The Product Management of Auto-ON

It’s Q3 of 2020. There was just that big fire in California. My family is like all the other families here, we went through a frantic phase of buying air purifiers.

Why is it that I am am not able to find an air purifier with an Auto-on feature? What I can find are three types of control:

manual-on-off or sensor-based control.

  • Manual on/off switch (possibly with timer for auto-off)
  • Sensor based controlling the fan speed
  • Wifi-connected “smart” filter which mostly means you can adjust the last two settings on the phone.

Maybe the unit-economics of the business just doesn’t work out, but wouldn’t a feature that allows you to set a time of the day to turn filter on automatically be beneficial to all?

For the user, auto-on allows me to enjoy fresh air, and peace of mind, daily by turning it on during lunch (covid19) or before returning home (for normal working days) when I return, it turns down to low. I get fresh air. I get the comfort that the air is filtered. And honestly, it reassures me that air is clean irrespective of the accuracy of the sensors.

For the seller, this auto-on feature is a guaranteed win because it automatically consumes the filters. Replacement of filters is an income for the purifier maker. Quickening the consumption of filters means quickening the pace of money coming in to buy filters. This seems like a total no brainer to have.

So I am left absolutely dissatisfied and confused about these purported Capitalists running these companies. Why did no purifier company make a purifier that allows you to set it to turn on full blast during some time of each day?

It’s times like this that our mind begin running in wild orbits: perhaps it’s a conspiracy ? The government uses some kind of mind-control gas to control our productivity, and an air filter cleaning the air just before you return from the outside will counter the effectiveness of the mind-control gas.

Maybe the google and Amazon has “the secret resistance” employees that has arranged it so that the mammoth computer systems specifically give me poor search results because I’m a minority race(easily identifiable by name). Maybe that’s why I can’t find a product that make any sense.

Maybe these companies are all run by Soviet spies and made in China because they’re like a couple. FAKE Company!! Fake company !! They’re not trying to make money!! Fake companies are absolutely WORSE than FAKE NEWS!! I mean clean air is absolutely a vital infrastructure of the United States of America!! We absolutely have to stop these companies! They’re all spies!! They’re all foreign agents!!! They’re trying to keep Americans breathing sick air!

STOP THIS INSANITY!

Stop the bad air purifier companies!! Shut them down!! Shut them all down!! They’re all foreign entities trying to corrupt our god given gift: the right to a breadth of clean fresh air.

How to reconnect to router iOs 14.0

I just installed iOS 14. Aside from its Chinese keyboard being much jerkier than before the upgrade, and some new gmail quirks, everything seems great! Love the new modules you could pop onto the desktop.

One thing I did have trouble with was that I couldn’t connect to my router’s administrative interface any more… After a week of frustration I have finally discovered the fix. my router apparently checks IP address before allowing admin connection.

After you disable Private Address, the router will suddenly remember you and let you log back in again. Yippee!

Good luck with the next update, I hear it has a lot of new features.

The Orange Sky

It’s September 9th 2020. We experienced exceptionally dark skies today in the San Francisco Bay Area. New reports claim that it is due to multiple large wild fires burning all around us. It makes sense since we had 100 degree labor day weekend just a day before.

Orange Outside of Safeway Around Noon

News is blabbering about The revelation that President Trump “down played covid19” very early this year because he didn’t want to cause panic. People are calling him a criminal for not taking care of the American people.

The air actually smells fine. At night, the sky is actually very bright, it might be due to reflection of human lights back down by the same smoke that kept the sun out during the day. The news reports claim the marine winds are blowing in at lower levels close to the ground. The net effect is that we can’t see any sun but the air touch us are actually quite fresh. Sadly, another side effect of this is that my 7KW Tesla solar system generated very little energy

3 hours of a 100W light bulb is all we got from the Sun today.

My feelings are amazing considering the day. I have a slight inkling of what is to come if this doesn’t clear up in a few days. A more united California to be more extremely environmental for sure. Maybe more drastic laws/allocations to either fund some serious effing research or code changes affecting all companies in California. We already require all new constructions to have solar power. Maybe we can also require all buildings built since the 90’s to have solar. Heck, maybe even carbon emission allocations for all individuals. I can sell all my credits every year since I drove electric cars and use solar energy. It’s all good. There is nothing like human and society being propelled forward by disasters.

