Asteroid Expert Mining

Elon Musk mining asteroids?

This sounds crazy so I’m curious on yalls opinions. Im not as worried about this happening as much as I am curious if anyone has any info on this idea.
Recently heard one of he Winklevoss twins mention that Elon Musk was going to start mining asteroids for gold once he was able to master the technology needed to get to one and mine it. Has anyone ever heard this idea before?
The context was that BTC has more value because it is more scarce. He attributed the potential for asteroids to be mined as a reason why gold would be more abundant in the future. I would think the cost to mine the asteroids would outweigh the value of the gold. Obviously Winklevoss is biased as they are big owners of BTC.
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List of moderately difficult skribbl words for your new friend group (1200+ words)

That is to say that this list contains words that this list contains words that:
  1. Usually aren't instantly guess-able (like star, apple, or Nike).
  2. Can be played with a group of acquaintances (I play with a group of interns at work to blow off time)
Created this list by modifying an existing difficult word list we found online and adding a bunch of new words. If you see a stupid difficult word, it was probably a word from the existing difficult word list that I forgot to remove. (amicable and reimbursement were the type of bs I removed lol).
abraham lincoln, accordion, accounting, acre, actor, adidas, advertisement, air conditioner, aircraft carrier, airport security, alarm clock, alcohol, alert, alice in wonderland, alphabet, altitude, amusement park, angel, angle, angry, ankle, apathetic, apathy, apparatus, applause, application, apron, archaeologist, archer, armada, arrows, art gallery, ashamed, asteroid, athlete, atlantis, atlas, atmosphere, attack, attic, audi, aunt, austin powers, australia, author, avalanche, avocado, award, baby, baby-sitter, back flip, back seat, baggage, baguette, baker, balance beam, bald, balloon, bamboo, banister, barbershop, barney, baseboards, bat, beans, beanstalk, beard, bed and breakfast, bedbug, beer pong, belt, beluga whale, berlin wall, bible, biceps, bikini, binder, biohazard, biology, birthday, biscuit, bisexual, bitcoin, black hole, blacksmith, bleach, blizzard, blueprint, bluetooth, blunt, blush, boa constrictor, bobsled, bonnet, book, bookend, bookstore, border, boromir, bottle cap, boulevard, boundary, bow tie, bowling, boxing, braces, brain, brainstorm, brand, bride, bride wig, bruise, brunette, bubble, bubble bath, bucket, buckle, buffalo, bugs bunny, bulldog, bumble bee, bunny, burrito, bus, bushel, butterfly, buzz lightyear, cabin, cable car, cadaver, cake, calculator, calendar, calf, calm, camera, cannon, cape, captain, captain america, car, car accident, carat, cardboard, carnival, carpenter, carpet, cartography, cartoon, cartoonist, castaway, castle, cat, catalog, cattle, cd, ceiling, cell, cellar, centimetre, centipede, century, chain mail, chain saw, chair, champion, chandelier, channel, chaos, charger, chariot, chariot racing, check, cheerleader, cheerleader dust, chef, chemical, cherub, chess, chevrolet, chick-fil-a, chicken coop, chicken legs, chicken nugget, chime, chimney, china, chisel, chord, church, circus tent, clamp, classroom, cleaning spray, cliff, cliff diving, climate, clique, cloak, clog, clown, clue, coach, coast, cockpit, coconut, coffee, coil, comedian, comfy, commercial, community, companion, company, compare, comparison, compromise, computer, computer monitor, con, confidant, confide, consent, constrictor, convenience store, conversation, convertible, conveyor belt, copyright, cord, corduroy, coronavirus, correct, cot, country, county fair, courthouse, cousin, cowboy, coworker, cramp, crane, cranium, crate, crayon, cream, creator, credit, crew, crib, crime, crisp, criticize, crop duster, crow's nest, cruise, cruise ship, crumbs, crust, cubicle, cubit, cupcake, curtain, cushion, customer, cutlass, czar, dab, daffy duck, dance, danger, darth vader, darts, dashboard, daughter, dead end, deadpool, deceive, decipher, deep, default, defect, degree, deliver, demanding, demon, dent, dentist, deodorant, depth, descendant, destruction, detail, detective, diagonal, dice, dictate, disco, disc jockey, discovery, disgust, dismantle, distraction, ditch, diver, diversify, diversity, diving, divorce, dizzy, dodge ball, dog, dolphin, donald trump, doorbell, doppelganger, dorsal, double, doubloon, doubt, doubtful, download, downpour, dragon, drain, dream, dream works, dress shirt, drift, drip, dripping, drive-through, drought, drowning, drugstore, dryer, dryer sheet, dryer sheets, dugout, dumbbell, dumbo, dust, dust bunny, duvet, earache, earmuffs, earthquake, economics, edge, edit, education, eel, effect, egg, eiffel tower, eighteen-wheeler, electrical outlet, elf, elope, emigrate, emotions, emperor, employee, enemy, engaged, equation, error, eureka, everglades, evolution, exam, exercise, exhibition, expired, explore, exponential, extension, extension cord, eyeball, fabric, factory, fad, fade, fake flowers, family tree, fan, fast food, faucet, feather, feeder road, feeling, ferris wheel, fiddle, figment, finding nemo, firefighter, firefox, fireman, fireman pole, fireplace, fireside, fireworks, first class, first mate, fish bone, fishing, fizz, flag, flat, flavor, flight, flip flops, flock, florist, flotsam, flowchart, flower, flu, flute, flutter, flying saucer, fog, foil, food court, football player, forklift, form, forrest gump, fossil, fowl, fragment, frame, fresh water, freshwater, friction, fries, front, frost, fuel, full, full moon, fun, fun house, funnel, fur, galaxy, gallon, gallop, game, gamer, garden, garden hose, gas station, gasoline, gavel, gentleman, geologist, germ, germany, geyser, giant, ginger, giraffe, gladiator, glasses, glitter, glue, glue stick, goalkeeper, goatee, goblin, gold, gold medal, golden retriever, gondola, good-bye, government, gown, graduation, grain, grandpa, gratitude, graveyard, gravity, great-grandfather, grenade, grill, grim reaper, groom, groot, group, guess, guillotine, gumball, guru, gymnast, hail, hair dryer, haircut, half, hand soap, handful, handle, hang, hang glider, hang ten, harry potter, hawaii, hay wagon, hearse, heater, heaven, helmet, hermit crab, high heel, high tops, highchair, hitler, hockey, homework, honk, hoodies, hoop, hopscotch, hot, hot dog, hot fuzz, hot tub, hotel, houseboat, human, humidity, hunter, hurdle, husband, hut, hydrant, hydrogen, hypothermia, ice, ice cream cone, ice fishing, icicle, idea, igloo, illuminati, implode, important, improve, in-law, incisor, income, income tax, index, inertia, infect, inglorious bastards, inside out, insurance, interception, interference, interject, internet, invent, invisible, invitation, iron man, ironic, irrational, irrigation, isaac newton, island, ivy, ivy full, jackhammer, japan, jaw, jazz, jedi, jellyfish, jet lag, jig, jigsaw, joke, joker, journal, juggle, jump rope, jungle, junk, junk drawer, junk mail, justice, kangaroo, ketchup, kill bill, killer, kilogram, kim possible, kiss, kitten, kiwi, kit-kat, kneel, knight, koala, lace, lady bug, ladybug, lamp, lance, landfill, landlord, lap, laptop, last, laundry detergent, layover, leak, leap year, learn, leather, lebron james, lecture, legolas, leprechaun, letter, letter opener, lettuce, level, lice, lichen, lie, lifeguard, lifejacket, lifestyle, light, lightning, lightning mcqueen, lightsaber, limit, lion, lipstick, living room, lobster, logo, loiterer, lollipop, loonie, lord of the rings, lottery, love, loveseat, loyalty, lullaby, lumberjack, lumberyard, lunar eclipse, lunar rover, lung, lyrics, macaroni, machete, machine, macho, magnet, mailbox, makeup, mammoth, manatee, mark zuckerberg, martian, mascot, mascot fireman, mask, mast, mastercard, mat, mayhem, mechanic, megaphone, member, memory, mercedes benz, mermaid, meteor, michael scott, michelangelo, microscope, microsoft, microsoft word, microwave, midnight, migrate, millionaire, mime, mine, mine car, miner, minivan, mirror, missile, mitten, mohawk, moisturizer, molar, mold, mom, monsoon, monster, monsters inc, mooch, moonwalk, moth, mount rushmore, mozart, mr potato head, mulan, mummy, music, mysterious, myth, name, nanny, naruto, navigate, negotiate, neighborhood, nemo, nepal, nest, netflix, neutron, newsletter, night, nightmare, nike, north pole, nose, nostril, nurse, nutmeg, oar, obey, observatory, office, offstage, olive oil, olympics, one-way street, opaque, optometrist, orange juice, orbit, organ, organize, ornament, ornithologist, ounce, oven, owl, oyster, pacific ocean, pacifier, page, pail, pain, palace, pancakes, panda, panic, pantyhose, paper plate, paperclip, parade, paranoid, parent, parking garage, parley, parody, partner, password, pastry, patrick starr, pawnshop, peace, peacock, peanut, peasant, pelt, pen pal, pendulum, pepsi, periwinkle, personal, pest, pet store, petroleum, pharaoh, pharmacist, philosopher, phineas and ferb, phone, photo, piano, pickup truck, picnic, pigpen, pigtails, pile, pilgrim, pilot, pinboard, pineapple express, ping pong, pink panther, pipe, pirate, pizza, pizza sauce, plan, plank, plantation, plastic, playground, pleasure, plow, plumber, pocket, pocket watch, point, pokeball, pokemon, pole, police, pomp, pompous, pong, popeye, population, portfolio, positive, positive champion, post, post office, practice, president, preteen, prey, prime meridian, printer ink, prize, produce, professor, profit, promise, propose, protestant, psychologist, publisher, pumpkin, pumpkin pie, punching bag, punishment, punk, puppet, putty, quadrant, quarantine, quartz, queue, quicksand, quit, quiver, raccoon, race, raft, rage, rainbow, raindrop, rainwater, random, raphael, ratatouille, ratchet, ray, reaction, realm, ream, receipt, recess, record, recorder, recycle, referee, refund, regret, religion, remain, resourceful, rest stop, retail, retire, reveal, revenge, reward, rhyme, rhythm, rib, rick and morty, riddle, right, rim, rind, ringleader, risk, rival, robe, robot, rock band, rocket, rodeo, roller coaster, roommate, roundabout, rowboat, rubber, ruby, rudder, runt, rv, s'mores, safe, salmon, salt, sand castle, sandbox, sandbox bruise, sandpaper, santa claus, sap, sapphire, sash, sasquatch, satellite, saturn, sausage, saxophone, scarf, scatter, schedule, school, school bus, science, scissors, scooby doo, scrambled eggs, scream, screwdriver, script, scuba diving, scythe, seahorse, season, seat, seat belt, seed, serial killer, servant, sewer, shaft, shakespeare, shame, shampoo, sheep, sheets, shelter, sherlock holmes, shipwreck, shoelace, shopping cart, shotgun wedding, shower, shower curtain, shrew, shrink, shrink ray, sickle, sidekick, siesta, signal, silhouette, silt, simba, simpsons, skateboard, skating rink, ski goggles, ski lift, skip, skipping rope, skydiving, slack, sleep, sleet, slim shady, slipper, slump, snag, snapchat, sneeze, snooze, snore, snow globe, snowball, snowflake, soak, social distancing, socks, softball, solar eclipse, somersault, song, sophomore, soul, soulmate, soviet russia, space, space-time, spaceship, spaghetti, spare, speakers, spiderman, spirited away, sponge, spoon, spotify, spring, sprinkler, squat, stage, stage fright, stagecoach, stairs, staple, starbucks, starfish, startup, star trek, statement, stationery, statue of liberty, stay, steamboat, steel drum, stethoscope, stew, stewie griffin, sticky note, stingray, stockings, stork, storm trooper, story, stout, stowaway, stranger, strawberry, streamline, student, stuff, stun, submarine, sugar, suit, sun, sunburn, sunlight, sunscreen, superbad, superman, surfing, sushi, swamp, swarm, sweater, swim shorts, swing dancing, switzerland, swimming, syringe, system, tachometer, taco bell, tadpole, tag, tank, tattle, taxes, taxi, teabag, team, tearful, teenage mutant ninja turtle, teenager, teepee, telepathy, telephone booth, telescope, temper, ten, tesla, testify, tetris, thanos, the beatles, the dark knight, the prestige, theory, think, thread, thrift store, throne, ticket, tide, time, timeline, time machine, time zone, tin, tinting, tiptoe, tire, tissue box, toast, today, toddler, toilet paper, toll road, tomato sauce, tombstone, toothbrush, toothpaste, top hat, torch, tornado, toronto maple leafs, tourist, tournament, tow, tow truck, toy store, toy story, trademark, traffic jam, trail, trailer, train, train tracks, transformers, translate, transpose, trapped, trash bag, trash can, trawler, treatment, trench coat, tricycle, trip, trombone, truck, truck stop, tsunami, tub, tuba, tug, tugboat, turret, tutor, tutu, twang, twitter, umbrella, unemployed, united states, university, upgrade, vacation, vampire, van, vanilla, vanquish, vegan, vegetarian, vehicle, vein, venn diagram, vest, villain, violent, vision, vitamin, voice, voicemail, volleyball, wag, wall-e, wallet, wallow, wasabi, washing machine, water, water buffalo, water cycle, water vapor, wax, wealth, weather, wedding, wedding cake, weed, welder, werewolf, wet, wetlands, whale, whatsapp, whey, whip, whiplash, whisk, wifi, wig, wikipedia, win, wind, winnie the pooh, wish, witch, wizard, wolverine, woody, workout, world, wormhole, writhe, yacht, yak, yard, yardstick, yawn, yeti, yin yang, yoda, yodel, yolk, youtube, zamboni, zen, zero, zeus, zip code, zipper, zombie, zombieland, zoo
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I think Bitcoin will be much more valuable than Gold.

