Aleks Svetski: Bushido of Bitcoin, Feudalism & Artificial Intelligence

by | Nov 25, 2023 | Podcast

“The playbook today on a Fiat standard is to figure out a way to lie, cheat, get into central banking, get into politics and if you can’t get into central banking or politics, get into big business and get as close as you can to the monetary spigot.  So all of the incentives align you in such a way that you’re basically trying to win at the expense of your soul, at the expense of your honour, at the expense of your integrity.  The incentives push all of civilization in that direction. Whereas I think that on a Bitcoin standard, for example, there’s a new playing field and that new playing field will require a new set of rules.

Svetski

Today’s guest on the podcast will be well-known to the Bitcoiners amongst you.

Aleks Svetski is an entrepreneur and the co-author of the Uncommunist Manifesto with Mark Moss. He is also well known for his show Wake Up Podcast.

I caught up with him at BTC Prague and we discussed his ideas about the Bushido of Bitcoin along with chivalry, warrior ethics, collectivism, A.I., transhumanism, and whether or not Bitcoin changes you.

We also discuss the future of human culture. I’ll leave you to decide whether or not you agree with Aleks’s sentiment that “Feudalism was peak civilisation”.  

Enjoy the conversation.

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00:11

Section Overview: In this section, Timothy Allen introduces himself as the host of the Free Cities Podcast and welcomes the listeners.

Introduction

  • Timothy Allen introduces himself as the host of the Free Cities Podcast. 00:29.
  • He mentions that it is currently winter in mid Wales and talks about a funny passage he read from a book called “Kilvert’s Diary” about taking a bath in winter. 00:56.

03:51

Section Overview: In this section, Timothy Allen interviews Aleks Svetski, an entrepreneur and co-author of the book “The Uncommunist Manifesto.” They discuss Aleks’s background and his views on Bitcoin and decentralized systems.

Introduction

  • Timothy asks Aleks to introduce himself and describe what he does. 03:51.
  • Aleks explains that while people think he is a content creator, he stumbled into it because he was writing about Bitcoin. He mentions being entrepreneurial and building the first Bitcoin DCA app in Australia. 04:15.

Entrepreneurial Journey

  • Aleks talks about his entrepreneurial journey in the Bitcoin space, specifically focusing on solving problems related to acquiring Bitcoin easily. He mentions moving away from his previous business due to disagreements with regulators. 04:31.

The Bido of Bitcoin

  • Aleks discusses his new book titled “The Bushido of Bitcoin” and explains that it explores the culture and moral code that future societies might want to orient themselves around. He mentions that “Bushido” is a Japanese word meaning “way of the warrior” and talks about the virtues associated with samurai culture. 06:10.

Conclusion

  • Timothy concludes the interview by thanking Aleks for his insights and encourages listeners to sit back, relax, and enjoy the conversation. 06:45.

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09:08 The Importance of Warrior Cultures in Building Civilization

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker discusses how warrior cultures play a crucial role in the development of civilizations. These cultures emerge during times of conflict and chaos, creating a foundation upon which civilization can be built.

Warrior Cultures and Civilization

  • Warrior cultures, despite their association with debauchery and ruin, are essential for the development of civilizations.
  • These cultures provide a framework upon which civilization can be built.
  • Conflict, in its classical sense, serves a different purpose than modern warfare.
  • Ancient cultures like the Spartans, Macedonians, and Samurais had different codes of living that shaped their societies.

10:37 The Need for New Principles on a Bitcoin Standard

Section Overview: This section explores the need for new principles and rules on a Bitcoin standard. The current playbook based on fiat currency encourages dishonesty and self-interest at the expense of integrity and honor.

The Current Playbook vs. A Bitcoin Standard

  • The current playbook on a fiat standard revolves around lying, cheating, gaining control over central banking or politics, or getting involved in big business to benefit from monetary manipulation.
  • On a Bitcoin standard, there is an opportunity for a new playing field with different rules.
  • Timeless principles can guide individuals on this new playing field.
  • Examples from history show that civilizations operating under similar principles achieved greatness.

12:16 Challenges Faced by Honor Cultures in Modern Times

Section Overview: This section addresses the challenges faced by honor cultures when confronted with superior weapons or dishonorable adversaries. It also discusses the decline of feudalism and the loss of clarity in social classes.

