Post work & singularity life

Have you ever wondered what you would be doing in the post work era? I did 🙂 You would not guess so, right?

I would like to study everything I ever wanted to know, and I will have my personal digital teacher who will monitor my progress and correct my mistakes on the fly. The software should better be well written because my focus tends to jump from topic to topic and I expect nothing less than to have the dictator to fix it for me.

There can be some actual problems to be resolved every day – for example, demonstrations against the widespread use of robotic systems and artificial intelligence. Problems with drug addicts and alcoholics might also be much more profound. However, Robocops will take care, so simply put – this would be easy to resolve 🙂

With so much time to burn, most people would choose to visit and discover the beauties of foreign countries. Hmm, either that or traveling with virtual reality. Which depending on the quality of the image and the overall experience might be even better/safer/faster than doing it in real life.

That brings me to next phase. At first, people will start spending time in “classical” type of virtual reality – I mean the one with glasses and motion sensors. Later this becomes not immersive enough. I think it was at one conference with Elon Musk when he proposed nanorobots with capabilities to map interconnections and functions of individual neurons. Well, and of the map, it is just a short way towards a full person simulation inside some cloud on steroids.

Now big problems appear. Learning and traveling in virtual domain takes almost no time at all. It is only dependent on the speed of the underlying computing layer. The beings whose existence is now transferred to a whole new domain will be eager to amuse themselves. So they decide to devote their time to do scientific research on an unimaginable scale and pace. Probably space travel as well. At least some probes will leave our solar system and collect data to slake ours thirst for data.

Alternatively, they might follow a different path and address the needs of our lizard brain. The vast computing power and heritage of generations would be thrown into a black pit and wasted as a neverending porn movie or some decadent scene from the times of Roman Empire.

Or, everyone might create their version of the universe, with own rules and initial conditions and start the fun all over again as a weird God.

Be it as it might, I hope I will be living long enough to see what will be the correct answer.

Tesla model 3 production about to start

Tesla recently published news about upgrading their facility for production of so much anticipated Tesla 3. Well, at least by the people who already prepaid subscription fee for the privilege of being among the first persons to drive this car. Oh, and, I must admit, also by me. I think that the future of Tesla depends on the success of this car. Elon Musk seems to bet on one card only every single time.

And, you might ask, why do I care? I am very enthusiastic about AI and automation, and I see this action as a crucial step which can change the situation and force all other players to do the same thing and replace workers with robots. Because they could not compete with someone, who needs only a fraction of the workforce and get something willing to produce 24/7 without complaints and high quality.

Well, don’t get me wrong – I have nothing against workers who like working in sweatshops but my suspicion is that they are not so many. If enough of them will have their contract terminated then it might be better for them – it should force the politicians to some immediate action.

However, the most important piece in this is for me the push to adopt, develop and deploy new technology on a large scale. In a real, practical application which has nothing to do with banking, websites, online advertisements or social networks. You know, something that will advance the society forward.

So, and this should start in about a week. We will see in a matter of months how much real my scenario is.

About me

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Hi, my name is Karel, and I live in Czech republic. That’s in central Europe in case you’re wondering 🙂 To date, I stay in in Prague with my girlfriend but were both from other parts of the country.

Btw., I’m now an old student returning from commercial sphere back to academia. Big business is not exactly my way of living. Nevertheless, I’ve spent several years in big companies as a software developer in various languages like Java, PHP, SQL or Python.

I’ve decided to start my blog for several reasons.
One is practicing written English which is in my case, as you might see as you read further, not on the best level ever. So the goal is to improve it by writing a lot of texts.

Secondly, my memory is weak, and the internet is a great tool to preserve things – as long as you’re paying for that, of course 🙂

And last but not least, it would be great to get some money from it. But this is mainly an experiment – just to see if and how does it works.

Can you be a better writer than 68 percent of the rest?

So you’ve decided to start a blog, right? And eventually, plan to make some money from it? You’ve got the general knowledge about how web pages work, learned and tried to create several pages in WordPress.
Sure why not. But there are some things to consider.

Even bloggers make studies on themselves

There was a study published in 2015 about the blogger population. The survey was conducted on a sample of more than 50 participants (mostly women). The majority of them had a bachelor or higher education and were between 30 and 50 years.
So it isn’t exactly broad selection and of course, the answer might not be entirely sincere, but it can give you a good start to learn how things look like in the industry.

The most important figure for me in there is 68%. The number shows the proportion which makes less than $5,000 annually. Hence, one must either cut the expenses quite strictly to make living out of this, use the money just as a secondary source of cash or be in the upper third (and preferably better) and earn incredible amounts.

The good news is that people mostly follow the part-time approach – and yet, they still make something interesting. In fact, the study says that 55% of the people spend 5-20 hours a week writing about stuff to blogs.

If we look to blog topics which are mostly covered by the authors, it is correlated with things interesting to the group of survey participants – parenting & family, lifestyle, food & drink, health and reviews.

So, to make sub-conclusion from this, if you just want to write something about things you care about and do not rely on it as a primary source of income, it might work for you. Or at least pay you the bill for the web page.
That said, of course, doesn’t mean that you cannot be among the top paid bloggers, it just seems less probable to be there within several years.

This fun costs money as well

Price stamp could be put on almost everything and writing blog is no exception. That’s obvious, right? The web space where you’ll put the pages is for a couple of dollars a month.

But the most expensive asset you might quickly forget by mistake is the time that must be invested. And while it might take several hours to create one post, it can be an expensive investment. Well, this is, in the end, the reason, why companies pay significant compensations to the copy writers for producing the content instead.

Number of words in post

Elsewhere on the internet can be found an article talking about optimal post length while being on the “the longer, the better” side.

To be honest, I do not sympathize with this line of thinking. Although the main argument, that search engines would put the post in a better position – which is the ultimate goal – is probably valid, internally I do not resonate with the idea that the essence should be wrapped in bollocks just because it will make the text several times longer.

But to be fair, this is just my personal thought and isn’t backed by any research.

Hmm, that seems like that I’m intentionally prolonging the issue, right? Damned! 🙂

A note (not only) for the future me

Finally, I should note down that I’m in the same position right now, so this is something like a letter for future myself – who’ll be making fun of the guy from the past.
But! Do you remember how slim and beautiful were you that time? 🙂

Time to say hi

Hello there! I’ve just started my first blog, and it is up and running.

It was relatively easy btw. One just has to select some decent domain name (like the one you can see in the address line right now) and go to web hosting provider’s site. There is necessary to choose a program and pay with credit card, and everything is good to go.

Now comes the time for waiting. Depending on the provider it could take up to a day. I expected that it would be immediate, but was wrong. It took them several hours 🙁

Now is time for downloading WordPress.