I was thinking about what will be more valuable in the future gold or Bitcoin and came to the conclusion that Bitcoin will overcame gold for the following reason:
As long as asteroid mining era begin we will have almost unlimited supply of many elements that rare on earth. Including gold, obviously. And it will happen relatively soon just because it is already profitable, at least on the paper. So, as a result Bitcoin will be much more valuable than gold after that point. But what even more exciting, crypto in general much more viable solution for payment to space colonies on Moon or Mars. Because all you have to send to them is some transaction information. And there is no easy way to force people on moon or mars trust in your printed currency. At least it much harder than on earth were price of war much chipper. Of course it will happen much further in the future, but even anticipation of it should push prices up when these futuristic ideas started become more and more realistic.
Just a silly thought, you know..
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Bitcoiner's warning to gold investors: Space gold will be your downfall

http://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/2672vh/the_crucial_thing_goldbugs_are_missing_about/
Technological advances can render today's scarcity into tomorrow's abundance, and I reckon it shan't be long before even gold succumbs to the inexorable march of progress. The reason: asteroid mining. Bear in mind that though heavy metals like gold are rare in the Earth's crust, they are abundant in asteroids. Moreover, plans for mining asteroids are slowly taking shape, particularly as private companies like SpaceX make huge strides in developing cheaper access to space.
more:
The result will be a revolution in the way we evaluate scarcity. While precious metals will lose most of their shine, there will still be a kind of scarcity which remains impervious to the vagaries of mining and refining technology: the kind of scarcity that is guaranteed by mathematics and algorithms. Like Bitcoin.
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IPO's you are interested in? Who do you think may go public?

While I was eating some pizza at Pieology Pizza I had thought,"wow I would totally invest in this company if they went public".
So with that I searched to see if they were going to have a public offering, it appears that is not the case. However, I am interested in Snapchat and a few other companies that will be going public soon. I am not to "hip" to whats coming through the public offering pipeline but am curious what you all either hope will get offered publicly or you plan on purchasing when it does happen.
Thanks!
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Progress Report #0: The Mod So Far

Hello everyone. If you don't know already, I'm LuxLoser, lead developer for Hearts of Durasteel, a Star Wars mod for Hearts of Iron IV. This first progress report is to convey the general state of the mod and basic information. I will also be adding posts for the available leaks/declassified documents from the Discord, and the next progress report will come once the map is fully created, at least visually.
THE MAP
The map of Durasteel is a major component, as this isn't just an alternate history mod. Instead, it takes the map of Earth as we know it chucks it out, instead giving you a full map of the Star Wars Galaxy. "But how?" you might ask.
Well, the first thing we have done is create planets. They will be flat, 2-D items, representative of the planet as a whole. Think of it as a top-down view of a flattened globe, and the march of troops around the planet represents control of a certain region, of the southern hemisphere, of the large sea, of the mines, etc. The small provinces within the planets mean that planets aren't just one time battles but at times lengthy campaigns. Events during battles will also help make up for the limitations we have in depicting interstellar ground warfare. Planets that have no importance or are inhospitable and not valuable won't be depicted. Instead it is 'major' world displayed, not a star system. Various moons and satellites, however, are displayed near the planet, and important systems within the same system are placed close to one another.
Here is a look at the map layout, though it is, of course, constantly being updated. And here is an example of a planet and moon.
When we first started testing this idea in practice, the map looked like this. From there we did more refinement and ended up with this. You'll notice it very much looks like a bunch of islands in a very open sea. Technically, that's what it will always be, but we want to simulate the idea of a simplified map of space. We are still refining it, but the biggest things we tackled were: 1. the reflection of clouds, 2. waves and sea texture, 3. a space background. The reflection issue was easy enough, and we were able to figure out how to put in a background (admittedly still darkened and desaturated) not long after. But the issue of waves persisted. However, not long ago, we hit a break through and were able to remove the waves.
Here is the physical map as it exists presently. Here is a look at Coruscant and its moons and 'orbit tile'. And finally, here is a close up of Alderaan and a look at the stand-in "planetary ocean", which is blue mountains. We're still looking into improving the look.
We still have on the map agenda: 1. The sun. There is a light glare on the 'ocean' we are looking into disabling. 2. Improving the color of the background 3. Creating a proper, detailed space background with fairly accurate stars and easy to see hyperlanes 4. Improving planetary ocean look 5. Improving the height map to remove the rough look of the 'islands'
NATIONS
A lot less to cover here as I just want to clarify a few things. Firstly, we are not going for a plan of “every planet a tag.” Instead, while we do have plans for a number of tags, the approach is to have at game start, a large nation in the form of the Galactic Republic. The Republic will not be entirely united, with regions moving away from the Republic shown as separate puppets. This is a sort of narrative tool, as it shows that while some regions within the Republic have their own agendas, they believe in the Republic and respect its government. Near the Republic will be the CIS, focused on Serenno led by Dooku, at this point a growing movement that rejects the Republic government. The corporate states that he is enticing will be shown as moving away until the Battle of Geonosis comes and lines are drawn in the sand. The CIS will swell and the war will begin. The Neutral Systems will spawn not long after, refusing to accept either side of the conflict as their sovereign. Alongside all of this will be the Hutts and the Chiss. The former will be a large but fractured group, each of the leader of the Cartel having their own demesne. And the Chiss will be sitting in isolation, content on tackling their own issues. So, at the start there will be only a few nations available.
Why? Well the reason this mod is being made with Hearts of Iron IV is the unique way in which the event chains and the focus trees can be used to tell a story for a nation. Our objective is in taking Star Wars and allowing the player to craft their story. Fewer tags, more paths, more branches to the stories. Some of those stories will include switching to a different tag of a new nation, others will not. That the story is logical, sensible, and that the ways it affects the galaxy are cohesive is what will be important. Because Star Wars isn’t just some science fiction setting. It’s a Space Opera, a dramatic saga of heroes and villains, of the rise and fall of nations, of legends and myths, of prophecy and legacy. While we want to give the player choice, we have to be careful not to give total freedom. The massive conspiracies, intertwining stories, the presence of the Force, and the overarching themes of Star Wars mean that you can’t just be a rogue agent. There will be consequences, events that transpire because of things beyond your control. I want each playthrough to feel like it has a narrative, a story told in an unconventional medium. When you click “Senator Amidala dies!” I want it to be a little more than just an event that changes your focus tree and gives you some political power loss. I want the events that unfold, the war that ensues, the future that is written to feel like it was destined, not just random occurrences bumping into each other. That was a bit of an avant-garde rant there, but hopefully you’ll know what I mean as things progress.
But the question you might still have on tags is, “Well what about later on?” And that is more than fair. Ultimately there will be a number of tags, but mostly regional, with a few planets collected together around regional leaders. Forming each will take specific circumstances. So why not every world a tag? Well it also helps to demonstrate my personal view on how an interstellar nation functions on a greater scale. Namely, some systems are effectively “swept under the rug”. Due to the distance from major trade routes, economic capacity, population disparity, and military size, the neighbors of larger worlds are going to rally behind regional leaders, due in part to being just unable to stand alone. Worlds like Alderaan and Corellia, while having separate representatives than their neighboring systems, would have such sway and hegemony that the only reason their neighbors wouldn’t vote with them as a block is personal politics, and even that is more like one region being more liberal than another within one state and so electing a different party to the shared delegation than the others. But if the Republic were to just be dissolved, Alderaan’s neighbors, despite political differences, would be forced to work together, and work with Alderaan, to survive. This is partly due to the needs of a population accustomed to an economy where resources are practically infinite due to the shared resources of so many worlds in the galaxy. Unless a planet wanted to become an austere hermit kingdom, they have to work with more powerful neighbors. The materials used for infrastructure, the energy sources, the technological grids, the economic sectors, everything on a planet would be accustomed to what was available on the galactic market as a whole. Doonitum is common is some areas, but may be utterly unavailable on a planet. However, their security fleet is still made with doontium hulls, despite the metal not existing on their worlds. So unless they want their planet invaded and crushed, they need a doontium trade to survive.
The other component leading to regional leadership is how space travel works in Star Wars. Hyperspace Routes, planned paths of transit, and the perils of ‘rough space’ via nebulas and asteroid belts and so on, means it’s almost like Earth before air travel. If you’re far from a main route, ships will need to go through perilous, uncharted regions. Even before making that journey, if you’re an isolated world far from any routes, ships are first going to jump to the nearest planet close to a safe Hyperspace route. Imagine you’re a town near Florence in 13th Century Italy. Traders go to Florence on the main road before trying to reach you, and if it’s too much risk, you’re better off sending your own traders into Florence before they return. Say you’re on a minor road, one that branches off of the southern road to Florence. You want goods from north of Florence? Then you’re reliant on Florentine traders bringing it. And when war comes? You’ll need the Florentine army to hold off invaders. And so, despite disliking Florence, having your own culture, traditions, and political views, your town is under the jurisdiction of the Florentine city-state. Replace Florence with Corellia and Corellian and you see that due to the nature of hyper-space transit and the constrictions of moving through space itself, history has almost become cyclical for these minor worlds. Not to mention that as this situation persists, Corellian culture, ideals, and people would seep in, until what you have most in common with other minor world near Corellia is just Corellian you all are!
On a less philosophical or artistic note, let’s be honest. You really want to try to manage a game where you’re the faction leader of 50 minor nations, all with their own AIs? It would be a nightmare, especially when the war starts and each AI tries to command its own troops. And a major city on a planet falls? Rather than just lose some war score you can regain as your troops on the moons or nearby work to reclaim it, you instead get “THE WELSH UNION HAS CAPITULATED,” giving your enemies free reign in the territory, a huge hit to score, and the cession of control of worlds despite losing little on them.
IDEOLOGIES
This will be getting a separate post soon as well.
Durasteel presently has 11 set ideologies, with a 12th being in discussion in the form of “Grayism”, or “Neutralist”, meaning a state under the control of Gray Jedi. However, this is not yet set. Some of these ideologies, like New Order, the sides of the Force, and to some degree Akaan’adocrat, come from Star Wars canon or from Legends. But Star Wars has always been vague on its politics, leaving to us flexibility and creativity in developing coherent ideologies for gameplay.
Each ideology in the image has a definition but I want to elaborate on that definition here.
RESOURCES
Lastly, we have also begun implementing new resources into the mod. None of these are made up, though some lean more into Legends, as that continuity provides more detail in terms of military supplies. These are as follows, and in order on the screen:
Alright well that’s most of what I wanted to address in this report, giving everyone an awareness of where the mod is at in terms of development. Hopefully we can have more regular Progress Reports, but with University, work, and other projects that devs are involved with, we’re trying our best to move as quick as we can. Thank you all for your support.
Vode An!
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How to extract crypto currency on MAC

