Project – actually posted May, 2016.

. . . . actually posted May, 2016.

I late-dated this so that it doesn’t appear at the top of the list of posts. This post is actually being written April 29 – May 4, 2016.

May 3, 2016 After writing all of the below, I had an unpleasant epiphany yesterday. This just isn’t going to work. ursm/is will be a world and societal and civilization changer, some day. But the difficulties in creating the computer version of it at present are simply impossible to overcome. The human expertise in the several needed areas does exist. But for various reasons it simply is not accessible, as much as I dreamed about how wonderful and much fun it would be to build the initial system. So the below is null and void, and I will write more about that later.

To begin with, read the first few lines of the “about this site” tab (it appears at the the top of every page).

After that … well, I’m just starting to write this, and there are lots and lots of different things to say. In our turbulent times, I should add the following. I have no intention of anything illegal in any of this.    Come back  Wednesday, May 4, 2016, and I’ll add some of my first description.

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Ursm/is is a term I made up, universal reasoning system machine/information system.

One part of ursm/is is just a form of solid reasoning. I would be interested in working with some right-wing groups in developing a more moderated, and especially purely rational development of some of their ideas. Left-wing groups should not feel left out. You can always decide to look at some of these presentations and then decide if you want to do similar things. In either case, I have done the basic underlying approach.

And there is a little more to this. I want to see if it can be done. I would be interested in working with for instance, Greece’s Golden Dawn, Italy’s Northern League (Lega Nord).

There are also some articles for instance in the New American magazine – many would not categorize it as right-wing, but it does often challenge prevalent thought systems – and I would be interested in working with some of the authors to develop this solid reasoning form.

That is one part of ursm/is. Another part is a computer system that will formally check the validity of reasoning input to it. This seems so wide and vast and impossible, that I must say a few general things in relation to it. And I state these things in a telegraphic way.

First, the software for a very basic initial system needs to be created. This is a kind of demo. It’s a demo to myself that some special subset can be accomplished, and that there are no conceptual problems even in this initial subset.

It is very hard to know at present what kind of people are needed for this. I am pretty sure it is not people knowledgeable in software and programming, although some might be, and certainly not to exclude such people if their existing ideas don’t become a barrier to the project. Certainly, at some point some people will be needed to write the software. But I don’t know if this will be much of a problem, especially considering that by that time, anyone who has dealt already with what we will have covered, should find software development pretty trivial. Actually, I am not even sure of this, but it should be enough for most of what we need.

I picture something like the precursor days before Silicon Valley came into existence, before all the largeness and formality and fame and money. No salaries, including me, just people who enjoyed the thing they working on usually with one or two other people – a very small number of people at any one time. Unless, when at some later point in time, some money starts to come in from some genuinely other source.

I don’t know how many people would be involved. Maybe a small group or a few small groups. But time passes, and I am anxious to see if this thing, this idea, works, and if the above approach is not developing, maybe some other approach with a number of people, just as long as everyone, including the higher ups, are completely aware of the utterly high risk that nothing will come of any of this. Nevertheless, on general grounds, I think there is something here. But we will not have more knowledge until and if the basic system can be made and works.

The creation of the basic system, if possible, is a cross between research (truly fun research I hope) but also partly on a business model. It will be a cross between the two. It is a cross between a business and a non-business. What is that?

Countries or nation states or whatever you want to call them, will get one set of terms embedded in their legal and tax system; and anything else becomes forever frozen out. For instance, something is a business or it is not. But why this. Why not another entity, one that is not a business in some ways and in some ways is a business. (I have a hunch though, that for this to work, the country’s legal and tax code has to be direct, uniform, and pretty simple; otherwise the legal and tax code will get really hopeless. For instance, Russia made a giant step forward in its one simple income tax. On the other hand, the complexity of the US tax code could just by itself destroy the U.S., not that most Democrats care, unless they think someone is looking at them.)

This project being a business – at least a cross with the business concept – is, like all businesses, going to be secretive about some of its ideas.

This project is a zero to one. I got this term from the book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, 2014, by Peter Theil and Blake Masters. But the last thing you should expect me to do is slavishly follow any book.

And that brings up another thing. The model for creating the basic system/demo. A cross between a business and a non-business. Lots of fun and freedom. But there are a few things that I will pretty much force on any of the groups I am working with on this project, and hopefully I can explain why one direction is better than another. And maybe this is in the business part.

There is this idea that all knowledge is One, but humans, in order to understand anything, have to break knowledge into different fields. This “basic system/demo” is a new cut into the One; it is a new field, and I don’t want ideas from other fields, which in this field would be burdensome shibboleths, prematurely coming in and totally distracting and messing up the birth, and genuinely hindering it, especially when we have so many other genuine challenges and uncertainties anyway. As I said, hopefully I can explain why one direction is better than another.

