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• (19322)   Cataloguing Mathematical Models:  How would we go about creating a referencible repository of mathematical models? (0, +) [en]

Mathematical formulas used for science are a world-modeling tool useful in imagining and decision making. However, entering formula is different in each CAS software systems (like Maple, Mathematica, SageMath, Sympy, Maxima, R, GeoGebra, etc.) is different, meaning that every time want to use a function or equation in context of another CAS system, we have to manually enter or rewrite the same formula in other syntactic rules, which is attention+time-consuming. It's like having one address, and looking it up on each different geographical maps application manually. It has to be automated. Geographers, in the development of Wikipedia, had solved this via a straightforward script, called GeoHack script, tha gives a list of links to open geographic coordinates in a set of different map providers. Can we have something like coordinates for mathematical formulae? Number theorists have catalogued the integer sequences by building "The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences" - oeis.org, so today, we can say "Positive Integers" is the ID: A000027, or "Non-negative integers" is the ID: A005843, and so on. However, in the rest of mathematics, physics, chemistry and lifesciences this isn't the case. While we have repositories of genomes with each gene ID, there …  ››

[Mindey] @ 2022-11-26 @06:09Z
• (19284)   Personalized Diet:  How to discover what foods are good for each individual? (6, +) [en]

Food makes the energy inside our bodies. I'm curious about a problem of discovering how to know which foods are the right ones for each individual; how to mix & match them, and eat them throughout a day for best energy release? It seems to me that me inherit our nutrition habits from families we come from. But what if the family didn't have healthy nutrition habits? Or perhaps those habits doesn't fit the individual? One is left with getting lost in the noise of Internet search trying to understand the basics of "good nutrition", and then trial & error of what food fits the individual. Could it be easier? For example, there are methods to check for food intolerances (but Internet tells me that these tests' accuracy is questionable). So, I'm curious how to design a personalised-diet plan (foods and recipes) for oneself and how would everyone do that themselves instead of going to a nutrition expert. Anyone cares about such a problem? Share how you're exploring your "feeding quest"!  ››

[Ruta] @ 2022-10-15 @11:34Z
• (19268)   Extreme Health:  Why should health improvement ever stop? (6, +) [en]

When we are recovering from an illness, usually, there is a day or so of rapid improvement -- when instead of suffering in bed, we start wanting to engage in productive activities. But then, the rapid rate of improvement stops, and we bump into just "normal" health level. We start engaging in activities we couldn't while being sick, but now eager to, but there's some limit, the improvement stops, when we hit "normal." Imagine for a moment, that, while recovering from sickness, this period of rapid improvement didn't stop, but instead, kept going: you'd feel 2x more healthy than normal, 3x, ... 10x? What would it be like to feel 100x more healthy? What activities you might want to engage in? This is what we could call "Extreme Health," and I think it's exemplified in the movie "Limitless". How to achieve extreme health? How to ensure health equality, as some people obviously naturally feel much more healthy than others, enabling them to think more and better.  ››

[Mindey] @ 2020-05-11 @15:52Z
• (19266)   Benefitting everybody as much as possible:  How can we benefit everybody as much as possible? Shouldn't our aim in society to benefit everybody? (0, +) [en]

Why don't we focus on benefitting eachother?  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-10-01 @18:49Z
• (19219)   Distributed command and coordination:  How does a loosely organised group of people get work done? (1, +) [en]

Ruta told me I should create a product and then offer that. Creating products is difficult so most people don't create products, there's 8 billion people in the world but much less than that in terms of number of products. There is apparently 5,600,000,000 consumers in the world, a consumer is defined by someone who earns more than \$10 dollars a day to spend on things in excess of their basic necessities. "Every year we extract more than 55 billion tons of biomass, fossil energy, metal and minerals from the earth meaning almost 10 tons for every person in the world. " https://www.theworldcounts.com/populations/world/consumers I kind of agree but that's quite difficult. I started defining a fiverr.com profile of what skills I can provide people, but it's difficult to know if you want that work as your job. How do you get people to do what you want?  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-08-15 @14:47Z
• (19213)   Dressing up future humans:  How might we classify clothing elements and imagine new ones? (2, +) [en]

Some elements in clothing are considered to be more female like: Lace Aprons One shoulder or no shoulder tops "Petukai" in vintage clothing While other elements in clothing are more male like: Tiny pockets for tools in workmen's uniforms Belts for bullets Shoulder-straps While some elements are no gender like: Oversized clothing Pants, jeans Tshirts If you were to classify elements in clothing, how would you do it? What else would you add to this list? I'm curious to mix and match existing elements in outfits for unseen oufits & to imagine what new elements could be created under an intent of dressing a future human.  ››

[Ruta] @ 2022-06-23 @14:54Z
• (19197)   Unlimited upside debt and debt tax autopayment:  The risk of debt is that someone can default on their debt, but that person shall eventually earn money, we can guarantee repayment of debt by taxing that person after essential expenses and repaying the debt without the debt growing unsustainably (0, +) [en]

The problem with debt is it is punitive during failure. Failure is the default behaviour of society. Most things fail for one reason or another. We shouldn't penalise failure due to it penalising new things from occurring. If some company borrows £1 million and its venture fails, it should still pay back the money, after expenses, slowly. In return for this guaranteed return of capital and the chance to try again, you shold provide unlimited upside. So rather than charging interest on money you charge interest on success. So you can claim 20% of profits.  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-07-24 @23:15Z
• (19196)   Front offloading risk strategies:  Everything entails risk of failure, we can manage risk of failure by front loading terms so that losses from failure is limited, insurance is an example, it protects against adverse effects, there are funding strategies that offload risk from the attempt, such as Pipe which exchanges subscribers for capital (0, +) [en]

There is a company called Pipe which allows you to sell your subscribers in return for capital. So it's not a debt as a debt implies risk if you cannot pay it back. Take a look at pipe https://pipe.com/ I think it's a great idea. You can receive funding in return for an income stream. It front loads all the risk on future revenue.  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-07-23 @01:21Z
• (19194)   Eventual consistency strategies:  Eventual consistency is database state that eventually looks the same everywhere. It assumes a multiple replica database. Each replica is available during a partition. So updates can occur to the same data. You need some way of resynchronizing changed that interfere with eachother (0, +) [en]

I have some thoughts and ideas on how to resolve partitions after resynchronization with lost peers. Essentially we want to merge data that is on every replica together CRDTs help a bit but do not provide an out of the box solution to conflicting updates. We don't want one person's changes to be lost. I propose that GUIs of editor interfaces present conflicts with a record simultaneously for resolution. Which value gets used is in dispute as the data is conflicting. You kind of need to skip conflicting records! As you don't know which value is correct. You could have a SLA where you pick the latest update, the majority update or the update that was seen the least and so on.  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-07-21 @17:41Z
• (19191)   Conway's law:  The structure of software resembles the communication between organisations or individuals. There is a homomorphism of software component to component. (0, +) [en]

Can we use this general principle to write software that is faster to create, faster to run and is more efficient in production costs and faster to get to market. Infinity family is largely the result of Mindey's mind. His thinking of ontologies and his ideas. The earlier iterations of infinity family were iterations on his learning's of what works. I'm not sure how many rewrites Infinity family has gone through.  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-07-18 @15:02Z
• (19184)   Maximising use of the CPU:  Imagine a 2 dimensional diagram where each Y is a separate thread and X is time. You want work to fill the 2 dimensional diagram. Unfortunately most people's for loops look like a sequential row on a table, rather than a column. You want rows and columns to be filled. can we write an algorithm that fills the rows and columns with work and coordinates communication automatically? (0, +) [en]

[chronological] @ 2022-07-11 @15:21Z
• (19184)   Computer errors:  What should we do of computer errors? (0, +) [en]

Computers fail. All the time. Websites stop working, compiler errors, system error messages, websites fail to do what you expect. Let's talk of error messages  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-07-11 @12:14Z
• (19179)   Coordination problem:  How to solve problems as groups of people (0, +) [en]

