Canberra Floriade 2018


If you are interested in what Elon Musk said rather than the fact that he smoked Marijuana and people went crazy and Tesla shares dropped – read on.

  • AI – AI is not necessarily bad, it’s just going to be outside of human control… AI will be used as a weapon so the on ramp to serious AI – the danger is going to be more humans using it against each other. – 13min
  • Cybernetic collective or Cyber physical systems (CPS) – Any group of people – a company – is essentially a cybernetic collective of people and machines. There are different levels of complexity in the way these companies are formed. And then there is sort of a collective AI in the google search where we are all plugged in like nodes on a network. Like leaves on a big tree, where we are all feeding this network with our questions and answers. We are all collectively programming the AI. And Google and plus all the humans that connect to it are one giant cybernetic collective… that are constantly connected – 16min
  • Limbic resonance – The more limbic resonance the more engagement. Things are getting more and more connected. They are at this point constrained by bandwidth, our input output is slow, particularly output. Images are a way of communicating at high bandwidth – 19min
  • Superhuman cognition – The limbic system and the cortex are in a symbiotic relationship. The cortex is mostly in service to the limbic system. That’s what most of that computing power is arched towards. Now if we have a third layer which is the AI extension of yourself that is also symbiotic and there is enough bandwidth between the cortex and the AI extension of yourself such that the AI doesn’t defect or separate. Then that could be a positive outcome for the future. It will enable anyone who wants to have superhuman cognition. 26min
  • Human machine symbiosis – You are already a cyborg because your phone is an extension of yourself. It’s just that the data rate – rate of communication between you and the cybernetic extension of yourself that is your phone and computer is slow. It’s like a tiny straw of information flow between your biological self and your digital self. We need to make that tiny straw like a giant river, a huge, high-bandwidth interface. We need to expand the information flow between your biological self and your digital self. High bandwidth interface. It’s an interface problem. A data rate problem. Solve the data rate problem and I think we can hang onto human machine symbiosis through the long term. – 28min
  • If your biological self dies, you can upload into a new unit – 30min
  • Virtual reality – At some point technology will be indistinguishable from reality…this could be some simulation. If you assume any rate of improvement at all then games will be indistinguishable from reality or civilisation will end. One of those two things will occur. 44min
  • I think most likely, there are many simulations. These simulations, you might as well call them reality or multiverse. They are running on the substrate. That substrate is probably boring… I think if we are a simulation, it’s really boring outside the simulation. You make simulation that is way more interesting than reality. – 50min
  • The Tesla is programmed to ‘dance’ to ‘ballet’ (see for yourself)… I’m going to put video games in it.
  • 3D Traffic – You can have 100 levels of tunnel no problem. The fundamental issue with roads is that you have a 2D transport system and a 3D living and workspace environment so you have concentrated work environments and then you want to go into this 2D transport system which is pretty low density because cars are spaced out pretty far. And you are going to have traffic guaranteed. But if you can have 3D traffic system then you can solve all traffic. You can either go 3D up with a flying car or you can go 3D down with tunnels. You can arbitrarily relieve any traffic. You can go further down with tunnels than you can go up with buildings.
  • Flying cars – Too noisy and there’s too much airflow. The fundamental issues with flying cars is … Think about how loud toy drones are and how much air they blow. Now imagine that a thousand times heavier. Your neighbours are not going to be happy if you land a flying car in your backyard. 1hr 09min
  • Smokes a single puff of a joint at 2hr 10min
  • I like to get things done. I like to be useful. That is one of the hardest things to do – to be useful. 2hr 19min

The full video is available on Youtube here


There is a documentary on Netflix called ‘The True Cost’ that has left me a little shook.

The documentary is about  the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world.

While I have known this because of coverage of garment factory collapses, protests for fair working conditions and the amount of clothes in landfill – the breadth of the collective damage this is doing to our planet, our fellow humans and our own sense of worth has escaped me till now.

The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. We jump for joy as we run to the sales but forget that the process to make these cheap clothes come at a cost.

Our Earth is a finite resource that we do not respect, take care of and cost accordingly.
Our fellow humans efforts are not ‘cheap labour’ and should be costed accordingly.
Our footprint from buying clothes almost every day or week is collectively leaving tonnes of material in landfill that will be there for 200 years

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, the documentary invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

The documentary makes you think about who really pays the price for our clothing? The workers? the planet? us? or all of the above?

What is the true cost of your chosen skin?

I have decided that I will:

  1. Stop buying anything new – My wardrobe is colossal and I need to acknowledge it.
  2. Evaluate what I have – Go through my clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery to compartmentalise my wardrobe more thoughtfully so that I can be creative with what I have by styling and restyling pieces and thereby avoiding the temptation to buy more.
  3. Use sites like gumtree and places like fashion markets – Find people to give or sell my old or outgrown clothes to – they will actually wear it rather than it end up in landfill.
  4. Buy ethical – If I must buy, I will focus on ethical quality long lasting pieces over price.
  5. Reflect on my style – Focus on what suits me rather than fashion ‘trends’ I will outgrow or won’t suit me.
  6. I promise – to ask myself ‘what is the true cost’ of every item I pick up.

Do you?

A video tour of my food journeys in Melbourne

Stress can be a postive

Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort.

On 29th July, two students were killed and 12 injured when a bus plowed into a bus stand in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. In a country where such deaths were frequent, this could have been just another body on just another day.

But the students of Bangladesh have had enough. Enough of the selfishness, corruption and rampant denial of human rights. They have taken to the streets to demand justice, order and law in a country where all three are rare.

Students of Bangladesh – I salute you and pray for your safety and success.
You make us proud. In the words of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Amra jodi na jaagi ma, kemne shokal hobe?