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About Neville

NevBlog.com - Tracking the road to financial success from the age of 22 (now 27).

Netflix quote

“The customers are giving us their money, and it’s our job to turn that money into joy.”
–Reed Hastings – CEO of NetFlix

Soundbyte from A16Z podcast (episode here).

random thoughts on what will be disrupted next

it’s kind of fun to watch things get “disrupted” really fast.

In my lifetime some memorable things I’ve seen disrupted or replaced were:

  • Floppy disks sort-of-slowly got replaced with CD-ROM’s.
  • VCR’s slowly got replaced with DVD’s.
  • Music from analog, to digital-through-a-disk, to pure digital.
  • In college they completely removed every book from this massive library and turned the whole damn thing into a computer lab and co-working space that was laptop friendly.
  • Buying software from a store.  WTF??  Can you even DO that anymore?
  • Having to “search” for knowledge.  It used to be a chore, now it’s incredibly accessible.

There’s usually some “outrage” in the beginning of any disruption (“But encyclopedias are an institution! You can’t replace them with this “computer” thing!”), then in like 6 months no gives a shit anymore because the new technology is soooo much better and everything adapts in short order. I

Every single one of those “disruptions” I witnessed allowed humans to be more productive, lead better and more fun lives, and allowed people who previously couldn’t afford something (such as being able to store gigabytes of information) completely accessible.

  • Wired headphones are dying right now.  Soon as I got Apple AirPods and used them for a week, then tried clunky-ass wired headphones I was disgusted by them.  There’s like…WIRES and crap hanging all over me.
  • I think eyeglasses are going to be the next big industry to get some serious competition from tech companies.  I’ve used Google Glass, the SnapChat Spectacles etc……and while those products aren’t insanely useful at the moment, once battery, computational power, and visualization projections shrink just a TAD more………”useful eyewear” will become a thing.  This trend will play out just like watches: Digital watches have been around forever, but then in one fell swoop Apple released one that was truly functional, and literally the next year they were the 2nd largest watch maker in the world.  And the technology keeps iterating better and better.
  • Screens. This one is a bit away, but eventually when everyone has some sort of digital eyewear, you won’t really need giant TV screens or phone screens.  Your entire field of vision could be a screen.  I think screens will get so thin, so durable, so crisp, and so cheap that they’ll be used to emulate scenery on walls like it’s a window.  Imagine being able to live in a lame white-walled square room, but you slap some screens on the wall that truly make it seem like you have a penthouse view of Manhattan!
  • Cars you drive yourself.  I can’t wait for this.  Instead of a Mercedes, I would rather own a crap-tastic 1979 Toyota Minivan with a hole in the floor IF IT DRIVES ITSELF.  Driving is lame and dangerous and a huge burden and waste of time.  It’s already clear Tesla is the dominant leader in this, and every single car company on the planet will transition shortly after.
  • Software. Right now humans write software.  Eventually you’ll be able to describe a problem you want solved to a sufficiently clever AI, and it will design the software FOR YOU.  For example you can say: “Hey Siri, make me a software that let’s users register an account and then tracks all their social media accounts from one app” and it would do it. This would take a human a while do drum up….but a computer could do it in a few seconds complete with human-simulated testing and re-iterations of the software for maximum speed and usability.

As I get older I think the thing that will leave me behind is virtual worlds.  By the time VR/AR is prime-time ready I’ll be at least 40+.  For me it will be a novelty, and I would use it a bit, but the kids being born at that time will just THINK THIS IS THE WAY YOU LIVE.  They will likely grow in some sort of hybrid real/virtual world where they can “travel to space” from the safety of their home or talk to their friends like they’re in the room.

Just like kids now just expect TV’s to be thin, and phones to be these durable pieces of glass you can play with and access any information, the kids of the future will “see” and experience the world in different (and way cooler) way.

End rant :)
-N

 

Death Calculator – When Am I Going to Die (and how)

WHEN DO YOU WANT TO DIE?

If you die on . You have left to live.

Total Years left:
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The date that’s automatically entered is when I would like to die (November 17th, 2067). That will be my 85th birthday, and if I’m not dead already by then, I’ll make it happen.

I can’t recklessly kill myself at 85 though, there will be a small set of rules around it:

  • I can’t cause extra work or inconvenience for living people (so no crashing a car at 120mph off a cliff, some team of people would have to spend money & time cleaning that up).
  • Completely wrap up all family and business affairs.
  • I can’t hurt anyone else in the process.
  • Can’t do it in a way that bums people out.

 

The current coolest way I can think to do this (and adhere to all rules) is:

  • Skydive into an active volcano.

I was born Zoroastrian (a really small religion), and a neat thing about the ways Zoroastrians in India handle dead bodies is they leave the body out for vultures to eat.