Challenges to Honor Cultures

  • Honor cultures face challenges when confronted with superior weapons, such as guns, which can undermine the traditional code of honor.
  • Historical examples show that dueling was an honorable way to settle disputes, but the introduction of firearms made it easier to resort to dishonorable tactics.
  • The rise of the merchant class and the inversion of social classes have led to a loss of clarity in societal roles.
  • Feudalism is seen as a peak civilization due to its structured classes, while modern society lacks clarity and has an illusion of equality.

14:53 Leadership and Shame in Prior Warrior Cultures

Section Overview: This section explores the importance of leadership and shame in prior warrior cultures. It highlights how cultural norms and punishment mechanisms were used to maintain honor within these societies.

Leadership and Shame in Warrior Cultures

  • Great leadership played a crucial role in maintaining honor within warrior cultures.
  • Shame was a powerful tool used to enforce cultural norms and punish dishonorable behavior.
  • Examples from history, such as Alexander the Great and Spartans, demonstrate how shame was employed for maintaining honor.
  • Cultural norms emphasized specific behaviors like carrying one’s sword or shield, with severe consequences for failing to uphold them.

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16:37

Section Overview: This section discusses the social classes in ancient Japan and the emergence of a parasitic class due to the rise of capitalism.

Social Classes in Ancient Japan

  • The social structure in ancient Japan consisted of different classes, including large landholders, samurai (warrior caste), artisans, peasants, and merchants.
  • Merchants were considered the bottom class due to their perceived lack of integrity and materialistic nature.
  • The rise of capitalism led to a mix-up of low virtue characters who had access to wealth and weaponry, forming what is referred to as the parasitic class.
  • Central bankers and similar figures emerged from this parasitic class as they gained power and influence.

18:04

Section Overview: This section explores how being on a Bitcoin standard might create an economic check against unscrupulous behavior by merchants.

Bitcoin Standard as an Economic Check

  • Being on a Bitcoin standard could make it harder for unscrupulous merchants to gain an advantage.
  • Capitalism itself is not inherently bad but can become problematic under a fiat standard where there are no consequences for breaking rules or someone else bears the consequences.
  • Bitcoin’s decentralized nature may help create a more balanced economic system by changing the playing field.
  • Individuals need to act in a better way and foster cultural norms that prioritize virtues such as honor and integrity.

19:16

Section Overview: This section discusses the need for individuals to take responsibility for their actions and work towards creating a better cultural set of norms.

Individual Responsibility for Cultural Change

  • A combination of adopting a Bitcoin standard and individual actions can lead to positive change.
  • Individuals need to recognize that their actions matter and actively contribute towards building a better cultural set of norms.
  • This involves teaching these values to future generations, inculcating virtues, and promoting a different mindset than the current one.
  • By doing so, it is possible to create a society where dishonorable behavior is less prevalent and shameful.

20:06

Section Overview: This section explores the potential for Bitcoin to shape an honor culture and the different paths that Bitcoiners can take.

Bitcoin’s Influence on Honor Culture

  • The speaker acknowledges that he does not know if Bitcoin has an honor culture at present.
  • As Bitcoiners potentially become part of the wealthy class, they have three paths to choose from: becoming materialistic like Richard Hart, becoming a new political parasitic class, or striving to embody true aristocratic values such as culture, integrity, and honor.
  • Some Bitcoiners have already demonstrated honorable behavior by choosing to build Bitcoin-only businesses instead of engaging in scams or pursuing quick profits.
  • It remains uncertain whether Bitcoin itself inspires these virtues or if individuals already possessed them before discovering Bitcoin.

22:07

Section Overview: This section discusses how people tend to align themselves with certain properties of Bitcoin and how it can lead them on a path towards change.

Alignment with Properties of Bitcoin

  • Many people talk about how their experience with Bitcoin has changed them.
  • It is unclear whether Bitcoin itself causes this change or if individuals already had certain qualities within them that were catalyzed by their interaction with Bitcoin.
  • One realization that often emerges from engaging with Bitcoin is that money should not be the sole focus of life but rather a tool for creating optionality and enabling meaningful pursuits.
  • This shift in perspective leads individuals to consider other aspects of life such as health, education, family, and more holistic endeavors.

23:41 The Influence of Wealth and Confidence in Bitcoin

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker discusses how wealthier families historically had confidence in their savings and were able to think about higher-order concepts. This is compared to the current situation with Bitcoin, where individuals who have confidence in their savings may be more open to exploring alternative possibilities.