You have W3C, halfbakery, Infinity family and ISO and committees. Everyone has different motivations. Everyone is working on different things. There's a combination of permutation or product that produces returns for everyone. Imagine if everything everybody did benefitted everybody else.  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-07-06 @21:04Z
• (19162)   Inter-Ontological Concepts for Inter-App Synchronization:  How to avoid reinventing app models and ontology concepts, and reuse existing work on them across software ecosystems and ontologies? (1, +) [en]

Nearly every app developer reinvents their database models, and every ontology builder reinvents concepts (models). How to avoid having to reinvent them and reuse existing work across software ecosystems? There are many independent projects focusing on providing a well-supported, standard models for Django ecosystem, Odoo ecosystem, Drupal ecosystem, Wordpress ecosystem, etc., that extend base system with a few new new database models: install a module, and you get a few database tables, that implement a functionality. This went as far as people taking one model, and making high-scale cloud service, or P2P protocol, but that's besides the point. When it comes to data sharing across the systems, regardless of the communication protocols (HTTP, sockets, etc.) and the style we choose to serialize the data (RPC, Rest API, GraphQL API, other custom JSON/XML/YAML/...), the fields and metadata about those fields in the public interfaces should stay the same, so that we could easily exchange data across applications. So, how to go about creating inter-APP standard models, and inter-Ontology standard concepts?  ››

[Mindey] @ 2022-06-18 @12:16Z
• (19160)   Choosing Nootropics:  How to optimize choice of smart drugs, individually? (5, +) [en]

Generally, we want to improve our mental abilities, as this is useful for all kind of goals. However, it remains a difficult problem. For example, some smart drugs may decrease longevity (we should have a category for that, too), which reduces the likelyhood of reaching both the technological singularity, and the longevity escape velocity. On the other hand, using smart drugs may increase the mental acuity, that may enable the very breakthroughs needed to overcome problems in general. The choice of neuro-modulation strategies is broad, each individual is unique, and, by the amount we are taking, food has to count as one of the key elements of that too, as we are playing the "tetris of life", to optimize our organism's metabolic and signaling "shapeflows". So, the problem is -- how to intelligently choose what and when to eat. When playing tetris -- it is not good to have the same bricks falling all the time, in most cases. An organism benefits from variation of ingested substances over time, to clear the metabolytes, and so, we should vary diet and supplementation, question is -- how?  ››

[Inyuki] @ 2022-06-15 @20:04Z
• (19154)   Motor standardization:  How to properly define a small gradient of motor types to power everything? (0, +) [en]

[Mindey] @ 2022-06-11 @23:26Z
• (19150)   Slow life:  In the world businesses are expected to borrow money and pay interest on the money as return for the use of the money. You owe more than you were given. As a result you cannot fail as then you shall be out more than you received. I have sutained motivation for a few days and then I am tired and I want to relax but if I start a business I cannot relax (1, +) [en]

How do we maximize people's potential? Most sole traders cannot simply stop working as that means they don't get paid and they have customers that depend on them. I am looking for solutions to this problem. I think we should spread work out a bit more.  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-06-07 @18:43Z
• (19130)   The Paradox of the Economy:  Everything you buy needs to pay for all the salaries and costs of and needs of everyone involved in producing the good. This relationship is recursive. As they each need that from everyone they buy from. So how can there be enough money for everyone? And others need you to do things for them as part of your work (0, +) [en]

[chronological] @ 2022-05-18 @21:26Z
• (19124)   Work aggregation and work pattern matching:  Everyday 7 billion people do something in their average day. Someone needs to decide what these people do and some of it is intellectual and some is physical. Why isn't customer service perfect? Surely there is enough people to do the work. Why can't I phone government or my bank and my problems be resolved instantly over the phone. There must be a system that everyone could use that allows the work that each person does to satisfy the needs of multiple people. I propose work items are created and matched to others that have similar patterns. We could combine jobs and information together so that someone on the way somewhere also does other tasks that help others that have similar problems. If I am doing some work on a computer, this work must match patterns of someone else's work on the computer. (2, +) [en]

There's 7 billion people. We need a proportion of people doing physical work and a proportion doing information or intellectual work. Surely information work is the same for everybody. If you need a resource you go into a research process, then a buying process then a payment process. This is true for the average citizen that needs to buy groceries and those that buy materials for their company. If you need to do something with a computer you need something to look like something such as a GUI or a document or a CV. Or you need the computer to calculate something or arrange something in a certain way. Or you need to optimize something and schedule it. These problems could be solved by the same platform! You could solve data layout problem with a renderer similar to a browser. The browser stack is so complicated. CSS and JavaScript and HTML. It requires a lot of developer hours to get something working right. Those people designing the same websites again and again ecommerce must be a solved problem. If buying decisions could be represented by a computer then someone's intellectual effort could in theory drive other people's purchasing decisions. I …  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-05-06 @08:10Z
• (19123)   Document based databases:  How should we use document based databases? (4, +) [en]

MarkLogic, MongoDB, couchbase are document databases. They're often very fast. But unfortunately compared to relational databases they often do not support efficient joins.  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-05-10 @11:20Z
• (19121)   Non fungible numbers:  Multiplication and addition that is no longer commutative (1, +) [en]

Imagine a world where added numbers are identical but not equivalent. So 4 apples + 3 oranges = 4 apples then 3 oranges This is identical to 7 but not equivalent. I am thinking of potential use in government accounting and algebraic programming with numbers. Rather than all taxes going into a single taxable account and then spread out to different funding initiatives, you track the income of each area and track the costs of each taxraising and each funding. So roads should be self funding. When I have a configuration for a web server I want to add to it a particular behaviour and have it slot into the right place automatically. So the data structure is a polynomial and I add a polynomial confifuration that "fits" the shape of the polynomial that is already there. Usually in Kubernetes configuration there is few places that can accept my configuration fragment. I should be capable of "adding" to a particular YAML key. There is only small subset where it is valid. The polynomials aren't compatible except for certain areas.  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-05-09 @06:24Z
• (19092)   Some people are takers and don't give back:  When I look at publicly provided services that are free is that they are underfunded and exploited. As people take advantage of what can be taken for free. Free and fair things benefits everyone as it raises the tide of all boats. But some people take advantage. (0, +) [en]

Whats a useful solution to the freeloader problem? One can look at open source for an example. Large corporations and software engineers for large corporations take open source software for free that has invested in it thousands of open source developer hours but companies don't give back but create millions in profits from it.  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-04-10 @10:23Z
• (19090)   Sea vs Boat Mindset:  Be asocial copycats or crediting idea recyclers? (4, +) [en]

Imagine two kindergartens: (1) In the kindergarten "Sea", kids copy each others: if one kid comes up with something novel and useful, others quickly copy him, and take this to their advantage, without giving any credit to those who originally came up with it. This social set-up incentivizes kids to keep their novel and useful things to themselves, and form closed groups of trust to keep the secret advantages, and trade carefully. (2) In the kindergarten "Boat", kids give credit to each others: if one kid comes up with something novel and useful, others praise the kid, and gives him/her credit, in that, if someone else uses their ideas, they are remembered, and if someone succeeds big way as a result of publicly shared innovation of another kid, the rest of the kids force the one who succeeded big way to give reasonable support back to the kid who publicly shared the innovation. This social set-up incentivizes kids to share their novel and useful things as soon as possible with the public, in the expectation of social validation, and future returns, when someone else succeeds as a result of it. Transfer a kid from one kind of kindergarten …  ››

[Mindey] @ 2022-04-06 @17:00Z
• (19088)   Sentience of Companies and their Ownership/Trade Rights:  Should we allow companies to be owned, when they are sentient supra-organisms, based on subtle human-to-human relationships? (4, +) [en]

If you think of companies as a higher form of life (social supra-organisms), you may end up thinking that it's unethical to own and trade them, like it is unethical to own and trade human slaves. So, should we outlaw company ownership -- and let shares represent something different: from the rights to revenues to the uniqueness of particular human relationships within the value systems of each organization? What would be the ethical implications of companies being sentient social supra-organisms to the rights of their ownership?  ››

[Mindey] @ 2020-08-07 @10:15Z
• (19087)   Programmatic Access and Control:  How to build generic programmatic access solution to help people scale thinking and doing? (6, +) [en]