The theory behind this is your body goes back into the Earth.

I always thought this was kind of a neat solution.

By skydiving into an active volcano I would:
-Go back into the Earth.
-Wouldn’t hurt anyone.
-Would also get to SKYDIVE INTO AN ACTIVE VOLCANO which let’s be honest…..sounds awesome!

This idea has been with me for a really really long time. The way death is handled and discussed is currently pretty lame.

Think about it:
Every single person that has ever lived in the history of Earth…..has so far died. Therefore I think this “dying” concept is something that warrants some conversation, and maybe even a more humane way of doing it.

There’s many reasons I am a proponent of legalized euthanasia:

1.) You can’t control when you’re born, but you can control when you die. This can make a lot of people’s final years much more enjoyable and comfortable.

2.) By controlling the date of your death you can correctly forecast how much money you will need to live out your life. If you don’t know the date, you could live for 1 year or 30 years more. Those two different options require vastly different sums of money and planning.

3.) I equate the mental construct of “knowing my expiration date” to cramming for a test:
If you have a geography test in 6 months, you will probably not care too much at this moment and goof off. However if you have a geography test in three hours, you will probably buckle down and study like crazy!

For me personally, knowing the expiration date helps me do more things while I’m alive.

Some background about where this idea came from:
1.) I read a lot of books in middle school and high school that discussed this subject, and it made perfect sense that people should plan for their death. It almost sounds silly NOT to.

2.) On trips to India I’d see people being kept alive that in all honesty should just be put down. If someone’s life is full of misery and pain with no end in sight (in fact it’ll probably just get worse), why not put them down comfortably and in a humane way? We put down our beloved dogs like that because we want them to be comfortable, why not us?

3.) In high school I volunteered in an Alzheimers ward. It truly showed me how humans are mechanical machines that like all other machines tend to break down, require more and more maintenance, and at some point, need to be decommissioned.

Believe it or not I was heartless enough NOT to be affected by the patients with Alzheimers. I could handle that. What I DID feel was when the families of those patients would come to visit the Alzheimers ward, and the patient wouldn’t even recognize their own daughter or son or grandkids. Watching those people break down in tears from their loved ones not even recognizing them….I get slightly teary just thinking about it.

Common retorts to this argument:

“What if medicine advances and at 85 years old it’s like you’re 20?”
In that case I would modify the decision based on those new life circumstances. The equation I’d use is simple:

If life is sucky = Get ready for that volcano jump!
If life is great = Maybe keep on going.

“Don’t you want to live forever?”
Meh. Not really. I’d like to enjoy my time on stage, and then exit when the time feels right.

“How do you KNOW you won’t chicken out and not do it????”
This is an action I intend to take over 50+ years into the future, there’s no way to know for SURE this will still be my decision at the time. However at the moment, with the current state of technology, it is.

Sincerely,
Neville Medhora (1982 – 2067)

P.S. If you’d like to see how much time (in years/months/days/hours/minutes/seconds) you have to live, there’s a working Death Calculator at the top of this post!

2016 re-cap

Random list of things in 2016 so I don’t forget:

  • Spent New Year’s in New Zealand. Bungee, King’s College, saw a hypnotist,
  • Went to Australia after that, surfed at Bondi.
  • Skywriting experiment with drone.
  • Last of NevBox’s sold/gifted.
  • Played with ConversionXL eye tracking tech.
  • Onesie Workout for Noah’s Bday.
  • Horseshoe Bay rental weekend w/ boats & jet ski’s.
  • AIWA AI prank on Chad.
  • 3rd best mini gold course.
  • Stayed consistent in working out. Not too much, not too little, just right.
  • Stayed consistent in work output. Not too much, not too little, just right.
  • Tucker IMP.
  • SXSW. Casey Neistat. Threw big friends brunch party @ Whitley. Afterparty.
  • Random penthouse party @ Hilton.
  • Last night WeWork hang w/ dog.
  • Prince Mohammed Bin Al Medhora social experiment. Totally worked. Can never do again.
  • Houston for parents play.
  • Little Aaron’s bday at kids park.
  • GAF N bday present and bar.
  • Prince / Michael Jackson shirt switch accident.
  • Played with new VR and Hololens @ MM w/ John
  • Mark/Nao Wedding.
  • Ser/Viv playdate.
  • SF for HustleCon 2016. Apple Watch, SidBurrito, Andrew Warner, L/S’s place stay.
  • Charlie Hoehn bubble soccer bday @ Long Center.
  • N scooter random east side explore.
  • Denver to speak at printers.
  • Chicago for Z Games. Acroyoga, RA’ing, JungleBallers, Club night, D’s place with 12 peeps after.
  • FirstDraft start. FirstDraft Die.
  • Grilling pool parties.
  • Romeo visit.
  • SD visit.
  • FinCon 2016.  S, N, P, A.
  • SanFrancisco month. Sam’s, Sid, FB visit, Google talk Ryan Holiday, W hotel, TheHustle, Mixergy, Ramon’s boat & Bay island visit, JR meetup and nitrogen ice cream, Founders Fund visit, A visit after, google trip, Navroz in Freemont.
  • Rob’s bday dance.
  • SumoCon and speech.
  • Guys trip to cabin in Harambe and truck tent. Drones, Guns, Country, Canoe, Whale.
  • SD trip.
  • Brad bday at Swift.
  • ACL w/ Kun, Moh, Em, Nit, Shez.
  • Sid’s bday @ Four Seasons.
  • Nit wedding in DC.
  • A Aus. Bikes. Halloween at Jen/Chad.
  • Summit at Sea with Brent/Mick/John/Tar/Nat/Ras/etc. Gary Vaynerchuk hang, Steve Jervetson hang, Matt Mullenwig hang, Shep Gordon Hang, Quintin Tarantino, Kendrick Lamar.
  • Miami afterparty.
  • Onesie Bowling bday party.
  • Dumb & Dumber dinner with Blackalicious rapper @ Brad’s.
  • Houston Thanksgiving w/ Goofy.
  • Jes House Party w/ Hollis/Mich.
  • D house party w/ all the kids.
  • Galveston xmas trip w/ fam. Dolphins, pool, moody ice sculptures.
  • Vail trip @ chalet for NY’s.

