Cloud communities

Posted: April 3, 2021 by datechguy in Uncategorized

Politics continues to infect every facet of American life, with Major League Baseball now chiming in on the “controversial” Georgia election law by removing its All Star Game and 2022 Draft from Atlanta. This comes just days after MLB announced a partnership with Chinese conglomerate Tencent. Apparently MLB is fine with doing business in China, where they systematically rape Uyghur women, and also fine with punishing fellow Americans in Georgia, where they require you show ID to vote. Just like they do in pretty much every other democracy in the world.

And most other European democracies ban mail-in ballots, too. Will MLB also be boycotting the Toronto Blue Jays? It’s always striking how the Left, which loves little more than to pine for European-style socialism, ignores European levelheadedness.

But that’s the state of things. Corporations continue to choose the woke Left’s call to politicize everything over middle America’s cry to shut up and play ball. Writer Roger Simon argues that it’s time for conservatives to build an alternate world, and there’s something to be said for that.  It’s unfortunate, because it further divides Americans when that’s the last thing we need, but to otherwise surrender to emotional bullying is likewise unacceptable.

Which makes what investor Balaji Srinivasan recently launched sort of interesting.  Srinivasan is the former Chief Technology Officer of major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, and a founder of multiple startups. He also holds a MS in Chemical Engineering and an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering, all from Stanford University.

One of those guys.

But he recently launched a project called 1729, which he calls “the first newsletter that pays you.” And that’s what it is — a newsletter. Its goal is to create a “cloud community” of “technological progressives” — people interested in “cryptocurrencies, startup cities, mathematics, transhumanism, space travel, reversing aging, and initially-crazy-seeming-but-technologically-feasible ideas.” And with the newsletter, he provides incentives – typically, cryptocurrency, at least so far — for subscribers to achieve goals based around certain concepts, such as new business ideas, health-oriented goals, educational goals (subscribers could earn $100 in crypto by learning some computer coding).

It’s an interesting attempt at creating a unique community, and as the online and virtual worlds make remote or cloud communities possible, there will likely be more of them.

Worth keeping an eye on, perhaps especially as an example for conservatives.

At least, so long as the overlords allow it.

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