In this I try to give a perspective on the changing influence of the (GAFA) tech companies. Very rough fragments which might trigger ponderings into interesting directions. After a long time of centralization, I think we now see the beginnings of decentralization. As the disadvantages of centralization become more and more apparent to developers and people in general. I view this process as a kind of transitioning process from the web2 to the web3 area.
The Argument machine
If we look at the media perspectives podcasts give, I've noticed an interesting phenomena in two podcasts recently, the two are: the sam harris podcast and naval periscope.
It seems to me that these two act as aggregators. Which means they have a crowd of people which contribute questions which act as a kind of filter to increase the quality of content.
The questions is how good this models scales and how valueable is it to the people consuming the media its related to - the podcast. I think its a very good strategy to increase engagement and to circle even more attention towards the creator of the medium.
It is hard to write about the web3 for me because for a piece of writing to be meaningful the writer has or imagines a connection to his audience. Argubly our society in the technological western world gets more complex every day. Last year I read the books: Sapiens and Homo Deus. In the book the author describes which immense leaps humanity as a species and as a civilization accomplish since the beginnings.
Stories are a foundational cornerstone of our understaning. We invent stories to achieve collaboration. As we march throgh history we invent new stories and abandon old ones.
Web3 to me means a lot of things many technical but these only give maning to values.
For me the web3 is about human values. Which simply means the best tool humanity has yet concieved to find the balance betetween the needs of the individual, society and the environment.
1/The intersection of Technology and Art.
2/Art, music & literature teach you to see, hear, feel and think. They show you the world, yourself, and how to orient yourself & act in it.
3/In generations past it was always the arts, literature and music that were at the forefront of reshaping culture and shifting its norms.
4/Movements in art, music and literature both influenced and reflected the times, operating predominantly as a reaction to what came before.
Information Asymmetry - Context Problem
In each topic there are certain persons which could be identified as "thoughtleaders" or public figures in that space. They give talks , interviews write books etc. They are deeply embedded in their context.
Now if a person not embedded into this context wants to explore this context. I would argue that up until now the method most preferred method was to read a book from the person about the context. A book as a medium gives space for a comprehensive introduction to the topic.
But there are problems with the book. You have to remember . You can not query the book for something like:
Rethinking the Office
- Measure how long People talk to each other
- create models from discussions
- have the company as a model
- writing specs and having programs to conform to them is simply to slow, error prone and creates too much complexity
- you can see how the old media (written notes, accounting) creep into what could be new processes Ü(experimentation and colaboration in models)
- get rid of documents all together
- create sources of proof (chain of trust) as momental representations
- help build oracles ( predict how models might look like with certain parameter modifications)
(trying to) Understand Alan Kay (better)
I'm writing this in response to this interview/talk with Alan Kay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhOHn9TClXY
Which in turn created some interesting responses on twitter like: