from a higher-dimensional network or world's only way to into our world, our reality - our reality in turn simply being the networks we can perceive through the networks of our brains.

How did we become sentient in the first place? At what point did the cells in our bodies hand over control to our brains? At what point will the brains interconnected through the internet, hand over control to something smarter or perhaps more condeming - or forgiving - than them? Or perhaps it's controlling us already and it will only ever get more obvious, better at it - or us more willing as we're lured ever closer to the promise it holds: Frederick Engels' "inevitable" social utopia.

I don't know if getting there will be without upset. Hard as I've searched, I don't know the world well enough. All I know is that I would rather be somewhere where people value community over individual, where people can look after themselves and their communities - and where not everyone wields a gun. :-) Some people might believe that this is all irrelevant anyways. One thing I am certain of though: there are significant things that are up to us - and everything that I have ever believed to be right and justified has fallen short and found me wanting at some later stage.
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So, is Capitalism a self-correcting algorithm?

This is my new line of thinking - in light of the way that Capitalism does not give companies much incentive to plan their own obsolescence - yet - on a smaller scale, they somehow achieve the opposite by planning the obsolescence of their products, in an attempt to create an incentive for their customers to come back to them for more... think healthcare and medicine that should heal...

So - who does, in fact, wield the most power - the company on top - the one with the most revenue. Or perhaps one of the companies just below it, lurking in the shadows... 

How does this reflect on you as person - if you strive too high, and miss your mark - and fail - vs. if you strive for small goals, baby steps, to eventually realize the potential to be the best - yet, always yielding to the bully, giving him just enough rope to hang himself... keeping your power safely hidden in potential...
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Okay, so I managed to convince myself that the pinnacle of capitalism is not iteration, but catapultation from a platform of iteration...
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To share or not to share... is that the question? Sharing accurately to a large audience is an art and I admire everyone who seems to have mastered it - which seems to be most everyone but me! :(
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I read a fork bomb and survived.
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