It also did occur to me that maybe if we can’t contain the fire that my house may burn. Or if there is so much burning that we may not have enough oxygen to survive. I seem to be content with the fact that we have no escape. If we run out of oxygen, the roads will be so congested that we will not make it out. (We did fill up gas tanks though, just in case.) My wife has superstitious believe about severe inclement atmospheric phenomenon foretelling large earthquakes—old Asian mythical believes. man, have I got a big problem if we had a real earthquake right now…

Watching episode S2S2 of the Boys. This show terrifies me. Storm front kills Kenji brutally, murmuring “Fucking Yellow Bastard!” I have to take issue with this for a moment here. I don’t care if the world is coming to an end, but this brutal expression of hatred by a white super hero is truly disturbing. I am losing sleep over this because it disturbs me. I don’t see a black person being kills “Fucking Nigger Bastard!” And honestly I am truly truly horrified. The sister of the dead “Super Villain” are Japanese siblings. She sees him die. She sees Stormfront glow with glee in front of the camera for killing his brother. Now, if anybody knows anything about Japanese culture… the things around honor and the acts of past Japanese people, killing, in the name of honor and possibly hatred… And, I, having Chinese culture in my upbringing, am keenly alarmed by hatred and vows to revenge, OF ANY KIND, in a person of Japanese descent. Not that I think anybody should hate or bow to revenge. But my mind floods with the past murders of Chinese committed by Japanese people. I just wish I didn’t see that, any of that. (I mean, also, can’t a Japanese do something other than fight teeth and nail in hatred?) White people do have super powers in America… the least of which is called an Executive Order. Japanese people are still people and they still do hate and value honor and revenge as part of their culture. Whomever this show is made for, I am horrified to know that someone found this amusing or entertaining. Any of these stories… a girl with super power can only fall for a useless boy… Replaying all the failure of Christian religions…. Women raising child of rape being forced to live with the rapist… The son of raping revealed to be more and more like his father… The dream or a promise that we may create a super race yet… and a Brit is the only one who could lead la résistance!? I mean what kind of mushroom tea was Jeff Bezos drinking when he approved this show for Amazon Original? Why make an even worse version of our history? I just don’t understand where our world is going any more. And I thought Silicone Valley was blatantly pointless and just plain mean and racist. This show really takes it to another level.

Okay, okay, so let’s say that this is a metaphors for the class struggle between the poor and rich Americans. And let’s suppose that it isn’t really recent immigrants versus naturally born Americans. The poor are the retched, drug dealing, dirty as heck, country-of-origin-diversified team whose only mission is to defeat the other team, and maybe right a few wrongs of the past. The rich class is the other team that has a few very very powerful white supe’s, and a few supporting minority supe’s. The rich team is the racist brutal bunch that can deliver policing brutality with zero consequence… oh wait, with consequence of more money and more fame. I guess I could be persuaded to see it this way, except I, my own person, cannot identify with either the racist rich class, or with the jobless drug dealing poor class. And anyways I feel if anybody interprets the show this way, it only stirs more anger and hatred fueling the volition to violence. I don’t see a parody Jesus Christ supe showing up mid-season and parts the ocean between the rich and the poor. I cannot imagine a supe with the power of peace. There is no way out of this mess except for violence and more violence—as far as I can imagine in the context of the show. Therefore the Boys S2 up to E4 is Famx30 for being absolutely agonizing to watch, despite superb execution and suitably choppy scripting for this genre.

The dust is starting to come down. The white flakes reminds me of dead people ashes after the aliens pops people with laser in the War of Worlds.

The red sky is almost identical color with the post-apocalyptic Gallifrey in Series 12 of Dr. Who fictions. Btw, Series 12 is so much better than 11… Maybe we should consider stop making these fictions. Maybe that way these fantastically violent delights will never come to be in our dearly beloved real world.

Never cruel or cowardly,

Never giving up, never giving in.