How to extract crypto currency on MAC

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On MAC everyone who owns it can engage in the production of cryptocurrency without much trouble. Best of all, it produces altcoins. Bitcoin is not recommended, since the costs of its extraction have become too large, and the costs can exceed the expected profit.
Therefore, it is better to focus on the altcoins. Most often on the MAC, they get a currency like Monero. Despite the fact that it is not included in the top five most famous coins, the number of users who want to get it gradually increases. To start its extraction, it is necessary to put a special program, which will produce coins. If a user has a powerful MAC and a graphics card, then he can, after a while, get a very good profit.
To extract a coin like Bytecoin, you also need to have a powerful graphics card and processor. In a few weeks, you can get some money, but due to the fact that the costs of electricity are too large, many try to get BCN occasionally and then go to Monero.
The algorithm of coin mining on the MAC is slightly different from other operating systems. First you need to get a wallet. There are also special services where you can put coins. Best if the wallet will be multicurrency. After that, you should download the software, which is completely suitable for MAC. Experts advise choosing the Asteroid utility.
With it, even those who have never previously engaged in such matters can work. When the utility is started, the user must periodically check if his computer is working and monitor how the coin extraction process is going on in the section where statistics are indicated.
Another simple method of extracting currencies on MAC is using the Minergate program. It is freely available on the network. In it, you need to register, then go to the currency that the user wants to mine and click the button that activates the mining process. The program itself will begin work, and it remains only to track how many coins during the day it mined.
Those who decided to obtain crypto coins with the help of MAC have certain difficulties, since the company does not release special software for such purposes, therefore users have to use extraneous services and programs. Nevertheless, even on the MAC, you can engage in the production of crypto-currency, and eventually accumulate a good amount.
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Difficult to fundraise $3 000? Let's collect easily $5 000 000 a year! DOGECOIN 2.0 ideation.

Decentralization and democratization.
Doge 4 Family House fundraising is struggling to raise Ð1,500,000. Where the heck are 110,000,000,000 dogecoins? Fundraiser asks for only 1 dogecoin in 73333. What is going wrong? As of today, yearly mined dogecoins are worth around 5 million USD! Why so difficult to gather just $3 thousand?
I've joined dogecoin community around half a year after dogecoins' birth, i.e. it was too late to mine with a home computer as asics were coming into the market. Asics and merged mining with litecoin centralized dogecoin and took away a lot of fun from average shibies and reserved this space for rather rich people or mining enterprises, huge warehouses filled with electronic equipment doing nothing important for humanity - wasteful calculations. What are asics? They are specialized chips able to quickly solve a very narrow class of problems. Apart of mining, asics designed for mining can only be used as heaters or collectibles. While mining, they solve meaningless problems. There is no use of these computations apart of creating dogecoins, litecoins or bitcoins. Daily electricity usage (only bitcoin network) exceeds 1 million USD daily. The cost of equipment to match bitcoin network hashrate I have estimated to cost currently between 100 and 500 million USD. If dogecoin would be valued close to 1Ð = 1$, dogecoin mining network would be as costly and seeping as much electricity. All these money and resources for garbage calculations. This is basically wrong.
As I was unable to mine, I have bought some dogecoins on the market. I won some in design competitions here on reddit/dogecoin, I tipped and I've been tipped quite a lot. I gave up tobacco in favour of electric cigs and doing other similar savings and altogether I have collected close to one million dogecoins. Well, over 90 000 left in dogetipbot were burnt in 'Wow Such Business' by Mohland, some disappeared on some websites that... disappeared. My bad.
Last month I decided to review my 'investments'. I have sold most of my dogecoins I had left in my wallet and Shibe Poker site and bought some other coins, especially gridcoins. As an investment - I could point to some other coins that seem to have higher potential to bring a good return. But I like Gridcoin Research. This coin is based on mixed Proof of Stake and Proof of Research. The latter one is basically a variant of Proof of Work. Now it's almost a week since I've started mining cryptocurrency for the first time in my life! And it's quite exciting. Preliminary estimations show that I won't make any good return on mining gridcoin. Electricity here is expensive. Buying and holding - if it would take off 'to the moon' one day - would be much more profitable. Return will roughly cover only mining electricity costs (or not fully), at least in my case. But! But I like it! I can be a part of the system, unlike in dogecoin nowadays. I take part in scientific research. Years ago I had a special screensaver and my AMD Athlon desktop was crunching numbers for [email protected] project. Now I can continue this project or start any other ranging from mathematical problems to mapping new territories in our bodies, from discovering the shape of our Milky Way to finding cures for illnesses. While Dogecoin is aiming for the Moon, Gridcoin is reaching far further away (from asteroids, through Milky Way to distant galaxies) and far closer (researching our own genome, gut bacteria, Zika cure, treatment for common childhood cancers). Mining power of our home computers that is meaningful for humanity. Which is Wow? Much amaze? So science!

DOGECOIN 2.0

Here goes my proposal for DOGECOIN 2.0. It's only ideation, I know it would need a huge amount of work and it would be difficult, but first we need a direction and then we can research feasibility.
1) Migration from Proof of Work to Proof of Stake + Proof of Research (or other useful Proof of Work that is non Asic based) = taking new coins from whales only back to community, empowering shibes. Surely, those who are cleverer, working harder, can and want to invest more money will get higher share is rewards. At least their mining rigs would do a meaningful job and average John Doe will be still relevant with his all purpose desktop computer.
2) Reward scheme. There is 5 billion extra supply a year plus mining fees. For simplicity I will assume just for this draft there is 5 billion coins to share but in more detailed plan we should add mining fees, too.
2a) 20% (1 billion Ð ~ 2 million $) for Non Profit. A list of eligible organizations / projects would be proposed, voted and whitelisted. 2b) 1% (50 million Ð ~ 100 thousand $) for DEV fund 2c) 1% (50 million Ð ~ 100 thousand $) for Dogecoin Foundation (marketing, maintaining list of non profit projects and checking those projects - or it could be part of 2a) above 2d) 39% (1.75 billion Ð) for Proof of Stake (interest) 2e) 39% (1.75 billion Ð) for Proof of Work (non Asic - like gridcoins' Proof of Research) (mining) Coins collected as fees should be assigned proportionately or some other way to above funds.
Would dogecoin reach current litecoin market cap, above sums would reach $20 million/year for non profit projects, $1 million/year for development etc. At some point shares could be adjusted.

Inflation

Inflation, or more precisely dogecoin supply growth which is 5 billion a year, or currently less than 5% a year is by some shibes regarded as a brake for market value growth. It was discussed several times.
There seems nothing fundamentally wrong with keeping current supply growth rate as it is.

Note

Due to excellent job devs are doing I have retrieved some coins from dogeparty. Just quote ‘Much Humanity, So Earth, Such Fun’ in your reply to get a tip. Over 1000 dogecoins from my retrieved dogeparty funds are up for grabs!

Hard Fork

Such a huge change could cause a hard fork with both forks alive, i.e. old and new dogecoins would coexist. Is it something to be afraid of? As recent story of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash shows, such a scenario is possible, what is more - does not effect badly either new or old fork. Thus I would take it a step further and deliberately leave old dogecoin and start a new one.
Proposed changes would bring back decentralization and democratization and empower community, allow collect easily substantial amounts of money for non profit projects, secure development and potentially put into good use thousands to millions of our home computers. I expect this would lead to greater adoption and rise in value - for those looking to 1Ð = 1$.
If Dogecoin 1.0 was aiming To The Moon, for Dogecoin 2.0 let's aim For Humanity, For Earth, For Fun!

EDIT

Giveaway ended. Final remarks.

