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    #606: Balaji S. Srinivasan — 5-10-Year Predictions, How to Start a New Country, Society-as-a-Service (SaaS), Bitcoin Maximalism, Memetic Warfare, How Prices Are Born, Moral Flippenings, The One Commandment, and The Power of Missionary over Mercenary

    Be mindful of the words we use as they can have powerful consequences.

    enJuly 04, 2022

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    Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis) is an angel investor and entrepreneur. Formerly the CTO of Coinbase and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he was also the co-founder of Earn.com (acquired by Coinbase), Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), Teleport (acquired by Topia), and Coin Center.

    He was named to the MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators Under 35,” won a Wall Street Journal Innovation Award, and holds a BS/MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, all from Stanford University. Balaji also teaches the occasional class at Stanford, including an online MOOC in 2013, which reached 250,000+ students worldwide.

    His new book is The Network State: How To Start a New Country. You can also read it for free at 1729.com.

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    [06:39] The current state of crypto and overall markets

    [14:41] Market depth and the Overton window

    [20:54] The challenges of identifying possible trends

    [24:25] Does transhumanism need rebranding?

    [27:13] Augmented reality glasses: the next big thing?

    [38:10] Rethinking Icarus from a transhumanist, pro-innovation perspective

    [59:20] DALL-E 2 as a compact programming language

    [1:02:03] Peter Turchin and cliodynamics

    [1:03:30] What is a network state?

    [1:17:49] Humans like to fight over borders—even when they're invisible

    [1:26:04] American anarchy

    [1:46:55] Bitcoin vs. gold as an inflation hedge

    [1:52:59] What needs to happen for Bitcoin to behave in the way Bitcoin holders would like it to behave?

    [2:24:29] Society as a service: how the establishment of a network state could succeed—without devolving into a cult

    [2:49:25] Chinese control; missionary over mercenary; innovation over top-down control

    [3:00:57] India's upward trends

    [3:05:57] Establishment disdain for tech interlopers (the feeling is mutual)

    [3:11:40] Parting thoughts

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    🔑 Key Takeaways

    • Invest in things that promote digital freedom and control, split 50/50 between Bitcoin and Ethereum and hold them long-term for best results in crypto market.
    • Setting reminders, conducting research, and understanding market mechanisms can help you make better decisions in the stock market.
    • Understanding market depth and setting prices, as well as open and accessible information, is essential for everyday life.
    • Access to data and information can provide us with a better understanding of our society, history, and politics, but limitations exist and alternative approaches should be taken to get a holistic view.
    • Keep pace with the ever-evolving technologies to unlock the potential to optimize and enhance life.
    • Mobile technology is becoming increasingly important in our lives, as it helps us stay connected and mobile, while providing us with access to virtual reality, hands-free.
    • Science and engineering have an incredible potential when working together to overcome constraints and create new possibilities.
    • Lance Armstrong's inspirational story showcases the importance of determination and perseverance, and how success can be achieved through hard work and dedication.
    • Performance enhancement requires effort, understanding of legal and moral implications, and scientific knowledge, but can be a powerful tool to achieve success.
    • Achieving optimal physical fitness requires balance and moderation to ensure health and longevity. Self-improvement should always be the main goal, not winning competitions.
    • Be mindful of the words we use as they can have powerful consequences.
    • Creating and understanding your own vocabulary is essential to communication and can create the core data structure of a work.
    • Understanding the complexity of nation states is essential for informed decision-making in an increasingly diverse world.
    • Technology and Woke are making everything a variable, allowing people to choose what is good or bad, and creating different nations and ideologies. Network states can help define a community and crowdfund for a cause.
    • In the digital age, people still fight over borders and boundaries, but access to data is necessary to understand them; instead, they fight over visible things.
    • We must stay aware of the changes in technology and geography, and use them to our advantage by creating attractive products and services that appeal to people from different networks and regions.
    • As anti-authoritarian views become more prevalent, American anarchy could be the ultimate in liberty and equality. Education in this environment is essential to understand the potential consequences.
    • Maximalists and Wokes may seem at odds with each other, but understanding and cooperation is needed to bring about worthwhile change and unite them.
    • Low interest rates can lead to inflation and scarcity of goods, causing economic and societal unrest. Stay informed and be prepared for uncertain times.
    • Social media has become a battleground for two opposing nations to combat for control through digital tactics. Bitcoin provides a secure way to store assets, protecting them from those in power.
    • Bitcoin is an increasingly safe asset as it is difficult to seize or freeze and has a global root system, making it more secure than gold.
    • Cryptocurrency can be a valuable asset, but it has its limitations and should not be viewed as the only solution.
    • The SEC's heavy-handed approach to regulating digital assets has caused a lack of clarity and fear of misuse, impeding the development of digital assets that could benefit both lenders and borrowers.
    • Success comes from passionately believing in something and fighting for it with enthusiasm and dedication.
    • Crypto can help fight inflation, but needs to be protected with a constitutional amendment and stored in safe places.
    • People are using various methods to secure their data, such as firewall attacks and port randomization, while also building up resources to create a secure and powerful political network.
    • Be aware of the potential consequences of a changing money market and stay informed with the news to make informed decisions.
    • Beliefs can be a powerful force, but it is important to find a movement that can support you.
    • Even in revolutionary movements, remaining impartial and focused on one goal is essential for creating change in a peaceful manner.
    • Moral innovation can have a profound effect on a community, resulting in positive changes such as weight loss and selective migration.
    • Careful monitoring of growth and adhering to laws are essential for successful community creation.
    • To create a successful community, it must have laws and tangible things like land, but these come after the people have been established. Everyone must subscribe willingly and be free to leave at any time.
    • There are a variety of options available to those looking to migrate and create a new society, such as seasteading and network states.
    • In times of unrest, innovation and creativity should be celebrated and supported to encourage progress.
    • India has seen dramatic improvement in infrastructure and digital connectivity in the past 10 years, leading to a labour shock, increased English-speaking culture influence, and tech-savvy government investments.
    • Web3 and other services are providing alternatives to Google and Amazon, and countries like India are leading the way in digital buildup to usher in a new era of innovation.
    • The Network State explores the potential of Indian diasporic networks in creating a prosperous future and competing with the Chinese state.
    • Dedication and perseverance are key to success, so stay focused on your goals and be willing to put in the time and effort required to reach them.

