What’s Your Money Worth?
Today, we’re facing a money paradox. The cost of goods and services increase while your salary stays the same. On top of that, the quality of the goods and services that you can afford is decreasing. How many times have you taken a trip to the local supermarket and found yourself contemplating the cost of moldy fruits?
When you look at global logistics and supply chains, it’s tough to think of how delays in one area can affect an entire ecosystem. But it’s the reality we live in today. The Suez Canal blockage of 2021 halted supply chains for a week, but the effects of that delay are expected to last for months. Crop production and shipments affected by the Omicron outbreak and climate chaos have limited the availability of French fries around the world, particularly in Southeast Asian fast food chains.
So what do we have to do? It’s time for the government to step in. Time to take out more debt to pay for these delays. But this is only a band-aid solution to a bullet wound. It’s one thing to have a shortage of good products in your local supermarkets and restaurants. But if your pay and purchasing power is not increasing alongside the price of goods and services as well, something is wrong.
This episode is scheduled for release on May 26, 2022. Here are Alexander and Jason’s fearless forecasts for the year ahead.
The last forecast is particularly noteworthy because it’s the start of a new system. People will stop relying on a fragile way of doing things and start creating smaller, more robust networks.
One challenge to having an incredibly interconnected network was that people started relying heavily on others to conduct business. While this meant that products could be manufactured faster and cheaper, it compromised their quality.
And beyond the products themselves, it also affected our capability for self-sustenance.
The resurgence of craftsmanship isn’t coincidence. The idea is that today’s generation wants to feel a sense of community and identity. They want to know that when they purchase products, they were created locally and their decision to purchase is supporting local communities as well.
It’s the same with TARTLE. You own 100 percent of your work and you are completely responsible for the creation and sharing of that information.
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This episode is a deep dive into the power of growing networks. Alexander and Jason begin by discussing Metcalfe’s Law, which refers to how the value of a network grows as each user joins. Over time, the users and their data become a powerful asset.
We had serious problems with definitions and data collection in Web 3.0. This made it difficult for us to understand the full extent of our technologies. We did not have the best opportunities to interact with data.
In TARTLE, the network is composed of millions of people that come on the system and function as an individual node. Each person willingly provides their data, which is essentially a definition of their worldview. After this, it is processed by AI.
There’s a reciprocity and sense of balance that did not exist in the traditional system. We’re no longer talking about just sharing information from one computer to another. This is a chance for human beings to be the nodes themselves.
It’s an important development for two reasons. First, the network becomes more robust as each person joins TARTLE. This means that the value, definition, and sovereignty you have over your information becomes stronger. Second, the protection of your digital rights increases as well.
Before TARTLE, we basically went on the internet and allowed big tech to put us in digital indentured servitude. The reality is that every time you go online, other people are using everything about you—your thoughts, emotions, behaviors, location—and for their own profit.
Now, TARTLE gives people an opportunity to build a strong network of direct communication, data privacy, and personal autonomy. This isn’t just another way to make money. When you sign up on the platform, you are supporting yourself and upholding others as well.
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Here are some issues worth mulling over when it comes to the development of AI: data protection. Biased decision-making. Bias in employment. The social impact on the environment. The future of warfare.
What are your thoughts regarding the impact of tech innovation on humanity? Don’t you think you deserve to have a say when it comes to how technology is being developed?
In this episode, Alexander McCaig welcomes Bernd Stahl back on the TCAST. The pair navigate some important questions regarding the ethics of artificial intelligence, and the impact of its progress.
One issue Alexander raised was regarding the top-down hierarchical approach that’s commonly been used in many different kinds of organizations, throughout the history of humanity. This approach usually backfires because all the power to decide is concentrated in the hands of an elite few. As a result, the people who form the base of the top-down approach are dependent on them.
However, AI can be developed in a way that would enable resource-holders to directly analyze the general public, using ethically-sourced data to power their algorithms. Through direct interaction with the communities that they want to research and develop, the benefits of future technology can better tickle down to those who need it the most.