Wealthy Families and Higher-Order Thinking

  • Historically, wealthier families had confidence in their savings.
  • This allowed them to think about higher-order concepts.
  • The speaker suggests that a similar phenomenon may be happening with Bitcoin.

Confidence in Savings and Openness to Possibilities

  • When individuals have confidence that their savings won’t be touched by the government and will increase in purchasing power, their minds open up to other possibilities.
  • This may contribute to why people become interested in Bitcoin.
  • It is suggested that Bitcoin attracts people who already have a predisposition towards seeking alternative options.

24:13 Understanding the Terms “Peasant” and “Pleb”

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker explains his usage of the term “peasant” and compares it to the term “pleb.” He explores the difference between someone considered a pleb or a proof-of-worker versus someone who aims for excellence or adds value.

Definition of Peasant vs Pleb

  • The speaker acknowledges that some people might take issue with the word peasant.
  • He explains that he uses peasant as a comparison to pleb, which refers to someone who is seen as average or substandard.
  • Peasants are contrasted with those striving for excellence or being part of an elite group.

Striving for Excellence

  • The speaker suggests that people should strive to be aristocratic and elite rather than settling for being average or plebs.
  • He emphasizes that words like elite derive from concepts such as excellence and standing apart.
  • The speaker criticizes the pleb movement, which he sees as having a communist nature and promoting a democratic ideal of being average.

25:09 Elite as a Proof-of-Work Concept

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker delves deeper into the concept of elite and its association with proof-of-work. He argues that cultures of greatness and excellence do not have democratic ideals but rather value being the best or standing out.

Elite as Excellence and Proof-of-Work

  • The speaker explains that elite derives from words like excellence, which means to stand apart or climb a hill.
  • He asserts that elite is inherently a proof-of-work concept.
  • Cultures focused on greatness or excellence prioritize being the best or the cream of the crop.

26:13 Moving Away from Identifying as Plebs

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker expresses his dislike for identifying oneself as a pleb and encourages individuals to strive for greatness instead. He argues against embracing average or substandard identities.

Dropping the Word Pleb

  • The speaker expresses his frustration with people defining themselves as plebs.
  • He believes that being average is nothing to be proud of, as there is no greatness in it.
  • While acknowledging that not everyone can excel in everything, he emphasizes that there are dimensions where each person can achieve greatness or excellence.

26:53 Equalitarianism and Individual Excellence

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker discusses how equalitarianism has permeated various aspects of society, including politics, education, and even among Bitcoin enthusiasts. He highlights the importance of individual excellence over collective ideologies.

Loss of Individual Excellence

  • The speaker suggests that modern society has lost sight of individual dimensions where people can excel due to an emphasis on equalitarianism.
  • This mindset has seeped into politics, education, and the minds of Bitcoiners.
  • He argues that being average or embracing democratic ideals is not something to be proud of.

27:15 Socioeconomic Status and Identifying as Plebs

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker challenges individuals who identify as plebs despite their socioeconomic status. He argues that in the future, most Bitcoiners will likely be part of the wealthiest percentile and should not consider themselves plebs.

Reconsidering Identification as Plebs

  • The speaker points out that socioeconomically speaking, most Bitcoiners will likely belong to the top 0.01% in terms of wealth.
  • He questions why individuals would still identify as plebs when they are part of such a small wealthy minority.

27:34 Reclaiming Words and Symbols

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker discusses reclaiming words and symbols. While acknowledging that some words can be reclaimed and turned into trophies or symbols of pride, he expresses skepticism about whether “pleb” falls into this category.

Reclaiming Words and Symbols

  • The speaker acknowledges that certain words or symbols can be reclaimed by marginalized groups and become sources of pride.
  • However, he expresses doubt about whether “pleb” is a suitable word to reclaim in this manner.
  • He finds humor in memes like the Satoshi skull but does not see “pleb” as an empowering trophy.

28:11 Understanding Collectivism vs Individual Excellence

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker explores the concept of collectivism versus individual excellence. He reflects on how these ideas intersect with honor cultures and warrior collectives.

Balancing Collectivism and Individual Excellence

  • The speaker struggled with reconciling ideas related to collectivism and individual excellence while writing his book.
  • He notes that smaller warrior collectives, such as the Marines or Spartan Royal Guard, tend to be more cohesive and effective.
  • These groups prioritize individual excellence within a collective framework.

