How to put on an event via Castpoints; liaisons

How to put on a class reunion via Castpoints.

If Castpoints has been up and running for a while, you would just search for an “Event” that manages class reunions with a context that fits your context: weather, number of people, budget, location, etc. There would be a list of them and you would pick based on ROI and cost (which would be a combination of one time payment and royalties, both of which could be zero). Once selected, you would get the whole framework: the roles and their tasks which include the asset allocation of people, money, time, etc. The next step is populating the roles with people and materials.

If you are the first Event in this space:
– If it’s just you and some friends, just create a bunch roles like catering, decorations, venue, outreach, etc., and just get to work. You don’t “need” Castpoints for this, but it helps, especially is some in your group are ornery and have a bit too much character.

– If a large group, the leader will place orders to “sell” these roles to the employees. “You will be paid X, and have X resources, if you manage the catering role. If this is realistic, an employee will “buy” it. Now the leader might have unrealistic or incorrect expectations and so employees can place an offer that is different. Because the free market is ubiquitous, things iterate rapidly, and effectively throughout all levels of of the system in both series and parallel.

Of course, trading does not need to be only with employees. You can make this oder public, use dynamic pricing and get the best bang from your money outside a company with the local caterers in competition.

Orders (well, many things) have a scope of just a role (CA marketing), a role group (Marketing [includes CA, NV, TX, etc.]), the whole event, and public.

In either case, even though the “event” is novel, the roles probably aren’t so you can search for “catering” roles and get one that fits your criteria. The role will include the task list, the resources (tables, etc.) and costs, etc.

There is more to it than that, but basically, anyone can start and or manage a company pretty much just by having a plan and placing orders. And they can do it in such a way that there is very minimal risk to all involved because investment can be incremental and is by agreement, not fiat.

Say a drink is spilled into the sound system electronics. That stuff is a resource of the venue. All you do is change it’s status from “working” to “broken”. The venue now gets an alert and can respond.

Each role has list of it’s guts, and their meta data. These all aggregate upwards to parent roles and finally to the event itself. At any given time people can see exactly whats going on at all levels of a company.

This is an event called John’s Reunion. The role is catering. And all the roles resources are summarized. In practice, things that were not used, are hidden one step away. So if just organizing friends, we would only see participants, tasks, and maybe goods. But if organizing a catering business, we would have all those things.

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Castpoints makes everything hyper simple. For instance ownership: Users own their own data, events own aggravated user data, Castpoints owns aggregated event data. (Compare that with the paradigm now where everyone but you owns your data! This is 1° why everything is messed up!)

What that means is that Castpoints can display basic data about any industry, good, service, task, location, etc. But instead of Google and marketers owning and using this to sell you more stuff to their chattel and assert truth via black boxes:
– People can do their own discovery of data.
– Or be lazy, set up a few alerts and Castpoints will inform them of personalized arbitrage opportunities for any thing, context and scope. Say I’m really good with movie theaters. I can do a simple search and look for towns that don’t have a movie theater and have a population > 10,000? (Whatever is enough to support a move theater – I can easily look that up too!). 1 click and an alert is created. So I can sip drinks on a beach and not need to know anything about the shale boom in North Dakota until I get an alert.

Other things in CP are commonsense simple:
– How do you define if someone is “of age”? The steward stops stewarding their wards on a context by context basis. This works for kids and the mentally / physically challenged, pets everything. There is always a chain of ownership.
– How do you tell if something is “non profit”? The 100 pages of IRC code that is easily gamed, hard to enforce and has overhead to implement? CP: transactions are free unless the event pays dividends, then transactions are a flat fee, at the point of sale of the physical object, or location of the seller if an intangible object.
– How do you sort fact from fiction? If I can’t reasonably prove (to my peers, in my context) something I assert in a month or so, I have already agreed to forfeit triple the positing fee. Or I can just label it “opinion”.

It’s all KISS. And therefore, this tremendously lowers uncertainty, which reduces risk, which reduces insurance premiums, which lowers the barriers to entry.

Might as well talk about the messaging system. Each node has messages that are: internal, with the parent, siblings, and children. Each node can liaise messages outside of the node. Nodes can subscribe to other nodes liaisons. Each node can see what’s going on around them one node away.

