# Mindey

I would like to reduce humanity's existential risk. A bit more about me on: https://www.mindey.com/.

• [mtbottle] I see. Well, perhaps that's why societies organize themselves into companies and organizations that take missions. E.g., mission of Disney is to "entertain people" (or that's what I've read in E.M. Goldratt's book "Build to Last" on visionary/missionary companies). That helps assure that specific conditions are continually pursued. That is similar to "homeostasis" of biological organisms (and problems around monitoring systems).

However, generally, my point is, that we can formulate goals using vectors of more abstract terms, and the concept of "goal" does not immediately have to imply static conditions. If you look at mathematics, real analysis, and functional analysis, and modern physics, it is common to define conditions in high-dimensional spaces, including time dimension. So a static goal, can have "to have a parameter within certain boundaries" as one of the conditions, G = {c1, c2,... cN}, where c_1,..,cN - broadly speaking, any kind of desired conditions to satisfy, and is it that what you mean, is that the verb "satisfy" probably should be rephrased to "satisfy and keep satisfied", right? I think, its a problem of English having finite and non-finite verbs, and "satisfy" should be non-finite.

--[Mindey], 2017-07-04 03:10
• [mtbottle] very good analogy with software development styles! To use a reactive model like "agile", makes sense if we choose the audience (or the user), that approximates the goals well.

And perhaps "goal" is maybe something we have to rethink? The concept of "goal" doesn't account for future maintenance of the particular thing that we want to achieve.

Well, I would think it does, if a goal is defined as set of conditions to satisfy. In that sense, "goal" is broad enough to be formulated with respect to unbounded intervals of time, or space, as just a set of conditions that we want to satisfy.

In the "goal" definition at wefindx.net/Goal, we have "Goal is a set of desired conditions, which when satisfied, we consider the goal defined by these conditions – achieved.". While "conditions" there, are meant in the broadest sense possible, would you see formulating it differently?

And are there people who it may not be accessible to (like people without a computer etc)? Are there types of information that shouldn't be "universal" (ie. perhaps details of people's private lives for instance)? etc.

I think, this touches upon different topics (e.g., the discussion on the goal of ensuring that open knowledge serves good).

The "universal utility of information," probably has a very special meaning to Google. I think it implies that information should be useful for all goals. However, there are contradictory goals. So, how can we know which ones it should support? Well, I think -- the ones that we truly want, where the word "truly ..." has a special, asymptotic meaning, something akin to -- "in the grand scheme of things, after full-depth self-reflection as everyone of us individually, as well as the totally of us collectively, ultimately ..."

--[Mindey], 2017-07-04 02:18
• This is not very high level goal. There are many ideas that could sit under the "Perfect the living organism cryopreservation", or even higher level goal "to beat the world's entropy."

--[Mindey], 2016-11-07 09:45
• [idea: Communicate road information to citizens]

When writing ideas, write as if hey are new inventions. The thought "to communicate information" can be a part of brainstorming, but on Infinity, the solutions section is for ideas that have the degree of conceptualization, where you can put a name to it, something like a novel system, or a gadget. So, it could be "A SatNav that warns you of obstacles based on GPS data". Now, if you could go into more details of how it would work, this would be good for an idea on Infinity. :)

Btw., I'm sure you are aware that the current traffic conditions are inferred exactly this way -- by signals from the mobile phone owners on the roads. I'm not sure if the update rate in the phones would be sufficient for a collision warning system though, and likely, you would need special equipment for the cars.

--[Mindey], 2016-11-07 09:22
• For me, looks like worth pursuing. So, where can we go?

On the other hand, why not to become more mobile, by landing on a resource-rich asteroid, and converting it into a generation ship?

By the way, considering the risk from asteroid impact, and a potential of using a discovered asteroid for creating a large interstellar spaceship, I think that in the near term, investment into search for near-Earth asteroids would be more important than investment into search for extraterrestrial planets.

--[Mindey], 2016-08-04 23:42
• [squalenepo] welcome to the Infinity, and thanks for the comment. Looks like you have an idea inside the comment, regarding the segmentation of time/space in some way. Ideas are supposed to be written not as comments, so, I suggest you composing an idea by clicking on the +New Idea below the article.