The desire to take control and programmatically access and manage all one's personal web accounts and web resources, -- is a need of any generalist person. beepb00p has coined the term "HPI" (Human Programming Interface) to refer to it, and developed a version of it at github.com/HPI, though, there had been other attempts at a similar end goal, such as the github.com/metadrive by Mindey, and we perhaps would find others, such as Almond's Thingipedia by Monica S. Lam et al. at Stanford, trying to create open source virtual assistant, that inherently needs the ability to access diverse resources with high level actions. The problem of access and control of one's web resources programmatically, is pervasive: every time you see someone writing a client library to interact with an API, or web crawler -- it's part of the problem. Every time you see someone write drivers to control robots, -- it's part of the problem. And, there's much to be desired. The memories of sharing diaries as granularly as described in notesplit, where you can permission on every byte, to all the features described in metaform. I think, we merit discussions, and bringing people with interest …  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-11-28 @13:17Z
• (19086)   People decide how to do their work:  Work is often boring and people secretly believe it doesn't need to be done as David Graeber found out. This puzzle is to find out how to cause work to be free and independent of outside requirements so people are empowered. (0, +) [en]

When someone decides on individual steps of work to do and you go through them your being becomes boring and repetitive. You're not engaging your mind or your executive planning functions. How do we engage people's minds while doing work that must be done?  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-04-04 @08:42Z
• (19084)   Community personality types:  I invite you to take a personality quiz and post your responses here so we can match together people who would work well together (3, +) [en]

I recommend these websites for doing your personality test. https://www.16personalities.com/ https://sakinorva.net/functions On the second link there's a button the analyse the results and there's a section that tells you the certainty of the results. To start the talking I am an INFJ and on sakinorva I am INxx where XX is pretty uncertain. I've gotten INTP and INFP on this test. I am pretty sure I am an INFJ  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-03-30 @17:23Z
• (19083)   People twist:  People in different companies across organisations are running according to some plan or set of instructions - how do we change behaviours across organisations and groups to achieve common goals (14, +) [en]

Imagine you have a manufacturer and a product that is sold and another company that spreads the product out (often called a distributor). You also have sales companies and shops That's 4 different companies and X number of employees that all need to communicate to marry up their thinking to get the product sold. What if as an outside investor I want to change the behaviour of a group of people. I imagine a multidimensional point cloud where each person is a point and each interaction between points is an event. I want to be capable of twisting people into new interactions to provide new services. If we have the multidimensional data structure and an information case system we can twist people into new transactions by adding new dimensions where dimensions are people and events. This way we can have an information system that can be adapted in the rules of operation while being used! Imagine if o2oo problems, ideas and projects are simply different dimensions of a multidimensional and people and data are points. Can define mappings between dimensions for actions and desired behaviours and rules. If I wanted a company to buy fair trade I could twist fair …  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-03-23 @14:56Z
• (19078)   Rewarding and tracking good:  Why is the only unit of measurement money? Why are we not measuring love or good done? (1, +) [en]

Our world tracks money as a measurement. But doesn't track good or love directly. I am looking for ideas on how to track and account for this  ››

[chronological] @ 2022-03-26 @09:47Z
• (19021)   Reincarnation of Fashion Waste: Wearable Bacterial Art:  Why not transform second-hand clothes into wearable art which carry colonies of bacterias? (4, +) [en]

Problems: Fashion industry is one of the main polluting industries on Earth. Every year, 20-50 new collections are produced and un-sold items end up in a landfill, are burned or end up in a second-hand clothes market. Clothes nowadays are made of synthesic materials like polyester that don't decomposte fast and stay on Earth for 500+ years. Bacterias have a bad reputation in human world, they are seen as causes of disease. But what about the good qualities of bacterias, like keeping our human bodies and inside bodies healthy? How to spark people's curiosity about bacterias and encourage to see them as living organisms that have the right to exist and not to be fought against? My Problems: Environmental Anxiety I have a lot of things left from my grandmother, all mixed up. Often, I feel "guilt" when thinking how I'm going to need to sort all the stuff, from which many things are "waste". So I feel a need for a "transformation towards waste". I spend a lot of time on my computer and phone. But I get into a different kind of state, flow state, when I'm not using devices. Since childhood, I loved playing with outfits …  ››

[Ruta] @ 2022-01-15 @11:13Z
• (19004)   Shift in Human Values from Input to Output:  How could humans balance attention? (2, +) [en]

Popular lifestyle today is to be busy and rush through life. Most people's attention is focused on the input: taking information and things into one's mind and life, like consuming the news, products and services, Earth's resources. While a smaller percentage of the population is focused on the output: inventing new ways of living, new designs for new things, creating something new that has never existed. I wonder if that's the status quo that cannot change? Does majority of people want to be like containers that can take it all in and never stop taking? I wonder, how could humanity evolve to a different kind of society where majority of people are focused on the output: exploring in the wild and creating new kind of thoughts, experiences and things? Creativity brings peace of mind through its practice of observation, chaos, reflection, and this puzzle is important because solving it would bring peace of mind to majority of people.  ››

[Ruta] @ 2022-01-08 @22:04Z
• (18991)   Artifcial Blood:  How to create artificial blood? (1, +) [en]

A large number of IDC (international disease classification) could be made irrelevant, if we could create artificial blood, because having BCIs (brain-computer interfaces), it suffices to "recycle" (absorb metabolytes and enrich with nutrients, and antibodies) the blood to survive, the most difficult of which is the "enrich with antibodies" part, as it needs a large number of organs: bone marrow 4-5 of 7 parts of the endocrine system (thymus, pancreas, adrenal glands, genitals, and possibly thyroid) other things? It's not trivial to clone our organs and assemble them to create blood supply. Due to some constraints in cloning (ethics and inability to clone organism without cloning head, though, Zika virus almost gets us there), this remains a problem, and we have to search for other ways.  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-12-30 @06:53Z
• (18988)   Paranoya and stealth:  Is stealth a security need for humans developing their next salvashion from the cyst umm!!? (0, +) [en, CN, RU, JA, LT]

How many layers are needed for peacfullness? Lao Tzu said it: " if you want peac-e pre- pare 4 wor" It doesn't mean being aggressive, it doesn't mean being anything but a better understanding of future security needs... We c great invasion on our preevacy and man-ip ulations for humanoids will ... Oh well , .. Is onionizing an inf-in-ET element? Wahoo, just asking...  ››

[Bassxn2] @ 2021-12-27 @07:16Z
• (18987)   Humans as Community:  How to move away from "I" thinking to "WE" thinking? (11, +) [en]

Humans have ~10 times more bacterial cells in our body than animal cells, we're 90% non-human by cell. 1) Each human is an ecosystem rather than an individual. 2) Bacteria are community-forming organisms. So: If each human is an ecosystem, why in our society we pay so much attention to "individualism" rather than "togetherness"? What would promote "WE" thinking? If humans are bacterias (community-forming organisms), then what can humans learn from bacterias? How might we act as "community-forming beings"?  ››

[Ruta] @ 2020-12-08 @15:39Z
• (18987)   An economic system that frees humanity from unnecessary suffering and meaningless work (9, +) [en]

This is a relatively old problem for humanity, but that has been gaining new nuances with each major wave of innovation: the agricultural revolution (arguably where the problem really started), then the industrial revolution and currently the computer revolution. The problem in its current form is this: humanity possesses both the resources and technology to provide basic necessities to everyone in the planet: housing, food, water and basic medical care. However, the current economic system does not create incentives for this to happen, and there are many other social and cultural impediments. An important point is this: it is a social, not a technological problem. Of course it is hard to consider this problem without discussing some famous attempts. I will list some obvious ones, while trying to avoid ideological discussions -- one of the social impediments that gets in the way addressing this issue rationally. Of course, this is a highly simplistic summary: Marxism / Communism appears to have failed due to removing incentives for people to work. Extreme collectivism appears to eventually lead to brutal repression, because the only way to survive is then to force people to do what the collective needs. Contemporary Capitalism appears to be …  ››