29:28 The Role of Collectivism in Honor Cultures

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker discusses the role of collectivism in honor cultures. He highlights that smaller, tightly-knit warrior collectives often exhibit greater cohesion and effectiveness.

Cohesion in Honor Cultures

  • Smaller warrior collectives, like the Marines or Spartan Royal Guard, are known for their high levels of cohesion.
  • The speaker suggests that the smaller the group, the more cohesive it tends to be.
  • These groups prioritize individual excellence within a collective framework.

29:56 Balancing Ideas from Different Books

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker reflects on reconciling ideas from different books he has written. He mentions “The Communist Dragon” and how it relates to concepts of warrior collectives and individual excellence.

Reconciling Ideas from Different Books

  • The speaker mentions his struggle to reconcile ideas between different books he has written.
  • He specifically references “The Communist Dragon” and its exploration of warrior collectives.
  • He acknowledges that finding a balance between these ideas can be challenging.

30:45 Rebuilding Society on a Bitcoin Standard

Section Overview: The speaker discusses the idea of rebuilding society on a Bitcoin standard and envisions a breakdown of collectivism into smaller units. They suggest the formation of alliances among smaller collectives based on shared cultural norms, beliefs, religion, or terrain. Within these collectives, there should be respect for individuals who excel and can lead, inspire, and drive the collective forward.

Formation of Smaller Collectives

  • The breakdown of collectivism into smaller units is necessary in rebuilding society on a Bitcoin standard.
  • Alliances may form among smaller collectives based on shared cultural norms, beliefs, religion, or terrain.
  • These alliances would allow for collaboration and cooperation between different groups.

Importance of Individual Excellence

  • Within each collective, there needs to be reverence for individuals who excel and can lead, command, and inspire others.
  • The presence of elites within these collectives drives progress and development.
  • This concept resembles the city-states of medieval times where individual excellence was valued.

31:12 Centralization vs Decentralization

Section Overview: The speaker discusses the decentralization of power from the current centralized system. They mention that while centralization seems to be increasing at present, they believe it is not inevitable in the long term. They emphasize the importance of guiding society towards decentralization through the creation of micro structures and alternative tools.

Inevitability of Decentralization

  • While centralization appears to be increasing currently, it is not necessarily inevitable in the long term.
  • If society does not guide itself towards decentralization through micro structures and alternatives tools, it may lead to an ugly path with potential negative consequences.

Building Micro Alternatives

  • Creating micro structures such as communities and private cities can help pave the way towards decentralization.
  • The private cities initiative is mentioned as a fantastic initiative in this regard.

32:07 Potential Pathways to a Fragmented World

Section Overview: The speaker discusses potential pathways towards a fragmented world if society does not guide itself towards decentralization. They mention the risk of ending up with an internally nice-looking civilization that is centrally planned and lacks adaptability. In such a scenario, when something goes wrong, the structure may fracture and lead to chaos.

Potential Negative Pathway

  • If society fails to guide itself towards decentralization, it may result in an internally nice-looking civilization that lacks adaptability.
  • This civilization would be centrally planned and unable to handle inevitable challenges or crises effectively.
  • When something goes wrong, the structure may fracture quickly, leading to chaos and fragmentation.

34:19 Building Micro Alternatives for a Smooth Transition

Section Overview: The speaker emphasizes the importance of building micro alternatives as a smooth pathway towards decentralization. They mention initiatives like private cities and alternative tools as ways to create these alternatives. Additionally, they discuss their rejection of the idea that artificial general intelligence (AGI) poses an immediate threat.

Importance of Micro Alternatives

  • Building micro alternatives is crucial for achieving a smooth transition towards decentralization.
  • Initiatives like private cities and alternative tools play a significant role in creating these alternatives.

Rejection of AGI Threat

  • The speaker rejects the notion that AGI poses an immediate threat.
  • They believe that computational intelligence alone cannot create sentience or pose significant risks.
  • Instead, they highlight concerns about the centralization of information through language model tools and call for AI regulation in this area.

36:45 Language Models and AI Regulation

Section Overview: The speaker discusses language model tools and their potential impact on information access and ideas. They express concerns about the narrowing down of information sources and the potential for creating an Overton window through regulated speech. The speaker mentions the need for AI regulation, particularly in relation to language models.