    📝 Podcast Summary

    Investing in Digital Freedom

    In this episode, Tim Ferriss talks to Balaji Srinivasan, an angel investor and entrepreneur.Balaji has a deep knowledge in the field of technology and his brand new book is The Network State: How to Start a New Country.Balaji emphasizes on the importance of digital freedom and explains that it is the fundamental question for the crypto market.He advises to invest in things which further digital freedom and control, regardless of the current price.He suggests to split 50/50 between Bitcoin and Ethereum, and to hold them for the long-term, as they are massive things with millions of dedicated people around the world.This is a great lesson to keep in mind when investing in the crypto market.

    Smart Investing in a Volatile Market

    The stock market can be a volatile place, but it doesn't have to be.To make smart decisions, it's important to set calendar reminders and do research outside of what is currently trending.Doing this can help you make asynchronous decisions, avoiding buying high and selling low.Additionally, it's useful to make predictions and then check them against reality to be mindful of your own cognitive biases.Finally, companies and governments often use futures contracts and other methods to buffer against the volatilities of the market and keep prices stable.By understanding the mechanisms of the market, you can make better decisions and develop a better understanding of the market.

    Market Depth and Price Setting in Everyday Life

    The idea of market depth and price setting can be seen in everyday life.When we buy items in bulk, the price can be negotiated and the number of units available can impact the price.This same concept can be seen in politics as well.The Overton window is the set of what is politically acceptable and sentiment can shift the midpoint of the window.Just like the buy and sell pressure of a financial market, the sentiment of people voting or expressing their opinion can shift the midpoint of the policy.In the digital world, although there is more information available than ever before, it is not always open and easily accessible.This is similar to the difference between AT&T Unix and Linux, where one was not as hackable or customizable.This demonstrates the importance of understanding market depth and setting prices as well as the need for open and accessible information.

    Unlocking Deeper Understanding Through Data and Information

    Technology is constantly evolving, and the data and information available to us is becoming more accessible.Google Trends and the Twitter API provide us with a glimpse into the scope of the world around us.However, access to this data is still limited and can be expensive.If the data was more open, it would enable us to gain a deeper understanding of our society, history, and politics.In order to understand current trends, we can look to Tim Ferriss' unedited and unbiased list of the most popular podcasts from the last twelve months.Even Google's rankings for searches are not always objective, as seen with the Sinatra example.We should be aware of these limitations and take alternative approaches to gain a holistic understanding of the world.

    Exploring the Possibilities of Optimalism and Augmented Reality

    Optimalism or transhumanism is a trend of improving one's physical, mental and financial health.It is about taking active steps to enhance and optimize one's life.Augmented reality is another step in this direction.It is a convergence device which is capable of combining different technologies like a computer, a phone and a television.It has created possibilities for people to access information and services on the go.Mobile apps have made things even easier and widespread.It is important to think beyond what we have been used to and realize the potential of new technologies.

    The Value of Mobile Technology in Our Lives

    The importance of mobile technology is becoming increasingly clear in our lives.Yishan's point is that humans are mobile, thus making mobile technology more valuable and desirable than ever before.In the past, many believed mobile technology would never take off, but it is now obvious that it is here to stay.We are seeing this today with masks during COVID, crypto community pseudonymity, and AR glasses.AR glasses, when combined with Snapchat Spectacles, Oculus Quest, Google Glass Enterprise, and Apple's ARKit, will be able to provide Terminator vision and virtual reality, hands free.This allows us to be more mobile and alert - looking up instead of staring down at our phones.The purpose of Alexa is to develop training data and better tech so that it can be used in mobile applications with AR-enabled glasses - making it even more accessible and useful.

    Unlocking the Possibilities of Science and Engineering

    The world is constantly innovating and advancing in technology, science and engineering.We have seen the development of devices such as smart speakers, and the convergence of gadgets such as clock radios, phones, cash, wallets, keys and credit cards into a single private key on a phone.Technologies like Tesla cars which can be opened by your phone are becoming more commonplace, and with advancements in science and engineering, we can even go beyond what we initially thought possible.As seen with the example of myostatin inhibitors, which can create strength and muscle mass in animals, we are now able to engineer away constraints that used to be thought of as impossible.This shows us the potential of science and engineering when working together, and that we should never underestimate the possibilities of what we can achieve.

    Lance Armstrong's Triumphant Journey Against Cancer and Doping

    This is an inspiring story about Lance Armstrong and his fight against testicular cancer.He was able to beat his illness with the help of doctors and treatment, and then went on to win multiple Tour de Frances in cycling despite the fact that many of his competitors were doping.Lance Armstrong not only won against his illness, but also against the odds of his competitors.This shows the importance of determination and perseverance.It is also a reminder that even though some people may take shortcuts, success can still be achieved through hard work and dedication.Moreover, this story also highlights the incredible achievements of modern medicine and the complexity of doping in the sports world.Lastly, it serves as an example of how a person can rise above their circumstances and achieve great things.