All the best!
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FAQ + post your questions in comments

Q: What is Asteroid Rush all about?A: Asteroid Rush is a blockchain MMO strategy game where you develop the asteroid belt. This is a literal cosmic-scale gold rush. You and your crew will battle for the right to develop asteroids and show off your best skills as you play.

Q: What’s so special and interesting about this game?A: In addition to its engaging setting, we’ve introduced a lot of unique game mechanics. Assemble a crew of the best miners out there and upgrade their skills even further. Deploy them to mine valuable resources on asteroids, and hope you hit the jackpot! Besides making a profit, all miners have a common goal: colony development. As you invest in this goal, you effectively become a co-owner of the AR Inc. virtual company.

In addition, the economy in Asteroid Rush is entirely blockchain-based. For our players, this means that everything in your possession will remain yours for good.

Q: Yeah, about the setting... why asteroids?A: Asteroid mining is a popular and promising topic of discussion these days. No, we’re not kidding! Some organizations are already planning to extract valuable resources from nearby asteroids and developing the technologies that will enable them to do so. Asteroid maps are being drawn up, and the composition and resource potential of asteroids are being calculated. Mankind will begin mining resources in space before the end of this century.

This reality inspired us to create a game based on it.

Q: What is AR Inc.?A: AR Inc. is an in-game company we invented. This company owns a base on Ceres (the largest asteroid in the belt, often classified as a dwarf planet) and the space around Ceres, with the right to realize development of all the asteroids located within the area. The base’s infrastructure (living modules, engineering buildings, hangars, warehouses, etc.) also belong to AR Inc., and so do the transport and freight ships that transport miners and the resources they obtain.

Q: When will the game be released?A: The Asteroid Rush pre-alpha release is planned for March 2019, after the first presale. This version will let you assemble a crew, choose an asteroid, and deploy your crew to mine valuable resources. We’re planning to release the alpha version of Asteroid Rush in May 2019. It will offer many more new game mechanics.

Q: Will everyone be able to test the game? A: No, only gamers who took part in the presale can participate.

Q: How can I take part in the presale? A: The presale takes place on the Asteroid Rush website at the following link https://game.asteroidrush.io/presale. You need to register and make any purchase at the presale page.

Q: What will I receive if I take part in the presale? A: When they buy kits during the presale, players add upgraded colonist cards to their future team. It’s an especially good bargain now, with prices reduced. In addition, participants in the presale will receive Founder Tokens and the Founder status. They’ll also receive the rights to VIP status at the AR Inc. base, consumable kits, and a license to keep pets at the base. All Founders receive priority status in the project, and access to unique offers in the future.

Q: What are Founder Tokens? A: Founder Tokens are a primary “social currency” aboard the AR Inc. trading station. Founder Tokens influence player status, clearly show the level of their team, give access to unique rewards, and serve as a kind of original share for future project expansions.

Q: What cryptocurrency can be used to purchase something during the presale? A: You can use Pi-Astro tokens, as well as EOS, Bitcoin, and Etherium. You can get Pi-Astro tokens for any of the abovementioned cryptocurrencies right in the presale.

Q: What are you planning for the future? A: There are lots of new features we’re planning to add to Asteroid Rush. We’re not ready to share them all just yet. You’ll have to wait and see for yourselves! Here’s a glimpse: we’re going to introduce mechs and a mech upgrade system, clan base development, and clan wars.
We’re also planning to release Asteroid Rush for mobile platforms later.

Q: Why does the game need a blockchain?A: The game’s logic is executed by smart contracts on a sidechain: all game mechanics, assets, and asteroids and the resources mined on them. This provides transparency and guarantees that the player’s possessions remain theirs. It also allows for accurate records of the players’ results and provides unique opportunities for special game features, such as investing in various parts of project development and unlocking the potential to become a co-owner.

Blockchain also enables us to create a real, fair cashless barter economy based on trading and resource distribution. As the project develops, we may introduce jobs for players: trader, mercenary, trade business owner, sheriff etc.

Q: Why EOS?A: Asteroid Rush utilizes fork of EOS for now. We are looking for the opportunity to use EOS sidechain, when it become possible. We need our own fork chain because the EOS mainchain would require players (or us) to pay significant sums of money to create an account and smart contract operation. Moreover, we have rather ambitious plans for the project’s development and so we cannot rely on the future of the EOS main chain. Therefore, we’re providing our game projects with our own foundation.

Q: Are you going to cover players’ CPU, RAM, and NET costs?A: This will not be necessary, as we will be using our own sidechain. You won’t need to pay for CPU, RAM, or NET.

Q: Will you have your own token?A: We will. Pi-Astro is our game’s premium token. You can use these tokens to buy presale bundles and Premium Colonist Cards and to get patents for mining rare asteroid resources in the future.

Q: How can I make money in Asteroid Rush?A: Pi-Astro tokens will also be used as the currency for player deals and for auctions at our in-game auction house. Players will also have the ability to send each other these tokens. We will not be able to regulate these transactions – players will be able to come to their own independent agreements and trades.

Q: How can I help the project?A: We really appreciate all your input. Follow us on social media, participate in discussions with us and other players, keep an eye on the news, share your suggestions, and give us feedback when the game is released.

If you’d like to become a moderator or help us in other ways, that’d be awesome. Reach out to us!

Q: How do I contact the devs?A: We don’t have an email address. Just PM us on Discord (https://discord.gg/D2UJ8Wx) or via any other social network. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
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Stop Wasting Money, Mining Also Makes You Powerful

Stop Wasting Money, Mining Also Makes You Powerful
Among most online games, 20% of the head-paying players are always the most valued parts. Other players, whether they are lucky enough or not, are always not so important.
But if there is an online game, there is no need and no way for you to pay any money, can such a game provide a new model for the game industry?
Japanese page game maker DMM recently closed all the charging channels of its page game X-Overd. This kind of operation often happens when the game is about to be closed, but this time it is an exception: X-Overd changed the charging into mining.
In other words, you no longer have to spend money in this game. So how to get paid items? You can contribute your computer's computing power to mine for game makers.
You can even decide how many CPUs your computer will provide to the game maker for mining. But in fact, even if the CPU efficiency is constant, the amount of gemstones you have dug in the game is uncertain. You may have dug 200 today and only 50 tomorrow.
Code of Lucky Draw: DEULXM6Q
Use it in http://live.vena.network/#/main
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The official has made the principle clear, they call this mining mechanism HecatonCave. The player contributes the computer's computing power to mine for the game maker, the game maker gets the cryptocurrency, and then pays the virtual currency to the player in game. . However, although the sign of the cryptocurrency in the lower right corner of the figure is bitcoin, in fact, players know nothing about which cryptocurrency the game maker mines and how valuable is the cryptocurrency.

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That is to say, the player does not know whether the power he has contributed are matched with the reward. Although there is no need to pay the money directly, the calculation of the power + electricity cost + machine wear is still a considerable hidden cost.
Of course, from another point of view, as this game ecology is dominated by computing power instead of money, the game environment is still more balanced; and game maker can also obtain other profit channels, perhaps not a bad thing.
In fact, this idea of using the computing power of the participants has already existed. As early as 1999, researchers of the UC Berkeley launched a project called [email protected]. This project is an extraterrestrial search project. Anyone can download a desktop protection program. After installation, when your computer is idle, you can provide computing power to help scientists search for extraterrestrial civilization.
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Although the [email protected] project is nearly shutdown, this idea has greatly inspired scientists. [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], etc. have appeared, some of these projects are looking for extraterrestrial celestial bodies, and some are fighting diseases. There are even scientists who have put the human protein analysis map in the famous online game EVE, and got more than 25 million data in a short time.
The Big Bell experiment at the end of 2016 was also combined with a game, and the process of the experiment was handed over to everyone involved in the experiment. The question to be solved by the Big Bell experiment is whether human observers will have an influence on the state of the atom. In a more straightforward way, is your mobile phone honest only when you observe it? If you don't look at it, will it make you a ghost face?
In order to get free wills of different people to prove this problem, Big Bell experiment designed the experimental process into several games (I also participated, although the game process is a little boring, but as I am contributing to science, I still keep very motivated), all participants provided data for the experiment through the game. The experiment attracted a total of 100,000 people. After half a year, the experimental results proved that human observations did have an impact on the state of the atom.
Whether it is a game or a scientific experiment, this kind of thinking has provided us with more possibilities. The emergence of blockchain undoubtedly solved more practical problems for this "crowdsourcing" model. Although X-Overd is not transparent enough, it is obviously more friendly to no paying players than traditional paying games. If scientific projects can be combined with blockchain, it can guarantee the authenticity of scientific research data against academics misconduct; on the other hand, it can also allow more ordinary people to participate in the scientific process, which can play a positive role in the popularization of scientific quality and the advancement of experiments.
So, with blockchain, let’s become cool players and scientists now!
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Hearts of Durasteel, Progress Report #0: The Mod So Far