But this system also poses risks, especially when the people who are being studied do not have a say in the amount of data that is taken from them. With this, Alexander McCaig raises the idea of allowing people to choose which data can enter these systems and be analyzed.
To this, Bernd Stahl discusses the magnitude of this initiative. While the European Union is trying to achieve this through its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Bernd Stahl points out that it can be difficult for the individual data subject to communicate their desires to the data collectors. In addition, data regulation needs to account for changes in consumer’s preferences over time because as humans, we aren’t very consistent in what we want.
Due to the complexity of this relationship, history has developed in a way that allowed companies to accumulate the resources and the power to benefit the most from AI. There is a strong recognition that this imbalance is problematic. It’s inequitable, it does not help humanity evolve or enforce equality, and it does not give the disenfranchised the best chances to succeed in life through technology.
So Alexander McCaig raised the question: what if we could work towards a collective decision on how we define the ethics and outcome of AI systems? If we agree on our vision of the future and focus our efforts on that as a collective, we could better inform the AI algorithms and help direct them to a clearer path. One that is in favor of humanity.
However, Bernd Stahl pointed out that vast differences in preferences and moral stances can make it difficult for us to agree on one clear direction.
AI is capable of helping us. This is undisputed. One area that Bernd Stahl believes AI can be most utilized is in medicine. For example, personalized medicine can look into the genome sequencing and medical history of an individual, and run it against other samples. This would potentially empower scientists, providing the information they need to tailor a specific combination of pharmaceuticals so that individuals can get bespoke treatment.
But are we maximizing the potential of our technologies, or allowing those seated in power to take a hefty cut of the benefits for their vested interests?
Bernd Stahl likened the creation of AI to the discovery of fire. If we could ask the first person to figure out what fire was to predict how vital it would be to the evolution of humanity, they would have no idea how to respond.
We can only work on what we know. This is why Bernd Stahl recommends looking at AI with continuous reflection and assessment. We need to be capable of seeing how AI is developing and providing our feedback.
And that’s why your data is worth billions.
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Big tech is making some big moves on your personal information.
Now, they’re making it look good by dressing it up with some fun statistics. For example, Spotify Unwrapped gives you a list of all the music you’ve listened to the most in the past year. Google Maps has a similar function. It compiles a neat list of all the countries, cities, and places you’ve visited.
It’s time to call this out for what it is: they’re showing you all the personal information they’ve gathered from you, and are keeping it in their systems.
Your location data is critical information. We’ve seen journalists, politicians, and gamers doxxed for one thing or the other on the internet.
In this episode, Alexander and Jason discuss how a Catholic priest was outed by a Christian publication. This happened because they tracked his location using Grindr, and found that he was visiting gay bars and private residence from 2018 to 2020. They concluded that it was his phone based on the location data as well.
“A mobile device correlated to Burrill emitted app data signals from the location-based hookup app Grindr on a near-daily basis during parts of 2018, 2019, and 2020 — at both his USCCB office and his USCCB-owned residence, as well as during USCCB meetings and events in other cities.” - The Pillar
That’s highly specialized location data. Three years of the priest’s whereabouts, being logged and stored by the app. And a data vendor was all it took to ruin his entire life.
Should he have been a priest if he was a closeted homosexual? That’s not what we’re trying to answer here. The core of this issue is that someone tracked this individual’s private choices and exposed them without their consent, without them even being aware that they were tracked in the first place.
Those fun end-of-the-year summaries on your app activity aren’t for free. They are blatantly telling you that you are the product, and you can have your data weaponized against you without your knowledge. That’s the kind of chaotic world we can expect with the inevitable weaponization of data.
This is a wake-up call for you to start being more vigilant about who and where you share your data. You need to own the information you create on your gadgets. Those are your personal assets and you worked hard to create them.
With TARTLE, you can take that information into your hands and choose to share it on your time, at your pace. Stop letting third parties and vendors take that away from you. Your choice, your time, your data.
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We are used to thinking that the universe revolves around us. That nothing superior to humanity could ever exist. But realistically, our time is only a small fraction in the billions and trillions of years that the universe has been in existence.
