@balajis - Twitter Profile Analysis
Analysis of 200 tweets by Balaji, from 29 Dec 2022 to 31 Jan 2023.
Thesis: a company should serve its shareholders
Antithesis: a company should serve its community
Synthesis: the community should be the shareholders
I am very impressed by how well Discord has executed recently.
The slew of new features they’ve added — from Reddit-style forums to Substack-style subscriptions — has really leveled up the platform.
It's truly a private social network.
Cryptographically verifiable feeds > content feeds.
Replit India just launched.
New servers with low latency for Indian devs.
Build your portfolio here to get hired globally.
Quickly becoming as important as GitHub. https://t.co/KeVLsYXh6S
DEI means God in Latin. Also in American.
The better version of everything can be found on the internet. So can the worse version.
It’s evidently ~5X more expensive to build a fab in the US than it is to build one in Taiwan.
And fabs are already expensive to build. https://t.co/mEIL44o71w
Hearing rumors that Google is lobbying DC to shut down other AI efforts, by scaremongering about how unsafe they are.
An emerging new model for API design: smart contracts for on-chain code, NFTs for on-chain data.
It’s a different way to build highly stateful applications. Instead of hitting a traditional API many times to query a hidden dataset, you see the whole thing on chain.
No cryptography, no sovereignty.
What are the best tools for web3 Discords?
Many things happening at the same time:
- Hollywood itself is in decline
- Millions of new English speakers now online
- Social has decentralized distribution
- AI is decentralizing creation
- AR/VR is making media more immersive
Even more soft power moves to the internet. https://t.co/5C0BwW0ppe
The statelicker is a bootlicker, but for the state
If you're interested in DAOs and network states, here are some good concepts to read about:
- community organizing
- mutual aid
- dual power
- shadow cabinet
Media is the air game, but organizing is the ground game.
In the 1800s, the talented became captains of industry
By the 1950s, technology favored a giant centralized state — and talent gravitated to institutions because entrepreneurship became so hard
By the 1990s, talent began brain draining out of institutions & back to the market https://t.co/BRX9gSX6nS
Email lists are good
ENS lists will be better
Don’t tell me about your fake conspiracy theories
I want to hear about your successful conspiracy practice
1776: we hold these truths to be self-evident
2023: citation needed
First, orchestrate a decade of insanity, culminating in ideological capture of the commanding heights.
Then cool things down, allowing now powerless opponents to blow off steam. A little speech for the liberals, a little sanity for the technocrats.
That’s how you lock in gains. https://t.co/IB1WkmJsmd
It's not about fact checkers, it's about checkable facts.
Win off Twitter to win on Twitter.
This is correct within the span of 280 characters.
And we need both.
Both the sovereign individual and the public good.
The right-and-left libertarian coalition against the surveillance states. https://t.co/W3noXMU65n
Last Contrarian @lastcontrarian
so amazing that
- the universe gave us an infinite energy glitch
- the US decided to use it to power giant underwater Gods (Ohio class submarine), enough to power it straight for 30 years
- then entire society collectively chose not to use this energy source for anything else
Laurence Ion @longevion
I'm super thrilled to announce
VitaDAO has raised a $4.1M funding round led by strategic contributors including @pfizer @ShineCapitalNYC @balajis
This empowers VitaDAO to continue pushing the boundaries of longevity research and further our mission to extend healthy lifespan. https://t.co/ISfZ2NV2GZ
Today, we learned that Skiff has been banned in Russia.
There is an urgent need for more privacy-respecting communication tools.
In 7 months since we launched Skiff Mail, we're lucky to count over half a million users 💌
Mike Solana @micsolana
it is impossible to change the world for the better without a compelling story about a better world. tech bros: you need to be culturemaxxing. https://t.co/0sWkIKSuTR
One hypothesis about what's wrong with America right now is that we collectively lack a purpose. I've been thinking a lot lately about community, purpose, & mission, & I have a proposal -- not for everyone, but for some of us: https://t.co/WtClq8PbnV
1/ Introducing AI-first image editing to Playground—a way to instruct an AI to synthesize spectacular yet subtle edits
Try it here: https://t.co/ox9QV94A7O
We are blown away by the creative possibilities with this.