[Telmo] @ 2016-07-08 @11:45Z
• (18985)   what is log4j:  What to know about the Log4j vulnerability? (2, +) [en]

A vulnerability living inside a Java-based software known as "Log4j" shook the internet this week. The list of potential victims encompasses nearly a third of all web servers in the world, according to cybersecurity firm Cybereason. Twitter, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Oracle, Cisco, Google, and one of the world's most popular video games, Minecraft count themselves among the slew of tech and industry giants running the popular software code that U.S. officials estimate have left hundreds of millions of devices exposed. By Friday, more than 3,700,000 hacking attempts had been made to exploit the vulnerability, according to leading cybersecurity firm Checkpoint, with more than 46% conducted by known malicious groups.  ››

[Bassxn2] @ 2021-12-23 @19:11Z
• (18915)   Integrating education and industry:  Education and job hiring should be integrated. We have a complicated endeavour - rocket science, food and industrial logistics, browser engines, search engines - people should be funelled into positions from school. No job interviews (2, +) [en]

Essentially hiring should be scientific - it should be based on numerical results and non discriminayory self report questionnaires. Rather than schools and education systems being divorced from the hiring in companies or human endeavours, the school educated specifically for certain roles. So you might have a calculus math class but because you've applied for a mechanical engineering role you would take it but the set of classes you have is based on your target endeavour. We funnel people into jobs. People don't have to look for jobs and companies don't have to look for people because there is a system in place to funnel people to endeavours. You might have a class for a specific company where you train the students destined to that company for a particular skill needed by employees of that endeavour.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-10-14 @15:06Z
• (18905)   Fruitful Learning Maps:  How to learn new information and include it into life? (0, +) [en]

I love learning, but topics I'm interested in exist in multiple places (online and offline). Typically I start a few books, courses, experiments at once; some end up in compost, others continue, deepen or branch out. But I'd like to see my learning journey and also make more time in my days to synthesise. So, how can I map my learning journey? So that I include learning into my routine, and see where I am now, where I am going, where I need help? What is a flexible structure,that can help me document what I already know, new concepts and definitions I'm adding, seeing gaps? Another question: I realise that lifelong learning is project-based. But with not all of my interests I have a project (but I'd like to have one, so that I deepen my understanding in that domain). So how can I move my curiosity into a learning project? Say, I'm learning about fungi now, starting with a book and forest walks, how could I turn it into a learning project?  ››

[Ruta] @ 2021-10-05 @09:06Z
• (18900)   Increasing the amount of love in the universe:  I believe love and language (the basis of reality) are cornerstones of existence. Increasing love in the universe makes the universe grow. (1, +) [en]

I withhold myself from love such as starting a family or going to church when I don't want to. I haven't worked out why I don't want to. I don't think it is necessarily fear, it's just it's a lot of work and I don't want that work. This isn't very loving for the spirits in heaven that want me as a father. Caring for another being even a plant is hard. I don't want to go to church because there are people to love and it's kind of a chore. It's pride or ego to think I know more than them. I am sure synchronicities would make it beneficial to go. But I still don't want to go.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-09-30 @13:19Z
• (18898)   Mechanism of existence:  If God exists and there is nothing outside of God then what am I? (3, +) [en]

God created my innermost being (presumably my soul) and everything is held up continuously through God's actions (such as speech) or by decrees of God using language. (Like saying X is equal to 10) God's memory is perfect. So I am constructed from language. Since God is the cause of everything good, then my actions are the result of God working through me. God is like electricity for my workings or my light. So my actions are a lens of God. Does this not mean my every action is caused by God? I am not God but my free will comes from God so I am a colour of light through a prism of God's word. This coincides with the idea that there is one cosmic consciousness and we are just one being in a thought. The thought has multiple paths or threads to consider to explore the solution space. That's where our identities come from. Separationn is just an illusion. The separation between people is just a veil. You can think of people as being a beautiful enumeration of colours, ideas, drives  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-09-27 @22:18Z
• (18893)   Guaranteed Profitibility:  Profitability determines whether or not some thing gets done (2, +) [en]

People don't do things for at cost. We're motivated by profit. How do we guarantee profitability?  ››

[chronological] @ 2020-09-04 @19:12Z
• (18893)   Resenting God:  I was created as a spirit to be a unique verb before God. Like God is I am I am also a doing verb - I do things uniquely to other parts of creation. Be it invention, writing or art. I am a knife who resents being expected to cut things. (1, +) [en]

I resent God for creating me for his purpose which although perfect and would make me happy I resent the preclusion. We probably have free will in heaven to do what we want but are expected to pick up duties or jobs that God decides we are designed for. I resent being the watchmaker's watch. No matter how natural ticking would be to be a watch. I am looking for ideas to put this resentment at rest. I resent being created. Awoken from a slumber of non existence. I was an idea in God's mind and I am. But I don't necessarily agree.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-09-23 @13:02Z
• (18892)   Decimal time use:  Would you like us to use Decimal time in the system? (1, +) Base Administration [en]

So, decimal time has been in literature for quite a while, and, as a kid, I have also come up with exactly the same version, which seem to be some kind of natural convergence of people liking to think in decimal. What do you think of us adopting such time for internal purposes here at Infinity family: Relationships: - 1 year = 10 months - 1 week = 10 days - 1 day = 10 hours - 1 hour = 100 minutes - 1 minute = 100 seconds Starting point: - Years start at 1970 Jan 1, midnight - (Begins like Unix time) The starting point not based in cultural, but rather geological phenomenon (i.e., carbon-based life beginning to develop silicon-based life). I've written a package for the conversion, here, and there are other implementations ([1], [2]). The implication of this, however, is, that if 1 day has 10 hours, then 1 hour length will be 2.4 traditional hours, meaning, the value of 1 HUR would hold a new meaning, so, something like the decimal version of hour (dHUR ?) would have to be introduced, and we'd have to renormalize the currencies to it then. There …  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-09-22 @10:28Z
• (18891)   Resilience to the worst of humanity:  The average person is selfish, greedy, not very intelligent and an emotionally stunted illogical thinker. How can any economic system win the support of the majority if these things are true (5, +) [en]

Any system has to defend against human stupidity which is unlimited. Just look at society and what the average person watches on television. Any system cannot rely on the best of humanity or values such as integrity, honesty, camaraderie, honour. I am interested in ideas that are resilient. The average person has the intellectual reasoning to buy something and wait for something to rise in value. This is the extent of the average person's intellectual abilities. Not in inventing new things or creating something original.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-09-19 @21:03Z
• (18885)   Smart ontologies:  The semantic web technologies introduced interesting ideas like RDF and semantic reasoning with OWL. We can produce new facts from old facts. (7, +) [en]

A Django ontology is just one kind of specification of an ontology It's used to create databases and generate ORM queries. Infinity family has a rich ontology because it can be used to execute business. Business software like ERP has a complicated ontology. Multiple kinds of things can be considered to be ontologies. There are other technologies such as RDF and OWL which allows reasoning over relationships. There is an application I recommend called Protege which is very good for automated reasoning. I can say that a mother is a female human with a child and then I can generate a fact when a woman is a mother. Having knowledge graphs allows for powerful automated reasoning and automation opportunities. In my fact collector project I use Prolog to do sime reasoning. Inference means a query and find the free variable, such as X. Logic is a statement that is true. Here I ask two questions (1) who am I mutually friends with and (2) who am I friends with but who doesn't consider me a friend. "Logic likes(sam, john).", "Logic likes(sam, peter).", "Logic likes(john, sam)." "Inference and(likes(sam, X), likes(X, sam)).", "Inference and(likes(sam, X), \+(likes(X, sam))).", ] The answer to the …  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-09-14 @18:37Z
• (18885)   Convenience:  How would you make life more convenient? I'm interested in what would make your life easier (0, +) [en]

Some inventions today would have been deemed impossible or laughable in the past If somebody told you that a machine would wash your clothes and you wouldn't have to labour for hours washing, cleaning, wrenching and drying clothes in the past they would have considered it massively convenient.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-09-15 @00:14Z
• (18884)   Embodied Imagination Training:  How to learn to imagine but also to synthesise and prototype, all in one experience? (3, +) [en]