In this episode, Dr Avi Loeb returns to the podcast for a deeper dive into what the universe has to offer—and how human ego is preventing our capacity for human progress.
Once upon a time, the biblical story of Abraham and Lot was written. The lives of these two coincided with the arrival of a meteor that obliterated the entire region.
Religious narrative explains that this was a manifestation of God’s wrath. The city of Sodom was destroyed because of the sinfulness of its inhabitants. But the alternative is that it could have just been about a meteor that happened to hit that city.
Dr Avi Loeb’s point is that the narrative does not necessarily put humans at the center of a big event. This rock was heading for a collision course with Earth long before Sodom was constructed and inhabited by people who sinned.
For people to deserve punishment, we must assume that free will is a possibility. But how does this align with the reality that the meteor was already on its way to Earth millions of years before these people were even conceived?
These are interesting contradictions to think about. They are borne out of humanity’s desire to assign meaning and purpose to these events, with us at the center of everything.
Consider this: our recorded history only covers the past 10,000 years.
The amount of time it took for humans to create, develop, and launch rockets to the nearest star spans 50,000 years.
And stars were formed billions of years before the sun.
What does this tell you? It means that humanity is grappling with vast distances and incredibly long time scales. If there are other alien civilizations out there, it’s presumptuous to assume that they are the same as us.
What’s likelier is that they may not be synchronized with our progress, not just temporally but in terms of tech advancement as well. It wouldn’t be wise to assume that our existence has a massive impact on the entire timeline of the universe.
Human history has shown that groups of people are consistently trying to become superior over others. You only need to look at the results of the Second World War and the Nazi regime to see how destructive it can be to feel superior.
So what would help unite us and prioritize our equality?
Dr Avi Loeb believes we need to accept that we are not the smartest kid on the block. If there are alien civilizations, it’s more than possible that they have progressed faster and further than we have.
All our genetic differences are insignificant and meaningless. The Nazi doctrine, and other radical ideologies that seek to discriminate, will lose meaning.
“We will perhaps have more respect towards each other and regard all of us as equal members of the human species because there is a smarter kid on the block. How can you brag if there is someone much better than you are?” Dr Avi Loeb points out.
What good is our technology if we only use it to advance a particular niche that does not help the totality of human understanding? Take a closer look at what’s being developed and you’ll notice that the benefits of these innovations are not always aligned with humanity. We need to stop advancing technology just for the sake of making bigger and better-looking technologies.
To guarantee our preservation, we need to humble ourselves and bring our focus back to humanity. We won’t progress if we don’t unite. We won’t know more if we’re too afraid to disprove the theories we hold so close and dear to ourselves. And we won’t know how to empower ourselves if we think that we already have the answers, by some misplaced idea that we are at the center of the universe.
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What’s something you’ve done in the past month that, you believe, has an impact on humanity’s evolution? Or, at the very least, your personal evolution in your human experience?
We’ve innovated and developed so many technologies to help improve our quality of living. Think of the machinery and AI that goes into putting food on our tables. From local farms to processing areas to grocery stores, we are incredibly lucky to be living in such comfortable times.
But what if we could still take things a step further? Imagine a future where you can bypass grocery stores and farms because you’ve got your food growing on your very own kitchen counter.
The reality is that we spend a lot of time in transit to other activities. For example, our daily commutes to and from work. Our “quick trips” to the local supermarket. These activities disrupt our regular flow. And while it’s true that some of us may find these activities enjoyable, it feels more like we’re adapting to the mediocrity of what is instead of fighting for what can be.
We can spend more time finding enjoyment in connecting with nature, the way we were meant to do so. Hiking, going to the park, taking your dogs on a walk. Spending time with our families. These are the evolutive and cultural things that need to occur for you to increase your self-awareness.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to take some pretty ingenious measures so we could ensure the survival of our loved ones and our communities. For example, businesses started allowing work from home setups. In some places around the world, grocery vans patrol the area and allow people to buy without leaving their homes.