And if you ever be, always make amends.

– a Whoovian saying

Dr. Who S12 is a solid Famx1. Absolutely mesmerizing and everything flows very smoothly. And the Dr. is very much the Dr. even if there are many Dr.’s. The femininity is really settling in and maybe someday we wouldn’t even imagine this caring and knowledgeable and powerful alien could ever have been anything but a women. (I mean, you can look to some eastern deities for examples of some very caring individual who, upon enlightened ascension, eventually manifests to humans only in the female form despite their otherwise gender at their human birth. Since we know Dr. who scripting adopts elements and characteristics of myths of the east, this might be a very powerful storyline.) I am saddened that S13 might be her last as the previous several Dr.’s only endures 3 human years before regeneration. The sex change could use another two years at least… And I will say it here and now, I definitely will not watch Dr. Who inside an AI or Android. Absolutely not. Nope. Just won’t do it. famx\infty .

Anyways, just posting some observations and concerns… this blog is geolocation in a few places, so someone may see it in case something happens to all of us.

Good luck everybody!

A week and half later, same camera and location. It is already very hard to recall the exact feeling of that gloomy morning.

Whose Line is it Anyway? Notes on Implementation of the Good AI

When the Chinese say “Confucius says…” they provide citation for the source of wisdom and invoke the prescription with the full authority of the Confucius. This is not unique to Chinese people. Christians may quote Jesus and the Bible quite often, and Muslims quite Muhammad and the Quran, others rely on the Buddha , Abraham, Laozi, Brahms, Vishnu or Shiva, maybe some Marx some Mao, some Jefferson, some Lincoln… Scientists also provide citations to incorporate the wisdom of experience and force of reasoning from the past. Although scientists cite with more restricted scope of meaning and often in the spirit of critical analysis and not in faithful belief as are the case in my other examples.

My child said to me once: “my mouth says I want to eat candy,” and on other occasions “according to my mouth, it will be dark by sundown.” After hearing it a few times, I understand what he communicates is his opinion. The fact his mouth says it has the effect of self-reference. It highlights the fact that he says it and that what his mouth says may be different from what others are thinking, what will happens, whether it is possible or permitted, among other opinions on the relevant matter.

When we consider the possibility of an AI with great knowledge and skills of reason, our thoughts jump to a time when we give the AI powers that are usually afforded to humans who has the requisite skills and morality. Our minds are clouded and confused by this matter because we have not achieved a universality accepted and very precise expression of what it means to have moral and what is good and how to distinguish the good from the bad. We don’t know. Humans do not know it.

Therefore the engineers of such an AI system may consider the possibility of there being many moral authorities. Confucius may agree that “you did right”, but Jesus and Vishnu says “absolutely not!” Trump recommends “Executive Pardon” and Obama chooses “Secret Assassination.” All these are possible in our human system. We can simply remove the controversies of morality from engineering. The AI system should be designed with sufficient external interface and introspective capabilities to accommodate all human believe systems.

There recalling the American TV Show called Who’s Line is it Anyways, “where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter.” When we introduce the relativistic view of good morals everything may feel, to some, less authentic and less auspicious. What would Jesus say to the Buddha? One would believe that they will disagree with each other on the moralities of many decisions. Can we keep the peace among these holy entities if they were present within the same space and time? It may be caused by the shallowness of my mind, but their vigorous and destructive disagreement is the only thing my mind can imagine. Yes, I am very sorry, but I am rewatching Jesus versus Santa in South Park’s The Spirit of Christmas in my mind right now. When you deal with everyday situations, even the saints will have to bring to bear fire and brimstone… and Karate fireballs.

But we believe in free will. Our dedarkened minds should permit them to disagree. That is the only realistic way for us to reason about them. Suppose I have sages like Aristotle in my head, that I may query regarding the goodness of an act, and at a later time I may ask Confucius regarding the same. They may disagree but examining their response teaches me how to think of if. Perhaps we will choose Plato to justify one action and choose Rand to justify another. It seems that the only responsible course forward is to, in our mind, combine all of our powers for good.