Nested Universe Theory

This is Nested Universe Theory.
A thought essay by Neville Medhora.

Special thanks to inspiration from: Ray Kurzeil, Elon Musk, Rick & Morty.

Theres a theory that this entire universe exists in a sort of computer simulation.  I first heard about this theory maybe 10 years ago.

It sounded totally kooky, until you actually think about it some more.  The more I think about it, the more is seems plausible that we live in a nested universe.

When I say “Nested” I mean a file structure like this:
nested-file-structure

At some point there must be a “base reality” where things actually exist.  This “base reality” will eventually develop a civilization that becomes advanced enough to simulate its own universe. Then a civilization inside the simulated universe develops IT’S own simulation and so forth.

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Why would someone want to simulate a universe??

There are many reasons people would want to simulate a universe, here’s the 3 primary ones:

Reason #1: Experimentation:
It’s just cool! It would be awesome to see which possible outcomes for a universe would be best. To see what would happen in a tense situation like a war, and whether or not to start one.

You could test different physical limits. Just like we can control gravity and other parameters in a video game, we could test out different parameters in a simulation such as gravity strength per unit of mass, the speed of light (maybe make it 100,000 mph in one universe and 10,000,000 mph in another and see what happens.

In our world we already run digital simulations of the physical world lol the time. Fluid dynamics, virtual wind testing, ocean current predictions, weather pattern predictions, hurricane predictions, blood flow predictions, brain simulations etc.

Reason #2: Fun and Entertainment:
We already simulate real life in pretty vivid detail with computer games. Elon Musk said: “Assuming any rate of advancement in game technology AT ALL, gaming experiences will be indistinguishable from real life.”

Games like world of Warcraft and GTA already have millions of linked players online, and many of the characters in the game are already basic AI’s that can do critical thinking, manipulate their environments, and play in the confines of their reality. So saying people could “live inside a video game” is actually not that crazy….it seems like we’re already part of the way there.

Most games are already crude simulations of life. Racing games, skateboarding games, war games, whatever…..their goal is always to have an experience within the safety of a fake world.

You can play Super Mario and die 1,000 times in the game, but be perfectly safe in our world!

Reason #3: Profit:
Imagine being able to simulate the world and profit from the information about the future…..

Guess what?

We already do that! We simulate weather patterns to make future predictions, we simulate financial markets to make profits, we simulate stuff like housing prices to predict where they’ll go. Simulations are getting better all the time.

Currently we can predict weather patterns by emulating 1km square blocks of the world. That means one “pixel” of this simulation is actually quite huge, therefore creating innaccuracy in the simulation. Roughly every two years that “pixel” halves in size.

Some super-rough math: A kilometer is 100,000 centimeters….it will take only 15 half-ings (or about 30 years) to simulate the world down to the centimeter. That means in a basic weather simulation, it could also take into account the body heat your own body contributes to the global temperature!
Within 15 more half-ings (another 30 years or maybe less) that simulation will be at the .000001% of a centimeter accuracy.
This will only take 60 years current pace.
It’s not unthinkable that within 100 to 200 years humans will be able to simulate our entire Earth at near Planck-length accuracy!