I see imagination as a tool to raise consciousness, because what I imagine brings me on the journey, I learn from this journey, I evolve as a person. This puzzle is an invitation to play with the thought that an entire humanity could raise to a higher consciousness through embodied imagination, i.e. when new worlds are created in our individual minds (zoom out) but also when our bodies follow the mind and create these worlds in reality (zoom in). What conditions are needed for Imagination, Synthesis, Prototyping to happen? Space - doing nothing, walking, wandering, daydreaming, flow states Pause - reflecting, writing, sketching, noticing things, observing, formulating questions or problem statements Mess - experimenting, thinking small, playing, doing, asking for feedback If you were to teach someone to imagine and create something from nothing, how would you do it? Share examples. And let's discover experiences to help people learn to imagine what's not there yet and bring ideas to life. Note: this puzzle's description can be edited by anyone to make it more clear. Just click "edit".  ››

[Ruta] @ 2021-08-30 @11:18Z
• (18884)   Energy crisis:  What if we run out of energy? So no more efficient fossil fuels (1, +) [en]

I'm watching a film called The Cloverfield Paradox. It's on Amazon prime. In this science fiction Earth runs out of energy sources such as oil and sends a particle accelerator to harvest energy from the universe into space. I wonder what low tech solutions we have to the energy problem.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-09-12 @23:23Z
• (18882)   Sustainable distribution:  We are an incredibly dirty species. We pollute our environment. Meat, milk, bread and other foods come in plastic packaging - which we attempt to recycle poorly or throw to landfill (0, +) [en]

I'm interested in ideas to become more sustainable.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-09-12 @23:33Z
• (18881)   Irreconcilable differences:  People have different opinions. How do we avoid tyranny from the minority or majority? (3, +) [en]

People have different points of view. I don't want people whom I despise or people who I disagree with to make laws that apply to me. This category is for ideas to produce solutions to irreconcilable differences  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-09-11 @22:24Z
• (18881)   Making Sure We Use Time Effectively:  How to make sure that we maximize utility of our time? (9, +) [en, cn]

Every day, humanity spends %%>1.37%% mln. years of subjective wakeful time (16 hours x 7.5 bn. people). Given one efficient genius, this amount of personal time may be sufficient to create wonders, to recreate all technologies that we have created in the recent millenia of humanity's evolution. Why we don't have faster progress, converting all those new discoveries from labs to mass production in seconds? Some people spend that time in useful ways, some not. It is important to analyze how do the most efficient people spend their time, and see how we could adopt the productivity and wisdom patterns they use more broadly, and create scaling infrastructures to make humanity accelerate the progress much more efficiently than today.  ››

[Mindey] @ 2018-08-21 @17:15Z
• (18881)   Human self-modification:  How to edit our own genome to phenotype, and should we? (3, +) [en]

It is easy to modify our phenotype just by having a plastic surgery, and it doesn't affect the genetics of all of our offspring. Changing genome, on the other hand, is a much more consequential in that regard. On the other hand, it is also a fact that each of us is an owner of their body, and can practically privately try to do to their bodies whatever they please. The differentiation of species could potentially lead to the diversity of humans on a par and greater than the diversity of dogs. This category is both for the "how" and the "why" of low-to-high level self-modification.  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-09-11 @17:36Z
• (18881)   Digital Economy Too Complicated for Citizens:  How to make public and utility services accessible for everyone? (4, +) [en]

Organisations that provide public services (transport, doctors, etc) and utility services (water, electricity, heating, etc) move to be paperless and use digital tools for serving clients instead. But not everyone has skills or devices to access digital services, like older people, people with health differences and no family members to support them on the digital transformation, and so on. So what is the real problem? Digital services feel like a maze without a map.. How would a person know that specific organisation with a specific website serves a need X? And then each website feels like a maze without a map too. Often we don't know the keywords to enter in searchbox, and we can't figure how to use that website. And in situations where a person doesn't have a mobile device or wifi, how to enable paper service instead of digital one? So how to ensure that public and utility services are still accessible even for those who dont have devices, Internet or digital skills? This is a wiki post, feel free to edit a problem statement to make it more to the point. :)  ››

[Ruta] @ 2021-09-08 @08:58Z
• (18877)   Software development doesn't scale:  Adding more people to a software project doesn't necessarily improve productivity this is from the mythical man month or known as Brook's Law (4, +) [en]

Adding people to a project makes it later or slower due to the communication needed to get up to speed. This category is for ideas on making software development scale from 1 person to a couple. To a couple to many. Reading code is harder than writing code. Starting from blank is easier than modifying an existing code base. This category is to explore ideas that scale software development so large teams can be formed that work on the same software system.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-09-06 @13:24Z
• (18874)   Code complexity and poor interoperability:  Addition, calculation, algorithms takes an incredibly small portion of actual code. Most code is unnecessarily there to satisfy the compiler with interoperability of methods, arranging data structures and configuration (1, +) [en]

Most code is not computation but a struggle to arrange code so it can be understood and be interoperable between pieces of code by the compiler. Classes, methods, types all obscure the actual algorithm or computation (such as addition) used by a piece of software. If you were to distill most software down, there would be very little actual computation - comparisons and additions. Yet the code to produce this small amount of computation is a spider web of classes, interfaces, data structures etc. Most code is spent arranging data structures or API calls for method calls to be right. In fact none of this syntactic sugar is represented in the output instruction stream! It's purely imaginary concepts used by the compiler to make code organisation easier. This job is not something humans should be doing. It's something a compiler can do. What if I said that code didn't have to be written this way? What if structures could be auto mapped at run time? That is, I have a data structure and there are fields that could have slightly different names - firstName and first_name are the same thing. Data structure nesting is another problem. Some people might pull …  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-09-04 @11:31Z
• (18872)   Write undistributed code that runs distributed:  It's often useful to have an abstraction that lets us write code to one way to be silently executed in a different context. Such as writing synchronous code that actually runs asynchronously or concurrently. (1, +) [en]

It's often useful to have an abstraction that lets us write code to one way to be silently executed in a different context. Such as writing synchronous code that actually runs asynchronously or concurrently. In many languages we can write asynchronous code with the await keyword - which makes the code feel synchronous even though it is not. Another example is to use a polyfilled library - which makes your code's execution environment behave as if it supports features that other environments have. Or an emulator emulates an set of hardware that is not present. Or virtualization allows you to share a CPU between operating systems by allowing a pass through of CPU instructions with a memory trap. I wonder if through a similar concept we can write code that looks like it's not distributed - single threaded and centralised but actually runs on multiple machines. Developers dont want to rewrite their web applications in new languages or strange APIs. We need ideas to benefit from distribution or P2P without actually having to re engineer everything we have.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-09-01 @23:17Z
• (18871)   True Co-Operation:  How to spark a co-operation between people and projects? (5, +) [en]

I have many friends who work towards a vision of making the world a better place for all. I view all of their projects as working towards a shared vision. Even if some visions are more specific, some are more abstract (specific words to describe a vision change based on progress and often seeing a commonality depends on one's imagination and a set of values, i.e. willigness to collaborate). I often observe that my friends projects are great at some parts - some are great at technology, some at communication and design, some at networking, fundraising or business models. But only together these projects would create something valuable for all. What is true cooperation? Doing together. Not always everyone does an equal part (of the amount of time or quality), because some people are better at doing the ground work, while others - at bringing in resources etc. The level of experience differs. Timing plays a role too, some work needs to happen before others jumps in. I think that's how it is. Intention to "just add some ingredient to the soup" is the most important. Self-motivated parts. Holocracy is an interesting management model, where all parts are self-motivated to …  ››

[Ruta] @ 2021-08-29 @12:21Z
• (18870)   UX at oo:  What user experiences and UIs do we imagine at oo? (2, +) Base Administration [en]

Let's add thoughts here :)  ››

[Ruta] @ 2021-08-31 @10:33Z
• (18869)   Decentralisation with P2P software:  How can we use Peer 2 peer software to accomplish distribution (5, +) [en]