This sudden change in our daily flow may not have been the best introduction to a more introspective life. But it’s a glimpse to a world where we are capable of being more self-sufficient. Where opportunities come knocking at our door, instead of the other way around.
Someday, the internet will become a place where we can fully live in, with our five senses. We can create avatars of ourselves and “travel” to meetings with teammates from around the world. We would also be living under a digital economy, where users can create, buy, and sell goods.
It’s difficult to pin down the full scope of what the metaverse is, because how accurately can we paint a picture of a world that’s yet to come? What we can tell you is that if we play our cards right today, the research and development in these technologies should create a world where humanity is at the center of its evolution.
Where we have the opportunity to truly transcend, to live out the authentic human experience.
Technology gives us the capacity to remove redundancies that do not contribute to our evolution. All those routine activities that you used to have to do, just to survive? Let them be managed automatically by machine learning and AI. That way, we can focus on the things that make us human.
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Creating a one-size-fits-all learning process is incredibly difficult. When it comes to learning, each person has a different way of approaching and comprehending certain topics. This is why computer scientists are always developing new technologies to complement different types of learning.
One common misconception is that education technology (edtech) is a fairly recent phenomenon. Justin Reich points out that computer scientists and learning scientists have partnered together to create computer programs that help teach human beings ever since the beginning of the technology—even when we still worked with those computers that took up entire rooms.
In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Justin Reich discuss how edtech can be used to strengthen the school system—and in turn, what we need to do to make the most out of these new developments.
Is our current school system set up to accommodate a variety of learning styles? There is only so much that a human teacher can do, especially if they are assigned to teach large groups of students. Imagine having to effectively tweak your instruction to maximize the learning experience for 26 elementary students, who are all learning the basics of education; or a lecture hall of 140 college undergraduates, who are expected to build on what they already know by following new lines of reasoning.
This is where machines come in. The expectation is that they optimize the individual learning trajectories of each student.
The key to making the most out of these new technologies is to set reasonable expectations. These technologies were not created to disrupt or overhaul existing systems; rather, as Justin Reich puts it, they were created to “be domesticated” by the complex and rich educational systems that we already have in place.
Our job is to look at these new technologies, not to replace our systems of learning, but to see where they can fit in a particular place, for a particular population, and with a particular purpose in mind. There is nothing disruptive about their presence.
One exciting thing about being a human is that we are all incredibly different. We have different interests, cultural backgrounds, background knowledge, and personal preferences. And one key feature of human brains is that we have a limited working memory.
This means that the field of education is constantly trying to find a sweet spot between this duality: in some cases, we’re all the same; but in others, we’re all wonderfully different.
What environment helps you learn effectively? On one end of the spectrum, learning amidst peers and from mentors is necessary. For these people, education must have a social aspect, or a peer review of sorts, for it to be truly effective. These people struggle with online learning, remote education, and edtech.
On the other end of the spectrum, we also have those who prefer learning everything from online, behind the comfort of an internet screen. They process information best when learning is independent and self-directed.
Of course, there’s no need to be one or the other completely. Plenty of us fall in the middle, where online learning is okay but must be supplemented with a social aspect as well.
How do we strike a balance between automation and creative reasoning? One strength of computer-based learning is that you can use incredibly effective tools to evaluate the quality of your computation. However, technology does not yet have the capabilities to evaluate an individual’s ability to reason from evidence.
For example, becoming a musician takes a lot of work. True musicians don’t just play pieces; they also know how to execute beautiful, emotionally-charged orchestral performances. Behind the scenes, a pianist needs to spend hours on end just practicing their scales because this helps develop mastery and fluency in specific parts of that domain.
Once this part of the performance is committed to memory, pianists can move into more complex performances where they can quickly recall these well-rehearsed materials, while their attention shifts to other aspects of the piece such as tone, speed, and strength.
Flight simulators work in a similar way. They aren’t expected to teach you everything about flying a plane. This technology exists so that you can learn how to mentally automate certain aspects of flight, so that you can shift your attention to other experiential concerns when you get to work on the real deal.
