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Originally Posted by Greger
My solution is to get Boomers out of power as soon as possible. 20th-century solutions aren't gonna work in the 21st century.
As Dear Ayn once advised me, “You have to define your terms.” I admit that I don’t really know what she meant - coulda been a lot of things, and I doubt that there was anything of honest substance in whatever she meant (she was a real screwball) - but the phrase stuck with me.

For instance, I’m realizing that I have a concept of “solution” in mind that has to do with things people as individuals can do. Grass roots, bottom up, principle of cumulative effects resulting in largely silent cultural shifts. Others here appear to be working with the concept that solutions are large scale theoretical things that would result from political or legal movements. Opposite ends of the spectrum, you might say.

Discussions are fairly useless when the fundamental terms are defined differently.
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Originally Posted by chunkstyle
Have you read ‘Ministry of the Future’?
I did - interesting book.

Still reading Finding The Mother Tree; Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest. It's an incredible book with a wealth of scientific knowledge that humanity would do well to translate onto our behavior.


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I have a concept of “solution” in mind that has to do with things people as individuals can do.
What was the problem again? It seems every thread has a complex series of solutions seeking problems and problems with no solutions.

Discussions are fairly useless unless the problem is well defined.

Do you believe 20th century solutions are better than 21st century solutions?


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Whatever the solutions are, I think they will come from non-human sources.


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Slime Mold Can Solve Exponentially Complicated Problems in Linear Time

Plasmodium’s propensity to optimize comes from its intrinsic effort to grow as efficiently as possible, while making its own decisions. This approach is innovative in diminishing the role of human intervention, as even the work of digital computers is built on the foundation of human-written code.

Plasmodium has proved its applicability in many examples, from solving mazes to recreating the map of the Tokyo rail system (shown below). They are capable of anticipating periodic events, and even habituation, a type of learning, despite their complete lack of a nervous system.

The problem is figuring out the question to ask Physarium. They are apolitical so they cant be influenced by ideology, but they are easily bribed by rolled oat flakes. I kept one in my desk for a while, but it ate my lunch.

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Researchers from Lanzhou University in China have shown that the slime mold Physarum polycephalum is able to solve the Traveling Salesman Problem, a combinatorial test with exponentially increasing complexity, in linear time. Using focused light stimulus as negative feedback to maintain the criteria of the task, the authors demonstrated that this model was able to reliably output a high-quality solution. This is the latest development among many biology-inspired approaches for advanced processing in the evolution of computing.


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