Thus, we have achieved a pronounceable acronym: we aim to implement the Good Computational Intelligence, the GCI! the addition of Good to the name imbues it with the meaning that we have made significant effort to ensure its moral goodness that it is just as good as it is artificial, general, and intelligent.

GCI, here we come!

P.s. it would be expanded that recent developments suggest that, truly, good decisions(with high utility consequences) may not be reasonable in a symbolic way and may not be compressible into easy explanations. Like the multiverse that are all sitting on top of each other, that many and all realities may in really exist—ala everything all the time all at once—and they all interact with each other. The thoughts that we perceive as good and wise (or those producing good results) may themselves not even be explainable unless you are there at that place in a specific reality. But that the parameter are so complex or the world so exotics that there exist no approximate internal state that produce a close enough Good thought.

P.p.s. But having suspected that, (that the oracle-hood is ultimately unattainable), we should also hypothesize an oracle that can explain everything to us. For example, the Omnipotent God of a certain religion, being omnipotent, must have the ability to explain to us everything. Ignoring contradictions from our minds, we can also set that as the goal of GCI, to give us information to produce Human’s best.

P.p.s. And therein we will find our everyday misgivings about is it okay to lie to a human to produce the best result? Our solution here is once again say, “my mouth says I don’t want to be lied to, but GCI says lying to you is the best way to go.” analysis can deepen from that point forward.

This race is so racially charged

Biden just announced Harris as VP candidate.

My outlook for the future suddenly feel so bright. I even saw some serious work from one of the Democrats’ twitter account about getting Trump state—they are working!

But honestly, I had privately complained to friends that I don’t want to see an old white man elected president because he is most likely to beat Trump. Sleepy Joe scares me and it’s more than derisive nicknames from the Republicans. It would have seemed that America would rather have a mediocre white man but not one of the younger, stronger, minority candidate even has a chance. It would have seemed that we would choose a president for politics sake and not for merit and vision and leadership. I felt doomed. A victory would have been a loss.

But now that Harris is on the ticket, I feel a heavy weight lifted. I don’t have a rational thought about this—my rational thought is I’d preferred Yang or one of the black or latino man, or even sanders to really stir up changes. But I honestly feel happy that she’s on the ticket. That victorious loss just turned into a losses victory. And seriously, there are news paper suggesting Biden plans to die in office because he’s “choosing a VP who can step in any time.” This is so sad for so many reasons. But I’m feel the hope spring, and changes are already visible.

I fear that this race may be too racially charged. I don’t like the fact that I look at Joe Biden’s race when evaluating him for presidency. I don’t like the fact that the selection of Harris, an Asian-African-American, for VP brings a smile to my face. Race is way too much part of this decision. Politics is way too much part of this decision. I cannot even think about what’s good for myself, and much less for the country, because my mind is just so concerned with the color of the skin of the candidate.

Truth be told, this intense mental preoccupation with the singular concern of skin color (or minority status) is somewhat supernatural—it does not diminish naturally. It does not suffer from semantic satiation: where a word become blend when you repeat it 100 times and that repetition causes you to forget its meaning or pronunciation. This intense focus on race, it has endured for many years. Note that the election has brought it to the fore-mind, it is a sound that echoes without decay of amplitude between my ears.

One kind of wishes that there was more to it than that.

If we weren’t against Trump

I signed up to the Democratic Party at Democrats.org. This is the official Democratic Party organization . It is Q3 of 2020 and the postmaster general, a donor to Trump, has just re-organized the USPS either in response to massive losses during coronavirus shutdowns or in preparation for the presidential vote-by-mail election coming up in a few months. One can’t imagine things becoming more partisan than this.

But staring at the multiple mails from democrats.org, I have a heavy heart. The DNC sends me 3-5 emails everyday. The subjects are either some one famous is asking you to donate (Biden, Obama, Albright, Warren, etc.) or that it was detected that Republican “outraised” the DNC. In both cases the first, second, third, and last paragraph asks for money donations.

I think, maybe I signed up for more than I bargained for. The political process I expected to experience includes things like discussing issues, or at least discussing the recovery from Trump presidency, how that will take place. For example, is Biden going to cancel everything Trump did by executive orders? Like what’s happening? Is the proposal to elect Democrats to every seat of government and undo all the laws that changes these years?

