DEF 2023 Questions
Notes: try to sit in a circle
• Maybe give some outline to what we are gonna talk about
• Icebreaker - intro yourself with name, when did you get into crypto/web3 and what got you interested
• What was the environment that got us excited? What was something special about that time, and what pulled us together?
• Sandbox and how to play together?
• What projects to you encapsulated the feeling of being in a sandbox together?
• Loot, Exquisite Land, Corruptions
• What would bring us out of the bear market, how does this feeling happen again?
• What did we learn since we initially got into crypto?
• What are you finding exciting now, particular things that you find interesting that others may not be talking about
• What are you worried about?
• Given everything, what does your tomorrow look like? What’s next?
The speaker did not complete their weekly review, which usually provides clarity and insights for the upcoming week. Despite this, they have many projects, personal life commitments, and community efforts to attend to, not to mention taxes. They plan to set week intentions using voice instead of writing, including the exploration of websites for the Diagram Website Explorers Club and developing a Canvas element-based editor for Daily Jam. The technical aspects of this project involve real-time data updates, efficient pixel manipulation, and secure user authentication through tokenization. A function is set to run every five seconds to update the canvas with the latest pixel data, ensuring all viewers see a consistent image while minimizing performance impacts. Other tasks include preparing tax paperwork, organizing Boulder events for systems and AI, and sketching ideas for a project called "co-net." The intention is to spend more time outdoors in the nice weather and to schedule the next "Site Craft Hang," while thinking about potential content for the "Explorers Club" website. Overall, it's a productive Monday morning with good weather contributing to a positive start to the week.
After a hike, I encountered Steph, leading to ongoing communication about hosting events. We discussed her co-organized salon on the AI alignment problem in March and my interest in hosting a website-building event during startup week, potentially in April or May. We also contemplated a tool for managing our projects and events, like a specialized project management software. Further, we talked about the connection between online communities and the physical gatherings they can inspire, emphasizing the cyclical relationship between the two.
A shared 'brain' is being discussed as a platform for asynchronous voice note conversations where metadata could enhance understanding and visualization of conversational threads. The speaker suggests a focus on DEMO rather than DEC as a fork in the road, believing it better suits the work they've been doing with building prototypes. A group experiment is proposed with four members to delve into how these voice notes can overlap and interconnect, with the idea of marking chapters within responses to clarify dialogue. The concept also touches on the nuances of information retrieval, preferring vector databases over direct text searches, hinting at a similarity to the speaker's initial voice note exchanges with Savannah after meeting on a dating app. Voice communication offers significant advantages as a medium, and there's an idea presented here that its power should extend beyond just live conversations. Current messaging apps are filled with voice notes that are often difficult to search, filter, or respond to, though iMessage now has transcripts, which are generally reliable and useful once you've listened to the original voice note. The ability to refer back to transcribed voice notes can aid in crafting thoughtful responses and engaging in more meaningful discussions. The sender of the message suggests that by embracing this approach to communication, we could enhance our conversations and is curious to see how it will develop.
I embarked on an exploration of diagram websites and found a vast amount of content – about 200 unique sites with diverse styles and topics. Ellie's effective categorization into tags and categories helps navigate through them, but the sheer volume presents a risk of overwhelming users. I've discovered personal connections within these sites, including a project I co-signed and work by Weiwei and Spencer. To engage others and prevent information overload on Friday, I'm considering creating a broad scavenger hunt to make the exploration process more interactive and thought-provoking.
Today was eventful with a pleasant dinner party I hosted for Caroline, Patrick, and Kyle, reuniting this group for the first time in two years. The evening was filled with meaningful conversations, vulnerability, and appreciation for the company. I also visited Nick to help with their business spreadsheets, exploring potential additional income. Tomorrow's plans include a bike ride to Mnemonic to spend time writing and reflecting on recent discussions, fueled by energy and an espresso.
Today has been a challenging day, with the speaker feeling overwhelmed by logistical tasks like taxes and job inquiries. They had a productive conversation with Danny but were left feeling aware of the amount of work ahead. They are also pondering ways to make money and considering the potential of experimenting with data and language models. The speaker is interested in the concept of "brain twin" and is curious about using it in a group setting with others, possibly collaborating with someone named John.
The central idea discussed is the potential of aggregating data into a single place to unlock immense opportunities. The speaker is contemplating how to obtain the needed data, acknowledging the challenge it poses, and is encouraged by a peer's enthusiasm for the concept. They consider the "tools for thought" community as a significant source of data and as potential users who might benefit from new means of interacting with their information. The long-term vision includes creating a decentralized, networked platform that enables interconnectedness and community interaction, facilitated by customizable algorithms, with an initial focus on technically inclined individuals and social designers.
The article discusses the concept of excess energy and its potential for useful work, particularly in the context of desalinization. It raises questions about the economic viability of various forms of useful work and their relationship to industry operations. The author ponders how to accommodate fluctuating energy demand and considers alternative forms of useful work that can be easily adjusted. Additionally, the article delves into the rising energy prices and their implications, noting the impact on inflation and the broader economy. It ultimately questions whether energy prices should be decreasing considering the growing energy supply and highlights the ongoing challenge of balancing energy demand. The author contemplates the impact of a hypothetical surplus of 100 terawatts of power, wondering how it would be utilized in practical applications as well as its potential effect on energy prices. They reflect on the potential implications for the efficiency of semiconductor manufacturing processes and the unit economics of power consumption in relation to chip production. Additionally, they consider the impact on the cost of energy and the potential influence on technological advancements, such as mobile devices and large-language models, while pondering the likelihood of significant developments in battery capacity or power grid capacity in the future. Ultimately, the author grapples with the complex interplay between energy availability, technology development, and economic factors. The text discusses the impact of luck and timing on the future, emphasizing the significance of being in the right place at the right time in an evolving world. The questions revolve around the potential of using increased computing power and its implications for various industries. The author ponders the feasibility of building and networking advanced computational systems, as well as seeking funding opportunities by approaching venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. The text also expresses uncertainty about the timing and feasibility of pursuing these ideas, acknowledging the complexity and challenges involved. The speaker is focused on securing funding for their project and contemplating the core question they are trying to answer. They express a concern about the difficulty of the problem as it exists across various future scenarios and emphasize the need for a computer to understand their context without losing the complexity and emotion of human communication. They mention existing products like Rewind and Tab, but express skepticism about the ease of solving their problem through technology, stating a reluctance to change their behavior to fit a machine's requirements and feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of the task. Despite their doubts, they express a desire to fully realize their vision through a website. The speaker plans to create a new app that will generate a JSON output based on their questions. They believe that having this functionality will enable them to build any app they want. The speaker ends the voice memo with the intention of utilizing the recording for a future project they are working on and suggests that they'll use it to engage in questioning and exploration.
The speaker conveys their frustration with a difficult fundraising experience, describing a particularly unsatisfactory video call with a fund representative. The caller was in a bad mood, hadn't reviewed the provided materials, and hesitated to engage with the product's features. This led to a tense exchange where the speaker challenged the representative's commitment to valuing founders versus purely focusing on financial metrics. Feeling disillusioned, the speaker is left with a distaste for these disengaged "NPCs" and remains focused on their vision of fostering creative and engaging spaces.