Hello everyone. If you don't know already, I'm LuxLoser, lead developer for Hearts of Durasteel, a Star Wars mod for Hearts of Iron IV, a real time strategy game. You can find us at HeartsOfDurasteel, where there's a Discord link in the sidebar if you want to come join us there too. With permission from the moderators here, I figured I'd share this first progress report in this sub as well. It is meant to convey the general state of the mod and basic information. I will also be adding posts for the available leaks/declassified documents from the Discord, and the next progress report will come once the map is fully created, at least visually.
THE MAP
The map of Durasteel is a major component, as this isn't just an alternate history mod. Instead, it takes the map of Earth as we know it chucks it out, instead giving you a full map of the Star Wars Galaxy. "But how?" you might ask.
Well, the first thing we have done is create planets. They will be flat, 2-D items, representative of the planet as a whole. Think of it as a top-down view of a flattened globe, and the march of troops around the planet represents control of a certain region, of the southern hemisphere, of the large sea, of the mines, etc. The small provinces within the planets mean that planets aren't just one time battles but at times lengthy campaigns. Events during battles will also help make up for the limitations we have in depicting interstellar ground warfare. Planets that have no importance or are inhospitable and not valuable won't be depicted. Instead it is 'major' world displayed, not a star system. Various moons and satellites, however, are displayed near the planet, and important systems within the same system are placed close to one another.
Here is a look at the map layout, though it is, of course, constantly being updated. And here is an example of a planet and moon.
When we first started testing this idea in practice, the map looked like this. From there we did more refinement and ended up with this. You'll notice it very much looks like a bunch of islands in a very open sea. Technically, that's what it will always be, but we want to simulate the idea of a simplified map of space. We are still refining it, but the biggest things we tackled were: 1. the reflection of clouds, 2. waves and sea texture, 3. a space background. The reflection issue was easy enough, and we were able to figure out how to put in a background (admittedly still darkened and desaturated) not long after. But the issue of waves persisted. However, not long ago, we hit a break through and were able to remove the waves.
Here is the physical map as it exists presently. Here is a look at Coruscant and its moons and 'orbit tile'. And finally, here is a close up of Alderaan and a look at the stand-in "planetary ocean", which is blue mountains. We're still looking into improving the look.
We still have on the map agenda: 1. The sun. There is a light glare on the 'ocean' we are looking into disabling. 2. Improving the color of the background 3. Creating a proper, detailed space background with fairly accurate stars and easy to see hyperlanes 4. Improving planetary ocean look 5. Improving the height map to remove the rough look of the 'islands'
NATIONS
A lot less to cover here as I just want to clarify a few things. Firstly, we are not going for a plan of “every planet a tag.” Instead, while we do have plans for a number of tags, the approach is to have at game start, a large nation in the form of the Galactic Republic. The Republic will not be entirely united, with regions moving away from the Republic shown as separate puppets. This is a sort of narrative tool, as it shows that while some regions within the Republic have their own agendas, they believe in the Republic and respect its government. Near the Republic will be the CIS, focused on Serenno led by Dooku, at this point a growing movement that rejects the Republic government. The corporate states that he is enticing will be shown as moving away until the Battle of Geonosis comes and lines are drawn in the sand. The CIS will swell and the war will begin. The Neutral Systems will spawn not long after, refusing to accept either side of the conflict as their sovereign. Alongside all of this will be the Hutts and the Chiss. The former will be a large but fractured group, each of the leader of the Cartel having their own demesne. And the Chiss will be sitting in isolation, content on tackling their own issues. So, at the start there will be only a few nations available.
Why? Well the reason this mod is being made with Hearts of Iron IV is the unique way in which the event chains and the focus trees can be used to tell a story for a nation. Our objective is in taking Star Wars and allowing the player to craft their story. Fewer tags, more paths, more branches to the stories. Some of those stories will include switching to a different tag of a new nation, others will not. That the story is logical, sensible, and that the ways it affects the galaxy are cohesive is what will be important. Because Star Wars isn’t just some science fiction setting. It’s a Space Opera, a dramatic saga of heroes and villains, of the rise and fall of nations, of legends and myths, of prophecy and legacy. While we want to give the player choice, we have to be careful not to give total freedom. The massive conspiracies, intertwining stories, the presence of the Force, and the overarching themes of Star Wars mean that you can’t just be a rogue agent. There will be consequences, events that transpire because of things beyond your control. I want each playthrough to feel like it has a narrative, a story told in an unconventional medium. When you click “Senator Amidala dies!” I want it to be a little more than just an event that changes your focus tree and gives you some political power loss. I want the events that unfold, the war that ensues, the future that is written to feel like it was destined, not just random occurrences bumping into each other. That was a bit of an avant-garde rant there, but hopefully you’ll know what I mean as things progress.
But the question you might still have on tags is, “Well what about later on?” And that is more than fair. Ultimately there will be a number of tags, but mostly regional, with a few planets collected together around regional leaders. Forming each will take specific circumstances. So why not every world a tag? Well it also helps to demonstrate my personal view on how an interstellar nation functions on a greater scale. Namely, some systems are effectively “swept under the rug”. Due to the distance from major trade routes, economic capacity, population disparity, and military size, the neighbors of larger worlds are going to rally behind regional leaders, due in part to being just unable to stand alone. Worlds like Alderaan and Corellia, while having separate representatives than their neighboring systems, would have such sway and hegemony that the only reason their neighbors wouldn’t vote with them as a block is personal politics, and even that is more like one region being more liberal than another within one state and so electing a different party to the shared delegation than the others. But if the Republic were to just be dissolved, Alderaan’s neighbors, despite political differences, would be forced to work together, and work with Alderaan, to survive. This is partly due to the needs of a population accustomed to an economy where resources are practically infinite due to the shared resources of so many worlds in the galaxy. Unless a planet wanted to become an austere hermit kingdom, they have to work with more powerful neighbors. The materials used for infrastructure, the energy sources, the technological grids, the economic sectors, everything on a planet would be accustomed to what was available on the galactic market as a whole. Doonitum is common is some areas, but may be utterly unavailable on a planet. However, their security fleet is still made with doontium hulls, despite the metal not existing on their worlds. So unless they want their planet invaded and crushed, they need a doontium trade to survive.
The other component leading to regional leadership is how space travel works in Star Wars. Hyperspace Routes, planned paths of transit, and the perils of ‘rough space’ via nebulas and asteroid belts and so on, means it’s almost like Earth before air travel. If you’re far from a main route, ships will need to go through perilous, uncharted regions. Even before making that journey, if you’re an isolated world far from any routes, ships are first going to jump to the nearest planet close to a safe Hyperspace route. Imagine you’re a town near Florence in 13th Century Italy. Traders go to Florence on the main road before trying to reach you, and if it’s too much risk, you’re better off sending your own traders into Florence before they return. Say you’re on a minor road, one that branches off of the southern road to Florence. You want goods from north of Florence? Then you’re reliant on Florentine traders bringing it. And when war comes? You’ll need the Florentine army to hold off invaders. And so, despite disliking Florence, having your own culture, traditions, and political views, your town is under the jurisdiction of the Florentine city-state. Replace Florence with Corellia and Corellian and you see that due to the nature of hyper-space transit and the constrictions of moving through space itself, history has almost become cyclical for these minor worlds. Not to mention that as this situation persists, Corellian culture, ideals, and people would seep in, until what you have most in common with other minor world near Corellia is just Corellian you all are!
On a less philosophical or artistic note, let’s be honest. You really want to try to manage a game where you’re the faction leader of 50 minor nations, all with their own AIs? It would be a nightmare, especially when the war starts and each AI tries to command its own troops. And a major city on a planet falls? Rather than just lose some war score you can regain as your troops on the moons or nearby work to reclaim it, you instead get “THE WELSH UNION HAS CAPITULATED,” giving your enemies free reign in the territory, a huge hit to score, and the cession of control of worlds despite losing little on them.
IDEOLOGIES
This will be getting a separate post soon as well.
Durasteel presently has 11 set ideologies, with a 12th being in discussion in the form of “Grayism”, or “Neutralist”, meaning a state under the control of Gray Jedi. However, this is not yet set. Some of these ideologies, like New Order, the sides of the Force, and to some degree Akaan’adocrat, come from Star Wars canon or from Legends. But Star Wars has always been vague on its politics, leaving to us flexibility and creativity in developing coherent ideologies for gameplay.
Each ideology in the image has a definition but I want to elaborate on that definition here.
RESOURCES
Lastly, we have also begun implementing new resources into the mod. None of these are made up, though some lean more into Legends, as that continuity provides more detail in terms of military supplies. These are as follows, and in order on the screen:
Alright well that’s most of what I wanted to address in this report, giving everyone an awareness of where the mod is at in terms of development. Hopefully we can have more regular Progress Reports, but with University, work, and other projects that devs are involved with, we’re trying our best to move as quick as we can. Thank you all for your support.
Vode An!
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Guaranteed Income Alternative :: How Spontaneous Human Interaction Will Overcome Unemployment

I know a lot of you here like guaranteed income. I am convinced that it will not work. I'd like to share my idea on what I think can work, and would love to hear your thoughts on it! I'll quickly lay out the reasons for why I think widespread guaranteed income is not sustainable nor in the best interest of humanity first, and then lay out my ideas.
We are living in 2100. Corporations have products with advanced AI that can outperform humans for all manufacturing, all transport, and most services. People still work at some businesses performing various things for each other, although it is more expensive than what people can get by using a robot. However, I like massages by humans and want to get a beer from a person.. and then bullshit for a while with them etc etc.
The large companies have tech teams that comprise of 5% of the population. They keep everything running, add features, and deal with business aspects with the other capitalists. They are fairly efficient, and while some of them suck for the most part they provide products / services that humanity wants and people purchase the majority of their items from them.
The capitalists who run these businesses hold 90% of all wealth. Sometimes people outside of their group innovate and become capitalists as well, but for the most part they run the show. Many governments are corrupt and trick people into giving some also corrupt corporations money in exchange for kickbacks.(Or by heavily taxing the non corrupt corps and giving it to the corrupt corps). Other governments (in the minority) do attempt with a "citizens best interest" approach to levy heavy taxes on the corporations and give the money to the people so they can live better.
Now, what you have to realize in this scenario.. the middle class isn't going to be the biggest customer of some of the companies, likely a large amount of them. Their biggest customer is other capitalists. An asteroid mining company, a supercomputeintelligent ai company, a nanobot construction company, a life extension&mind extension company.. these people will be trading with each other. Not trading with the middle class. The richest companies will not be mcdonalds or walmart, it will be the companies that make other companies the most wealth. We can see it moving in this direction quickly already, and I expect it to have its own singularity of sorts.
So, Finland says "We need you to each give 40% of your profits to the middle class on earth" and these companies will say, "We can travel throughout the solar system, we are not bound to earth, and you cannot destroy us" Finland say, welp.. ok.
So the US says, "We need you to give 30% to us(politicians) and 10% to the citizens)" and the companies will say, "If you help us to secure a monopoly on earth we will do this". Then after a few years they have no incentive to continue, and the rich politicians will not hold them accountable.
The only reason companies now have an incentive to lose so much money on taxes is because they are 1. bound to earth, 2. make the majority of their money from middle class.
Wealth will be a lot more diverse. You may have a middle class person who can afford a very nice house, good food, etc etc due to low costs of production.. but you will also have companies whose wealth is not measured in dollars.. it will be measured merely as rank amongst the top capitalists.
As we can see with bitcoin, cryptocurrencies lead to almost always non-inflationary money. This is what I believe the future will be, companies will want to hold money and have it gain value or stay at baseline. They will reject the currencies that tranfer wealth to specific banks as they are losing money that way. Governments will not be able to merely inflate the dollars to still be able to tax these companies, these companies will literally be off the hook and will likely have their own separate government from what exists amongst the plebs.
Here is my alternative to this:
There needs to be a much much stronger held system of private property, if someone owns land they do not pay taxes on it and the government cannot be allowed to take their land.
Families need to purchase however much land they need, and they will need to be able to live on it. Whether it be 0.5 acres or 20 acres (big family), they need this land and they cannot give it up.
If someone gets kicked off of their land (asshole parents or something) you will go to find another person and offer to work on their house/garden for trade for a place to live.
There will be materials to build a house (trees, high tech shit), or you will be able to purchase one for cheap if you have money (printed house).
People need to have food growing at their house if they have no money, they need to be able to live on the land.
The middle class will still be trading with each other if they both have no money. They will create a new system of money and will be able to trade manual labour for food and vice versa. While they may not have enough money to purchase expensive things, they can buy things from each other.
"Poor" doctors would still exist. Their technique would be greatly improved from today, although not the same quality the super rich get.
Solar panels will be extremely inexpensive, as will computers. People will be able to buy great computers for the equivalent of a few dollars.
As long as people have an inalienable right to the land they own, they will be ok. They will not starve. They will not be homeless. They will live much better than people live today. Even if all of a state lost all of its money and some people were out in space being rich as fuck, the people living on their land would be doing great. They just wouldn't be super rich, but they would have healthy food, work to do, and a strong community. People could focus on making their homes nice and perfecting crafts (contributing to open source, drawing, fishing) even if more efficient robotic methods have been developed.
We are in a transition phase. As more and more people realize you need to take care of yourself, more and more people will be buying land and providing for their family, while still living rich lives.
DOWNSIDES:
Overpopulation of humanity is a big issue. As long as humans are overpopulated the quality of life is not going to be as good as it could be. Hopefully humans can move to other planets, but unfortunately the natural way of dealing with overpopulation will have to be the way to go.
Governments are known to steal land regardless of laws in place.
Bad companies could potentially steal peoples land. Although I think this is a smaller chance than the governments fighting for rapidly decentralizing power.
Summary:
In a world where nobody has money nor jobs, the spontaneous order of human interaction will provide a new currency and jobs for humans as long as they can maintain ownership of the land they live on. Either communally or individually. And it will be an improvement from how it is today, unless overpopulation becomes a bigger problem.
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[Table] I am Peter Diamandis, founder of XPRIZE, Singularity University, and co-author of NYT best-seller Abundance. AMA!

