* Paul Graham is a guy who tries to hone in on innovations of the subconscious. Graham has come up with empirical innovations for startups, all of which likely seem “frighteningly ambitious” to someone who is programmed by modern, moreover western, society. Graham has also generated pointers for others (us!) to come up with their own start ups.
According to Graham, most who could conjure up any sort of “valid” or “substantiated” reason as to why he is worth listening to probably do not understand him entirely. However, these start ups are often just what society wants. Perhaps the reason most individuals deem start ups as “crazy” , “absurd” , “impossible” or the like is due to a fear of what could be: a world for the better. Alas, perhaps scariest of all , more than ambition, is solving large problems, and seeing what the world would be like in the context in which the problem is taken care of.
** As I perused through Graham’s article, I was able to better understand his theory by being conscious of my own thought process and responses to his ideas. While I agree with 95% of his ideas, I would still think “that is impossible” or at least “frighteningly ambitious” in regards to every one of his proposals. Subsequently, I came up with a linty of reasons as to why it is so close to impossible. I think my behavior illustrates Graham’s tactic: to get people listening to the dialogue within their own heads, and how quick we are to dismiss an idea as impossible without even considering the possibility. However, the “obstacles” which are used to substantiate the impossible as such do not need to have a negative connotation necessarily. Conversely, they can be viewed through a positive lens and as the tools to make the impossible possible.
When I first encountered Graham’s start up group which would incoorporate the next Stevejobs, I thought, that will never happen because of reasons x , y, and z. However, my reasoning in conjunction with Grahams helped me understand that is possible, so much so that I can imagine it.
**** my idea: obliterating paper currency
this idea is inline with PG’s startups as it is, first and foremost , frighteningly ambitious (if I do say so!). Secondly, a different currency in almost every country is a concept many people are “over” nowadays. The headache of changing currency back and forth and often losing money in the process, the euro to dollar, dollar to euro to yen to blah blah blah is a waste of time, and money for citizens of the world driving them further apart from a figurative as well as a monetary standpoint.
Moreover, as our world becomes exponentially globalized, a “global currency” could potentially work. While this in and of itself is a frighteningly ambitious startup idea (from a more public, economic and political angle) , it is not what I have in mind. Rather, a world where an arbitrary piece of metal or paper does not dictate the value or worth of objects. Instead, each individual is capable of determining his or her own worth, and therefore , his or her purchasing power.
Admittedly, this sort of world seems a little more dystopic than utopic as I write about it. There would have to be some sort of governing force; I say, for starters, this could be social capital, The social information infrastructure could work as this instrument that governs this sort of social capital.
as you can see from the link above, a plausible feature scenario is one where RIFD chips implanted in humans and connected to our bank accounts allow us to buy stuff without needing to carry around credit cards. What if these same RIFD tags were scanned but measured something else as opposed to bank accounts. Not unlike the ongoing diagnosis, the RIFD tag could read ongoing karma. People would always know their karma and levels of consciousness. If it is too low, they cannot purchase things they need, and need to find ways to elevate their vibrations and their karma.
Perhaps this idea seems impractical, but , instead of being stressed about making money, individuals would constantly be motivated to be happier, healthier and have better relationships and make the world profit for the better. Making contributions to technology and innovation, education, sustainability, health the environment, supporting native land rights, and all sorts of other ideas we have discussed so far in this class can increase karma for the individuals that do so, but also for society as a whole, so there is also a collective karma. This RIFD karma chip would hopefully become so ingrained into peoples’ lives that it would become second nature after a while.
“things” would become less important and ideas and innovation would become more crucial, widening the pervasive complexity of the SII.