Some part of me feel that I don’t want to give money to the DNC. Their banal emails tells me exactly nothing to make me want to add another cent to this organization. When I did contribute to the Yang campaign, I felt there was a vision for change and progress. And I racked it up to inexperience the way Yang emailed twice a week saying “this is it, the last moment, if you don’t give money, I’m dead.” I thought that he did that in sincerity because he doesn’t know that the desperation does not garner more support. I thought maybe he doesn’t know how to influence people en masse because his professional experience had been in smaller enterprises of startups. I fought back vomit because I thought if we bear through it that there was a hope for more united and civilized and democratic future for America.

But now that I see that this kind of behavior is not just one faction, it is the whole rebellion organization, the whole resistance, the entire DNC are people like this. Even the experienced politicians believe that desperation win hearts, and hearts win money, and money wins the race.

I don’t know. Maybe I’ve been an outsider to Democrats until now. And maybe republicans talk to republicans like this too: “give money to me, that’s the only way I have to win.” It is horrifying to me to hear a leader say “the only way I can do my job is if you gave me money.” There is something wrong about this.

Why doesn’t the campaign show me the campaigning that took place? Maybe a massive zoom session, a rousing speech, something, anything. That shows me what the leader does with his hands and mouth. And brain. Something that shows me what he will do after being elected. Something that makes me want to give money other than restating “the only way to win a political campaign is money.” This Democrats believe is so sad! I mean even if that’s true, it’s not the sales pitch you want to make right? Don’t try to sell me a bed by saying “money is the only way you can get a good night sleep.” Tell me how soft it is and how firm it is and how it’ll even protect me from an earthquake when the house falls, tell me the big secret that the bed has unadvertised aroma that does the trick.

I don’t know… just anything that shows me these people care about doing what they are doing.

Like, we’d never survive an attack by an axis of evil with this kind of a party. (And I’m not saying there isn’t one right now, and I’m not comparing Trump or Xi to Hitler) but can you imagine Eisenhower or Churchill in their campaign speech saying: “give my campaign money or else Hitler will win!”

🤢😱

Bulging Human Resources

Watching this interesting show called Bulge Bracket on Amazon Prime. I have to admit, I know nothing about traditional fintech companies, so I cannot evaluate the realism of this show. As the self referential show asks, what is this Silicon Valley? The raunchy behavior is terrible terrible worst possible that you’d imagine maybe from the 1980’s? Or is this what 2020 looked like in Investment Banking?

The show is a little bit of an expectation jerker, season one ending with Bolo giving a reasonable pitch to his talented young female recruit to stay on board despite a finance-career making sexual proposition from potential client. This part sounds pretty real, well realistic for an Asian boss, solidly delivered: “I like how you work, I worked harder to get here, stay here and work harder for me and we’ll all be rich.”

But ultimately what really gets me is the HR scene. The HR executive immediately went on an offensive registering a complaint after the employee made legitimate complaints regarding behaviors of executives at the company and executives at other companies.

And I obviously do not speak from deep hatred of HR departments and some of their staff who choose to engage in this kind of activities for companies that I didn’t work for.

But when it does happen, it really hurts. If you think a female HR executive being marched around promoting company-wide support for female career development called BankHer would turn around and stonewall a newly hired female employee’s TWO sexual harassment complaints. Imagine how a lesser supported minority might feel when backstabbed like this at work.

But let me append that hate speech with a notice that I have friends who do HR, and they’re all wonderful people! Can’t find better specimen of human being than them. And seriously, there are those that have served me solidly and help to resolve conflicts and make the work place efficient and happy. Like these people are like instant friends. It’s their job to make help the teams work together and to bring to bear skill sets that vanilla management staff do not have. They don’t put a stupid black mark in your file so that they can have a reason to send you off. They don’t just register complaints so that they have work to show for. Like, sheesh, there are just such wonderful people out there when you think about what some other people do in their positions.