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We are building the framework for that Meta-Intelligence, it's called Bliss and uses impact as a currency. A techno-telepathy is one of the many forecasted beneficial outcomes of an impact based economy. When people ask me "What problem does it solve?", the easy answer is "all of them". Cool.
I know a handful of smart, motivated people who are interested in working to advance science and technology (specifically space exploration, neuroscience, and probably a couple other areas), but are only semi-technical, and don’t really have a chance of working directly for a company in the field. How can people in this situation make meaningful contributions to the science/tech fields they consider important? One of our ideas is to generate enough disposable income that we can afford to make investments in new companies that are doing important things, but might be too risky to appeal to traditional angel/VC investors. Is there something better that we should be considering? It takes ALL kinds to make any business happen. Alot of the most brilliant "tech" people don't have the social skills of a 10 year old... so they need help. The massively connect world we are creating allowing teams to come together. I blog on this thru www.diamandis.com all the time. I think we have alot of ability for people to "team up" and complement their skills.
Hi Peter. Hypothetically, if there were an enormous X Prize, more on the order of $100 million, what kind of goal would it be for? I think we'll eventually see $100M XPRIZEs coming... We SHOULD have them in the field of Cancer. We typically tie the purse size either to (i) Level of importance the donor gives to the issue; or, (ii) the amount of money a team would probably end up spending.
To me, the world seems overpopulated. Would you ever consider a prize for some kind of population control (e.g. incentives not to procreate, easy/quick/cheap voluntary sterilization, and just overall better family planning services)? GREAT Question -- the answer is much simplier. The biggest inhibitor to procreation is making a population Wealth, Healthy and educated. Those like the U.S. and Japan are in negative growth. As i write about in detail in Abundance (hint hint) Over population is not an issue in a world of Abundance. Morocco is a great case studie... went from 7.8 childen per family to 2.8 per family when the new King &Queen improved health and education in the country. it is an elegant solution.
Thank you so much for doing this talk and congratulations on your PopMech Breakthrough Leadership Award! Thanks for the Congrats! I get my award this Tuesday in NYC from PopMech.
Do you think the government will continue to have a role funding science and tech? Or do you think the private sector will take the lead, much like it has in the space industry? I am massively excited about Crowd Funding, which is growing exponentially. I'm also excited about the new generation of "Techno-philanthropists" folks who made their billions in the Tech areana and now want to have a massive impact on the world. I would LOVE to have the government do more, but unfortunately the most interesting work is the riskiest work and alot of agencies aren't funding that risk. DARPA of course being one of the noted exceptions. I think we need to get to a point where 50% of the work being funded by NIH, NASA, etc is for "HIGHLY RISKY WORK"... That would be my hope and desire. Until that happens i'll depend on amazing companies like Google and SpaceX to do this stuff... oh yeah, and XPRIZE and Planetary Resources too.
That was indeed a longer wall of text than it should have been. :) What sort of changes will near-unlimited production potential have on the current global economic paradigms? When the Singularity does happen, will new options open up in terms of human freedom, or are there too many factors working against freedom for the masses to live as they want? (IOW: is a universal basic income ever going to be a thing?) Brain-computer-interfaces. Currently studying CS and trying to focus on the software side of BCIs. Do you think BCIs are the next big thing in technology? (1) It will drive massive competition and diversity, eventual demonetizing almost everything.; (2) I think we will go from "Occupation" where we do stuff to earn a living, to "Occupation" where we occupy our time in ways we love and entertain us; (3) I thing BCI is big, but another decade out... We need to learn more about the brain first and need better models and material science... but it is coming and will be critical.
Dr. Diamandis, thank you so much for this AMA. How should they go about in terms of presenting their ideas to investors, or looking for funding & resources? Thanks for the question... i actually blog about this constantly at www.Diamandis.com -- my next book BOLD is on this subject, advice for Enterprenerus. You can also follow my twitter exploits: #PeterDiamandis. Bottom line YES, there is great opportunity for you to partner with Tech-folks. Most critical step for you is focusing on your passion and becoming knowledgable and curious on that subject.
Do you regret withdrawing the genetic prize? Couldn't it be argued that significant progress was partially spurred on by the prize so it was doing what it should have? You said about the genetics prize that it was good sign when X prize failed. Other than that example, what was the x-prize's biggest failure to date? There has been significant consolidation recently in the prize industry (IC, TopCoder and Spigit all acquired or merged). Where do you see the prize industry in 5 years? Great question. This was a VERY difficult decision, one in which took alot of internal conversation and guidance from our advisors. I was told by a number of the teams that the existence of the prize did spur movement, but what we also saw was the acceleration of genome sequencing at an accelerated rate independent of the prize.. taking it from $100M to under $5K (now about $2K). Driven by a billion-dollar market place. we decided that the competition was not incentivizing the technological changes that our prize chair and Scientific Advisory Board had intended. Clearly we could always be wrong. Our goal here is doing the right thing for the world. We have no other intension. Time will tell.
Hello Mr. Diamandis. My name is B.J. Murphy, I've been following closely on your excellent G+ posts in relation to your upcoming book, and I'm also one of the few lucky to becoming a member of the newly formed Planetary Community Vanguard of your company Planetary Resources. No pressure. haha My question to you, though, is: what exactly do you feel will be the greatest contribution in the next 4-5 decades in regards to both Earth-domestic technological advancements and in space exploration/colonization? Over the next 30 - 40 years (not 40 - 50) humanity will establish itself in space, independent of Earth. We finally have the technology at hand to do this... and the wealth... and the will. That is HUGE. Millions of years from now, as people look back at these next few decades, it will be the moment in time that we broke away irriversibly and became a multiplanetary species. Not since lung fish cralwed out of the oceans onto land has this happened!
If you get to mine asteroids in space, would you go on one of the missions? I have every expectation that we will be mining asteroids well within the next decade. While I have every personal desire to make a trip to the moon, and also to the surface of Mars, heading out to an asteroid 100 million plus miles away doesn’t sound like a fun adventure. I think I’ll let the robots take care of that one.
We at the Weinberg Foundation are real fans of your work - inducement prizes are such a fantastic way to provoke innovation. We are followers of Alvin Weinberg, the American physicist and Oak Ridge laboratory director. We believe there is a new way for nuclear power by switching from light water reactors to a safer, cleaner and cheaper paradigm - that of Thorium-fuelled molten salt reactors. Would you consider doing an XPRIZE to address the market failure in nuclear innovation with us? I think Thorium reactors are great. I've read about them at some length. As i discuss in Abundance, i think Nuclear has gotten a bum rap on Earth, especially in the U.S. The question i would have is "What would the XPRIZE be for?" An XP is something that a small team for a few dozen graduate students can fund, design, build and demonstrate.
It feels to me that humanity seems to be approaching a critical point. As you talk about in Abundance, there are a lot of technologies that are maturing now that offer a lot of promise for humanity's future. Yet at the same time, we see that our unsustainable use of existing resources, combined with our excessive pollutiuon, is catching up with us fast. It doesn't seem possible at this point to find a sustainable means to support the current population of the planet, and attempting to do so would likely result both in significant loss of life, and reduction in quality of life for those that survive. So, to put it simply, our only way through the situation is to work at developing these new technologies to help us before our bad choices catch up. Do you feel that our potential to reach a future of abundance faces significant threats from these sorts of negative factors? (environmental damage and resource depletion, and the unrest that has potential to ferment in such conditions) Are there any areas that you feel need critical attention to avoid derailing a successful future? I actually am an optomist about human nature and people usually do "bad things" in the shadows. As tech continues to drive towards MASSIVE Transparency, where you can't hide, it will actually cause us to be safer in society and allow us to take action more quickly when things are heading in a negaive direction. Knowledge is the Bright light we need.
I dream of working for XPRIZE Foundation on day. What kind of skills are you looking for? We are look for SMART, PASSION, CURIOUS and great program managers. We are Growing... probably by 50% this next year.
How will the Lunar Xprize help foster spaceflight? Do you think any team is going to make it there? Thanks! Yes, i think we can have a winner of the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP). Ultimately the purpose for GLXP is to help create a space ecomomy beyond Low and Geo Earth orbit. On the moon we have access to water (H2 & O2), i.e. fuel, and very useful materials. My friend and mentor Gerard K O'Neil taught me how useful the Moon is as jumping point for humanity to become a multiplanetary species.
Dr. Diamandis, thank you doing this AMA. What do you think of D-Wave's quantum computer? What do you think will the consequences be for the future of humanity if it keeps speeding up as expected? I think D-Wave's machines a very remarkable. What i've heard about them are extraordinary. My friends at Google & NASA Ames just purchased their latest 512 qbit model to start experimenting. Can't wait to see what they do.
How will the US Government be disrupted and what will it look like in 20 years? Large government don't disrupt gracefully... that is a problem. SO how will our Patent (IP) System look when the number of inventions increase x1000? What will happen to social security when human lifespan is >120. These things will happen and they will cause some havock. I think we are going to end up with alot of "parallel" non-gov systems providing more efficient services in virtual worlds and by public general adoption.
If you could have an X Prize for absolutely anything, what would it be? My XPRIZE??? Hmmm... I love the idea of BEAM POWER LAUNCH... power a rocket ship to orbit using RF or Lasers. I LOVE the idea of a "Transporter XPRIZE" to move people with an autonomous electric helicopter from Point A to Point B. Also i would love to live >500 years.. so life extension is a must!
If you could add anyone as an advisor to the X Prize Foundation, Singularity University, or Planetary Resources who would it be and why? Honestly (and i'm very proud of this) i think we have them onbaord already! What i want next is to tap into the global crowd and start doing GLOBAL VISIONEERING where we ask the world what they want, have them design the prize and then fund those prizes... this is in process.
We're seeing exponential technologies quickly being incorporated into the job market. Software, AI, robotics provide unprecedented possibilities for automation: We're seeing machines demonstrate capabilities they've never ever had before. As a result of automation, one could argue that wealth is being concentrated more and more toward the people who own the automation. Fewer and fewer people need to be employed while productivity is continuing to increase at an incredible rate. What do we do about the fact that robots/AI/software are taking human jobs at an ever increasing rate? Would you support a minimum basic income? We're heading from a world of "Have" and "Have-nots" to a world of "Haves" and "Super-haves". I think the final result of technology is a sort of "Technology-socialism" where tech is handling our basic needs... now i'm personally a libertarian-capitalist by nature.