So when I “check my messages” within my role of Catering, this is what I see:
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If I click on “see content”, I see the new messages in full. These are not long messages, they are basically short, with links to longer content if necessary. If that is still too much info, a click on “ROI Floor” will show only the top ones based on ROI rank.

Now everything is in context, digestible, and I can have situational awareness in my role. This all leaves me more time to actually do work and invest in my relationships without bothering people with stuff they have already addressed.


The Operating System market and taxonomy

When you are looking at your “events”, roles, tasks, etc., there is always context in the form of a hierarchal bread crumbs.

When looking to buy or sell, you just place an order. Just like a stock market. Except all orders are limit orders and and there are other very practical condensations of the plethora of potential options that really are not necessary.

In Castpoints, most things essentially follow the pattern:
Summery, item, trend

SF > Rides in SUV’s
5 The Embarcadero to Richmond District [image of price trend]

So that’s 5 rides are leaving from Embarcadero to Richmond District. If you click on the item, you see the 5 individual options for a ride with stipulations, reputations, insurance amounts, etc.

Castpoints auto-organizes every item of society: commerce, communication, classifications, locations (above and below ground), everything in the world, in real time. In order to do that and not overwhelm everyone, a contextualized summery is almost always presented first. Details are just a click away, but hidden unless needed. And when users first create an event, and possibly start customizing it, they really don’t have to go into any detail unless it’s important to them. KISS!

Also, CP is not tying to be all things to all people! The 80 20 rule is used liberally!

I should just put in the images here 🙂 in this image, only the things that are pertinent will show up in actual use. There can be as many tags and stipulations as you want. The super cool thing about the tags is they can be aggregated up to the parent role.

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So if classroom 305 had 7 sick 4th graders, (this info was put in directly be the source, the kids parents (wards)), the parent role “all of 4th grade” would now display the aggregation of all 4th graders that were sick.

(This aggregation is what protects privacy!)

The next aggregation is at the parent role is all of the school, then all of the school district, then the county, then the state, then the nation, then the world.

So then you can use any mapping software to map out the whole epidemiology of sick kids, on the planet, in real time, without privacy concerns, and the data was entered at the source, by the people who know best, all for free, and took almost no computing energy to calculate.:-) That’s the power of copying evolution!!!!!! Seriously, isn’t that fan-freaking-tasticly amazing!!!!?!?!

You can do this with ANY source of data. Think Internet Of Things. Of course some people would not want to participate but that’s a readout on if what’s being asked for is really valuable or not.

Castpoints will calculate the simple stats of min, max, avg, variance, and will collate non numeric data. More fancy stuff is offloaded to real stats programs. Also, Castpoints is is not going to store raw streams of IOT data, only incremental summaries. Large streams are offloaded to specialized repositories.

These are the main types of groups.
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An implementation strategy, and mooring

Jesse and I had a great conversation yesterday. One of the things that came out of it was the idea of self funding. The projects at Seasteading seem to cost $100 million(!!) and don’t have traction as far as I can tell.

– Their 8 moral imperatives call all be done on land where logistics are much cheaper and and the environment less harsh. Other than being super cool, there is nothing unique enough to warrant a migration to them from land. (It’s so easy to critique other’s ideas!)

– The huge focus on independence and libertarianism. People just don’t get it. And, if one of the initial conditions is “routing around gov”, then you have just married yourself to gov form a systems point of view. This is a problem with bitcoin too (and that it does not scale well).

– The “Constitution for Seasteads” examples: Las Portadas  / Aquia… I get what they are trying to do, and they are on the right track, but it’s not a good choice. Nature’s system of governance is self adjusting based on supply and demand, so it does not have arbitrary variable values, nor exceptions. Capricious sometimes though 😉 Castpoints has this totally covered.

– Most of the designs were not integrated with the environment. This is a natural and classic mistake of architecture thinking: 100% of money goes to the building, -10% to the landscaping which is HOW the building connects to the environment 😉

– Perfect illustrating comment: “How do we organize the city?” You don’t! You provide the framework so it can organize itself. In other words, you primarily provide the context, and then some content. This is what intelligence does. In Alexander Wissner-Gross and Castpoints vocabulary: You define a context (relationships) in which the content  / nodes ( vessels) can self organize to maximize future options. Of course this context + content is a small fractal (node) in a bigger node. This is why it’s  critical to integrate into the local environment fractal correctly so that those relationships are all win-win.

