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Starships and Tokens: A Path to Human Self-actualization

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Many humans don't settle for just barely scraping by; they improve themselves towards self-actualization. Could we do the same at the level of civilization? Rather than merely avoiding disasters, let's truly reach for the stars.

This talk describes a decentralized system for humanity to collectively graph the steps towards self actualization, from conquering malaria and a shared planetary database, to universal basic income and even asteroid mining.

But vision is not enough. We need execution, and the cash to power it. There's a new tool: the blockchain token launch. It's a low-friction way for a community of aspirational thinkers to fund big ideas with big dollars, and to benefit from the success of those ideas. We start with a token launch for the map itself. That in turn propels token launches for the first steps of the map, which in turn propels the second steps, and so on.

Stretch your mind. How big can you dream?

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Starships and Tokens: A Path to Human Self-actualization

  1. 1. Trent McConaghy @trentmc0 Starships and tokens: A path to human self-actualization
  2. 2. Humans
  3. 3. Self-actualization
  4. 4. Self- actualization Esteem Love/belonging Safety Physiological (food, ..) Not surviving  Maslow’s Hierarchy (+Darwin awards)
  5. 5. Barely getting by Self- actualization Esteem Love/belonging Safety Physiological Not surviving
  6. 6. Each human can aspire to this! (Be like Ben) Self- actualization Esteem Love/belonging Safety Physiological Not surviving
  7. 7. Tokens
  8. 8. 2 years ago A nonprofit with no product Started by a 20 year old Raised $20M Now It’s a $30B ecosystem
  9. 9. 14 weeks ago A startup with no product With no customers With no real IP With 5 employees Raised $ on a $300M Valuation 1 week later, worth $3.5B
  10. 10. What’s going on?
  11. 11. It started with Bitcoin, And evolved
  12. 12. ICO (Initial Coin Offering) aka Token Launch What: • Raise $ at the beginning of a project • For tokens in a network / ecosystem • Everyone wants token value↑, therefore incentives within the community (token owners) are aligned • Tokens are liquid immediately on exchanges. “Exit” day 1. (Hence the $$) Ways to frame: • An IPO, but crowd-funded • Kickstarter, but for real assets or securities • VC investing, for the masess
  13. 13. Some Civilization Worries
  14. 14. Climate change
  15. 15. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hir oshima_Aftermath_-_cropped_Version.jpg Nuclear war
  16. 16. Asteroid strike https://www.flickr.com/photos/will_spark/8603571212
  17. 17. AIs taking jobs
  18. 18. AIs taking “creative” jobs too
  19. 19. Idea: Maslow’s Hierarchy For Civilization Self- actualization Esteem Love/belonging Safety Physiological Not surviving
  20. 20. Avoiding disaster = barely getting by Physiological Not surviving Maslow’s Hierarchy For Civilization
  21. 21. Self- actualization As a civilization, let’s aspire to this!
  22. 22. What does self-actualization of civilization mean?
  23. 23. TED talks for all?
  24. 24. Exploring the cosmos? OR: Whatever you make of it!
  25. 25. Recent civilization developments
  26. 26. Shared planetary network (Internet), document (Web)
  27. 27. Virtual Reality
  28. 28. Augmented Reality
  29. 29. Big data
  30. 30. AI that improves with data: deep learning
  31. 31. Some next steps for civilization
  32. 32. Clean drinking water Waterless toilets Solve malaria Solve TB Physiological Not surviving
  33. 33. Go post-capital, via UBI (And save humanity from AI-catalyzed human revolution) Safety Physiological
  34. 34. Trustworthy land titles in 3rd world countries (precondition to solve poverty – ref DeSoto) Safety
  35. 35. Typing via Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI)
  36. 36. Mainstream typing by BCI sming = silent messaging = sending text or voice by thinking about it
  37. 37. Shared planetary e-gold: Bitcoin
  38. 38. Shared planetary file system, database, processing
  39. 39. Low-cost to low-orbit space: Ansari XPRIZE
  40. 40. Low-cost to useful space: reusable rockets e.g. SpaceX
  41. 41. Super low-cost to useful space: space elevators
  42. 42. 1 person on Mars 1K people on Mars 1M people on Mars Mars not reliant on earth
  43. 43. Super low-cost to Mars and back: Gravity-assist cyclers
  44. 44. Energy in space: Asteroid mining
  45. 45. Explore the cosmos? Travel time to Proxima Centauri: 81,000 years (Oops) “Sending canned primates .. was never going to end happily.” – Charles Stross