As we move towards a world of abundance and greater connectivity, do you see us abandoning cities in favor of a more decentralized rural life? I think that we are social creatures and like handing out. I thing we may move towards smaller cities, but most of us will want to be in some populatoin centers. I do think that the biggest impact here willbe virtual worlds with very high (think "Avatar the movie") level realism which is coming ver soon.
With initiatives like Bitgov and The Online Party of Canada, when will we see the shift to digital direct democracy take root? I would love to see a "true democracty" evolve, but i fear that this won't happen gracefully for larger nations... and will likely happen in smaller governments or off world.
A year ago someone brought up the question of abundance and its implication on labor. As technology takes over more complex tasks (via automation) less labor is needed. However, if we reach a critical point where labor needs decrease dramatically there is no economic population to purchase the output (as they would have no jobs). While total "abundance" is perhaps unreachable there has to be a tipping point where labor markets and automation balance each other out. Would you mind commenting on this concept, its implications and perhaps limitations? Thank You. GREAT question... There is a race to the bottom. What you say above is true. It is also true that were we spend our money... Health, education, energy etc is "Demonetizing" i.e. tech is making it effectively FREE, so we will need less money. ALSO, and ultimately we will partner with technology. I'm an engineer and i look at boundary conditions... the final result is nanotech.. and if i have a nanobot, i don't need any money.
Hi Peter. What is your opinion on crypto-currencies like bitcoin? I believe that we're going to have some new global currencies coming into existance this next decade. Whether or not bit-coin will succeed and dominate is tbd, but the easy and need is clearly there.
Hey Peter! Where do you think humanity will be in the year 2113?? A hundred years is an extraordinarily long horizon to predict, especially since the rate of innovation is accelerating. I believe that in a hundred years society will look nothing like it does today, we will be engineering life in fundamentally new ways. We will have expanded far beyond the earth’s surface, beyond the moon and mars; we will have co-evolved with robots and AI in unique ways that we cannot predict.
of all, I just wanted to tell you that becoming a part of SEDS completely changed my life, and for that I thank you. Now on to my question: Your photo on your Wikipedia article depicts you flying in Microgravity, however it doesn't appear to be Zero-G Corp's 727. I've always wondered, what plane was this? It has so much space! GREAT Observation... that photos is in the IL-76 the Russian cargo plane used for Zero-G flights in Star City -- this was the first time i flew in Zero-G... and this was before i was able to convince the FAA to allow us to do Zero-G legally in the US. BTW, SEDS ROCKS... Its where i learned everything i know use in business.. Students FOr the Exploration and Development of Space -- Go SEDS!
Hey Peter, I have a bit of a hypothetical for you. If we (humanity) discovered that some form of faster than light travel were possible (via small scale lab experiments or what have you), and it was at least conceivable to be scaled up (as apposed to a method that would require unobtainable amounts of energy), how quickly do you think we would jump on that opportunity? Do you think there would be a "explosion" of efforts? or would it be more likely that the funding would be unimpressive? Interesting question. The similar situation exists today with Cold Fusion... or zero-point energy. I have alot of incredbility brilliant friends who swear that it is real. Why isn't there more money being spent to figure that out? Because there's still a big controversy. It has to get to super credible and then he money will pour in...
Is the X Prize working out financially for the organizers and would you encourage people in other countries outside of USA to start similar organizations ??? The XPRIZE is a non-profit, so there's not a financial measure of benefit to the organizers. There is a benefit to humanity that the effort is working. What i can say is that we are opening XPRIZE India next spring, so i'm excited about that and are working with benefactors and companies around the world. I do believe (expect, hope) others will emulate us in success... we're also willing to partner with those who are serious players.
1) What role do you think resource reclamation and re-utilisation will play? Do we need to focus on utilising our resources more as if they were part of a closed system or as an open system subsidised by offworld resources? Should there be an XPRIZE which seeks to enhance our processes and technology to reuse and reclaim our terrestrial resources? 2) Looking further towards the future, what role should "resource synthesis", either natural or artificial play? For example, Helium-3 via radioactive decay or precious metals via particle accelerators and/or irradiation. Should we be headed in a direction of exploring ways to safely and affordably CREATE resources in quantities sufficient for commercial usage? Should there be an XPRIZE that moves us towards this goal? As humanity goes from 1,8 billion poeple connected on line to 7B plus over the next 10-15 years we are going to need all the resources we can get our hands on... so yes, of course using terrestrial resources and using them efficiently is critical... space base resources for use in space will also allow us to expland our footprint and i expect some of he SBR will be useful back here too.
As abundance becomes the standard, what do you see happening to the value of money? Would there be a new currency such as Time, Materials, or Ideas or would we just continue to use some sort of common denomination to pay for goods and services? I answered a similar question. The end result of technology is "technological socialism" where our basic needs are being met by Tech. I do think we will be re-inventing the economy (or what ever that means) and will end up where energy and information are the two most precious resources.
What mundane day to day thing on earth would you miss if you decided to live in space and eventually Mars? I think i'd miss ALOT about Earth... but definitely not the LA Traffic. Its all about choice. Peter's second law: When given a choice take both.
Do you have any cool news regarding innovation in Agriculture? Agriculture Innovation is Urban/Vertical Farming and re-engineering plants to make them more efficient and produce the proteins we need/want.
How long did it take you to paint the space mural in your room at TDC? That's funny. The mural in my room in TDC is actuall wall paper that i purchase and put up. My nickname at TDC was "Pete In Space" -- which often got reduce to PIS... and for that reason my room was named the Urinal, because PIS lives there. I wanted to call it the Galactic Empire... but i lost :-(
Our financial system and economic thinking is based on scarcity, but you and others argue there is in fact an abundance of resources. As technology unlocks more resources (where yesterday we used oil/gas for energy, now we look to renewable energy sources, etc.) do you see any structural changes to the global financial system? Michael, we are heading towards a massive chance in our economic system. When most everything you need is "effectively free" what does that mean? How does that work? Probably looking a bit like the Star Trek universe when your replicator can create any material thing you want. Ultimately (i) Energy and (ii) information will be the two critical currencies.
Thanks for doing this AMA. What have you competed in and lost, and what have you learned from that? I have started about 15 companies over the last few decades and a number of those have been spectacular failures and some of been great successes. In the failures there’s one in particular that comes to mind, it was a company called International Microspace, which was focused on building very low cost launch vehicles. The original vision was a launch vehicle that could take 100 kilograms to orbit for 1 million dollars. When we launched that company it was an impossible goal and because the nearest money available was from the defense department we started chasing DOD contracts which wanted a launch vehicle that looked much larger and met all the DOD requirements which meant it was going to be much more expensive. Ultimately we ended up building that vehicle and winning $100 million contract from the government, but the vehicle never got built and was never launched. I learned to really stay true to your visions and not go chasing someone else’s requirements because if you do you’ll end looking like everyone else.
Hey Peter, Sorry to flatter, but I was a student at a talk you gave via Skype to the UK Space Conference. That talk is what persuaded me to become an entrepreneur.. Anyway my question: With the work of Planetary Resources focusing on unmanned exploitation of asteroids, what economic roles do you see manned space travel fulfilling in the solar system in the near future? Hi there. Thanks! I think human participation is critical. Its about expanding humanity and civiliation and culture. We humans are the carriers of culture. Also i think people want to explore... we have an "Exploration Gene phenotype" so pure desire and adventure.
Hi Peter, last year Chris Lewicki from Planetary Resources participated in a feasibility study regarding NASA's planned Asteroid Retrieval and Utilization mission. Are you content with the involvement of the private sector so far? How do you think is the Asteroid Initiative going to shape the future of Planetary Resources or private spaceflight in general? I'm super psyched about the progress of PRI. We've got an incredible team and we're going to be making it happen. I hope that the government (NASA) will have the insight to partner and inspire entrepreneurial companies. The deal they got by backing SpaceX has been extraordinary... probably saved them 10X the $$ and wouldn't have never gotten the results from contracting with a traditional player.
Dr. Diamandis, first of all thanks for taking these questions! Your work and specifically your book Abundance has helped inspire my young career in government/policy. My motivation is to allow entrepreneurs who create these solutions to actually implement then by having a government that empowers them and doesn't stop then through unnecessary regulations. What is your take on the governments role in a 21st century world? Great question. I believe it is going to be changing alot. Many of our government policies, procedures, laws were designed for the 1800's and how we're going to deal with the explosive growth of Tech and its empowerment of individuals is going to be "interesting" at best. I honestly wondering this question myself!
When will we be able to install software on our brains? Technically now. There are implants for various neuro-related diseases that are software driven. But what you mean, more like BCI related work, i think we'll start with the first real efforts within 10 years and then have "Google On the Brain" as an app inside of 20.
Peter - Thank you for all of your inspiring work. I am a professional engineer with a good job, loving family and I am very blessed. I also am an inventor so many ideas to that can make the world a better place. I, like so many, lack the financial resources (and the time) to transform these ideas into reality. The XPRIZE model is wonderful, but it doesn't help with the seed money to be able to compete. My question is: can you recommend or are you aware of non-conventional ways to raise capital outside of banks, angel investors and venture capitalists? I understand what you mean. Luckily there is a solution in crowd funding. If you look at the availability of $$ from Kickstarter, INdieGoGo, RocketHub, etc it is growing exponentially. $2.8B in 2012 growing to $15B in 2015. There is natural tie here that is very exciting where the public funds the teams solving the problems of greatest interest to them.
How near is the Singularity? That is a question that I really don’t think about while my good friend, business partner, and XPRIZE trustee Ray Kurzweil can give you his answer, which I believe is within the next 30 years or so. I’m personally not focused on “The Singularity,” I’m more focused on the transformation of humanity into a world of abundance where people have their basic needs be met. So I’m also focused more on the next 2-10 years and how technology is transforming the ability of an entrepreneur to solve the world’s grand challenges and changing the fabric of society. I think most people don’t realize how powerful the changes coming this decade will be.