Obviously there is something not right because big money appears to be in the wings waiting…

STRATEGY (a perspective, not set in stone!)
I’m going to start building a fractal of how I see things:

– CONTENT (a node): something that floats, has propulsion, power generation & storage, green stuff, fresh water, sewer, a whole little ecosystem. This will be on paper first.

Of course, there is already a ton of content (boats, barges, etc.), it’s just hard to hook them together. Which brings us too…

– CONTEXT (relationships): How do the nodes physically connect? How do they decide to where nodes can be? So far, what has come to mind is a modular thing that can surround a vessel without interfering with the vessel’s functions. Since they are modular they can adapt to and vessel size.

This is influenced by Neal Stephenson’s work (specifically Snow Crash) describing enclaves and social groups and psychology. His newest book Seveneves has multiple examples. Basically the action is in the center (activities that are capital intensive need density, wealth signaling), and or the edges (often most biologically active and interesting). So possibly, these mooring systems handle any shape vessel on their inside, and have standard grappling points on the outside, so that they can move boats around according to supply and demand.

in other words, to make this version of Delta City, all we need is the mooring system and Castpoints to run it all: 1 year max.

Relationships – Govs
Castpoints has better money than gold: Ownership and dividends in the entities adding value. The base units are Joules, but the visual units are anything (initially the local cost of electricity because ~everyone gets reminded each month). Of curse that’s all illegal in many environments. That’s fine. Right now the design is like a ledger so money still flows through normal banks. That on-purpose inefficiency will soon have competitive pressure and people will demand obvious simplicity. How money and equity moves around in Castpoints is totally intuitive and obvious. AND everything can be compared to everything else based on ROI. So the path of least resistance to collect “taxes” becomes an agreement, not fiat confiscation. And boroughs compete for “taxes” via amenities; cities compete via agreements with borough money, etc.

The point is that instead of fighting gov, make something so cool, they want it too, and make it so awesome and practical and fun that when politicians are giving speeches, “constituents” will just interrupt and ask, “Ya, ya, But when are we getting a delta city? I want that!” It will be a simple meme.

This is the agreement everyone sings to participate: Do all you say you will do. Don’t encroach on other people or their property. Make amends fast. ~Richard Maybury Sure people can sign the traditional waiver. But when we mess up, whoever is in charge of that context / role will FIRST reference the 3 sentences, made reasonable amends and see what happens. We will lead by example.

Relationships – Local cities
All along, Delta City is producing things. Let’s assume the Wing Generator produces as billed. We are helping the local cities because:
– We have a water taxi service powered by compressed air. Hopefully, instead of alienating existing water taxi people, we help them replace their engines, etc. (Spending investment money here will likely have a high ROI.)

– We do make at least one quickly built vessel for dining from say 6 to 8, then dancing and drinking until late. But it’s awesome: the walls are aquariums, a floor sinks into the water a few feet and it’s and aquarium down there. Light show, etc. We make it an experience that can’t be had anywhere else in the world. Not just due t money, but thought going into the experience.
– Grow something that is tasty, but hard to grow locally.
– Have a real “coast guard” that constantly makes itself useful.
– Host compressed air boat races every 3 months. 1/3 of the entry fee total goes to SF, next one to Marin, etc.

Relationships – Being unique with people and kids and experiences
The point is, we want people flying in from Australia to experience Delta City because they can’t experience what we have where they are. Then they will go home and start working to get a copy  locally.
– Stick a dinner table in a hot air ballon and let it float up 1,000’ on a tether for 30 mins. THAT’s a romantic meal with a classic view!
– We have lots of power: Build a customizable ice rink that’s not just a flat oval. Have older kids helping younger kids design basically a bobsled run. They get done, turn on the freezer and then a fine mist of water. creates the wonderland.
– Same thing with a waterslide.
– One of the designs in my head has the lower story of vessels and moorings as one level, but the moorings cal also rise up and support walkways. (The vertical mooring extensions might arch up in many places to be a shock absorber.) Use bamboo to make walkways, and other stuff all with huge net woven from say dried water hyacinth ( a weed in some places) and we would have the best playground ever! As above so below: The kids can have big dog houses and move them all around forming their own communities.
– We would be manufacturing the rope for the nets etc. Actually the teens would. There is always work to do at a marina.
– Since everyone would be on castpoints doing tasks, they would all have their reputations growing, while making money, with all these different tasks. I’m sure you have been exposed to Tekos, the school in Russia supposedly built and run by the students.
– In other words, we are giving kids something meaningful to accomplish.
– We make it sort of exclusive with a realistic entry fee, but have a lottery systems so that all the students can attend. When they win, the compressed air ferries come pick them up right off a beach close to them.