Centralisation maximizes the chance people will use your software. The problem is that it's brittle and not really fair for the people who have to maintain it on servers they pay for or maintain by themselves. We could have a federated platform for distribution of processing and data storage. This category is to cover ideas related to decentralisation. I recommend the decentralise community redecentralize for ideas on decentralisation https://redecentralize.org/  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-08-30 @14:44Z
• (18865)   Rational Drugs Regulation:  How to make unhealthy drugs like alcohol, tabacco, etc. be banned for ingestion, and the healthy smart drugs, like piracetam, phenibut, etc. be made legal? (0, +) [en]

Countries are irrationally legalizing harmful substances like alcohol, tabacco, cannabis vaping, etc., and banning the safe and beneficial substances like piracetam, phenibut, etc. This doesn't make sense. We need ideas how to make the beneficial substances legal, and banning the actually harmful substances for human intake (but of course, making them legal for other harmless purposes, like for example, alcohol for disinfection, the use in well-controlled conditions, etc.). Ideas, such as how to make the manufacturers of these beneficial substances push for the changes of law in various countries that banned them without truly understanding them, just because of someone's incompetent recommendations.  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-08-26 @10:06Z
• (18864)   Proteomics:  What is the set of proteins that governs an organism, and how to reorganize, tweak existing living system that runs based on proteome? (0, +) [en]

A proteome is the entire set of proteins coded and producible or produced (active proteome) by an organism or system. Just like in a computer we have data separated by curly braces or indentation that define computer software functions, the DNA has start and stop codons, that codes genes, that code peptides or proteins. The proteins, when produced, are a bit like actively deployed instances of functions (they are like computer system processes). So, imagine that a cell is a computer, and a set of proteins that instantiated in it are the processes of functions. A living cell is the computer that is able to sustain its internal state or homeostatic equilibrium, where the membrane proteins and internal processing proteins are together producing equilibria as their phase space portraits with "stable steady states". How can we define a set of processes (proteins), that, when executed (instantiated and run) consistently (like instances of workers on a computer) create a useful system with an internal equilibrium? How to reorganize, tweak existing living system that runs based on proteome? Imagine that each protein behaves like a process or like an independent worker that listens only to its environmental factors like hormones, catalysts, …  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-08-25 @21:34Z
• (18861)   Infinity DAO Proposals:  What DAO (or DAOs) could we benefit from as a community? (4, +) Base Administration [en]

DAOs can be useful as vehicles for self-governance of and investment into a community, projects or teams, for representing and managing community and individual assets, and for collective decision-making. There are benefits in project and community tokenization, due to existing markets for tokens, however, becoming dependent on particular markets is not necessarily what community wants. I think, our community should be inclusive, and accessible to people regardless of whether or not they have tokens on a particular blockchain. Therefore, good choices of DAO smart contracts are needed. At high level, I think our community should be multi-ledger and benefit from multiple DAO agreements under different ledgers, in the spirit of NNC, and we should think about schemes of tokenization not so much as a method of self-governance, but as a pragmatic tool to move forward through interactions with the markets that have capital for crypto-tokens that we release to represent something we create or want to share with these markets. What can our community agree on, and what makes sense to do? I think: Since there are many blockchains that support DAOs and smart contracts (HLF, NEM, Waves, Ethereum, NEO, etc.), and …  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-08-19 @19:22Z
• (18859)   Smaller Groups in Video-Conferences (1, +) [en]

With current online video-conferencing tools it's not possible to form smaller groups within one call room. When we meet a group of people face to face we have multiple conversations at the same time. During Skype or Hangouts calls, or webinars we cannot form smaller groups but have to listen to one person talking.  ››

[Ruta] @ 2015-10-21 @16:06Z
• (18855)   Effortless Thinking:  How might we navigate an ocean of information with a peace in mind? (0, +) [en]

I often hear from friends about 'information overload', 'too much', 'busy'. It seems that a modern life is giving many options but it's hard to make decisions everyday. The mind is overloaded and it gets harder to choose important areas to focus on. Here I wonder if "Chunking" - video 1, video 2 - can help with information overload? Chunking means grouping thoughts together through meaning, so that memory works better. I use o2oo system similarly by creating "chunks" when I share a puzzle, idea or experiment. In my mind, I label a group of thoughts into "Here is a Puzzle about a Topic X" and then I go on with my day without thinking about it. I come back when a thought pops up. I share it as a comment and move on with my day, without feeling overwhelm. In general the way I apply chunking is, in my mind, I group tasks into areas, relationships into projects or over-arching visions; also I link projects together so that they feed into each other (by working on one project, benefits the other), I love connecting people into "hubs" too, so that they help each other with a minimum effort …  ››

[Ruta] @ 2021-08-16 @08:47Z
• (18854)   Trouble free transportation:  If you have no battery on your phone and there's no schedule or map at a bus stop - what do you do? (0, +) [en]

It's very easy to be stranded in our modern cities. What ideas can make getting stranded impossible.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-08-15 @17:55Z
• (18846)   Poverty of care:  People don't care about what we're doing to try improve the world, most people don't care about anything outside their own families (1, +) [en]

How do you change people's minds?  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-08-07 @03:34Z
• (18846)   Water Intelligence:  What knowledge or information does water carry? (1, +) [en]

Water makes up most of the planet Earth and the human body. I'm curious about a thought that water is circulating throughout all bodies and waters on Earth. My imagination tells me - water is like a library of all life's knowledge. My intention is to explore Water Intelligence theme through arts with the following questions: What can we learn from water's properties? What information does water carry? Why life needs water in general? What ways we can explore water - sound (ocean's noise), data (oceanography: currents), storytelling, ..? Which visual symbols tell a story of water as intelligence? e.g. Spirals, Vortex, ..  ››

[Ruta] @ 2021-08-06 @11:03Z
• (18845)   Self-Organised Learning Communities:  What's the optimum size for a learning group? (6, +) [en]

Learning in a group has benefits (speed up understanding, see new perspectives, solve problems faster, boost motivation). But what's the best size for learning groups? Background info: Inspired by educator Sugata Mitra project "Hole in the Wall", I question how learning could spread outside education institutions and more as culture in our world. Also when reading B.Fuller's ideas on synergetics and systems (book "A Fuller Explanation"), I got to know about a min.system pattern found in nature called tetrahedron. Here, I wonder, if a min. size of a learning group is 4? And is it the best size? I'm curiois because I'd love to facilitate multiple learning groups!  ››

[Ruta] @ 2020-08-27 @20:46Z
• (18845)   Syntropy and Living Systems:  How might we design living systems that increase syntropy rather than participate in building more efficient entropy machines to exterminate and replace life on Earth? (2, +) [en]

Without realizing it, humanity has been working on a global project of accelerating the process of entropy, which is reversing billions of years of physical, chemical, and biological evolution that has resulted in the process of life, a phenomenon of negative entropy. “It seems fitting that some of the most important insights in exploring these hidden principles of nature have come from scientists who had the courage to cross over from one specialty to another. One of these was Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, who won a Nobel Prize for his work on quantum theory, then ventured into the fundamentals of biology, publishing a seminal book in 1944 entitled What Is Life? Schrödinger's groundbreaking answer to this age-old question began with the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the universe is undergoing an irreversible process of entropy: an inexorable decline from order to disorder. This law predicts that heat will always flow to cooler regions and explains why, once you've beaten an egg, you can never get the yolk back. However, Schrödinger observed that while the universe as a whole undergoes entropy, life somehow manages to reverse this process. Living organisms, he noted, survive through sucking order out of the …  ››

[bauhouse] @ 2021-08-06 @15:30Z
• (18841)   Automated API traversal - program synthesis:  If computers could code interactions with systems for us, we wouldn't have to write code, they could interoperate automatically (3, +) [en]

