Interesting Conversation on Singularity.

7:03 PM ”A Friend”: I like Kurweil’s idea

7:04 PM he’s kind of a salesman for it

this blog of his is good

7:05 PM absolutely man will combine his body with machines to a ridic extent

already happening

google in your hand

next in your glasses

sorry I was at dinner last night

plus this

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7:40 PM me: haha man declined the offer

7:41 PM yeah kurzweil is fascinating

if he’s right with the exponential advance (and previous data does show that trend), i think he’s very likely right and right around 2029 we’ll hit the point where our machines are smarter than us and become creators themselves

7:43 PM ”A Friend”: I’m ok with that

7:44 PM me: me too

i’m looking forward to uploading my brain to the internet and floating out in cyberspace till I get deleted cuz i’m an old unused program

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7:59 PM ”A Friend”: ha

8:04 PM I would totally augment my body

an iphone connected to my skull

I’m down

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8:17 PM me: yeah

8:18 PM full google API feed 24/7

thats a wet dream

+ statistics & mathematics packages

instantly calculate anything

expanded memory – instantly see full video/audio/smell/other sensory data from any moment in your life

8:19 PM be able to email those memories to other people

crime disappears instantly

actually, could you imagine if you had that connected up and then lost it? I bet you would feel incredibly alone & sad…

8:20 PM our dull senses and problematic bodies prevent us from achieving higher levels of life

“A Friend”: totally agree

8:21 PM I’m interested in taking drugs to enhance my intelligence

I look forward to the day where for $10 a day

you can increase your IQ by 30 points

8:22 PM I will consider messing around with this myself once I make my first million

figure out a brain cocktail

adderall plus cutting age other shit

me: i’m much more interested in discovering how to interface robotics, AI & data feeds directly with my own mind. I want to massively increase my memory, logical processing abilities, ability to share direct experiences, advance technology by directly interfacing with other augmented brains.

8:23 PM i think the potential will be here in 20-40 years

“A Friend”: I don’t know how much my mind can take advantage of that right onw


me: i want my company to be at the cutting edge of it

“A Friend”: there will be limitations

me: i want to earn cash in services & products

to get something like this

could you imagine if you were the inventor of direct brain interfacing technology????

bigger than apple, microsoft, ford, GE… any other company in history.

8:24 PM think about how much faster technology is getting now

how much faster companies can grow

it took rockefeller a lifetime to build his fortune

Mark zuckerberg is 27

the google guys started less than a decade and a half ago

8:25 PM Gates built it & retired in three decades

now a silly ass coupon site was the fastest growing company in history in terms of revenue for their first two years

imagine a company with a world-altering product

“A Friend”: yeah facebook will be silly soon

8:26 PM did you see my new blog?

“A Friend”

me: yup

followed on google reader

8:27 PM btw, i don’t know if you noticed it yet, but we are already becoming obsolete

“A Friend”: how’s that?

me: my little brother josh is better with technology than me and he doesn’t even like it

his friends are epic

8:28 PM in terms of text messages sent, online content viewed, social media sharing

and quickly adapting to changes

you should play a video game with a 12 year old

its eye opening and humbling

i used to be really good myself… not remotely close anymore

doesnt matter for games

8:29 PM but there are 100x more kids today who are growign up tinkering with computer circuit boards & programming code than there were when we were kids in the 90s.

“A Friend”: yeah that’s true

me: not to mention the 3rd world countries bringing billions of people online in the last few years

8:30 PM the world is changing & life is upgrading at an exponentially increasing pace

8:31 PM in 20 years, we will both be shut down unless we can learn how to teach our companies to adapt – robots will be cleaning houses and websites will be far outdated and replaced with something else

“A Friend”: adaptation is always necessary

but becoming more so

8:32 PM me: its the power of using new generations of technology to advance to unheard/unthought of generations of technology

“A Friend”: Orting people are so fucked the don’t even know it

me: yeah… the % change that happened in the 16th century is about the same % change as we have seen in the last 5 years

if not even more exagerrated

8:33 PM look at some of these charts

8:36 PM ”A Friend”: wow

that’s mind boggling


“A Friend”: I want to take advantage of these changes

me: we sit here and think history will advance at the same rate as always before…… but that is not what the data shows

i do too

i want to get into robotics/ biology

8:37 PM neuroscience

cuz thats where the world is

is going

at a pace faster than anybody thinks

8:39 PM me: going to college at this point to try to learn a fixed subject the same way people have for 300 years strikes me as incredibly silly

8:40 PM every time i start learning a new programming language, it gets outdated in a few months and passed by something better

8:43 PM ”A Friend”: hmm

I think you have to learn how to learn

8:44 PM you also need somebody to pour on motivation in a lot of creative ways

I’m interested in education and how to do it well

it’s a tricky subject

what I would like is to create a school of elites and motivate them

open their minds

but I don’t like the thought and the drudgery of teaching the masses

8:45 PM me: i do it myself – i am self taught on everything I do on the web. i once took a class on but it was way too slow

and i got bored cuz i didn’t have a direct purpose for what i learned

for instance, i’ve just taught myself how to use google apps script

”A Friend”: nice

I’m having to learn more and more

me: and have written code for going through my salespeople’s #s

and giving me custom reports

8:46 PM beyond anything you could do with any spreadsheet function… cuz i wrote my own damned functions

want to see?

you will be impressed/ find it very useful

”A Friend”: I think making my website the first time was the best thing I could have done for myself longterm

me: yeah that was genius

u have skype?

”A Friend”: yeah

me: let me show you

skype username?


Ray Kurzweil has some very interesting ideas, especially around the exponential increases in technology. He has an idea he calls the singularity- its the point in time in which computers begin to create innovations of their own and our technology advances even faster than it ever has before.  Read a full description of the idea here:

Christmas Truce 1914

I just watched a great movie on the Christmas Truce of 1914 when young men from both sides sent to fight and die in World War 1 spontaneously rebelled against their commanders in order to celebrate the holidays together. Bitter old men in powerful positions unfortunately cause far too much conflict in the world. Read more here:

Paradiso Crossfit 1-5-2011

Workout today was:


For time:
Run 2 miles
Rest 2 minutes
135 pound Squat clean, 20 reps
20 Box jump, 24″ box
20 Walking lunge steps with 45lb plate held overhead
20 Box jump, 24″ box
135 pound Squat clean, 20 reps
Rest 2 minutes
Run 2 miles

Took me 54 minutes to do everything.

Also I liked these two quotes:

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” – Albert Einstein

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” -Robert A. Heinlein