I wouldn’t expect the show to be renewed: 1.) too Asian, 2.) too real, 3.) that’s about it, like unless it descend into Silicone Valley territory, there isn’t that much more to what gets people out the door on Monday mornings.

And I should note the irony. The maker of the show apparently is an Asian living in California looking into the world of Finance through a spouse… I am an Asian watching their TV show. One does have to wonder if their perspective and my own may slant in the same way as our eyes do when observed by broader American audience. They feel so angry/nervous/strongly about it that they made a show on Amazon Prime. I feel so much anger/fear that I blog about it, but in reality, I don’t see anyone else making the same kind of big deal about it in these explicit ways. Or honestly, maybe I missed them because they usually portrait minority success and not so much failure. Maybe because the actress was Latino or black and I just didn’t feel it so vividly as I do watching Asians suffer. Maybe… idk, I really don’t see why non-Asians will be interested in this show—because maybe they have the same problem, the protagonist is not their in their race-social-economic stratus and they just don’t feel that strongly about it.

In my head, this is playing at FAMX.3

Childish Dustups

Recently, my children had a play date with her classmate from a private school in Palo Alto. We happen upon a day when the Oakland zoo was giving free admission. We could not even get close to the zoo even with our year-long membership already in hand. So we went for a hike at the bay shore of a nearby city instead.

After a short while, my 4-year-old was pushed off of a rapidly spinning merry go round by a fat Latino boy twice the size. He landed on all four. It wouldn’t have been so concerning if what happened before and after the fall did not happen. For twenty seconds before the fall, a giant man spun the merry go round rapidly so no kids could get on and off. During the 10 seconds prior, the fat boy used his butt to push my child off the merry go round. My child vigorously defended his position by holding on to the bars as if for dear life—crying. His hands and feet were the only parts of his body that are over the merry go round, “no! no! Stop!!” he screamed into the big fat boy’s back, but his other parts have been pushed beyond the play structure by then. He fell shortly after he lost his footing.

After the fall, I pick my child up to check for injuries. A older sister, or guardian, or mother of the child came to my back and says “it wasn’t his fault. I can apologize, I’m sorry your child fell, but it wasn’t my child’s fault!! I was watching the whole time and it was my child’s fault!!” I had to turn around to excuse myself from the rapid fire I-don’t-know-what-that-was so I could continue to check on my child and try to calm him from a crying fit. “I can apologize for what happened, but it wasn’t my child’s fault!” She insisted again to my back. Finally, I turned and said to her: “it’s okay, you don’t have to apologize, my fault for coming here where it is unsafe.” Walking out of the playground, I noticed that it was a Latino playground—most adults and kids are Latino. All things considered, I felt wise to have taken flight before more adults surrounded us. Admittedly, I was affected by a recent incident: while holding my child, I was attacked by old ladies in community public libraries across the bay. The old lady wished out loud that we, Chinese people, would leave. a few months ago I definitely fear for my children’s safety at that moment in that playground for many many many moments after.

I cannot fathom living in this city. The fact that it the kids had a little dustup is not of concern. (It looked horrifying, especially from my child’s perspective. But honestly, that’s life) The fact that a lot of Spanish is spoken here is not of concern. The fact that there are a lot of crimes in this city, as reported by online providers, is not the problem. The fact that the guardian acted that way so nervously made me just so anxious. Was I supposed to sue her? Why is she so defensive? Why did she apologize disclaiming remorse and wrongdoing? Is it a thing now that everyone knows Asians love to demand apology irrespective of giver’s true attitude and intentions? I do not want to call home a city in which I have to habitually engage in liability jousting on the children’s playground! I barely descended into this type of thing at work: obsessively making clandestine observations and recording them at work in preparation for formally charging or responding to charges of coworkers with impropriety: When I did, I did it well, why it had to be done—I kept log of everything significant that transpired, everything from massively complicated “concerning multi-organization technical issues with ‘controversial’ implications” to coworkers chitchatting about collecting human teeth as hobby. For those nightmarish months I documented the concerns I had with each issue and tried to document my own strenuous and timely efforts that in part absolve me of responsibility for things beyond my control. I was unhappy and extremely uncomfortable with that aspect of workplace culture. This city, has so far exhibited a culture that I cannot live with.