We have a REST API or standard library functions in our chosen programming language. Each rest call or method call takes arguments and returns data and causes side effects. Take a HTTP client for instance, it takes data in and returns data. We typically have to write interactions with APIs manually. What if the programming against APIs could be automatically generated and the source code or AST generated to interact with the API. We need a way to map a simple definition of the problem into a more detailed representation of the problem which uses APIs In other words, computers program themselves. Rather than general intelligence we rely on mappings and equivalencies and graph traversal and scheduling. Say I want to backup files on all my computers, compress them, encrypt them, sign them, deduplicate them, upload. That's a lot of APIs I need to talk to (encryption, operating system file APIs) and the APIs for them require multiple lines of code to perform. There's also a data flow through a pipeline of steps. The call graph of the code to fulfil the pipeline looks a certain way. Each step, "encrypt" takes in an input and has an output. These need …  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-08-02 @05:01Z
• (18830)   The Liquidity of School Grades:  Kids and students are actually selling their work at schools for grades, which are not a liquid asset. How can we make it a liquid asset? (3, +) [en]

The idea of making kids work for grades is unfair. This must change. Work is still work, the cells still need to be fed, but grades are not a liquid asset. It's not about the right incentives, it's about the survival (especially in some regions of the world). The problem is that of making grades a liquid asset, that is bought not just by parents. (I guess, the next comments will be about students making and selling NFTs of their grades. Making NFTs is simple, but making them in demand at scale is less so.)  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-07-21 @15:25Z
• (18827)   Environmental justice aspects of the (un)intended consequences of AI:  What is the socio-ecological impact of AI-enabled systems? (5, +) [en]

AI has consequences much more far-reaching and multi-dimensional than many other technologies. How do we even start to think about the impact of AI on the Environment? Beyond the carbon footprint of training a large machine learning model, it is helpful to consider how a model is utilized as part of a social context. From a systems thinking perspective, it will inevitably impact all other human and non-human actors already participating in that context. The Environmental Justice movement emerged as a response to the disproportionate exposure to pollutants and environmental hazards borne by marginalized and racialized communities. The US Environmental Protection Agency defines environmental justice as "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies." [1] Around the world, we've seen the Rights of Nature movement - "the recognition and honoring that Nature has rights. It is the recognition that our ecosystems – including trees, oceans, animals, mountains – have rights just as human beings have rights." [2] Puzzling through this myself, I think that any investigation of the socio-ecological impacts of AI needs to consider the following: …  ››

[bobi.rakova] @ 2021-07-17 @05:23Z
• (18826)   Capitalism:  What's right and what's wrong with capitalism (1, +) [en]

Let's extract the good ideas and discard the rest.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-07-18 @13:39Z
• (18824)   Convert work into money:  How to turn work into money? (1, +) [en]

There's a lot of waste in turning work into money. Let's make it easier.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-07-16 @17:04Z
• (18822)   Human Relationships with Water:  What metaphors, experiences would create a deep sense of connection with water? (4, +) [en]

Humans pollute the waters because we lost our relationship with the water in general. How could we bring it back through stories, metaphors, experiences that evoke emotions and nudge our senses and our thinking? I suggest to look at these points that unify humans with water: water makes up our body and water makes up the planet Earth. water is always in motion, throughout our body and throughout the planet. water is intelligence without which life wouldn't exist. What other unifing points we could explore when promoting human-water relationship?  ››

[Ruta] @ 2021-07-09 @16:31Z
• (18815)   Why is it that international companies are allowed to avoid competition but individuals are forced to compete globally?:  How do we replace competition for individuals with cooperation and maximum mutual gain (1, +) [en]

The answer is to create organisations that people can be member of that can represent that person. The world is NOT zero sum. Or at least doesn't have to be. We can make the world better.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-07-05 @03:02Z
• (18777)   Computation for normal people:  What do normal people need to compute? (2, +) [en]

We have extremely powerful computers available nowadays but not the code to run on them. What algorithms, mathematical concepts would benefit normal people's lives?  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-05-27 @10:50Z
• (18768)   Not everything should be free (2, +) [en]

I think it's really harmful for everything to be free. Things are not free to produce. We should think twice about using free social networks, free search engines, free web hosting, free web browsers I think the big tech companies should be broken up into smaller companies that actually sell products that people want. It shouldn't be free. They should be self sufficient.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-05-16 @03:35Z
• (18739)   Self hosting:  How to make hosting computer systems so easy that anybody can do it? (3, +) [en]

Hosting computer systems is complicated. You have to watch logs and metrics to make sure CPU usage doesn't go above a threshold and so on.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-04-12 @20:44Z
• (18720)   Rewarding Innovation:  How can innovators and inventors have more equitable social and economic rewards from their inventions? (0, +) [en]

Seasoned inventors and innovators with broad interests may often find it hard to capitalize on their innovations. It only makes sense to patent inventions, if you have reasonable expectations that they are going to be developed. Moreover, patenting them on one's own, and then trying to offer them to companies can be quite boring, dry, and very transactional. Large part of the fun of innovation maybe its social aspects, however, joining a startup or a company, is a directionally constraining thing, as companies tend to specialize. Innovators with broad interests need new ways of getting reward from innovations (both socially and economically), to be able to be together in the processes that require their innovation, as friends, and at the same time getting fair shares of the intellectual capital derived from their input, which is, unlike traditional work, is very non-linear, often transformational.  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-04-03 @18:44Z
• (18716)   Cross-referencing:  Cross-referencing is done terribly. (1, +) [en]

All the academic cross-referencing formats are pretty awful. None of them are particularly powerful and there's so many opinions about the correct way to do it, they become worthless.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-03-30 @16:28Z
• (18710)   Programming Language for Code of Earth Life:  Code of Life Needs a Programming Language ;) (0, +) [en]

So, the code of Life on Earth is quite well understood: we have the molecular biology dogma (DNA -> RNA -> Amino Acid), and the gene products are well organized in biological databases. Life has sporadically created a plethora of molecules, via mostly protein-drive metabolic pathways, therefore, proteins can be thought of as high level "reserved words" of language of life in context of particular metabolism, and the information about them could be organized a bit like how programming languages are organized (with functions having their docstrings, and protein active sites having their type definitions), etc. Ultimately, having some language like that, describing a particular genome may be very short, like just instantiate these set of proteins, and certain metabolic environment. However, how to realize such programming language is a question. I hadn't see one exist yet.  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-03-24 @21:35Z
• (18707)   Metal solubility in distilled water:  How soluble are pure metals in distilled water? (0, +) [en]

Many metals are found dissolved in sea water, and their solubility in distilled water is, while very small, non-zero. So, I wonder, what are the water-solubilities of various metals that don't react with water.  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-03-21 @22:11Z
• (18704)   Epstein–Barr virus:  How to treat Epstein–Barr virus (EBV)? (0, +) [en]

The Epstein–Barr virus (EBV), formally called Human gammaherpesvirus 4, is one of the nine known human herpesvirus types in the herpes family, and is one of the most common viruses in humans. EBV is a double-stranded DNA virus. Symptoms: Enlarged spleen Swollen liver White patches on tonsils Palliative care: Get plenty of rest Drink lots of water Gargle with salt water Take painkillers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to bring down fever and relieve body aches. Avoid heavy lifting to prevent spleen injury. Other diseases caused by EBV: - Ear infections - Guillain-Barre syndrome - Cancers, like Burkitt's lymphoma and cancers of the nose and throat The genome of EBV: NCBI - Human gammaherpesvirus 4, complete genome (can use GBench to open, for example, exporting as FASTA file) The coded proteins of EBV: EBNA-1 (lytic) - EBNA-2 (lytic) - EBNA-3 (lytic) - LMP-1 - LMP-2 - EBER - v-snoRNA1 - ebv-sisRNA - miRNAs - EBV-EA (lytic) - EBV-MA (lytic) - EBV-VCA (lytic) - EBV-AN (lytic). Reactivation and therapeutic inhibitors Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) reactivation and therapeutic inhibitor [2019]  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-03-18 @21:59Z
• (18698)   Most people are underpaid:  How to collect the maximum that the market can bear for work? (1, +) [en]

Work captures a lot of value from people's efforts. There must be a way to untap this massive resource. I'm looking for ideas on how to stop people from being underpaid.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-03-12 @17:32Z
• (18697)   Definition of Life:  What is the universal definition of a Living System? (5, +) [en]