Seriously, I can go on for days and days…
– On clam days, for a price, we can have mini hot air balloons with a decent sized motor and literally ferry people not to Marin, but too (near) their homes, very safely.
– Instead of slow ferries, although we can have those too, we can put them on fast boats. They won’t be looking at their phones!
– On the first day of each month weather permitting, synchronize the balloons high in the sky to make messages, patterns, etc.
– We want to highly value unique ideas. Have contests for these. Not that they are realistic, just the most unique possible.

But we don’t need to build all this, we just need to build the context / framework, set the example of content in multiple ways, and get out of the way while other’s go to town! We integrate so much into the locals by adding value, that they really want us there.

Also, concerning the sea sickness issue. I have a different kind of wave attenuation device in mind. If I can make waves in a bathtub by moving my hand up and down, I can reverses the process and extract the energy so the waves dissipate. The surface attenuators I saw were nothing like what I have in mind. “Fingers” would point toward the incoming waves and as they float up and down on the waves, they compress air. I think there would need to be 5-7 rows of them and they need to have different finger lengths to capture the different wave frequencies. Wavy water goes in, almost flat water comes out. I don’t see why not? And now we would have a pretty massive surface to put solar panels on and walk the dog. I think it would be awesome to be walking on these things as waves rolled though! Experiencing the power of nature, yet totally safe.

We can get a MVP city going for a few million $ at risk.

The decentralized “Operating System”

Delta City has aspirations of having a vibrant economy. The current centralized way of management is relatively ineffective and can’t hope to keep up with the pace of change. I like to think Castpoints is an answer. This is a discussion of it’s structure.

Castpoints is nature’s operating system of, “evolution”, codified for practical use. Perhaps you would be interested in parts of it since it redefines AI to ultimately having empathy.

Current AI of “agent” and “connection” lacks 2 crucial initial conditions:
1) A context / environment / fractal. Without this, it’s like the monkeys reared with no mammalian contact. They are not well adjusted because they lack reference points and so can’t easily form meanings.
2) “Agent” implies intelligence, but they really should be called nodes because they can be anything, like a pile of bricks. Also crucially, a tangible node (bricks, a person, etc.) has a scope of about 2 nodes away, while an intangible node (content, light) has a scope of ~infinity.

Current AI can produce Skynet since ultimately this AI has to generate it’s own context and scopes to work with, and that might not value empathy the way we do.

Castpoints AI (evolution) made everything including us, so as long as it’s coded correctly, it “should” 😉 easily value empathy without it being specifically coded in.
The intelligence is more in the connections than the nodes. Speculation:
– More connections basically = more opportunity for emergence. This is what allows evolution to solve problems without first asking the right question, and to solve problems at the same level they were made. Possibly, very dense and very structured patterns create emergence at such a high level, we really don’t understand it and so apply the term “miracle”.
– The connections make patterns. The more structured, antifragile, etc., the more quantity and quality of amplitude and frequency can flow through them. We have intellectually termed this “having value”, being workable, having bandwidth, powerful,  etc. Emotionally we termed these “feeling good”, empathy, etc. Physically, the terms are beautiful, elegant, etc. This is easily visible by putting sand on a plate of glass over a speaker: “Beautiful” music make “pretty” patterns. Acid rock makes “ugly” and course patterns. Thermodynamics wise, beauty is laminar flow while not-beauty is turbulent flow. Of course, both have value, WITHIN the right context. “Ugly”, turbulent flow is often associated with elimination and recycling processes. Crying purges an overloaded system so it can safely reset back to a more comfortable homeostasis.

Purpose? Perhaps… Being comfortable interacting with larger fractals, and scopes, of degrees of freedom. In that case growth, discovery, and challenge are forever since infinity is really, really big.

As far as I can tell, evolution keeps homesteading voids then filling them with cool stuff. Can we ever run out of void? So the overall pattern keeps growing, and there is always more uniqueness to discover.