Also, I suppose you also hint towards a heuristic to think of how do we separate dreams from reality for insights into how to address this issue?

--[Mindey], 2016-07-25 09:39
• [Yuri-B] Really good point about using Fermi Problem approach, and yes, of course we need some point of reference to estimate the importance of problems. Right now, in some of the posts, it was easy to take into account the number of people that die due to problems in question. However, this number is not always available, and sometimes simple problems affect large number of people, and are mutually related. For example, although there is very small number of deaths due to traffic jams, they affect the response speed to many other conditions (including first aid ambulance cars). Pointing out these connections would sometimes raise the importance of seemingly small issues.

--[Mindey], 2016-07-24 23:17
• [idea: Better management of projects and communications in the houses of parliament]

Also, can you crystallize in more detail, how this would work in practice? Would the system transcribe all discussions in the houses of parliament, and make them available in this govt-run forum? How does that integrate with project management? How would this guarantee to solve the parent problem?

--[Mindey], 2016-07-24 21:12
• [idea: Better management of projects and communications in the houses of parliament]

Great, and congratulations with the first idea on Infinity! :) I see several ideas in one - use most modern project management techniques, and create a government-run forum for feedback and complaints.

The "Use the most modern project management techniques" is very vague, because it is not clear what is "the most modern". We had thoughts that "oh, you could use trello for government, you could use basecamp for public issues, etc.", or "you could use 'agile' for government projects," and so forth. However, a few years later "agile" is not modern anymore, and "basecamp" is replaced by new technology "X". So, it would be good if you can be more specific about this, because "use the best technology" is not an idea, it's a homework problem.

Regarding the forum thing. So, essentially, a "government-run online feedback forum for complaints"?. Not a bad idea at all. In fact, I have had a bit similar idea by a friend of mine, recently expressed, as -- "A complaints register!" (allow citizens to easily and semi-automatically file legally binding complaints), and make the govt do what it is supposed to do. Complaints are, in fact, a supported form of feedback from citizens in many countries, that government officials are obliged to pay attention to, if the number of complaints reaches certain threshold.