    Unlock Your Potential Through Performance Enhancement

    You may think of performance enhancement as a form of cheating, but the fact is, it requires a great deal of effort and detail to make it successful.It's not just a matter of taking a pill or sleeping in a tent.You need to understand the legal aspects, the moral implications, and the science behind it.With all these pieces in place, this can be a powerful tool to unlock potential and achieve success in a variety of ways.It may not be for everyone, but those who are willing to put in the effort to understand it may find it a useful tool.

    Pushing Physical Limits with Balance and Moderation

    Sports and physical fitness have seen significant progress with time.With the help of technology, medical research, and state support, athletes have been able to push their physical limits to the maximum.It is important to understand that while pushing one's physical limits can be beneficial, there is a thin line between that and an over-dose of performance enhancers.A balanced approach is needed when it comes to physical fitness, as too much of anything may not be good for overall health and longevity.It is essential to understand that any improvement in physical fitness should be done for oneself and not for the purpose of winning a competition.Health and physical fitness should be considered as a non-zero-sum for the benefit of the entire population.

    The Power of Words and Its Consequences

    The power of words is a lesson that can be learned from this section.Words can form boundaries and the way we think, which can limit us or empower us.It is important to be aware of the language we use, so we can make informed decisions and due diligence when necessary.AI, crypto and social media are examples of how words can be powerful, as a few words can create a movement, store money, or create an image.Therefore, it is important to be mindful of the words we use and their potential consequences.

    Understanding the Value of Precise Language

    Educational learnings from this section include the importance of creating and understanding your own vocabulary.This is especially evident in the example of Peter Turchin, who created the term cliodynamics, a science of history, by combining two words together.It also explains how often when writing code or when writing a book, a person may discover that certain words or phrases they have been using throughout the process are actually the core data structure or the title of the work.Finally, it also touches on how the concepts of nation and state have become confused in our day-to-day language and how this can lead to the misuse of terms.These learnings demonstrate the value of precise language and the importance of understanding the terms used to communicate ideas.

    Distinguishing Between Nation and State

    The nation and the state are two distinct entities, that are often interconnected.A nation is a group of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, while the state is their government.This distinction is important to understand, as it explains the complexity of creating a new nation state.For example, the creation of the United Nations is a misnomer, as it’s more of a collection of existing nation states, rather than all the nations.Additionally, the concept of self-determination for all existing nations would increase the amount of nation states from 192 to 600.This distinction has become even more relevant in the past decade, as concepts like gender have become variables, rather than constants.As such, entrepreneurs and thinkers must be aware of the complexities of nation states in order to make informed decisions.

    Exploring the Possibilities of a Variable World

    Once constants become variables, it opens up a world of possibilities.Technology, like virtual meetings and digital books, and Woke, like defunding the police, are making everything a variable.This is creating a fragmentation of opinions, but also a decentralization of choice and alternatives.We now have the ability to choose what is good or bad, or whether something should be a constant or a variable.This is creating different nations, and even ideologies that become part of our biology, as we have seen with different political parties and marriage patterns.Network states can help by defining a community on what they think is good or bad and crowdfund for the cause.This creates organic alignment, and agreement on the basic premises of the world.

    Understanding Borders and Boundaries in the Digital Age

    The internet is a vast new world with many different networks and countries.It can be a contested area, with countries like Russia and Japan fighting over Kuril Islands or Turkey and Greece over small islands in the Mediterranean.It can even be a small, uninhabited island like Hans Island.In the past, when maps were less precise, people would fight over borders and boundaries.This is still true in the digital age, as people fight over the time spent on different networks, like Twitter or Facebook.Access to both data sets is necessary to really understand the border regions, but this access is not available to the larger networks.As a result, they struggle to understand and control these regions, and instead fight over more visible things.It's important to remember that even in the digital age, people will fight over what they can see.

    How Technology Has Changed Geography and Human Interaction

    In just five years, technology has had a huge impact on how humans interact and think of geography.Geography is no longer defined by physical boundaries, but instead by digital networks, which allow people around the world to connect with each other.This has enabled countries to fight for border region by making their products attractive and accessible to people from other regions.In this way, nations and currencies can now be broken up into multiple, separate networks, and the moral principles of society are also changing.If we want to be successful, we must be aware of these changes and think of ways to use them to our advantage.We can do so by creating attractive products and services that appeal to people from different networks and regions.By staying on top of these changes, and taking advantage of them, we can ensure our success in the future.

    Anarchy in America: An Unavoidable Reality?

    Balaji Srinivasan's prediction of American anarchy is a result of the left and right's anti-authoritarian views, which is seen through the rising rates of riots, shootings, bombings, etc.This could lead to a chaotic world, as seen in countries like Mexico and Tunisia, where democracy has come with a surge in anarcho-terrorism.American anarchy could be the ultimate in liberty and equality, with everyone doing as they please and no laws or hierarchy.Although this could be viewed as the ultimate in democracy and capitalism, it is still a risky path to take.Education in this environment would be key to ensure understanding of the potential consequences of this trend.

    Maximalists and Wokes: The Helical Theory of History

    In a world increasingly divided by ideologies, maximalists and wokes are two such groups.Maximalists are often associated with Bitcoin, while wokes are associated with social justice.Though they may seem at odds with each other, they may actually need each other to bring about worthwhile change.Recentralization is a concept that rises to the surface, where both the centralized and decentralized sides must come together and work together to achieve a common goal.The helical theory of history suggests that these ideologies may cycle through each other, building and rebuilding a society as it goes.In five years, the United States may look like a battleground of these two groups, as they fight it out in the digital world.It will take understanding and cooperation to unite them and move forward.

