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Progress. . . .
The speed of innovation keeps accelerating. Some believe #Blockchain is the prodigious new child of the internet that will allow us to create true distributed systems to manage our assets, value and complexity and move into a post-capitalist world. Yet Blockchain presents many problems that no one has yet solved... until now... Meet the #holochain!
http://ceptr.org/presentations

Open presentation: April 28, 2017 at 12pm PT
Details in the event page.

+Gideon Rosenblatt +John Kellden +John Verdon +John Abbe +Ishan Shapiro +Mushin J. Schilling +Mark Frazier +Marc Tirel +Benjamin Brownell +Brett Scott +Clay Forsberg +Daniel Durrant +Glistening Deepwater +Helene Finidori +Impact Economy Summit +Paul Simbeck-Hampson +Seb Paquet +Doug Breitbart +David Hodgson +Dave Pollard +Harold Jarche +Harlan T Wood +Jerry Michalski +Kevin Carson +Karl Steyaert +Lion Kimbro +Lawrence Lessig +Leif Utne +Lyre Calliope +Michel Bauwens +Michael Linton +Michael Maranda +Jean-François Noubel +Peter Vander Auwera +Tim Rayner 

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A Möbius strip in the space of concepts

My friend Tim Silverman showed me something cool.  He told me to take this list of opposites:

1    long             short
2    small           large
3    strong         weak
4    sturdy         flimsy
5    useful         useless
6    beneficial   harmful
7    bad              good
8    imperfect   perfect
9    dirty            clean
10   pure           impure
11   mixed        simple
12   plain          decorated
13   furnished  bare
14   empty        full
15   much         little
16   long           short

The order of elements in each pair is random. We're going to order them. 

Start with the first two pairs: long/short and small/large. Order the second pair to match the first!  In other words,  switch the order if large is more like long and small is more like like short.  Otherwise, leave them alone.

Now ignore the first pair and look at the second and third pairs. Reorder the third pair to match the (possibly new) order of the second pair.  And so on: go through the whole list and keep doing this. 

I did this, and here's what I got:

1    long            short
2    large           small
3    strong         weak
4    sturdy         flimsy
5    useful         useless
6    beneficial   harmful
7    good            bad
8    perfect        imperfect
9    clean           dirty
10   pure           impure
11   simple       mixed
12   plain          decorated
13   bare           furnished
14   empty        full
15   little           much
16   short         long

We started with long/short and we ended with short/long!  We've got a Möbius strip in the space of concepts!

Puzzle: why is this happening, and what does it mean?

Mathematicians know more precise way of saying what's going on... which doesn't answer the puzzle.  We've got a double cover of the space of topics, where two sheets consist of two opposite adjectives.  This double  cover is nontrivial, because when we go around a loop the two opposites trade places.  Using some math called 'homology theory', we can ask how many different ways this can happen.

The picture of ants on a Möbius strip goes back to Escher, but I found the animated gif here:

http://www.mathcurve.com/surfaces/mobius/mobius.shtml
Animated Photo

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Time to figure out how to take care of those not needed to sustain or produce for the collective.
"The developing world stands to lose about two thirds of all jobs. That’s a staggering figure, and well above most estimates for job losses due to automation in the West."

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Handy, this.

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#returntohuman  

Great post +Dan Oestreich 

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Variations on a theme. . .

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Addition to the "Must Read" list. Congrats +Gideon Rosenblatt on the relaunch. Looking forward to the new. ...

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Poking the "Innovation" bear. . . With thanks for the find from +Peter Feltham
Thinking holistically

This is a long but worthwhile read imho. Innovation, seen by many as the solution to every problem, is not actually enough. Managing and maintaining the infrastructure is also required. We can use the term "ecosystem" to partially cover some of these needs.

I've watched, horrified, as many Western countries have let their physical infrastructures decline either for ideological reasons or because such investments do not fit in with the get rich quick/maximise profits paradigm. Portfolios built out of junk finance etc do not hold up as true balance sheet assets.

Time for some new thinking.

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#GPPOTD Isn't this like trying to put the genie back in the bottle?
"The first comes from Tim Berners-Lee who invented the web and gave it to us as a gift, without patents, copyrights, or trademarks. Berners-Lee’s new project, underway at his MIT lab, is called Solid (“social linked data”), a way for you to own your own data while making it available to the applications that you want to be able to use it."
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