Overall strategy, power generation, storage, and use

Hi everyone! I contacted scientist James McCanney, PhD. He loves this arena and has possibly the best thought out plans available.

James is an independent scientist on the cutting edge of many things. He does a ton of original and valuable research. He would be an excellent consultant.

His weekly radio show. From my perspective, even though I have only been chatting with you all a few days, and there are multiple overlapping projects going on, it seems to me that these cutting edge things can happen in the near term:
– The major physical elements of a floating city are ~readily available: power generation for: waste and recycling systems, freshwater systems, aquaculture (2 sources), transportation, making money from selling power, renting sleeping berths, and cabins, desalinated water.
– The Delta Cities’ “Operating System” Castpoints.
– The first tenants could be aspects of the longevity research group.
– Access to funding and support via all of you.
– Construction workers might be hard to find 🙂

Implementation strategy
This is a phase change for humanity and there is a large possibility of resistance from the status quo / momentum. This has occupied my thoughts for a long time. A solution:
– Release the aspects of XYZ that are non threatening and add huge productivity. The other stuff can wait in the wings until “backed by popular demand”, or it just kind of appears. Politics is trumped by economics, which is trumped by unique, interesting, and beautiful things.
– Flexible and good insurance is critical. Supposedly, shipping did not really get going in London until there was real insurance.
– Make it so cool and useful that even crusty politicians can’t help themselves.
– INTEGRATE everything so people just don’t want to do without it. The conspiracy theories of the gov taking down the net… people would freak out in 3 seconds and DEMAND it be up and running ASAP, or learn how to do it themselves. Delta City should be an integral part of SF food production, educational hands on field trips, aquariums, commerce, ferrys, night life, everything. The Delta brand would be first class everything, but practical, with a high road for the those who want to signal wealth, and low road for those wanting to participate but can only visit. But still all first class with impeccable reputation so criticizers look like, ahem, “poor sports”, and so will be minimized.
– By this time the ROI comparison aspects of Castpoints will be in full bloom. So it’s easy to ask a naysayer, “Well, the Castpoints method of conflict resolution (reputation, in-context quick expert decisions, insurance) has a proven ROI rank of 95%. The traditional court system is proven 10% ROI rank. Tell me again why you still want traditional? Well, umm…
– Possibly lease the high end solutions, and open source the medium and low end solutions so that the Makers can help duplicate this effort world wide.

– Get something going. Lets meet every other Saturday at 9 am on or near something that might float that we can build on? Lets at least meet next to a broken dingy for flavor and get organized.
– If there is anyway we can finish coding the basic vanilla “role” structure part of Castpoints, that would be great! It will take me probably at least a month since I drive for Uber and have a 14 year old. A good coder could do it in probably 3 days.
– Get money flow, backers, if not for the whole thing, aspects.
– Like Nature, build it fractaly. A flat barge is fine. We get a complete system going and as we learn, start building bigger and nicer ones with refined designs. I have a bunch already in my head. We have lots of water, and lots of power, and a 100,000 of eyeballs looking at us at night. We can make a great show.

– It’s not just the boats of course, it’s the connections between them. The core of the connection should be the same, and people can customize the outside. So that when a boat wants to move to, say, the middle relationship, the skipper places the order for x amount of money. If triggered, without humans, nor centralized control, the new boat goes to it’s new home. Nearby boats have to make room of course to let this boat pass by. This connection system would be the biggest design challenge to do elegantly.
– I’m sure you all have 500 ideas too!!

The following are some public slides from James’ McCanney’s work on his Wing Generator. The first one is being built right now in South America.

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The ferries between Delta and the mainland can all be powered by compressed air. I’m sure you know that “electric” cars are ultimately mostly powered by coal. Thats:
coal —> electricity  is about 30% efficient
electricity distribution is 90% efficient
electricity —> batteries (I gotta go so I can’t look this up right now)
batteries —> motion (ditto)
You get the point, then add mining the battery guts. Once made, compressed air vehicles don’t have a lot of parts and just run.
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Clearly James has SF and the Wing Generator on his mind! The ideal use is to stick it on a barge and then anchor it. This automatically keeps it pointed in the right direction.The Wing is designed to work well with almost any wind speed, unlike the silly 3 blade models that require medium speeds and barely capture any wind.

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