  46. 46. First, migrate our minds onto better substrate Then explore the cosmos Uploads (mirror our minds) Bandwidth++ Via BCI
  47. 47. “Dismantle the moon! Dismantle Mars! Build masses of free-flying nanocomputing processor nodes... Matrioshka brains, Russian doll Dyson spheres the size of solar systems.” -Charles Stross Reshape the cosmos!
  48. 48. How do we organize the ideas?
  49. 49. Inspiration: Technology Tree from Civilization V (Game)
  50. 50. Clean drinking water Waterless toilets Solve malaria Solve TB Reduced poverty: 99% can eat Trustworthy land titles … … Graph for reducing poverty (99% can eat)
  51. 51. Un- scalable AI AI that improves with data (deep learning)Big data AI takes creative jobs Scalable creative AI The 99% can’t eat AI takes basic jobs The 99% have no income Graph where AI means the 99% can’t eat (oops) Reduced poverty: 99% can eat
  52. 52. Un- scalable AI AI that improves with data (deep learning)Big data AI takes creative jobs Scalable creative AI The 99% can eat AI takes basic jobs Go post- capital (UBI) The 99% have no income The 99% can’t eat Graph where 99% can eat, despite AI (thanks UBI)
  53. 53. Shared planetary info net (Internet) Shared planetary document (Web) Shared planetary e-gold (BTC) “Blockchain” Shared planetary file system (IPFS) Shared planetary database (IPDB) Shared planetary processing (Eth) Shared planetary computer Graph for a shared planetary computer
  54. 54. VR “Overlay” AR goggles “Repaint” AR Basic BCI Fast- type BCI AR contacts SMing DropBox your brain YouTube your brain BCI BW > in-brain New mind substrate Shared planetary computer Graph for a new mind substrate
  55. 55. Basic space flight Low-$ to low-orbit space Low-$ to useful space (reuse rockets) 1 person on Mars 1K people on Mars 1M people on Mars Mars not dependent on Earth Super-low $ Earth- Mars (cyclers) Graph for independence from 1 planet, via Mars Super-low $ to useful space (elev) Energy in space (mine asteroids)
  56. 56. 1 person on Mars Super-low $ to useful space (elev) 1K people on Mars 1M people on Mars Mars not dependent on Earth Super-low $ Earth- Mars (cyclers) Explore the cosmos Reshape the cosmos Graph to explore the cosmos, then reshape it BCI BW > in-brain New mind substrateShared planetary computer Energy in space (mine asteroids) Basic space flight Low-$ to low-orbit space Low-$ to useful space (reuse rockets)
  57. 57. The Civilization Graph. Call it “The Map” Clean drinking water Waterless toilets Solve malaria Solve TB Reduced poverty: 99% can eat Trustworthy land titles … … Un- scalable AI AI that improves with data (deep learning)Big data AI takes creative jobs Scalable creative AI AI takes basic jobs Go post- capital (UBI) The 99% can eat The 99% have no income Shared planetary info net (Internet) Shared planetary document (Web) Shared planetary e-gold (BTC) “Blockchain” Shared planetary file system (IPFS) Shared planetary database (IPDB) Shared planetary processing (Eth) Shared planetary computer VR “Overlay” AR goggles “Repaint” AR Basic BCI Fast- type BCI AR contacts SMing DropBox your brain YouTube your brain BCI BW > in-brain New mind substrate Basic space flight Low-$ to low- orbit space Low-$ to useful space (reuse rockets) 1 person on Mars 1K people on Mars 1M people on Mars Mars not dependent on Earth Super-low $ Earth-Mars (cyclers) Super-low $ to useful space (elev) Energy in space (mine asteroids) Explore the cosmos Reshape the cosmos This is just a starting point. Crowd-source this…
  58. 58. How do we pay for the ideas?
  59. 59. How: get donors, build
  60. 60. How: Get donors, give prizes (10x lever)
  61. 61. Make $$$, then give it back
  62. 62. Problems • Doesn’t tap into the community that wants the service • Relatively small $ - it’s a $ sink, not an investment opportunity • Only covers one step forward, not context beyond Clean drinking water Waterless toilets Solve malaria Solve TB Reduced poverty: 99% can eat Trustworthy land titles … … Un- scalable AI AI that improves with data (deep learning) Big data AI takes creative jobs Scalable creative AI AI takes basic jobs Go post- capital (UBI) Means to gather UBI $ (??) Means to distribute UBI $ Public shared e- gold (eg BTC) The 99% can eat The 99% have no income Shared planetary info net (Internet) Shared planetary document (Web) Shared planetary encyclopedia (Wikipedia) Shared planetary e-gold (BTC) “Blockchain” Shared planetary file system (IPFS) Shared planetary database (IPDB) Shared planetary processing (Eth) Shared planetary computer V R “Overlay” AR goggles “Repaint” AR Basi c BCI Fast- type BCI AR contacts SMing DropBox your brain YouTube your brain BCI BW> in-brain New mind substrate Basic space flight Low-$ to low-orbit space Low-$ to useful space (reuse rockets) 1 person on Mars 1K people on Mars 1M people on Mars Mars not dependent on Earth Super-low $ Earth-Mars (cyclers) Super-low $ to useful space(elev) Energy in space (mine asteroids) Explore the cosmos Reshape the cosmos