This is why I am a bit leery of people with great certainty and knowledge from other fields stepping in, before enough of this new field of knowledge has developed. These are very general issues but sometimes they can be clear if one has a wide range of knowledge and experience relevant to the new direction instead of only to an existing field.

An interesting example, but in a huge automotive company, General Motors. Kettering’s new idea of a copper cooled engine going against the water cooled engine. Chapter 5 of My Years with General Motors, by Alfred P Sloan Jr, published 1963 and 1972.

As for development of our system, here and there we will need some work from experts, but not super high level; and possibly easily available from some suitably knowledgeable people at schools.

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I almost certainly don’t want to develop it in the U.S. And Russia and China are too wild or getting too wild in their political systems. And the trouble with the U.S., and in many places, is developing it in the established system involves so many applications and even without applications, you have to make it over huge existing entrenched systems of expertise, and in doing so, in the very best situation, you have a significant bunch of people that you are sucking up any new ideas and owning it themselves. Or in the case of universities, the established divisions of knowledge are even more entrenched and massive, and almost every university in the West has a major component that is to spread and enforce the ideas of political correctness, while effectively covering itself with a cloak of searching for truth and knowledge.

Maybe rural Tunisia, though there are a lot of questions there – Tunisia is a different culture mine, and I am not especially politically correct, but still, Tunisia is a brand new country with lots of energy of the new. And maybe a combo somehow of a moderate-ed form of a right-wing group in Europe with Tunisia (maybe something someday to do with Italy’s Lega Nord and Tunisia, with Italy being big in 3D printing (or at least it was at one time). That would entail Skype or the equivalent for me to be talking to others in these groups far from where I live. And there are problems because with the Edward Snowden papers and maybe some papers just before, that it is impossible to think that any emails (sometime all the raw data, even if it is in “raw” form) or other stuff you put on the internet does not get into Israel (not to mention the spy agencies of every big country). Still. Where there is a will, there is a way.

One thing I thought special about say Tunisia with especially a right-wing group in Italy or Greece, is it would show that just because a group was right-wing did not mean it might not work in some way with a group in group that was in a country trying to send out massive numbers of people across the Mediterranean. It might still have some kind of working relation with groups in the Maghreb countries. I don’t know. Maybe, maybe not. (I was thinking of some related stuff at the end of the post “[updated version] Tunisia: making things explicit” part 2. )

All this is admittedly pretty far out.

One thing I thought was that people who were not employed, who were not doing anything anyway, well they could work on some of this, and if it didn’t pan out, then no loss, other than some unhappiness, because they weren’t doing anything anyway.

There are lots of questions here. Things are extremely un-determined. Maybe just having some people in some other places, people I can sufficiently get along with, and I am not always sure of my people skills, those people in the other places might at least be a beginning to discussing and thinking about some of these many many many issues. And no matter how many questions, uncertainties, and unknowns there might be about the road, if you don’t start somewhere, you don’t start at all.

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One of the bigger problems is how to have groups form or choose people or give people an idea ahead of time of what this is. Maybe that is where the idea of pre-cursor to Silicon Valley comes is – these early people had little idea of specifics, bu somehow they worked with a very small number of people, who were selected because they came across them in a non-pressured non-committed situation and just in regular talk they started getting involved in an idea.

I have some ideas how to start selecting people, no ideas how to say, well, uh, nope. I would especially have a hard time with this because of some of my own experiences. But, well.

May 3, 2016 After writing all of the above, I had an unpleasant epiphany yesterday. This just isn’t going to work. ursm/is will be a world and societal and civilization changer, some day. But the difficulties in creating the computer version of it at present are simply impossible to overcome. The human expertise in the several needed areas does exist. But for various reasons it simply is not accessible, as much as I dreamed about how wonderful and much fun it would be to build the initial system. So what I wrote above is null and void, and I will write more about that later.

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I’ll be putting together some bio on ursm/is and on myself, which I’ll figure out how to make parts of it available to suitably selected people. In spite of being so public with this post, I am not completely public.

May 3, 2016 After writing all of the above, I had an unpleasant epiphany yesterday. This just isn’t going to work. ursm/is will be a world and societal and civilization changer, some day. But the difficulties in creating the computer version of it at present are simply impossible to overcome. The human expertise in the several needed areas does exist. But for various reasons it simply is not accessible, as much as I dreamed about how wonderful and much fun it would be to build the initial system. So what I wrote above is null and void, and I will write more about that later.

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