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Are we living in a computer simulation?

Perhaps what we see isn’t what we get. Instead, life is just computer code and humans are information.

So does a simulated life mean that we can live forever? Says theoretical physicist James Gates: “If the simulation hypothesis is valid, then we open the door to eternal life and resurrection and things that formally have been discussed in the realm of religion. As long as I have a computer that’s not damaged, I can always re-run the program.”

We are conscious automata

If our lives are predetermined and robotic, surely there’s a way to confuse the puppeteer? MIT cosmologist Max Tegmark offers some sage advice:

“If you’re not sure at the end of the night whether you’re simulated or not, my advice to you is to go out there and live really interesting lives and do unexpected things, so the simulators don’t get bored and shut you down.”

To bear with uncertainty is to be certain that there remains chaos undulating in the computer code of cosmos.

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Lo and Behold, it’s Werner Herzog talking about technology again

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A month after legendary director Werner Herzog inquired about Pokemon GO, he is back with a new movie that questions the entire ethos of the Internet.

Is the Internet helping or hurting human relationships? Are we creative as we think we are or will robots think and act superior?

The Internet claims to be the modern-day railroad, connecting ideas, business, and communication. However, it increasingly removes us from present reality.

“Have the monks stopped meditating? They all seem to be tweeting.”

The Internet is the most important piece of technology in our lifetime. But what happens if it becomes less of a gift and more of a curse?

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When something is important enough, you do it, even if the odds are not in your favor.

Elon Musk
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Side Projects (Part 2)

Side projects rule the world. They can essentially be defined as anything you enjoy doing in your free time with or without the intention of making money.

This blog started as a side project. It’s my canvass for exploring new ideas and thoughts. Gmail and Nasty Gal also started as passion projects. Both are viable businesses today.

The great thing about side projects is that there’s no pressure to make them work, at least in the beginning. You take a side project on for fun and because you think it’ll add some value to other people, even if it’s just a friend.

But I think everyone needs a side project. Today’s reality requires everyone to be an entrepreneur on the side. The economy is forever unpredictable and machines are taking away human jobs. Start a blog, write a book, sell some art on Etsy, make a rap album, or go to the extreme and build a rocket ship or modern car like Elon Musk.

Creativity can’t be automated. It takes the complexity and effort of the human brain to come up with new ideas that are essentially subjective mashups of interests, experiences, and access.

It turns that if you really love doing something and enriching other people’s lives a career may meet you half-way. But there’s no rush to monetize a side-project, just start because you love it first and then capitalize on the opportunities to grow it even further.

For more, read “Side Projects” part 1

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I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.

— Elon Musk
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Proof of Concept

A concept is a rough draft. A proof of concept is a rough draft backed by the practicability of execution.

Concepts are meant to be far-fetched. They should go beyond conventional wisdom in attempt to get others thinking about all the possibilities.

  • Novelty: Something new
  • Creation: Something new and valuable
  • Invention: Something new, having potential value through utility
  • Innovation: Something new and uniquely useful

Horace Dediu

Concepts can fall into any of the categories above, culminating in innovation. Concepts describe how things could be when nothing is out of scope.

The hardest part about concepts is following up and doing the work. Research, management, and experimentation come with hurdles. You may discover that the infrastructure fails to meet the mission. Uber would still be a concept without the spread of Internet connected mobile phones and apps.

Concepts are business dreams, far from impossible. Elon Musk’s Hyperloop blueprint shows what a practicable pipe dream looks given the funds and teamwork to make it happen.

In short, concepts are visions for the future. The challenge is in embracing patience and working backward to make concepts happen.