Justin Reich points out that there are two challenges with teaching people how to reason. First, humanity does not have a universal set of reasoning facilities. This means that the way we reason differs depending on the topic we are on. For example, we can’t apply the reasoning we use in cooking to hairdressing.
Second, plenty of evidence suggests that people who are capable of reasoning proficiently, have made it to that point because they have deep factual knowledge in the domain in which they are reasoning.
On that note, Justin Reich revealed that his perspective of an ideal school system would be capable of two things. First, it is capable of finding things that individuals have a natural affinity for and care about, and then creating the avenues to help them develop their proficiencies. Second, it should be able to have a consensus about topics and ideas that the system believes everybody should know about.
This creates a good sounding board for people to start developing their reasoning skills.
Changes in the education system don’t just happen because we innovate new technologies. We also need to look at tweaking the curriculum, looking at professional development, analyzing schedules, testing the relevance of our systems. This is not just an organizational change, but a political and social one as well.
As Justin Reich puts it, it’s not about removing everything and replacing it with something else. It’s a step by step process of making something a little bit better right now, so that we have the capacity to change again.
Every tech solution poses new questions is a human capital problem. The introduction of new technologies must be accompanied by human support. That’s how we can make edtech, and the human learning experience, more effective and meaningful.
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What possibilities can we explore in a world where everyone can get direct access to the technologies they need to go beyond? What if you could access a whole new dimension of analysis for your business?
In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby discuss how TARTLE’s API can benefit organizations, especially startups, all over the world.
Alexander McCaig makes it very clear in the podcast: TARTLE has worked hard to create a public-facing API. The document is available for anybody who becomes a buyer on TARTLE; once they’ve signed up and had their accounts verified, they can come in and connect their servers to ours.
No paywall. No fuss. Just this chance to supercharge your startup.
This is an opportunity for people to enhance their work—regardless of whether it’s a product, service, or app—by having those direct conversations with TARTLE’s servers. It’s designed to be developer-friendly, and to encourage you to be creative. We give you the opportunity to get direct feedback into your target market.
The first step is to head over to our website and sign up as a buyer. After that, you can take a look at our API documentation. It’s short and sweet, composed of only seven to 10 lines of code.
After that, you can pull it into your staging servers and run tests on the data you can pull down, to make sure it works.
You can contact us to obtain your API credentials for production and we’ll get back to you as fast as possible. Regardless of whether you are a startup in the United States or anywhere else around the world, TARTLE wants to empower you. We want you to supercharge your data sets, algorithms, and products and services through our API.
What makes us different is this: we do not charge you for calling on the API. Our platform is completely free. In status quo, other businesses would charge you for every single time you access the API. To make matters worse, everything is on a contract basis—so it’s all out of control.
Remote work? Flexible working hours? These new trends aren’t just a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic (although it’s definitely helped companies adopt these practices faster). Even before these practices became widespread, companies have expressed interest in changing. In putting people first before profits. And they need technology that can do the same thing.
We are driven to do better and be better for the next generation. We’ve seen one too many tech companies growing into big, amalgamous entities that just grab whatever data they can get from people, using it without getting any clear consent from the data source, and definitely not compensating everybody for its use.
We are all consumers, participating in a system that should also work for us. TARTLE is built to make this possibility a reality.
The TARTLE buyer API will allow for powerful new features for buyers to request and collect data. Providing a free and easy to use API empowers data buyers to build on top of the TARTLE platform, which in turn improves liquidity for data sellers.
Developer-focused tools for buyers represent a mature evolution of TARTLE toward a fair and equitable meeting place for exchange of personal data. It is our goal to place the tools into the hands of data buyers to create things beyond our own imagination, and we look forward to the interesting uses which will be built on top of our platform.
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In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Jason Rigby compare gold, Bitcoin, and TARTLE. We’re looking at the evolution of money happening as we speak.
To start the discussion, Jason Rigby introduces a Twitter thread written by a user with the handle @SovereignSaxon, on episode 5 of The Saylor Series. This episode covers how Bitcoin is a “harder, smarter, stronger, and faster technology,” and compares it to gold.