--[Mindey], 2016-07-24 21:08
• Welcome to The Infinity Project, [telmomenezes]! Hope you will come to like this place :)

``````How to create the incentives for people to cooperate, maintain scientific and technological progress, increase individual freedom and reduce unnecessary suffering? Can such a system be imagined without falling for the "perfect human beings" trap?
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It may appear that you are trying to combine quite a few positive things, that today are not readily compatible, however, I think they are compatible, and I added Financial Think-Tank idea to it. I'll have to elaborate how it exactly it would help solve this problem, as you are mentioning quite a few aspects to elaborate on.

--[Mindey], 2016-07-08 13:50
• [ruta], actually, we should probably be discussing the acceptability of the problem, and the validity of the problem here as a candidate for world's goals, and write ideas by clicking '+New Idea' ("The soft cars idea")

I mean, if we want to define the world's goals, we should be talking about the acceptability and relevance of the published issues in the comments, rather than saying ideas, since ideas have their place.

--[Mindey], 2016-07-04 00:17
• [plan: The Infinity Project]

[ruta] to be able to share a random e-mail conversation on infty just cc-ing it to our e-mail address would require the ability to parse, which part of e-mail describes problem, which describes idea, etc. within a bunch of e-mails forwarded, and one email may have many ideas, and many problems, so, random e-mail to ideas@infty.xyz - and infty automatically sorts out what is the problem, what is the idea, etc? If we had this capability, why wouldn't we just throw any information from the web at it, and let it automatically figure this out? :) (I don't say we won't be able to do this in the near future, but not in the nearEST.)

As for human-assisted interaction, I think it is easier. E.g., I am thinking, how to write my ideas in my wiki, and just mark them up with some syntax, e.g., {:post it on infty|this is the content:}, so that my wiki would use infty API to post it for me.

So, we could support special tags, that people who write e-mails could use it when they forward e-mails to ideas@infty.xyz, and then, if they are really users of infty, and their e-mail is coming from expected sender, we could create content item(s) based on it.

--[Mindey], 2016-06-04 14:29
• [plan: The Infinity Project]

One idea from the past by [aliev]: if a comment looks like a milestone, or a task, we should make it possible to convert it into it.

--[Mindey], 2016-06-01 09:50
• [plan: The Infinity Project]

Did you realize that people can actually stay anonymous while using infty? For discussions, I think this is a good thing. It is possible to register a free GitHub account, and to register with GitHub, a person only needs an e-mail. There had been an attempt on Citizendium to use real-name-policy, but Wikipedia seem to do just fine with anonymous authors... [ruta], [aliev]

--[Mindey], 2016-05-28 07:45
• Kol nėra galingų kvantinių kompiuterių, esminė tapatybės patikrinimo problema išsispręstų, jeigu kiekvienas žmogus turėtų internetą, kompiuterį, ir mokėtų sugeneruoti savo privatų ir viešąjį raktus, bei užregistruotų savo viešąjį raktą su valstybe, ir savo draugų ratu (web of trust)... Tokiu būdu, kokią žinutę jie beparašytų, jie galėtų įrodyti, kad tai arba parašė jie, arba buvo priversti pasirašyti...

--[Mindey], 2016-05-25 04:32
• 对有些人这个可能性可能不太有意思，因为他们害怕过去的敌人。可是，我想出了这个问题因为我的外祖父死亡了。我小时候的自然反应 -- 理解宇宙，理解怎么可能人会去世，为什么，而且修改宇宙。。。我觉得我们应该能创造一个所有的实体的真心的梦想可以实现的宇宙。

--[Mindey], 2016-05-19 18:02
• [gmikhai], so this is fundamentally a question about ethics, resource constraints, social/family structure, and people's ability to find interesting ways to spend time. I believe questions like "should we?" must be answer by imagining possible futures.

I'd like to point out the thoughts of Marvin Minsky on this problem. I tend to agree with his ideas in the video. Btw., it has happened once already. Humanity has practically doubled individual's life expectancy since ancient times. Some countries, though, have short life expectancy remaining even today, for example, Sierra Leone - 46 years.

--[Mindey], 2016-05-09 07:51
• Hi [gmikhai]! Welcome to the Infinity project! This is among the very important problems indeed.

--[Mindey], 2016-05-06 11:25
• [idea: Homepage 2.0]

I guess, such daemon could only work with those phone or computer apps, which provide a local API to other applications on the system. Not all apps might need this. If an app has a public API, no need to query the device for information.

The device daemons could only be useful for accessing things not available otherwise, e.g., apps that don't provide public API, things on the system like photos on the phone, which are not uploaded to any cloud services.

--[Mindey], 2016-05-03 11:36
• In this context, it would make sense to remember the NOPES model. The sharing of information happens between persons (individuals, organizations). When we are writing a blog or a diary, this blog or diary entry can fall into the five main categories, really:

[N] - for Names -- a post about a person or organization.
[O] - for Objects -- a post about a physical object.
[P] - for Places -- a post about a location (geographical, spatial locations, where N, O can be found)
[E] - for Events -- a post about a spatio-temporal event, e.g., a supernova explosion, a new discovery, e.g., an olympics, a vacation.
[S] - for Subjects -- a post about a problem, idea, e.g., idea how to find a friend, organize information, treat illness, an algorithm, a methodology, a thing to try/experiment, a formula, etc.