Example: "Make it summer"
(More examples in a thread)
Tom Emmer @GOPMajorityWhip
Crypto is here to stay. I will keep advocating for policies that advance crypto innovation and adoption in the United States because crypto is more than a financial investment: it’s about restoring liberty and choice to individuals.
patrickwstanley.1btc e/acc @PatrickWStanley
Have an idea I’m playing around with called “.1btc”
It’s a namespace reserved for Bitcoin fullcoiners only
Could be interesting to have a network of pseudonymous BTC fullcoiners…who value signal rather than virtue signal…with their own gated chat, names, and avatars…
Noor Siddiqui @noor_siddiqui_
Pretty absurd that chatGPT has passed the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
Today, it takes 4 years of med school and 2+ years of clinical rotations to pass. It tests ambiguous scenarios & closely-related differential diagnoses
Eliezer Yudkowsky @ESYudkowsky
Government in the modern era functions primarily as a way of preventing people from helping themselves. With narrow exceptions, it's illegal to build houses, illegal to move, illegal to make food and sell it, and god help you if you try to prevent your store from being looted. https://t.co/nEfRmQWz29
Blake Scholl 🛫 @bscholl
Yup, we had supersonic jets, lunar landers, and nuclear reactors in the 1970s. But we lost our way—and for half a century we didn't build much of them.
We need fast airplanes, vacations on the Moon, and clean atomic power—in big, sustainable ways that improve our lives. https://t.co/OerZShkc1j
wen network state?
soon enough, maybe a couple of years
Ryan Rzepecki @ryrzny
I'm excited to announce the launch of Spectra, an open-source project to build cities for the future. After 18 months of quietly building, today we launch our website, VR scenes, and library of CC0 assets. The project was developed in partnership with @andreeavr
Austen Allred @Austen
Calling it now:
SpaceX is going to be one of the biggest companies of all-time, and almost nobody realizes how big it will be.
Best team of all-time
Biggest market of all-time
Deepest moat of all-time
Fastest-growing revenue of all-time.
Omar Wasow | @email@example.com @owasow
“It seemed absolutely crazy. The idea that an Iowa housewife, equipped with the cutting-edge medical tool known as Google Images, would make a medical discovery about a pro athlete who sees doctors and athletic trainers as part of her job?” https://t.co/iELohgpQHH https://t.co/kIQH6ip8nA
Marc Randolph @mbrandolph
Blockbuster laughed us out of their offices. We were crushed, desperate and out of options.
But sometimes, the only way out is through.
Last Contrarian @lastcontrarian
the degrowthers are the true racists in disguise — masquerading their disgust for third world countries under pseudo-scientific “peer reviewed” literature.
the real twist ofc is that Delhi/Bangalore today are much nicer/safer than parts of SF run down by drug addicts. https://t.co/B2CwCQRPzD
patrickwstanley.1btc e/acc @PatrickWStanley
I’ll give $1000 in BTC for the best 140 second film about Satoshi Nakamoto using AI.
Submit your vid in the replies. Best video wins. 1/31/23 midnight PDT submission date.
Jenny Chase @solar_chase
Over the last decade, India has increased the proportion of its population with access to electricity from 80% to 99%. I hadn't realised it was quite that dramatic!
Matthew Green @matthew_d_green
The NSA maintained a $250m/year “SIGINT Enabling Project” that inserted vulnerabilities into US cryptographic technology, and we only learned about it because an IT contractor downloaded all their PowerPoint decks. https://t.co/wSqCdX8CnI
Sergey Litvinenko @sergey___li
3/Why is it important? Take a look at this video where a robot performs the task of “bring me the rice chips from the drawer” - https://t.co/GAJx2hIHxW
. This robot has NEVER seen this kitchen before. Isn't it mind-blowing?