Impact of Language Model Tools

  • Language model tools are expected to become the primary way people access information and ideas.
  • The speaker predicts that traditional search engines like Google will be replaced by language models.
  • This shift raises concerns about limited options for accessing knowledge and ideas.

AI Regulation and Speech

  • Calls for AI regulation aim to regulate language models, which essentially means regulating speech.
  • The creation of safety filters may lead to a controlled flow of information and ideas.
  • The speaker highlights the importance of diverse language models beyond just approved ones like Google or ChatGPT.

37:39 Building a Bitcoin Centric Large Language Model

Section Overview: The speaker discusses their current project of building a Bitcoin-centric large language model. They aim to create an alternative AI that is open source and engages the Bitcoin community.

Project Focus

  • The project involves building a Bitcoin-centric large language model.
  • It will start with Bitcoin and libertarian ideas and expand from there.
  • The goal is to create an alternative AI that is open source and involves the Bitcoin community.

37:54 Need for Alternatives in Various Areas

Section Overview: The speaker emphasizes the need for alternatives in various aspects of life, such as money, AI, living spaces, governance, and supply chains.

Importance of Alternatives

  • Emphasizes the need for alternatives in different areas.
  • Mentions Bitcoin as an alternative form of money.
  • Highlights the need for alternative AI models.
  • Discusses the importance of alternative places to live, governance systems, and supply chains.

38:12 Creating Options Amidst Fragmentation

Section Overview: The speaker explains how having alternatives can help prevent fragmentation when traditional systems start to fall apart.

Preventing Fragmentation

  • Having alternatives provides options when traditional systems fail.
  • Offers a way for people to exit into something that keeps humanity going.
  • Without alternatives, fragmentation can occur in society.

38:35 Language Models as a Starting Point for AI Development

Section Overview: The speaker reflects on why language models were chosen as a starting point for AI development and questions their understanding of what an AI language model truly is.

Choice of Language Models

  • Questions why language models were chosen as the starting point for AI development.
  • Asks about the meaning and purpose of an AI language model.

38:54 Evolution of Language Models and their Limitations

Section Overview: The speaker explains the accidental evolution of language models and clarifies their limitations in terms of knowledge and intelligence.

Evolution of Language Models

  • Language models were not intentionally developed but evolved accidentally.
  • Explains the Transformer architecture that enabled the development of language models.
  • Language models are probability engines trained to predict coherent sentences.

39:17 Misconceptions about Language Models

Section Overview: The speaker addresses misconceptions about language models, emphasizing that they are not sentient or intelligent beings.

Misconceptions about Language Models

  • People tend to anthropomorphize language models, thinking they are alive and sentient.
  • Refers to language models as “stochastic parrots” – probability engines that sound real but lack true knowledge or sentience.

39:42 Inaccuracies and Limitations of Chat GPT

Section Overview: The speaker discusses inaccuracies and limitations observed in chat GPT, highlighting its inability to truly understand or know anything.

Inaccuracies of Chat GPT

  • Shares personal experience with chat GPT providing inaccurate information.
  • Highlights how it associated random things with the speaker and even mentioned non-existent books by non-existent authors.

40:03 Breakthrough in Machine Learning Algorithms

Section Overview: The speaker explains a breakthrough in machine learning algorithms that led to the development of accurate sentence completion capabilities in language models.

Breakthrough in Machine Learning Algorithms

  • Mentions a breakthrough in machine learning algorithms called the Transformer architecture.
  • This breakthrough allowed for accurate sentence completion predictions.

40:31 Probability Engines vs. General Intelligence

Section Overview: The speaker distinguishes between probability engines (language models) and general intelligence, emphasizing that language models lack true understanding or knowledge.

Probability Engines vs. General Intelligence

  • Language models function as probability engines, predicting coherent sentences based on word patterns.
  • Language models lack true understanding or knowledge like humans do.

40:53 Language as an AI Complete Problem

Section Overview: The speaker challenges the notion that solving language is the key to achieving artificial general intelligence.

Language as an AI Complete Problem

  • Refutes the idea that solving language is equivalent to achieving artificial general intelligence.
  • Argues that language is a pattern-based aspect of intelligence but far from being general intelligence.