Hello Peter, glad to join the conversation (once again). Many thanks to engage with the crowd despite your packed schedule. Thanks a lot, and best regards Ralf. Ralf, great to hear from you. thank you for all of your continued help promoting my work! You are awesome. Marissa sends here best.
We have just started a science art prize to encourage scientists in the nano- and bio-tech field (as this is strong here in Dresden) in order to give scientists a way to express their research findings in new, and disruptive ways while working together with an artist on a project. My question: what advice do you have to accelerate the process of engagement of scientists & artists to bring innovations to the public (through a new vehicle: art)? I think the XPRIZE is my solution to your question... Also XPRIZE is working on a new platform called HeroX to help take what XPRIZE does to massive scale.
IPhone or Droid? What app can't you live without? For me, the answer is Android. While I love the design and beauty of the iPhone, I am very much an “open source kind of guy.” I think in the final result open source will trump any closed ecosystem and I think ultimately android will outpace and outstrip anything that the apple universe can create. Regarding apps I can’t live without, I probably would have to answer my navigation applications since my personal ability to navigate is limited to up and down! I have zero sense of direction. And in a world of Google maps, I appear to be much smarter than I actually am.
If you could magically solve one problem with the Ocean tomorrow, what would it be and why? I think there are two problems that I’m concerned about – one is acidification, which is why we launched the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, and the second is the depletion of various large fish from our oceans. I am a scuba diver and I love exploring the beauty of this magical underwater world, and the notion that my kids will not have access to that beauty concerns me greatly. I think that awareness, access to real measureable data and the intelligent use of technology is the lever we have to make a difference and we at the XPRIZE intend to use this to solve these problems to the greatest degree we can.
What field needs to be disrupted next? I think the world of healthcare and education are massively ripe for disruption and if left on their own will collapse. But I hope through the work at the XPRIZE and Singularity University, we can accelerate this process. My dad recently went through our healthcare system and it scared the living daylights out of me. How could it be so bad? How can it be so confusing? How can it be so impersonal? I think that technology and entrepreneurs will reinvent this field causing many of the large giants to become disrupted in this next decade. Also, because I have two toddlers at home, I think about how they will be educated, how they will learn. Again, I think that our current education system was designed for the last century and there are much better ways to enable our children to learn what is important in society today.
Are you preparing an XPRIZE realated to 3D printing? Great idea. I'd love to. I'm a huge of 3D (digital printing) but don't have an XPRIZE there. 3D is more a solution than a challenge. We've thought a Rapid Home contruction XPRIZE for post disaster or poor nations.. 3Dp could play a role here.
Loved your book Abundance. Really put the my mind in the state that it needs to be to make big things happen. In the next 3-5 years, what is one project you would like to see XPRIZE go after? Thank you. In the next 3 - 5 years we're doing a lot of fun and important prizes. I want to disrupt our educatoin system and healthcare system for one. They are both massively broken and need revitalization. I would love to do an Earthquake predicition xprize and an organogensis xprize.
Hey Peter, thx for doing the AMA! My question: How can we organize economy in a world in which machines do all the work and how can we avoid people degenerating to stupid and bored individuals without a purpose in this world?! The first part is going to look more like star trek. I think the second part is going to result as we merge with technology and increase our congnitive and physical ability.
Peter, you've obviously thought a lot about various global issues facing us throughout the years. So what is humanity's grandest challenge? Ultimately I think humanity’s grandest challenge is the transformation we’re going to undergo over the next 30 years as technology begins to transform how we live every aspect of our life, what it means to be human and even the very nature of the fabric of society. I don’t know what the answer is, but we’re going to begin to co-evolve with technology in some unique fashions which will scare a lot of people but also relieve a lot of suffering. So our grandest challenge is the evolutionary process that we are now entering that will accelerate over the next three decades.
What are the advantages of a privatized future-tech industry, as opposed to gov't funded? Like SpaceX vs NASA.. Seems that if the US gov't is going to pay for the ships to get to the ISS through a contract with SpaceX, wouldn't it be more economical (in the long run) to just invest more in its own space-agency? Government is not about efficiency. Private industry is. Ultimately government (NASA) should be more like DAPRA, setting goals, prizes, etc and incentivizing private industry to do it faster, cheaper and better.
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  14. A new NZ ISP has withdrawn its "global mode" that allowed customers to evade country-based blocking of web content - just 48 hrs after enabling the service theregister.co.uk comments technology
  15. Anti-WiFi wallpaper lets cellular and radio through arstechnica.com comments technology
  16. Verizon Follows Twitter’s Example And Joins Friends Of The Internet Club The company refuses to comply with subpoena that would give out user details webpronews.com comments technology
  17. Hartverdrahtet – Infinite complexity in 4096 bytes creativeapplications.net comments technology
  18. Since all the members of the MPAA make about $10 billion a year combined, and Google makes the same on its own, why can't Google just lobby for copyright reform? javaworld.com comments technology
  19. FBI Fears Bitcoin's Popularity with Criminals wired.com comments technology
  20. Pirate Bay to Anonymous: DDoS is censorship, cut it out facebook.com comments technology
  21. New Disney Research Turns Almost Anything Into An Interface disneyresearch.com comments technology
  22. Facebook revises privacy policy: The move could pave the way for the company to use information about you even if you're outside of the Facebook network -- for instance, via an ad network. news.cnet.com comments technology
  23. This Is What Developing For Android Looks Like techcrunch.com comments technology
  24. CISPA has NOT been stopped. youtube.com comments technology
  25. "HBO co-president Eric Kessler has said he thinks the move away from traditional television to an internet-based model is just a fad that will pass" forbes.com comments technology
  26. Men In Tech wekeroad.com comments technology
  27. Oracle ignores judge's advice, going after infringed profits zdnet.com comments technology
  28. Asteroid mining: The crazy, awesome plan to grab platinum from outer space. - Slate Magazine slate.com comments technology
  29. Facebook: pay to make your posts stand out... bbc.co.uk comments technology
  30. A website that reveals interesting correlations ifiknewyou.com comments technology
  31. Want a free GB of Dropbox space? Check out Dropquest, an online scavenger hunt with plenty of prizes. blog.dropbox.com comments technology
  32. Court Rules NSA Doesn't Have To Reveal Its Semi-Secret Relationship With Google forbes.com comments technology
  33. When will we get a press who don't feel the need to sensationalise everything and cry rape..all the time? bbc.co.uk comments technology
  34. The question "What's the best cellphone ever" calculated by WolframAlpha wolframalpha.com comments technology
  35. Wearing Helmets In Tornadoes Gains Momentum npr.org comments technology
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  1. Game Of Thrones On Track To Be Most Pirated Show Of 2012; Pirates Still Asking HBO For Legitimate Options techdirt.com comments technology
  2. Time Warner CEO says that to combat movie piracy, dvds need to start being released soon after the movie is dropped from theaters deadline.com comments technology
  3. 30% of the file-sharers in the UK admit that they are going to pirate more films, music, games, and e-books within the next year. extratorrent.com comments technology
  4. Jay Leno's 3D printer jaylenosgarage.com comments technology
  5. Louis CK Secretly Releases Another Online-Only Special buy.louisck.net comments technology
  6. The MPAA is outraged and offended by The Pirate Bay "seeking to justify profiting from digital theft” by referring to Hollywood’s founders as pirates. Instead, they claim they were freedom fighters who saw no other option than to infringe patents for the sake of creativity. torrentfreak.com comments technology
  7. The SpaceX mission, now scheduled for May 19, will be the first by a private company to send a rocket to the International Space Station. news.cnet.com comments technology
  8. A new NZ ISP has withdrawn its "global mode" that allowed customers to evade country-based blocking of web content - just 48 hrs after enabling the service theregister.co.uk comments technology
  9. The FBI took -- and mysteriously returned -- their server. redtape.msnbc.msn.com comments technology
  10. Anti-WiFi wallpaper lets cellular and radio through arstechnica.com comments technology
  11. Verizon refuses to activate on lost man's cell phone for police search unless they agreed to pay his $20 overdue bill. timesreporter.com comments technology
  12. Verizon Follows Twitter’s Example And Joins Friends Of The Internet Club The company refuses to comply with subpoena that would give out user details webpronews.com comments technology
  13. Hartverdrahtet – Infinite complexity in 4096 bytes creativeapplications.net comments technology
  14. Bitcoins worth $87,000 plundered in brazen server breach | Ars Technica arstechnica.com comments technology
  15. FBI Fears Bitcoin's Popularity with Criminals wired.com comments technology
  16. Since all the members of the MPAA make about $10 billion a year combined, and Google makes the same on its own, why can't Google just lobby for copyright reform? javaworld.com comments technology
  17. Pirate Bay to Anonymous: DDoS is censorship, cut it out facebook.com comments technology
  18. New Disney Research Turns Almost Anything Into An Interface disneyresearch.com comments technology
  19. "HBO co-president Eric Kessler has said he thinks the move away from traditional television to an internet-based model is just a fad that will pass" forbes.com comments technology
  20. CISPA has NOT been stopped. youtube.com comments technology
  21. This Is What Developing For Android Looks Like techcrunch.com comments technology
  22. Facebook revises privacy policy: The move could pave the way for the company to use information about you even if you're outside of the Facebook network -- for instance, via an ad network. news.cnet.com comments technology
  23. Asteroid mining: The crazy, awesome plan to grab platinum from outer space. - Slate Magazine slate.com comments technology
  24. Oracle ignores judge's advice, going after infringed profits zdnet.com comments technology
  25. Facebook: pay to make your posts stand out... bbc.co.uk comments technology
  26. A website that reveals interesting correlations ifiknewyou.com comments technology
  27. Court Rules NSA Doesn't Have To Reveal Its Semi-Secret Relationship With Google forbes.com comments technology
  28. Want a free GB of Dropbox space? Check out Dropquest, an online scavenger hunt with plenty of prizes. blog.dropbox.com comments technology
  29. Why the UK Pirate Party Runs a Pirate Bay Proxy torrentfreak.com comments technology
  30. So I got this packet in the mail today from StackOverflow... [AIC] i.imgur.com comments technology
  31. Russian Satellite takes picture of Earth universetoday.com comments technology
  32. Adobe is making users pay to upgrade to Photoshop CS 6.0 to fix a critical vulnerability in Photoshop CS 5.5; 5.5 was released just 13 months ago adobe.com comments technology
  33. Franken turns up heat on Holder, wants info on cell phone tracking news.cnet.com comments technology
  34. Wood 2.0: mass timber and the tall buildings of tomorrow arstechnica.com comments technology
  35. Nerd porn. Amazing video of Apollo 11 launch. vimeo.com comments technology
  36. to death star or not to death star washingtonpost.com comments technology
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