Relative to other metals, gold is a little soft. But as an individual, it does have some hardness to it. Bitcoin, on the other hand, is harder because of its 21 million cap and stock to flow mechanism.
Beyond this, Bitcoin is also more antifragile because its network becomes stronger when more machines process it and more people own it. With gold, the amount of machines working on the earth, as well as the labor that goes into processing it, is what determines the cost of gold. But increasing the manpower and labor won’t make that network of mining and logistics any stronger.
In addition, gold is not as fast or as smart as Bitcoin. After all, Bitcoin doesn’t weigh anything—so nobody has to worry about the logistics of physically transporting gold from one place to another.
Gold isn’t smart, either. It’s just rock, or as Alexander McCaig puts it, “a crystalline structure doing its thing.” This means that gold does not have the capacity to evolve to fit the needs of humanity, unless we change the system in which it operates ourselves.
What’s one way that TARTLE and Bitcoin are alike? TARTLE is flexible because the network evolves based on how people are using it. Bitcoin is composed of several elements: the software running on hardware, the hardware running in facilities that are plugged in the firm, the people operating and writing that software, and so on.
The people within the Bitcoin ecosystem work on improving branches of the cryptocurrency on multiple levels. They’re improving the Square wallet, Binance exchanges, backend server exchanges, front-end client softwares, and more. Educators, communicators, analysts, and other experts from a wide variety of fields get to participate in the evolution of the network.
The TARTLE Marketplace functions in a similar manner. It’s the same thing. That’s why our users are called data champions. But what elevates TARTLE is its structure: the platform is instantaneous, completely feeless, and ultra low-energy. This means that the processing power required to run our software is minimal, even across millions of apps.
TARTLE is capable of adapting to whatever humanity needs it to be. The platform was built to be flexible. Creating data and putting value in that data will always be an important aspect of technology.
The TARTLE Marketplace is different from Bitcoin because with the latter, there is only value in one area, which is the Bitcoin itself. In TARTLE, however, there are many millions of assets of different values. And people are free to change that as they see fit.
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What does it mean to be a sherpa? To find meaning in helping others along their path to success?
Here at TARTLE, our team is excited to welcome people from all over the world, with unique skills and talents that allows us to develop the technology we need, to make the Marketplace a reality.
If there’s anybody who’s job makes this vocation clear, it’s Matthew’s. Matthew Smith is TARTLE’s Head of Customer Success. In this episode, Alexander McCaig and Matthew Smith discuss the unique nature of Matthew’s position in the organization.
Matthew Smith’s work for TARTLE involves making the platform more accessible to people around the world. If his name rings a bell, you may know him from our walkthrough videos. As he pointed out in the episode, some users may find it difficult to navigate the Marketplace at first glance.
This is what inspired him to become the voice behind the videos that teach us how to fill out and sell a packet, configure autosell, transfer your data from your social media accounts, and all those different aspects of the TARTLE Marketplace.
Technology should be developed with the goal of helping those in disenfranchised communities or in substandard living conditions. Admittedly, this is a multifaceted issue with many ways we can approach it. The TARTLE approach is to have more companies getting their data ethically from individuals, and incentivizing those individuals for their work.
In addition, tech companies and researchers also need to think of innovation as requiring a human touch. Artificial intelligence can only go so far in making a system fast, efficient, and easy to navigate. But human connection and empathy is what will make the system stand the test of time.
It’s what you need to establish a relationship with other people around the world.
The TARTLE platform wants to reward those who put in the hard work and effort to fill out the packets, and then sell their data. Yes, there is a process in place—but it’s not prohibitively challenging to enter the Marketplace and start selling your data. At every step, our team has worked extensively to empower you and help you forge your own path, with your own data.
That’s the TARTLE culture. We’re not here to take a cut from your profits or seize control of your assets. We’re only here to facilitate a safe and secure data marketplace. Everything you work for on TARTLE is paid to you in full.
That’s our guarantee. Because we know what your data’s worth.
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