Writing goals for 2023
And a reflection on writing habits
I have a few books that sit heavy in my soul with a need that can only be satisfied by allowing myself to write English as much as I write Rust. In the past, I’ve struggled to allow myself to dedicate much time to the activity of writing in a structured manner, so I often do it on social media, which is even less productive. However, I’ve been at my present position at DIBA working on the BitMask Wallet for nearly a year, and now that we’re nearing a more complete launch of our product, I’d like to develop a habit of writing on a regular basis.
Here are three concepts:
- Orange Metal, Orange Coin, where I relate my 15-year career in tech, why all the technology built in the past 30 years was built to concentrate power directly into the hands of the elites, and what people can do about it. It's basically a self-help book for those looking to get into tech. It’s also the name of this Substack publication. I’d detail some of my principles behind why I dislike a great deal how the web was built. It might read as somewhat of a manifesto:
“Satoshi showed us, sometimes the things truly worth doing are the things few others are paid to do. The web as designed was devised by a class of cloistered techpriests huddled in Silicon Valley ziggurats, in service to a banally evil corporate bureaucracy, the sheer hubris of humanity in full display of a modern-day Babylon, toiling on arcane technologies that concentrate power and wealth into the hands of the elite. In some ways, the web is a representation of all that's wrong with the world.”
- Pathways to Abundance, a treatise on the state of technology, and how if things were designed with a different set of constraints, an era of unprecedented material abundance could be unlocked for humanity, without necessarily developing blue sky technology like fusion power or nanotech. Topics would include microfluidics, synthetic biochemistry, decentralized industry, distributed energy production, and terrestrial in-situ resource utilization, the process of bitcoinization, and the potential macroeconomic, geopolitical, and demographic impact of all of these. I like to consider it more grounded, “near-futurism.”
- The Exophiles; Generations from now, it comes to light that Satoshi Nakamoto was an alien from a race of individualistic lizard-people, who gave a world filled with collectivist apes the gift of energy-money when they needed it most; and how subsequent generations would come to befriend each other and conduct trade across solar systems. Later books might explore different aspects of interstellar trade, and how families might form between peoples from distant stars. What would humanity have to offer a somewhat insular, highly independent and technologically-advanced alien race, and what would we want from them?
I’m curious if there’s any interest in any of these concepts, so, let me know. A fourth option is to just stick to my day job and just write more about some of the work I do on a daily basis for Carbonado, bitmask-core, and RGB. It’s become my normal, but to those unfamiliar with all the layers meant to augment Bitcoin’s base-chain capabilities, I like to think it’s understandably quite interesting and exciting work.
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