I hate to make stereotypical statements, but in present day Trumpverse, scribere cogitationes meas: don’t these people smoke weed, and wasn’t weed supposed to calm them down? Her reaction was so very prompt and rehearsed. Even this poor city along the bay seems to harbor highly litigious residents who are hyper-vigilant even on the children’s’ playground.

I do applaud myself, not for being a retard not removing my child from danger earlier, but for giving my child a chance to learn to defend himself early in life. It’s far to late for myself to gain the self-righteousness/respect, determination and physique to stand up to a playground bully and their guardians, but it is not too late for my children.

When I observe my own children playing with family of significantly better financial and social situation(than us) I observe similar things. My children become the more unruly party. Their actions leads to situations that even I feel are unsafe. They are often the aggressor in the taking of toys or play spot. I feel like apologizing for nasty situations. But their playmates parents are able to maintain a cool composure. They seem to be very assured that the situation we brought will pass and that their children will endure without physically or mental corruption. They do not run away from my family as I did from that playground and that city. Their children seem to be able to deal with friends who are recalcitrant and behave dangerously—and they play together peacefully without much apparent effort. “That’s alright.” is the perpetual response we came to rely on from these friends. It almost seems that they can sense my anxiety about the matter and are trying to comfort me!

Therefore, I shall conclude about the matter here with that reassuring expression of friendship and support:

That’s alright!

Apologies for any race, class or gender based bias in my expressions. If you perceive any such display in this blog, it is not my fault. Any mention of events of employment are not in anyway related to a real company that I worked for. I disclaim that I’m writing about things that actually happened. Person and events described herein do not correspond to real people or events that actually transpired.

There is a macrocosm to this encounter. California 2020 proposition 16 is a ballot measure to overturn ‘96 proposition 209 effectively removing laws forbidding race based discrimination by the State of California including higher education institutions. I think of my helpless child going to college and graduate school some day, or perhaps he wants to service the state from private sector, he might be butted off of the merry go round of an institution. He might have to holding on for dear life in tears but essentially very poorly positioned and equipped to play on a public structure. In my mind, the great state of California should be a civilized institution where, metaphorically speaking, bigger butts, chest, and other members should not determine inclusion and success—it is arbitrary and capricious to legalize race based discrimination. There just are wrong ways to do things and race based discrimination is simply wrong. And if lady Justice will be standing behind me yelling “He’s not doing anything wrong!” What will be my recourse then? What will be left of our pride in our most sacred believes about America and about California? What will be left of our livelihood? Maybe then, the popular adage will be right: “go back to where you came from!”

Software Defined Economy

Ideation Of Managed Economy

A software defined economy(SDE) is what we already have for the most part. Most transactions in the economy exchange money electronically, over software defined networks. Various rules and triggered activities occur automatically. In a broader sense we can mention some constructs like the IRA, Roth IRA, 401k, 529, HSA, etc. etc. These types of accounts belong to a person fully, however the funds held in these accounts have statutory or contractual restrictions on when and for what purpose the money maybe spent. In a lesser light, food stamps and rationing tickets for the worse-off are also basically money or constrictions on money regulating the use of money for specific purposes and amounts.

Therefore, in this post-cryptocurrency era, it is completely imaginable to refactor our whole society, well at least the whole economy on top of a software defined system. We can specify what every single cent maybe spent on, because the software can account for every single cent of money that is transacted. There would be different levels of authority who may reappropriate money for other purposes, but each of those authorities have their own limits of power and checks and balances. The transference of money changes their purpose marker according to established reasonable rules implemented in software. For example I may have authority over the accounts of minors under my guardianship such that I can specify the money can only be spent on pencils and paper. The store who receive this money can convert the label from stationary to salary, then shipping and inventory, etc. Yang’s UBI can be distributed with earmarks for food, childcare, and other bare necessities of human life. Supermarket will refuse to take food money for beer or cigarets. Amazon automatically refuses to receive toy money in exchange for designer boots.