  63. 63. Let’s revisit tokens… • Tokenized ecosystems are public utilities • So far, for internet infrastructure. E-gold etc. For bits. • But they could be about atoms too! • Let’s use them in The Map…
  64. 64. How to fund The Map: each node accepts donations, with BTC address When $ > threshold and previous nodes solved, launch token. Clean drinking water Waterless toilets Solve malaria Solve TB Reduced poverty: 99% can eat Trustworthy land titles …
  65. 65. Clean drinking water Waterless toilets Solve malaria Solve TB Reduced poverty: 99% can eat Trustworthy land titles … … Un- scalable AI AI that improves with data (deep learning)Big data AI takes creative jobs Scalable creative AI AI takes basic jobs Go post- capital (UBI) The 99% can eat The 99% have no income Shared planetary info net (Internet) Shared planetary document (Web) Shared planetary e-gold (BTC) “Blockchain” Shared planetary file system (IPFS) Shared planetary database (IPDB) Shared planetary processing (Eth) Shared planetary computer VR “Overlay” AR goggles “Repaint” AR Basic BCI Fast- type BCI AR contacts SMing DropBox your brain YouTube your brain BCI BW > in-brain New mind substrate Basic space flight Low-$ to low- orbit space Low-$ to useful space (reuse rockets) 1 person on Mars 1K people on Mars 1M people on Mars Mars not dependent on Earth Super-low $ Earth-Mars (cyclers) Super-low $ to useful space (elev) Energy in space (mine asteroids) Explore the cosmos Reshape the cosmos How to fund The Map: each node accepts donations, with BTC address When $ > threshold and previous nodes solved, launch token.
  66. 66. Tokens fund the self-actualization of civilization (!!) • Tap into the community that wants the advance • Significant $$ because investment opportunity • Prioritize (at least partly) with $, even faraway things • Easy to tell where $ leads in context of graph Clean drinking water Waterless toilets Solve malaria Solve TB Reduced poverty: 99% can eat Trustworthy land titles … … Un- scalable AI AI that improves with data (deep learning) Big data AI takes creative jobs Scalable creative AI AI takes basic jobs Go post- capital (UBI) The 99% can eat The 99% have no income Shared planetary info net (Internet) Shared planetary document (Web) Shared planetary encyclopedia (Wikipedia) Shared planetary e-gold (BTC) “Blockchain” Shared planetary file system (IPFS) Shared planetary database (IPDB) Shared planetary processing (Eth) Shared planetary computer V R “Overlay” AR goggles “Repaint” AR Basi c BCI Fast- type BCI AR contacts SMing DropBox your brain YouTube your brain BCI BW> in-brain New mind substrate Basic space flight Low-$ to low-orbit space Low-$ to useful space (reuse rockets) 1 person on Mars 1K people on Mars 1M people on Mars Mars not dependent on Earth Super-low $ Earth-Mars (cyclers) Super-low $ to useful space(elev) Energy in space (mine asteroids) Explore the cosmos Reshape the cosmos
  67. 67. Conclusion
  68. 68. The Map helps civilization self-actualize Crowd-sourced idea graph, funded by tokens We not only address climate, jobs, AI... We explore & reshape the cosmos! Clean drinking water Waterless toilets Solve malaria Solve TB Reduced poverty: 99% can eat Trustworthy land titles … … Un-scalableAI AI that improves with data (deep learning) Big data AI takes creative jobs Scalable creative AI AI takes basic jobs Go post-capital (UBI) The 99% can eat The 99% have no income Shared planetary info net (Internet) Shared planetary document (Web) Shared planetary e-gold (BTC) “Blockchain” Shared planetary file system (IPFS) Shared planetary database (IPDB) Shared planetary processing (Eth) Shared planetary computer VR “Overlay” AR goggles “Repaint” AR Basic BCI Fast-type BCI AR contacts SMing DropBox your brain YouTube your brain BCI BW> in-brain New mind substrate Basic space flight Low-$ to low-orbit space Low-$ to useful space (reuse rockets) 1 person on Mars 1K people on Mars 1M people on Mars Mars not dependent on Earth Super-low $ Earth-Mars (cyclers) Super-low $ to useful space (elev) Energy in space (mine asteroids) Explore the cosmos Reshape the cosmos

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