41:10 Consciousness and Intelligence

Section Overview: The speaker acknowledges the ongoing debate about consciousness and intelligence, highlighting different perspectives within the AI community.

Understanding Consciousness and Intelligence

  • Admits that there is no clear definition of consciousness or intelligence.
  • Mentions two factions in the AI community: computational theory of mind vs. embodied intelligence.
  • Computational theory suggests that intelligence is pattern recognition and computation, while embodied intelligence considers the role of the entire body in cognition.

41:33 Summary and Lack of Answers

Section Overview: The speaker concludes by acknowledging the lack of answers regarding consciousness and how it fits into AI development.

Lack of Answers

  • Acknowledges that there are no definitive answers regarding consciousness.
  • Highlights the absence of a clear definition for consciousness or intelligence.

44:37

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker discusses different ideologies surrounding consciousness and the challenges of understanding it.

Ideologies about Consciousness

  • There are various ideologies regarding consciousness, including religious beliefs that attribute consciousness to humans as a gift from God. Despite our genetic similarity to monkeys and apes, there is a significant cognitive and conscious difference.
  • Proving the existence of consciousness is challenging, leading to the question of which ideology is most functional to adopt.
  • The speaker tends to adopt ideologies that are less nihilistic and questions whether AI and language models can truly help us understand consciousness due to the complexity of its layers.

45:41

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker explores the limitations of understanding complex phenomena like meat replication and nature through magnification.

Limitations of Understanding

  • Understanding complex phenomena involves multiple layers of magnification. For example, replicating meat goes beyond replicating its fibers and macronutrients; it requires understanding what makes it assimilable to humans at a deeper level.
  • Nature cannot be fully replicated. Attempts by humankind’s greatest inventions have focused on enhancing nature rather than replicating it. For instance, flying machines were built with wings that flap differently from birds’ wings.

47:43

Section Overview: In this section, the discussion shifts towards transhumanism and incorporating technology into the human body.

Incorporating Technology in the Body

  • The speaker believes there are numerous trade-offs associated with incorporating technology into one’s body. Those who don’t understand these trade-offs may make mistakes that lead to health issues such as cancer.
  • Neuralink, a brain-computer interface project, becomes less relevant with advancements in language models that allow direct communication between humans and computers.

50:03

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker addresses the potential conflicts and challenges that may arise with the emergence of augmented individuals.

Dealing with Augmented Individuals

  • Conflict is an inherent part of life, and even in a future where augmentation is prevalent, conflict will still exist.
  • The speaker highlights the uncertainty surrounding the consequences of augmentations. While assumptions can be made about enhanced strength or increased cognitive abilities, there are unknown factors that could lead to decay or early death.

51:04

Section Overview: In this section, the discussion revolves around how technology has both augmented and potentially hindered human abilities.

Impact of Technology

  • The use of smartphones as a first-level augmentation has augmented human thinking abilities but may have also made people reliant on external devices for thinking.
  • Despite potential drawbacks, podcasts and similar platforms have provided opportunities for immense learning over the past decade.

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51:46

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker discusses the trade-offs associated with technological advancements and how different cultures may excel in certain areas while being inferior in others.

The Trade-Offs of Technological Advancements

  • 51:46 Technological advancements can manipulate and enhance various aspects of our lives, similar to how phones are manipulated.
  • Every technological advancement has trade-offs. While we may gain advantages in one dimension, we may also lose in another dimension.
  • Different cultures make different trade-offs. Some cultures may excel at certain skills but be lacking in others.
  • For example, a culture that is skilled at warfare may struggle with operating a business or having division of labor.
  • Nature tends to create an equilibrium by balancing out strengths and weaknesses among different cultures.

53:03

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker explores the idea that principles remain constant over time while technology evolves. They discuss the importance of understanding the metaphysical nature of the world and how it relates to evolving principles.

Principles vs Technology

  • 53:03 The material nature of the world is ever-changing and adapting, while principles tend to remain constant.
  • Evolving principles too much can lead to regression rather than progress.
  • There is a conflation between technological advancements and moral or virtuous advancements. Just because we can improve technology doesn’t mean we can improve morals or virtues.
  • Courage, for example, has always been courage throughout history. It is a principle that remains unchanged.
  • Technology surrounding morals can increase, but the core principles themselves stay consistent.

54:35

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker discusses the potential future decentralization of nation-states and how conflicts will still exist even on a smaller scale. They also touch upon the role of technology in warfare.