Understanding the definition of life is important because it shapes human decisions on a macro and micro scale. Let me give you a simplified example, so that we understand my question. For example, if we view only some things as alive (like a baby) and other things as dead (like a river). Then, I may spill the poo from my WC to the river. If I don't know that the river is alive and how it is connected to the ecosystem, I won't know that I'll be drinking my poo at some stage, because the same water from the river will enter my water well. This is already happening with plastic in the ocean and micro-plastics eaten by the fish, and the fish eaten by humans. Ha! So, how do we define "life" and "alive"?  ››

[Ruta] @ 2021-02-27 @09:27Z
• (18680)   Mind Uploading:  How to carry out mind upload practically? Any ways to do it without losing identity? (2, +) [en]

Mind uploading is said to be a process of scanning a physical structure of the brain accurately enough to create an emulation of the mental state [1]. In that sense, it is like what we already have with virtual machines, that can be suspended and restored to an exact state on another computer or network or virtual machine. Identity preservation, however, is as important in many cases, because a mind copied, even if exactly the same, cannot occupy the same role in the world to follow through the same future state space. It is similar to how a copy of a virtual machine cannot be instantiated twice on the same memory addresses. I'd like to reserve this question for searching of practical ideas of performing mind upload -- both identity-preserving and non-preserving kinds, with different applications for various intents and purposes, and not limiting the idea to just humans, but including "mind-uploading" of machine intelligences as well. [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_uploading  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-02-22 @21:37Z
• (18675)   Race to the bottom:  The price of music is £0. The price of movies is £0. The price of software is £0 (5, +) [en]

The price of music is £0. The price of movies is £0. The price of software is £0 This is really bad because it means artists cannot get compensated for their work. I'd like to hear ideas how to improve this state of affairs and normalise paying for music, movies and software.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-01-29 @18:29Z
• (18659)   Meta-Biomimicry:  If human is part of Living System and is one itself, so what are General Principles to mimic when designing a human world? (8, +) [en]

A human is part of nature. So, I'm curious what would be a more natural way to design a human world (because it's all made up)? What general principles could be copied from nature and transformed into philosophies, design frameworks, cooperation mechanisms and so on that would make a human world more inclusive?  ››

[Ruta] @ 2020-12-08 @15:08Z
• (18655)   How to Distribute HURS?:  How do we distribute HOURS in a way that is not HACKABLE yet values the work of an individual? (13, +) Base Administration [en]

I'm very interested in the idea of trading hours. For example, if I work for someone for 1 hour, I should be paid 1HUR by the person I worked for. But what if they don't have any HURS to give? How do the HURS get distributed into this system? Also, what if I do work that doesn't benefit someone who works like a baby? Am I able to get HURS from that?  ››

[justinmiyamoto] @ 2021-01-23 @20:41Z
• (18654)   Web Apps Integration:  Integration of Project Management Tools and Visual Page Builders (2, +) [en]

It's time consuming to describe ideas in one app and then visualise ideas in another app. For example, writing down tasks for implementing ideas in project management tools like WorkFlowy and then following multiple steps to open content management systems like WordPress, and within them visual builders like Elementor. The same problem exists with presentation tools like Google Slides, Canva, etc. Could both steps - explaining the idea and visualising the idea - happen in one window?  ››

[Ruta] @ 2020-03-22 @23:15Z
• (18654)   People often talk about solutions in conferences, but don't collect them for action afterwards (6, +) [en]

People talk in conferences on-line, and even use tools like twitter to allow others share a few words with others. However, there is no way to conveniently organize the insights of the conferences into actionable bits. These insights get lost in some notes of some individuals, and not necessarily captured and organized for weighting them among possible solutions. This reduces the problem solving capacity.  ››

[Mindey] @ 2016-05-04 @11:00Z
• (18654)   Flexible staffing:  How to give businesses access to elasticity in jobs with fairness (0, +) [en]

Companies in the UK recruit people onto some thing called zero hour contracts which are terribly one sided as they don't pay any money but keep access to an exclusive employee.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-01-27 @14:07Z
• (18645)   Hierarchical society:  Minimum wage staff cannot afford their own jobs (0, +) [en]

A minimum wage employee who delivers food cannot afford his own job, they cannot afford food delivery. I think this is an enormous problem and its about fairness. Why shouldn't someone be able to afford their own job? Society depends on an endless stream of migrants to do the jobs that nobody wants.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-01-18 @19:47Z
• (18644)   Missing institutions:  I feel that our society exposes citizens to raw edges of markets. There must be a way to blunt the effects of markets on people. Markets are a good thing but they have unintended effects on people's livelihoods. (2, +) [en]

This question is to highlight the missing institutions of society. Things that don't exist that should.  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-01-17 @20:12Z
• (18643)   Deregulation:  Regulation is needed and sometimes unnecessary, how to tell the difference (0, +) [en]

Regulation has a problem of chesterton's fence. How can we maximize useful regulation but limit its growth?  ››

[chronological] @ 2021-01-16 @12:29Z
• (18643)   Frontier Science and Technology:  Technologies with high promise for science-fiction-like futures. (1, +) [en, cn, lt, ja]

There are research directions and industries today that are at the frontier of the advances necessary to bring about the possibilities of the future, that are currently seen only in our imaginations or science fiction. The frontier science, however, would be only those areas that are at the boundary of what's possible, not too far into the real of the impossible. For example, femto-technology may be not yet in the realm of "Frontier Science and Technology", but "Longevity Science" is. This category will be modified as the frontier advances into the future.  ››

[] @ 2021-01-15 @21:51Z
• (18636)   The Scandal of Money:  There is no objective measure for value, like physical units: meter, second, ampere, etc. How to create an objective measure of money? (6, +) [en]

George Gilder points out -- "Basic challenge of the world economy today, is to address the scandal of money. We today have 5.1 trillion dollars of every 24 hours of currency trading, and this currency trading accomplishes nothing, except to endow central banks with the right to steal from the future in order to consume in the present, and steal from future generations, and I believe, the real reason for the trade war is not trade or industrial machinations, - it’s the collapse of money. So, 5.1 trillion dollars a day of currency trading – it’s 25 times all global GDP, it’s 70 times all trade in goods and services, and it doesn’t even prevent constant hedging of every transaction across the border, it doesn’t prevent trade conflicts, it doesn’t really accomplish its goal. So, I think that the great contribution of blockchain, is to allow a new global currency, that plays the role that gold played for a hundreds of years of the fastest growth of the world’s economy… and it’s what really what blockchain [can do]: not only a new Internet architecture, but also a new global architecture for the world economy. "You don't think it's virtual wealth …  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-01-05 @04:17Z
• (18631)   Security of Investment Into Bleeding-Edge Innovation:  How to create way of transparent investment into novel ideas, that would secure positions for idea authors and investors without expensive process of patenting and startup development, and allows public's involvement in innovation process? (1, +) [en]

Open innovation and investment has a potential to solve humanity's greatest challenges, but sharing ideas on modern social media does not have a direct path from idea-to-market. There is no solution on-line for transparent investment into trying out novel ideas, which would secure positions for idea authors and investors, without the expensive process of patenting, and startup development. Bright scientists and imaginative geeks continue to discuss advanced concepts at elusive locations of the Internet, - the remains of UseNet, like Everything List, SL4, LessWrong, Halfbakery, and so on. These ideas share there as plain text, no matter how bright, generally don't make it into any funding platforms to be tried out. The modern instant-gratification and market-driven platforms usually require a prototype of an attractive product, or a well-traded coin to convince investors, but few innovators are willing to spend the resources, and months of uncertainty to build prototypes, or spend on marketing to promote a coin, and so the bright, potentially life-saving ideas continue to die. How could we save them?  ››

[Mindey] @ 2021-01-03 @11:11Z
• (18630)   Meta-Categories for Inter-Disciplinary Collaboration:  What selection of words group all human questions and help diverse people to understand each other's background faster? (0, +) [en]

For people from different disciplines it's hard to understand each other. Using labels as categories would help understand what the other person is talking about in a second. So, what are those meta-categories that group all human questions? I suggest: Science Arts Philosophy Education Economy Culture Technology How would you define meta-categories that help diverse people to understand each other's background faster?  ››

[Ruta] @ 2021-01-03 @16:09Z