    Deciphering the Complexity of the Economy

    The economy is a complex system that changes over time.Over the last 40 years, the US has seen a trend of decreasing interest rates.This could be an indication of a lack of economic growth and potential issues in the future.Low interest rates can lead to inflation and a decrease in the purchasing power of currency.When combined with supply chain disruptions, such as those caused by China, wars, ESG regulations, and COVID lockdowns, we could see a situation where goods become scarce, leading to serious inflation.This could cause societal unrest, as seen in other countries that have faced similar issues.Therefore, it's important to stay informed about economic trends, and be prepared for the possibility of uncertain times ahead.

    The Digital Battle for Control

    In our modern world, social media and digital platforms have become battlefields where two opposing nations are fighting for control.Through cancellation, de-platforming, hashtags and other digital tactics, each nation is trying to get the other to conform to their point of view.As physical violence is not allowed, the battle is being fought in the digital world, with the use of words and ideas.The goal is to capture the flag and get nodes from the opposing nation to switch to their team.This social war has been going on for several years and is now becoming more visible with the rise of Proud Boys and Antifa.Bitcoin has become an inflation hedge as it provides a secure way to store assets, and is resistant to seizure by those in power.

    Securing Assets During Times of War

    In times of war, it is important to ensure that one's assets cannot be frozen or seized by a third party.This is why the US government is reexamining the international role of the dollar and considering the introduction of cryptocurrency and stable coins.The Federal Reserve Chair has even mentioned these digital assets as a potential policy response, showing that they are having a real impact on global finance.As a result, Bitcoin is becoming an increasingly safe asset, as it is difficult to seize or freeze and has a global root system.It is more secure than gold, as it has been proven that even a motivated government cannot defeat Bitcoin.Therefore, it is important to ensure that assets are kept in secure, non-trackable locations to ensure that they cannot be seized.

    Understanding the Benefits and Limitations of Cryptocurrency

    Cryptocurrency has become an increasingly important asset class in the financial world.Bitcoin maximalism is a belief system that any digital asset other than Bitcoin is a sin, similar to how wokeness is the opposite of Nazis and communists.This ideology has some valid points, such as debt being bad and interest potentially being abused.However, Bitcoin maximalism does not take into account the fact that there are other digital assets that may have value beyond the financial.Additionally, it fails to recognize the fact that there are many other things in life that cannot be bought with money, such as peace and safety.Ultimately, it is important to recognize the benefits of cryptocurrency and other digital assets, while also understanding their limitations.

    Usury and Exploitation in the Digital Age

    Usury, or lending money with unreasonably high rates of interest, is a practice that has been subject to religious and cultural prohibitions.This is because the unequal power dynamics at play have historically led to exploitation and the accumulation of wealth by the lender.In the digital age, this dynamic is still relevant as digital assets can be issued to incentivize people to build out a network, often with the same unequal power dynamics at play.However, the SEC's heavy-handed approach to regulating these digital assets has resulted in a lack of clarity as to how they should be used, and a fear of the assets being used for malicious purposes.Ultimately, this has impeded the development of digital assets that could be used to benefit both lenders and borrowers.

    Find Your Space in the Identity Stack and Fight for It with Zeal

    The lesson to learn here is that in order to succeed, it is important to find a space in your identity stack to be passionate and zealous about what you believe in.This is especially true when looking at the political divide between Bitcoin Orange and Dollar Green.People on both sides will choose their respective flags, but those who are passionate about Bitcoin will fight for it, while those who are passionate about the US Government will fight for it.In the end, it is up to the individual to choose which side to take and to fight for it with enthusiasm and dedication.

    Crypto: A Powerful Tool to Fight Inflation and Empower People of Color

    Inflation is hitting people of color harder than anyone else.Crypto, like Bitcoin, has a different user base and is seen as a way of fighting inflation.If a majority of people are behind Bitcoin, it could lead to a civil war between people who support it and those who don’t.To avoid this, crypto needs to be protected with a constitutional amendment.Companies need to be smart and keep their crypto in safe places, like red states, or El Salvador, to protect it from seizure and quantum computing threats.With the right protection, crypto can be a powerful tool to fight inflation and empower people of color.

    Understanding the Necessity of Quantum-Safe Algorithms

    Quantum-safe algorithms have become a very important discussion topic as they could potentially break some of the assumptions on cryptography.People have tried various methods like firewall attacks, traffic encryption, port randomization, etc.to secure their data.DeFi is actually pulling money off of exchanges and incentivizing users to store it locally in their wallets.Maximalists are using state tactics to their advantage, such as Bitcoin bills and El Salvador's Bitcoin law, to build power and create a political network.These tactics can help people retreat to a secure position and build up resources to come back stronger.Ultimately, it is important to understand that the ideologies are like ghosts that can inhabit different hosts and animate them.

    Staying Up-to-Date with the Money Market to Make Informed Decisions

    The world of money is ever changing, and it is important to keep up with the news.Josh Mandel, a guy running for office in Ohio, tweeted something about Bitcoin and how it could appeal to pro-God, pro-family, and pro-Bitcoin voters.Balaji Srinivasan, a tech expert, explained that inflation could cause serious economic instability, and potentially lead to censorship.In order to combat this, he proposed creating a new instrument that would track the prices of everyday items and remain flat against them, creating an inflation app that would be the new coin market cap.In the face of a changing market, it is important to be aware of the potential consequences and stay up to date with the news.By doing so, we can all make informed decisions.