……and this scenario is assuming computational increases will happen at the same pace they always have. Although around the 2030’s or 2040’s it’s likely computers will take over the function of designing processing power (rather than slow humans), and expand it at an almost unthinkable rate.
Being able to simulate the Earth (or certain areas or brains or humans) will help predict the future, just like if you know the location and trajectory of a bunch of pool balls on a pool table, you can easily predict where they will go when hit.

Basic games on your phone can already predict this with astonishing accuracy. Similarly, if you know the location and trajectory of every atom within a system, you can also know exactly what will happen in that system with amazing accuracy.

If the tiny computer in your pocket can already run a million of these pool table trajectory simulations at the same time, its not hard to believe that our largest supercomputer in 60 years will be able to run several atom-scale simulations of the Earth. It actually seems downright improbable that in 100 years we won’t be able to do this.

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If I personally had the ability to run accurate experiments in a fake digital world without any consequences to me in the “real” world……I would do all sorts of experiments!

  • In one world, I would be a total douchenozzle to everyone I met, fuck over any acquaintances, and do heinous crimes all the time.
  • In one world, I would be ultra nice and helpful and kind and see how it plays out.
  • In one world, I would change the parameters of my character to be 7 feet tall and see how his life plays out.
  • In one world, I would change the parameters of my character to be female and see what happens.
  • In one world, I would have my character take an alternate path in life at a crucial turning point, for example have him go to a different college or get married really young or unexpectedly have a child.

nested-universe7-nevilles

Basically this capability to experiment on your life “if it were a certain way” could help dictate how you would live your own life.

This could be the biggest “self help” tool ever! Or it could go horribly wrong in some way we didn’t expect.  I wish we could just run a simulation and see how it turns out ;-)

 

So a nested universe theory would state that we are a universe inside a universe inside a universe universe etc….

This structure reminds me a lot of folders in a computer drive, or a VPS machine (virtual private server) where your software believes it’s hosted on its own individual server, but really there’s hundreds of “virtual” servers on the same machine.

If our universe is a simulation on a machine, what physics says are alternate universes (multiverse theory) could actually just be the other root installs on our server! We could just be one install out of thousands on a random server rack somewhere!

nested-universe4-server

We might just be “Universe-26-B-259″…and in this universe simulation everything has gone the way it has:

  • A billion years into Earth’s formation there was small replicating life.
  • A “human” life form known as “Thomas Jefferson” was once the leader of a human designated plot of cooled rock called a “country.”
  • The speed of light on Universe-26-B-259 is 299,792 km per second.
  • A force called “gravity” exists in this universe.
  • Disk space: 40 xenottabytes.
  • Processing speed: 2.8 zetahertz.

The next universe on the server might be a little different, with gravity being less per mass and the speed of light faster. These small parameter changes could mean drastically different outcomes for this install. Maybe gravity is so weak in this universe, planets are normally 10,000x the size of normal planets in our galaxy before they provide enough gravity and stability for self-replicating life to form.

There might be millions of these instances running at one time, maybe even in a few seconds each, but we interpret it in real time.

nested-universe5-servers

This actually isn’t that crazy, because it’s kind of what we already do in data centers.  A hosting company might have thousands of servers running thousands of installs:

nested-universe6-server-farm
Is it possible to break out of a simulation?
This is not totally know yet, so let’s explore both possibilities:

You DO have the ability break out of your simulation:
This could be a Matrix-type situation where you break out of your simulation, but the real world actually just sucks and it’s just better to be in the simulation.

I’d imagine if you were playing a game, and inside the game was a sufficiently intelligent program, it would maybe figure out how to manipulate your game console.

For example if you are playing Minecraft, create an AI simulation inside, and it gets smart enough to access your computers other functions. It might be able to take it’s knowledge and create a version of it’s self in YOUR actual world.

nested-universe1

In the computer server example in this article, imagine an entity getting smart enough, figuring out it WAS instead contained inside a simulation, and it created access to the “root” of the server. In this case, that entity would be able to access all the different universes on the server. So it seems plausible that this could happen depending on the architecture of the system.

Suppose you can NEVER break out of the simulation:
It might be impossible to break out of your simulation if the creator built it well, but you can always create your own simulation! You can make your own simulation within the simulation and make your own reality in that!

You could also just KNOW that life is just a simulation and therefore not give a f*** about what happens to you (reminds of Rick from Rick & Morty)!

Anyways, I just got to Denver and leaving the airport now, must end post, hope you enjoyed :)

December 2016 Goals

december-2016-goals

There are my December 2016 Goals based on my standard monthly goal planner format.

I’ll be trying a new format with the kopywritingkourse premium materials by not letting them be sold all the time, only at specific times.  This can allow for specific “klasses” to open and close.