Generally, Wikipedia and Maps services has already done description of most publicly known [N], [O], [P].

People in their blogs and diaries mostly write about [E], [S]. People on messengers also mostly talk about [E], [S]. However, sometimes people want to describe non-publicly, the [N], [O], [P] that only they know of, and share it only with specific people (e.g., my kitten, my dog, my lover x, our trip y etc.), because it is generally these non-public items, that people's personal goals are associated with, and people need tools to talk about more efficiently and in a more organized way. E.g., people do want to talk about specific vacation with specific friends only, or about specific friends with whom they want to improve relationships with, or specific people that need special care, etc., however, be able to later choose fragments of discussions which to share with whom, e.g., to share fragments of discussion with a doctor, or an analytics service run by an organization, and be able to retain the ability to control the content access, as long as the content would not go out of the personal domain (e.g., myname.me).

Moreover, when sharing any fraction of their content, people may want to include the expected re-share and re-use scopes. E.g., "you can re-share this with your strategic friends interested in..", or "you can re-share this with organizations, x,y,z, etc."? (extension of licensing?)

--[Mindey], 2016-05-01 02:13
• [idea: Anonymous Messenger Designed for Coaching]

But you know, I would rather call it "strategic partnerships" or "knowledge exchange" or "consensual mutual supervision", or something else.

A "coach" associates with "trainer", and training associates which Pavlovian conditioning, which is a lower order mental activity than reasoning.

Look what smart people say about learning -- "stop learning, and start thinking" (TED, Jacob Barnett).

Thinking together -- that's what I would call it.

--[Mindey], 2016-03-25 10:01
• [ruta] without getting extra information, such as "idea title"/"subtitle", it might be tricky. We have to come up with way to split comment into parts to automatically make it idea. Maybe the comment would need to have keywords to indicate parts, and then, development would probably take 2~6 hours :) Noticed a problem -- we should be able to add range of hours in comments, just like in estimates :) I likely {?3} ?

--[Mindey], 2016-03-16 15:48
• [ruta] we can have an option for the author of content item to delete the unwanted comments. In the future, when we have wikipedia-like, owner-less pages, there could be comments with complete control of the comment author.

--[Mindey], 2016-03-15 06:33
• [ruta] I think we should have option to hide them? (collapse)

--[Mindey], 2016-03-15 06:18
• [ruta] Actually, shouldn't this be a 'Schizophrenia Treatment Problem'? Every attempt to treat disease X could be considered an 'alternative' one, because it is not the same as others.. And then, your idea could be what you had written in the comment...

Should we have the option to mark comment as idea, and that would automatically add it as idea?

--[Mindey], 2016-03-13 18:45
• [plan: The Infinity Project]

The graph above, currently is not representative of the project as a whole. However, I will try to make it such some time soon. The problem with evaluating the vaue of the Infinity project, is that it has the potential to affect diverse fields. We're talking millions of startup companies to be created via Infinity project.

--[Mindey], 2016-03-03 19:34
• [task: Batch donation button on projects, milestones.]

Maybe, also integrate with the vote for content. E.g., content could have a vote, and if the person votes, he could be suggested to donate.

--[Mindey], 2016-03-03 06:55
• [task: Batch donation button on projects, milestones.]

we could have an option to donate to project author.

This way, a user would be able to either choose to donate for the specific taks (check/uncheck) task list, or to the project author.

--[Mindey], 2016-03-03 06:52
• [plan: The Infinity Project]

Btw., regarding the possible ways for getting return on investment into Infinity:

• projects' equity
• github model (e.g., pay for non-public space for projects, but I would like it be free space for non-commercial projects, like TeamViewer does if that is the case)
• membership fees
• pay-per-action (e.g., posting a problem in public may incur a fee)
• credit purchasing (e.g., user may purchase credit, and some actions like posting new public content may eat the credit)
• pay-per-payment (e.g., fraction of payment)

--[Mindey], 2016-03-02 08:26
• Btw., this is not something like we couldn't experiment with -- if we could try to release thousands of different substances to blood before freezing mice brains, and compared the results.

For me, it still looks like the high-pressure cryopresservation should work, although. unfortunately, this would release heat on pressurization, if done too quickly. What prevents pressurization of brain?

--[Mindey], 2016-02-28 18:48
• [plan: Society's Intent Inference Project]

I've already done some preparation work {3} needed to start working on this, that is, prepared my blog for use of WebPPL. That is, for example, if you open section on What are PPLs?, you can actually execute the probabilistic code with "Run" button. It is in the style of dippl.org -- an interactive tutorial. However, this allows us now to communicate easier.

Locally, I run this with:

`npm install -g webppl`

Note: Regarding the society's intent modeling, I've had a recommendation to read this paper. {?4}

I stopped for a while, to resolve a resource acquisition problem with more immediate projects... But will come back.

--[Mindey], 2016-02-22 15:57