    Understanding the Power of Faith

    The most powerful force in the world is not an almighty God, the US military, the government or even encryption.It is something much more abstract yet powerful - beliefs! People put religious level faith in movements like capitalism, communism and maximalism, and these become doctrines which people worship.The mid-century US was half God, half state, and we can also see hybrids of these forces.Even if people don't understand it, they often have a deep faith in their beliefs, and this can be a potent force.However, it is important to remember that the answer to ideologies of conflict is neither - it is to GTFO! So when looking at the world, it is important to understand the power of faith, and how to find a movement that can support you.

    Striving for Peaceful Resolution and Focused Communities

    Educational Learnings:Political violence and wars are never glamorous and come with immense destruction and loss on both sides.We should always strive to remain impartial and find a peaceful resolution.Even with revolutionary movements, there is a need to be focused and single-minded instead of trying to change all aspects of society at once.If a group of people have a shared moral belief, they can form a community and work together to create change.This can start as a digital community and then potentially become physical too.

    Unleashing the Power of Moral Innovation

    A moral innovator is a person who works to make changes in the law or society for the better.They may be activists, politicians, philanthropists or social entrepreneurs.Moral innovation can have a huge impact, as illustrated by the example of a small town that has adopted a policy of a 'carb free zone'.This has lead to significant changes in the local grocery stores, restaurants, and meals.It has also resulted in people losing weight and the introduction of a selective migration process.By creating an environment where people are united by shared moral values, the network effect is more likely to be a positive sum.In this way, moral innovation can have a profound effect on a community.

    Managing Networks to Avoid Network Defects

    In today's world, it is important to manage networks carefully to avoid a network defect.This can be done by carefully monitoring the scale of growth, as growing too fast may result in people polarizing around certain moral beliefs, resulting in coalitional zero-sum behavior.Additionally, there are laws that must be adhered to when setting up physical communities, such as private clubs or private residences.Finally, selective admission to online communities can be materialized in the physical world, subject to certain quotas or permission control.All of this must be taken into consideration when attempting to create a community as it is important to have legitimacy and a nation to back it up.

    Forming Successful Communities Based on Consent

    The formation of communities is an organic process that starts with the people.It is based on implicit agreements and acculturations that develop over a long period of time.To create a successful community, it must have laws and tangible things like land, but they come after the people have been established.The alternative to the 51% democracy is a 100% democracy based on consent.Everyone in the community must be willing to subscribe and has the right to leave at any time.This ensures that the community is healthy and viable, and nobody is forced to remain against their will.People should have the freedom to choose the community they wish to be part of and the ability to leave without burning their bridges.

    Exploring Options to Migrate and Create a New Society

    People can face many challenges when attempting to migrate to a new place.Societies have often used intentional communities with certain tenants, agreements, or commandments to create a sense of order in their new home.Even though it may be difficult to leave, there are options available to help individuals navigate their way to freedom.Seasteading, for example, is an interesting option that has been explored in Silicon Valley.One can also look at the concept of a network state, which is a state that is recognized by an existing sovereign.This is an important distinction to make and is the equivalent of Bitcoin becoming the sovereign currency of El Salvador.Finally, there is the possibility of a China coup, where attempts are made to challenge the Chinese Communist Party.Overall, there are several options available to those looking to migrate and create a new society.

    A Power Struggle between Decentralization and Centralization

    The world is facing a power struggle between decentralization and centralization.In a time of instability it is important to be aware of the consequences of each.China is already trying to control and limit the ability of its citizens to leave the country, as well as to prevent them from taking their money with them.This can be seen as a form of oppression and a lack of freedom.Meanwhile, the world is looking for alternatives which can encourage innovation and progress.The potential of startups with the "missionary over mercenary" mentality is an example of how decentralization and individual innovation can be beneficial.In a time of unrest, it is important to remember that innovation and creativity can be mighty forces and should be celebrated, encouraged and supported.

    India's Rapid Development in Infrastructure and Digital Connectivity

    India has seen a dramatic improvement in infrastructure and digital connectivity in the last 10 years.This has resulted in a labour shock, with 800 million people having access to some of the fastest and cheapest mobile internet in the world.This has enabled English-speaking culture to be influenced by Indian culture, and most of the followers and upvotes on the internet will be Indian by 2030.The internet has also enabled Indians to be culturally fluent, able to understand and participate in global conversations.The Indian government has also become tech-savvy and future-forward, investing in digital universities, drone farms, telemedicine, and open source.All of this is evidence of India's rapid development.

    US Establishment vs. Tech Interlopers & Web3

    The US establishment was trying to fight the tech interlopers, but ended up alienating the tech founders in the US and outside.Google and other tech companies were turned into surveillance machines.To counter this, Web3 and other services emerged to give users an alternative to Google and Amazon.Countries like India are showing the way in the digital buildup and are making huge investments in it.This is a good example of how decentralizing technology can deprecate metonyms and usher in a new era of innovation.

    The Network State: Contesting the Chinese State and the Indian Diaspora

    Technology has become a tool for India to become more prosperous, while the US has seen a relative fall in global living standards.The rise of Indian diasporic networks, and the decentralized technology within it, may result in a future where the Chinese state and the Indian network are in competition.This doesn't have to be an adversarial relationship, but rather one of gratitude towards the past and preparation for the future.The Network State is an exploration of the possibilities, and can be found at 1729.com and on Amazon.

    Setting Goals and Working Hard to Achieve Them

    This section discussed the importance of setting goals and working hard to achieve them.It was illustrated by Tim Ferriss and Balaji Srinivasan, who have different styles of working, but both have been successful in their respective fields.The lesson that can be taken from this is that although there are many ways to approach a task, the key to success is to be persistent and resilient.To get the most out of our efforts, we need to be focused on our goals and be willing to put in the time and work necessary to reach them.With dedication and perseverance, anything is possible.