Future Warfare and Decentralization

  • 54:35 The speaker predicts that nation-states will fragment, leading to smaller units of culture.
  • Even with decentralization, conflicts and battles will still occur on a smaller scale.
  • The speaker emphasizes the need for building a strong warrior culture to defend against potential threats.
  • As technology advances, it becomes crucial to adapt and develop technologies like exoskeletons or robotic teams to stay competitive in warfare.

55:58

Section Overview: In this section, the conversation shifts towards discussing the future of warfare. The speakers contemplate the impact of nuclear weapons, drones, and artificial intelligence on warfare strategies.

Future of Warfare

  • 55:58 Nuclear weapons have posed a predicament since their invention.
  • Drones have the potential to change warfare significantly. Mass annihilation through drone attacks is likely to happen.
  • While large-scale wars may be limited due to self-destruction risks, smaller-scale battles and conflicts will still occur.
  • The motivations behind warfare should be considered. People usually fight for gain, purpose, mission, or strategy.
  • Cooperation and negotiation can sometimes lead to better outcomes than engaging in conflict.
  • It is important not to underestimate the possibility of conflict as those who believe in conflict can easily overpower those who deny its existence.

57:52

Section Overview: In this section, soft war and hashing power are discussed as alternative forms of conflict when large-scale wars become less feasible due to self-destruction risks.

Soft War and Hashing Power

  • 57:52 Soft war refers to alternative forms of conflict when large-scale wars are no longer viable due to self-destruction risks.
  • Hashing power could potentially be used as a secondary means of waging war.
  • Examples from nature, such as stags growing horns to duel, are given to illustrate the concept of using alternative methods for conflict.
  • The speaker mentions Jason Lowry’s ideas on hashing power and its potential role in future conflicts. However, they admit to not being familiar with his specific views.

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58:40 Bitcoin Hashing and Projected Power

Section Overview: In this section, the speaker discusses the concept of Bitcoin hashing becoming a projected version of power. They also explore the idea of using various forms of projected power, such as drones and robots, economic power, and cultural power.

  • Bitcoin hashing is seen as a form of projected power that can be used instead of nuclear war.
  • Other forms of projected power include drones, robots, economic power, and cultural power.
  • The speaker mentions Switzerland as an interesting example where they have a strong army but maintain neutrality.
  • They discuss the possibility of territories structuring themselves in unique ways to balance defense and civilian culture.

59:43 Multilateral Arrangements and City States

Section Overview: This section focuses on the potential for multilateral arrangements between territories to avoid conflicts. The speaker also considers different models for city states, such as being a mercenary state or adopting a more integrated approach.

  • Multilateral arrangements can be made between territories to avoid conflicts.
  • The speaker mentions the Switzerland model where they make agreements with other nations to stay out of conflicts.
  • Some city states may choose to be mercenary states solely focused on battle.
  • There could be variations or more integrated versions of city states in the future.

01:00:42 Future Plans and Living Situation

Section Overview: In this section, the conversation shifts towards discussing the speaker’s future plans and their current living situation. They mention their desire to start a family soon and their focus on building businesses while maintaining integrity.

  • The speaker aims to start a family soon and is looking to set roots after being nomadic for too long.
  • Building businesses is important for generating wealth and having options in life.
  • They strive to build businesses that contribute positively to the world.
  • Living with integrity is essential for personal satisfaction and a sense of pride in one’s actions.

01:02:59 Ideal Living Scenario

Section Overview: The speaker describes their ideal living scenario, which includes being close to civilization, having access to the beach, and facilities for physical training.

  • The speaker would love to have a farm but currently finds it financially out of reach.
  • They prefer to be close to civilization and enjoy the beach.
  • Access to good food and physical training facilities are important factors in their ideal living scenario.

01:04:16 Lessons from the Fall of the Soviet Block

Section Overview: This section briefly touches upon the fall of the Soviet block and highlights the importance of having a strong network during times of change or collapse.

  • The fall of the Soviet block happened relatively quickly but was not as devastating as expected due to existing black market networks.
  • Having a strong network is crucial during times of change or collapse.

Conclusion

The transcript covers various topics related to projected power, multilateral arrangements, future plans, ideal living scenarios, and lessons from historical events. The speaker emphasizes the importance of integrity, building businesses with positive impact, and maintaining strong networks.