Usefulness

Another interesting property we had added as a feature specifying velocity. In an SDE, we can specifically say how long you are allowed to hold on to certain funds. For example the stimulus money for COVID-19. Those $1,200 is not only restricted to rent/grocery payable, but also has to be spent in a month. If it is not spent, the money reverts to the issuer—federal government. Such a requirement would propagate the money so that the bottom-up economic stimulus shoots up the system and really jolts the economy to life. If I put the money into savings account, it would still participate in the economy but in a much slower and possibly counter-productive ways. The money flow graph can be programmed to send money back to the issuer after an entity exceeds its allotted time to spend the money, if he does spend it in time, the next entity starts its own countdown clock to spend the money. Another possibility is for the stimulus money to have a fixed life time that can be held by any entity but it either vanished or is transmitted back to the issuer at the expiry. The ability to expiring money or alter its inherent value is not new, what is new is the ability to identify money, track it and set expiry at a massive scale, one that is the entirety of the economy, and do so in the very finest grain, down to the smallest epsilon of economic value, at the same time. Being SDE also means that the implementation is easily and accurately auditable. It brings a reassurance of universality of the system of rules of our economy to our minds.

Challenges

A moment of pause is required to view this design critically. The fact that we already do this to money is not the proof or even evidence that this should be done. One reason why money is loved so much is the universality of its purchase power. It doesn’t matter that I just cursed a god and spat on a little kid or defected in public, money will buy what money will buy irrespective of circumstance and status. Money is great because it does not care about most things we care about. If we start restricting what money can do, it seems to deprive this powerful tool of a most important function. Money would be worth less if we are not free to spend it as we like. OTOH, being able to dictate what money does after it leaves my hand seems like a supernatural power everyone desires—at least you wish you can order it to turn around and end up in your own account again. One can imagine a certain set of people who would feel such abilities enabled by SDE adds significant value rendering the money of this economy much more valuable.

Exchange: there cannot be exchange between different class of money.

One concern you may have is whether the demand will be consumed by the uncertainty of money. Who would ever want $1 that becomes $0 in the next second? Well maybe in a v2 or v3 we’d have the need for that kind of money, and an exchange market where one might dump short lived money for long lived money at a discount. but in v1 we may have to resort to reclassification and quantization. Recall when food money goes to grocer it’s classification becomes wages, shipping, cogs, etc. When this transmutation occurs the money will gain a new expiry, possibly offset from date of transaction, as determined by its issuer. A second remediation is to quantize the expiry in reasonable terms: one will never expect to receive money that dies in the next 30 days without reasonable transmutation. But once implemented, the money is universal again, as long as you have the right kind of credit of money, you can buy. Seller can not refuse to sell because the money you pay expires in a month instead of in a year.

Implementation

The SDE does not have to fundamentally challenge our real economy, in fact its flexibility means we can write economies as dictated by economists. We can apply prescriptions of economic theory just by reprogramming the economy in the software. In fact, Spiral City should start with an SDE and then we practice migration to SDE v2 as the city outgrows it’ wedge, it implements an updated SDE on the next the sector. Software engineer can have a pleasant dream about the refactoring and data migration for this task, who wouldn’t want to do the work of reclassifying every cent in the economy ?!

And perhaps the world can tolerate two kinds of money—liberal money and illiberal money. Bitcoin, for example, can be the liberal money, and fiat currency can be SDE with all the restrictions. An exchange can produce the other currency at a discount or premium.

Haa, as I write this I see that EU has approved some where between $800m and $2.06b stimulus package. At least some of that should be put towards the development of an SDE so that the rest of the fund maybe used with surgical precision to produce predictable and intended consequences.

Other ideas for expansion upon establishment of an SDE platform: administration of affirmative action, probable stability of money flow given software expressive assumptions about agents of money. The ability to produce random numbers uninfluenced by individual agents, it enables implementation of trustworthy randomized fairness.

Phone Hacking Paranoia Conspiracy

Has anyone noticed that strange behaviors like random purchases occurring on mobile devices frequently after receiving a long and pointless call?

Just wanted to throw this out there, in case it isn’t just my fat face punching the screen when I talk too long on the phone.