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    #736: A Strategic Deep Dive on TikTok, The Boiling Moat of Taiwan, and China’s Next-Gen Statecraft — Matt Pottinger, Former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor

    Matt Pottinger is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and chairman of the China Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Matt served as U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor from 2019 to 2021. Before his White House service, Matt spent the late 1990s and early 2000s in China as a reporter for Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. He then fought in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Marine during three combat deployments between 2007 and 2010. Matt’s new book is The Boiling Moat: Urgent Steps to Defend Taiwan.

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    [10:13] Studying with Perry Link and the challenges of learning Chinese.

    [12:19] Tips for learning Chinese and other languages.

    [17:17] How TikTok has been weaponized by the Chinese Communist Party.

    [20:58] The origins of TikTok and its obfuscatory ownership structure.

    [26:30] How sowing chaos in the West serves the CCP’s aims.

    [31:37] “Politics stops at the water’s edge.”

    [33:11] How should the US rein in TikTok’s influence over its population?

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    [49:59] The semiconductor industry in Taiwan and its global importance.

    [52:07] Deterring China from attacking or coercing Taiwan.

    [58:51] Cultivating social depth in Taiwan.

    [1:01:09] Guessing at Xi Jinping’s timeline.

    [1:05:33] Demonstrating the will to match the capacity of following through.

    [1:07:47] Matt’s top priorities for stemming Chinese ambitions.

    [1:10:15] Architects of chaos.

    [1:14:21] Staying alert against informational warfare and united front activity.

    [1:21:00] Countering China’s influence on its Western-based citizens.

    [1:25:05] Checkers vs. Go.

    [1:26:56] How can the US reassert its position as a beacon of democracy?

    [1:33:05] What prompted Matt to join the Marine Corps at age 32?

    [1:38:50] Getting in shape for the occasion.

    [1:40:45] Leadership lessons learned.

    [1:46:59] The Boiling Moat, the importance of public service, and parting thoughts.

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    #735: Craig Foster of My Octopus Teacher — How to Find the Wild in a Tame World

    #735: Craig Foster of My Octopus Teacher — How to Find the Wild in a Tame World

    Craig Foster is an Oscar- and BAFTA-winning filmmaker, naturalist, author, and ocean explorer. He is the co-founder of the Sea Change Project, an NGO dedicated to the long-term conservation and regeneration of the Great African Seaforest. His film My Octopus Teacher has led to making the Great African Seaforest a global icon. His new book is Amphibious Soul: Finding the Wild in a Tame World

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    [08:39] A morning ray.

    [11:01] Connecting with the sea is a family tradition.

    [13:24] Making The Great Dance.

    [15:28] Unnatural powers granted by natural attunement.

    [22:40] Observing the secret lives of animals.

    [26:44] What makes Kalahari trackers so impressive?

    [29:37] Connecting with nature in the big city.

    [32:43] Breath holding and cold exposure.

    [37:25] Land lessons via underwater tracking.

    [42:55] Connecting with a Cape clawless otter.

    [46:20] Interspecies alliances.

    [49:39] What compelled Craig to write Amphibious Soul?

    [52:58] Why pristine nature comforts and inspires us.

    [1:00:03] Is ancestral memory real?

    [1:04:16] Nature as a mirror.

    [1:07:48] The pros and cons of discovering new species.

    [1:10:03] Song catching.

    [1:16:30] The meaning of “home.”

    [1:19:03] Parenting lessons.

    [1:23:41] The psychic cost of sudden fame.

    [1:31:18] For whom was Amphibious Soul written?

    [1:33:58] Sea Change Project.

    [1:35:53] The short-sightedness of current climate policy.

    [1:41:52] Changing entrenched minds.

    [1:52:37] A camera-stealing octopus.

    [1:55:25] Hope for a shift in human perspective.

    [1:58:21] Parting thoughts.

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    #734: In Case You Missed It: March 2024 Recap of "The Tim Ferriss Show"

    #734: In Case You Missed It: March 2024 Recap of "The Tim Ferriss Show"

    This episode is brought to you by 5-Bullet Friday, my very own email newsletter.

    Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to deconstruct world-class performers to tease out the routines, habits, et cetera that you can apply to your own life. 

    This is a special inbetweenisode, which serves as a recap of the episodes from last month. It features a short clip from each conversation in one place so you can easily jump around to get a feel for the episode and guest.

    Based on your feedback, this format has been tweaked and improved since the first recap episode. For instance, listeners suggested that the bios for each guest can slow the momentum, so we moved all the bios to the end. 

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    Barbara Corcoran — How She Turned $1,000 into a $5B+ Empire: PR Stunts, Sales Techniques, Critical Early Wins, Fighting Trump, and Becoming a Real Estate Mogul (#725)

    Seth Godin — Coaching Tim on Overcoming Resistance, Lessons from Isaac Asimov, Writing Secrets After 8,500+ Daily Blog Posts, The Dangers of Authenticity, Practices for Consistency, and Much More (#728)

    Hugh Howey, Author of Silo and Wool — A Masterclass on Writing, Unorthodox Self-Publishing, and Living in The AI Age (#726)

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    #733: Live 10th Anniversary Random Show with Kevin Rose — Exploring What’s Next, Testing Ozempic, Modern Dating, New Breakthrough Treatments for Anxiety, Bitcoin ETFs, Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul, and Engineering More Awe in Your Life

    #733: Live 10th Anniversary Random Show with Kevin Rose —  Exploring What’s Next, Testing Ozempic, Modern Dating, New Breakthrough Treatments for Anxiety, Bitcoin ETFs, Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul, and Engineering More Awe in Your Life

    This week is officially the podcast’s 10-year anniversary, and there is no better way to commemorate such a wild milestone than with Kevin Rose and a little tequila. As many listeners know, Kevin was my very first guest for episode 1, way back in April 2014. Timestamps for this episode are available below.

