Subconscious explores the intersection of technology, philosophy, and systems thinking to understand how digital tools and concepts like artificial intelligence, cryptographic signatures, and decentralized protocols can enhance human thought, agency, and collaboration. It delves into the evolution of tools for thought, the nature of feedback loops, and the potential for individual sovereignty in the digital age.

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1970 implied HN points 25 Apr 23
  1. LLMs can manipulate the internet in various ways, but signing everything with cryptographic keys can help combat these issues.
  2. Cryptographic signatures provide a foundation to rebuild trust online and ensure authenticity.
  3. Building webs of trust through self-sovereign keys, reputation, and attestation can enhance security and collaboration in the digital world.
1654 implied HN points 10 Jun 23
  1. 300,000 years ago, humanity started leaving messages in rocks and clay, allowing thoughts to outlive individuals.
  2. Throughout history, humans have continuously discovered new tools for thinking, such as language, art, and technology.
  3. The shared brain of humanity has evolved over time, with increasing collaboration and technological advancements, setting the stage for thinking together to address global challenges.
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1339 implied HN points 22 Jan 24
  1. In small groups, people are self-organizing, but beyond 150, cooperation needs more than instincts.
  2. Power in organizations can be organized as charismatic authority, traditional authority, and rational-legal authority.
  3. Bureaucracy may seem slow and impersonal, but it scales power distribution through rules, which can approximate fairness.
945 implied HN points 23 Jun 23
  1. The OODA loop consists of observe, orient, decide, and act, crucial for agency in a cybernetic system.
  2. Fast transients and maintaining awareness are key to disorienting adversaries and maintaining agency.
  3. Tools for thought expand awareness, build memory, and increase bandwidth for synthesis, essential for navigating complex environments.
709 implied HN points 19 May 23
  1. View software design as shaping functionality, understand what it should do first before how it does it or how it looks.
  2. Break down app functionalities into modular concepts, each with its own behavior and actions, combine existing concepts creatively.
  3. Design concepts to function independently, sync actions to ensure smooth interaction, focus on how concepts fit together to improve usability.
630 implied HN points 13 Sep 23
  1. The web was originally envisioned as a decentralized wiki for collective intelligence.
  2. Tim Berners-Lee's book 'Weaving the Web' offers perspective-shifting insights about the early days of the web.
  3. Enquire, a precursor to the web, had features like bi-directional links and semantic triples.
2 HN points 05 Feb 24
  1. The freedom to exit means you can take your data and leave without anyone stopping you.
  2. Three ways to ensure data ownership are through decentralized protocols, local-first data, or legal agreements.
  3. Projects focusing on user-controlled data should utilize decentralized protocols, local-first data, or legal agreements to ensure data ownership.