To start the conversation off, this is a first draft on this opening thread:
What are the possible ways to define a "Permacomputer".
Suppose we dream of technology, with many different ways to implement a shared computer of permanence (Permacomputer), built by the people for the people. Similar to using the tap for drinking water or AC Electricity to run machines. An always on computer by the people, for the people. One which is durable, and easy to repair. One where all parts, all layers of abstraction are accessible to the human operators.
Suppose we built so many different implementations that we found patterns where accepting certain properties, constraints, or trade-offs we could generate self-renewing abundance (as manifested naturally by such a system) simply choosing the right patterns and designs to optimize toward the ideal positive steady growth state. Suppose the technology already exists but it just has not been creatively linked in the proper orentation yet.
Suppose we decide to build a Permacomputer which optimizes for the trivium key operating values of Truth, Freedom, and Love.
Suppose we use rigor to define and agree on the meaning of those key operating values. What technological properties would we need to ensure the maximum Truth, Freedom, and Love would result just by humans participating in this system?
So how do we solve for (and protect) these three key values using today's existing technologies? What properties does our Permacomputer need to become alive and grow indefinitely?
For Truth, I think the source code must be open source and free. In fact, the core parts of the machine should ideally be public domain (without license or warranty). This will allow us to treat our code bases as seeds which could sprout on any abandoned technology. I think for now the reference implementation will use Python but all have Freedom to port the ideas to Rust (or Rails).
For Freedom, All interactions on the Permacomputer are voluntary. Nobody is forcing you to upload content to the Permacomputer, just like nobody forces you to upload data into Corporate owned social media sites which have a monopoly. When you upload your content to the Permacomputer you have implicitly also agreed to the terms of the nature of the system. For example, if you configure content to be public, and you make the price $0, anyone can download the content how ever they please off the servers. Public data labeled free will be distributed over cloud object stores and then seeded via bittorrent. You must be the creator of the content to upload it, the Permacomputer should have systems in place to attempt to prevent plagerism. That said, you are free to remix and collaborate with who ever you want, so long as it's voluntary and cool with all the humans involved. You are free to create and share here, think of this like the radio broadcasting your work out to anyone who might be interested.
Finally Love, Freedom only works when we hold it with Love. We believe in personal Freedoms so longs as they don't hurt others. We know that the law of attraction manifests collaboration & cooperation from the smallest parts like our models of the atom, to a single cell, to a human's body, to the mind & the global subconscious. This law is love. Love is not always right but it's the fuel, it's what drives this whole mad universe and it's you and it's me and we are excellent! Can you imagine, your heart beating for you each and everyday, the bacteria in your gut digesting food for your cells to uptake and absorb. Everything in perfect balance and homeostasis! Sure we may fall ill, but our bodies repair even without our focus. In fact it's often better to sleep when feeling sick and shut of the conscious ego altogether and slip into lala land to the place of archetypes, the shadow, the subconscious, and unconscious. Our bodies rescue us, we do nothing (wu wei) and only need to wait through the uncomfortable now. A new day will rise and after a short time we feel whole again. We have all experienced this. We know this because this is love. Our bodies love us and if we treat others inside this Permacomputer system with love, I don't see why Freedom cannot find a natural balance, especially if love were inherently part of the technological constraints and engineering decisions. You know what true love is, you might have forgotten, but you know it, and I love you.
So in the comments below, perhaps we talk about existing technologies both centralized and distributed computing stacks. Let's talk about bittorrent. Let's talk about the game changing Cloudflare R2 (AWS S3 compatible object store). Let's talk about the "pirate" peer-to-peer distribution networks of the 1990's and 2000's. Let's talk cryptography. Let's talk crypto currencies. Let's talk about how to build a distributed and permanent computer owned and operated by the people. Let's keep costs down close to zero. Let's talk about IPv4 and IPv6. Let's think inside and outside the box. After a couple of weeks this thread will be moved to the forum and a new thread will be posed to help the group move forward with either more creative thought or creative action. Right now we are searching to understand each of our specialized knowledge as a group.
I'm working on setting up a matrix server for the people of the community who work better via async instant messages or chat. All communications on this server will be encrypted so if you are interested please install the Element client and get yourself familiar with it, I think the core team will likely use it.
If you are coming here just for support, please check back in a couple weeks, I'm going to be posting videos here before any other platforms. My next step is to move all my content under this domain free from advertisements or tracking! Thank you all for your support and for visiting this link, you are very early but I'm rushing to get everything ready for many great minds to share with each other.
Please feel free to express yourself (more than normal social media, this is the real Internet after all), but try not to offend. When in doubt aim for Truth, Freedom, and Love in your interactions on this forum.
For more details about the type of discourse which is acceptable, check out my blog post:
I Reject Monopoly Of Moderation.
I'm very happy you are here, thank you again!