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    [07:50] Reasons to celebrate.

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    [10:15] Mmm…Mmm.

    [11:53] Inflection points.

    [13:00] Interesting over impulse.

    [14:46] Bitcoin ETFs.

    [17:22] PROOF news.

    [18:41] What’s Kevin’s next project?

    [21:15] Don’t DIY your TMS.

    [22:57] The SAINT protocol and accelerated TMS.

    [23:42] Kevin wonders how magnets work.

    [24:27] How accelerated TMS has helped me.

    [28:02] Consumer access to accelerated TMS.

    [31:50] How TMS feels, and other possible uses.

    [32:49] Potential downsides.

    [35:10] How to find out more about accelerated TMS.

    [38:18] How to appear human in social situations.

    [45:20] Jinjer and Sohn.

    [46:24] Android and Gemini.

    [48:41] Content production and future fame.

    [49:58] Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson.

    [52:02] Kevin’s deflated balls.

    [55:49] My single life.

    [59:39] Extending experiential lifespan.

    [1:06:12] This is (Henry Shukman’s) The Way.

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    #732: Martha Beck — The Amazing and Brutal Results of Zero Lies for 365 Days, How to Do a Beginner “Integrity Cleanse,” Lessons from Lion Trackers, and Novel Tactics for Reducing Anxiety

    #732: Martha Beck — The Amazing and Brutal Results of Zero Lies for 365 Days, How to Do a Beginner “Integrity Cleanse,” Lessons from Lion Trackers, and Novel Tactics for Reducing Anxiety

    Dr. Martha Beck has been called “the best-known life coach in America” by NPR and USA Today. She holds three Harvard degrees in social science and has published nine non-fiction books, one novel, and more than 200 magazine articles. Her recent book, The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self, was an instant New York Times Best Seller.

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    #731: Dr. David Spiegel, Stanford U. — Practical Hypnosis, Meditation vs. Hypnosis, Pain Management Without Drugs, The Neurobiology of Trance, and More

    #731: Dr. David Spiegel, Stanford U. — Practical Hypnosis, Meditation vs. Hypnosis, Pain Management Without Drugs, The Neurobiology of Trance, and More

    Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975. He is the founder of Reveri, the world's first interactive self-hypnosis app.

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    [10:14] Using hypnosis to cure non-epileptic seizures.

    [11:53] What is a forensic psychiatrist?

    [14:43] How hypnosis works.

    [17:54] Hypnosis and the flow state.

    [21:03] How hypnosis differs from meditation.

    [22:38] Determining one’s susceptibility to hypnosis.

    [27:21] I take the eye-roll test.

    [29:33] Thoughts on EMDR.

    [36:29] Therapeutic psychedelics and ego dissolution.

    [41:05] Potential adverse effects of hypnosis?

    [42:34] Accelerated TMS improves response to hypnosis.

    [44:25] Hypnosis as a tool for stress and pain relief.

    [48:56] David treats my back pain with hypnosis.

    [57:09] Replicating this effect with self-hypnosis.

    [57:57] Understanding the science of pain relief.

    [1:03:18] Filtering the hurt from the pain.

    [1:06:37] For us, not against us.

    [1:09:12] Hypnosis vs. other addiction interventions.

    [1:11:41] A mesmerizing tale of hypnotic history.

    [1:16:10] Most surprising patient outcomes.

    [1:24:53] Finding connection to treat the agitated.

    [1:28:40] Who is Reveri designed for?

    [1:31:15] Hypnosis as a first rather than last resort.

    [1:35:02] Further resources and final thoughts.

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    #730: Reed Hastings, Co-Founder of Netflix — How to Cultivate High Performance, The Art of Farming for Dissent, Favorite Failures, and More

    #730: Reed Hastings, Co-Founder of Netflix — How to Cultivate High Performance, The Art of Farming for Dissent, Favorite Failures, and More

    Reed Hastings became executive chairman of Netflix in 2023, after 25 years as CEO. He co-founded Netflix in 1997. Reed is also a majority owner of Powder Mountain. He is currently on the board of several educational organizations including KIPP and Pahara.

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    Timestamps:

    [06:34] Alfred Lee Loomis and Tuxedo Park.

    [07:53] Risk tolerance: nature or nurture?

    [10:56] Cultivating culture that “eats strategy for lunch.”

    [15:41] The logic behind generous severance.

    [17:02] Adapting to Pure chaos.

    [18:44] Reference checking potential hires.

    [20:29] Context vs. control.

    [22:35] Radical candor.

    [24:15] Guardrails for maintaining work/life balance.

    [27:04] Farming for dissent.

    [28:39] Believing in the green crystals.

    [30:54] High-performance team, not family.

    [31:59] The keeper test.

    [32:49] Fire and replace, or replace and fire?

    [33:59] Beyond Entrepreneurship and other recommended reading/viewing.

    [37:46] A favorite failure.

    [40:32] Outstanding leaders.

    [41:10] Reed’s two “religions.”

    [42:19] Powder Mountain.

    [44:44] How Powder Mountain differs from Reed’s other projects.

    [46:24] Powder Mountain’s biggest challenges ahead.

    [47:02] Could Reed ever really retire?

    [47:19] Best investments of time, energy, or money.

    [48:49] How can we improve education in the US?

    [52:48] What class would Reed teach?

    [53:59] Juggling projects without losing focus.

    [55:04] Philanthropy: Why Africa?

    [55:32] Being “big-hearted champions who pick up the trash.”

    [56:28] Reed’s billboard.

    [58:01] Parting thoughts.

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    #729: Legendary Actor Scott Glenn — How to Be Super Fit at 85, Lessons from Marlon Brando, How to Pursue Your Purpose, The Art of Serendipity, Stories of Gunslingers, and More

    #729: Legendary Actor Scott Glenn — How to Be Super Fit at 85, Lessons from Marlon Brando, How to Pursue Your Purpose, The Art of Serendipity, Stories of Gunslingers, and More

    Scott Glenn’s acting career spans nearly 60 years. His impressive film resume includes performances in Apocalypse Now, Urban Cowboy, The Right Stuff, Silverado, The Hunt for Red October, The Silence of the Lambs, Backdraft, The Virgin Suicides, and The Bourne Ultimatum. This year, Scott will return to HBO to join season 3 of The White Lotus.

    Timestamps for this episode are available below. Links to everything discussed: https://tim.blog/2024/03/27/scott-glenn/

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    Timestamps:

    [07:10] Idaho vs. Los Angeles.

    [13:26] Apocalypse Now, self-confidence soon after.

    [17:26] Burt Lancaster’s movie star lessons.

    [23:06] The birth and death of Wes Hightower.

    [32:22] Catching the attention of James Bridges.

    [35:42] Scarlet fever.

    [37:29] From Marine to police reporter.

    [42:12] Berghof Studios and parental advice.

    [50:44] Converting to Judaism.

    [53:36] Lao Tzu: the ultimate mystic?

    [58:16] Letting go with Killer Joe.

    [1:02:53] “Crazy Whitefella Thinking.”

    [1:08:31] Getting out of the way and Erwan Le Corre.

    [1:11:51] Lessons from the “morally phenomenal” Marlon Brando.

    [1:16:26] How Scott’s childhood bout with scarlet fever informed his life’s course.

    [1:19:05] Daily routines and exercises of an in-shape 85-year-old.

    [1:35:12] Securing a serendipitous skill set.

    [1:42:13] Thailand talk.

    [1:46:18] Increasing surface luck.

    [1:47:04] How Scott met and fell in love with his wife.

    [1:53:04] “Just dance.”

    [1:53:46] Mistakenly calling Rudolf Nureyev Russian.

    [1:55:57] Poetry.

    [2:00:01] What Laurence Olivier knew about the value of tenacity.

    [2:01:41] Parting thoughts.

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    #728: Seth Godin — Coaching Tim on Overcoming Resistance, Lessons from Isaac Asimov, Writing Secrets After 8,500+ Daily Blog Posts, The Dangers of Authenticity, Practices for Consistency, and Much More

    #728: Seth Godin — Coaching Tim on Overcoming Resistance, Lessons from Isaac Asimov, Writing Secrets After 8,500+ Daily Blog Posts, The Dangers of Authenticity, Practices for Consistency, and Much More

    Seth Godin is the author of 21 international bestsellers that have changed the way people think about work. Seth’s books include Tribes, Purple Cow, Linchpin, The Dip, and This Is Marketing. Seth writes one of the most popular marketing blogs in the world, and two of his TED talks are among the most popular of all time. His latest book is The Song of Significance: A New Manifesto for Teams

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    Timestamps:

    [06:14] Writing a provocation rather than a prescription.

    [13:08] Divvying up concepts.

    [16:25] Comprehension over complication.

    [18:58] How Seth fulfills a blog post’s purpose.

    [22:28] Claude AI vs. ChatGPT.

    [23:41] How Seth Godin as a Service (SGaaS) maintains consistency.

    [27:23] Simplification over exaggeration.

    [31:56] Working with Isaac Asimov and getting a Clue.

    [36:53] How Seth moves life’s story forward (even when he loves the current chapter).

    [43:28] Why does Seth write?

    [44:59] Is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of sinecure?

    [45:15] Parting thoughts.

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    #727: In Case You Missed It: February 2024 Recap of "The Tim Ferriss Show"

    #727: In Case You Missed It: February 2024 Recap of "The Tim Ferriss Show"

    This episode is brought to you by 5-Bullet Friday, my very own email newsletter.

    Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to deconstruct world-class performers to tease out the routines, habits, et cetera that you can apply to your own life. 

    This is a special inbetweenisode, which serves as a recap of the episodes from last month. It features a short clip from each conversation in one place so you can easily jump around to get a feel for the episode and guest.

    Based on your feedback, this format has been tweaked and improved since the first recap episode. For instance, listeners suggested that the bios for each guest can slow the momentum, so we moved all the bios to the end. 

    See it as a teaser. Something to whet your appetite. If you like what you hear, you can of course find the full episodes at tim.blog/podcast

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    Cal Newport: 00:03:17

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    William Ury: 00:15:52

    Soman Chainani: 00:23:38

    Full episode titles:

    Cal Newport — How to Embrace Slow Productivity, Build a Deep Life, Achieve Mastery, and Defend Your Time (#722)

    Claire Hughes Johnson, Building Stripe from 160 to 6,000+ Employees — How to Take Radical Ownership of Your Life and Career (#724)

    Master Negotiator William Ury — Proven Strategies and Amazing Stories from Warren Buffett, Nelson Mandela, Kim Jong Un, Hugo Chávez, and More (#721)

    Life Lessons from Taylor Swift, Conquering Anxiety, Coaching Teens, Career Reinvention, Supposedly Gay Bulls, Your Shadow Side, and More — Soman Chainani (#720)

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