Musk accidentally tweets his phone number to 16.7m folllowers

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Elon Musk gave his 16.7 million Twitter followers what he meant to send to the chief technology officer of virtual-reality company Oculus: his phone number.

“Do you have a sec to talk? My cell is …” Musk wrote from his account to John Carmack, the CTO of Facebook-owned Oculus. The Tesla chief executive officer quickly deleted the post.

A call placed to the number that Musk tweeted went to voicemail and played a message from the video game God of War.

“By the Gods you’ve done it,” the message intones. “Somehow you’ve found your way here to me. I offer you my congratulations and my respect.”

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The tweet invited speculation that Musk, 46, may have been trying to recruit Carmack or was seeking ways for Oculus to cooperate with any of the many businesses he runs.

Those include the electric-car maker Tesla, rocket company SpaceX, artificial intelligence researcher OpenAI, brain-computer interface developer Neuralink and tunnel digger The Boring Company.

Elon Musk quickly deleted the post which included his phone number.

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Elon Musk quickly deleted the post which included his phone number.

A Facebook spokeswoman said Carmack doesn’t plan to leave the company. Representatives for Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Virtual and augmented reality are playing significant roles in the development of autonomous cars. Engineers for companies including Alphabet’s Waymo are turning to simulation platforms to test and train their self-driving systems that are being primed to navigate vehicles as well as – or ideally better than – human drivers.

Before diving into virtual reality, Carmack built a company that attempted to make a craft for suborbital space tourism.

After spending millions, he shuttered it in 2013. Still, he’s maintained an interest in the sector and has interacted with Musk over Twitter before.

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Truth in Fiction

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We must become the change we wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
One of the many wise quotes from a distinguished leader of the Indian Independence movement in British-rule India in the 1940s. Gandhi led India to independence and inspired Civil rights movements and freedom across the World.

 

“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” – Nelson Mandela. He was the first elected Chief Executive of South Africa, in a fully representative democratic election. With his leadership, his government focused on demolishing the legacy of the system of segregation or discrimination on the grounds of race, through tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation.

 

These are the people who we have looked towards for some form of leadership, in the past, to ignite changes within systems that are flawed. There are many more in the past that have risen to the occasion and have made an impact on our current lives and reality. Yet, there is still a disparity that lies hidden within the unseen cracks of our current economic systems and governments. The leaders we have currently tend to be modest in the changes that are put forth compared to those in our history books. Mostly within the subject of economic and military growth. Below are some known examples of our current leaders’ speeches on growth:

 

1. President Obama elaborating on his budget and inviting people to take action.

2. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom speech on transforming British economy.

3. Speech by the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Leong, at the Economic Society of Singapore Annual Dinner.

4. Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli delivering a speech at the conference, vowing to push forward with China’s “New Formal” growth model.

 

As you can see, these speeches are mostly about the economy and the country’s growth. So why is economic growth so important to us?

 

Economic growth has been presented to be essential for each and every one of us surviving in this current time. It has been deemed important to acquired more wealth accompanied by the growing consumption everyone has in most countries. This allows businesses and corporations to grow and prosper exponentially. This relates to growth in the output of the economy as a whole. Currently, growth is measured as the difference or change in the gross domestic product of a country over a year. However, good economic growth does not equate to a better standard of living as always intended.

 

I live in Singapore, a small country located in the southernmost region of the continental Asia, which has no natural resources besides its people. Since their independence in 1965 from British rule, Singapore has grown to be a global commerce, financial and transportation hub. In 2014, Singapore was crowned the most expensive city in the world according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). With such luxury like casinos, “low” crime rates, multi-million dollar properties, ever-green parks and a great Business district skyline, many expats and foreigners have resided in this small country which has tremendously impacted and increased the cost of living for the average Singaporean. Despite the high cost of living, I lead a happy, thriving life. I can safely say that with a slightly over-average income, I am able to have a home, water, electricity and some simples vices that makes living here tolerable. However, I cannot say the same for part of the population that work just to survive this increasingly expensive place. Recently, a study has shown that the ‘working poor’ in Singapore are not getting sufficient pay or salary to make ends meet. ‘Working poor’ is defined as a working individual whose income per household member is less than half of the national median per capita household income of Singapore, which stands at SGD $1,920. A survey done on poverty attitudes by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Social Work Department presented that those who need money want to work and that there are jobs available for them. However, it has been reported that there are more than 300,000 Singaporeans and permanent residents who earn less than SGD $1,500 a month (excluding employer CPF contribution) despite working full-time. Read more on this 2013 article here. Here is an article from the Guardian by Warwick Smith on his opinion on economic growth.

 

Simply put, quite a number of people do not prosper while the economy does. It is quite simple. We have been conditioned by our monetary and economic systems, that supports and purports greed rather than growth, to want and yearn more. To have more of something is the societal norm that has encompassed the mind of every individual that has lived in these past years, and will live in the years to come, as these ideas and concepts are built and incorporated into our education system. Competition has been put in place within the structures of growth rather than collaboration or cooperation. We have been made to judge and dream about the redundancies of the materialistic world. We promote greed and jealousy in our advertisement to grow consumption and thus the economy.

 

There are other possibilities of a far better economic and social structures that have been researched and also presented to the world which will abolish war, hunger, poverty, debt and unnecessary human suffering. One of them is called the Venus Project. This was created by an organization that created a feasible plan of action for social change towards a peaceful and sustainable global civilization. It outlines an alternative to strive toward where human rights are no longer a paper proclamations but an actual way of life. They have presented us with many different solutions such as a world economy that is resource based. With this, it utilizes existing resources, rather than money, and provides an equitable method of distributing these resources in the most efficient way, to the entire population. This system requires no use of money, credits, barter or any form of debt or servitude. Other solutions include housing, transportation and energy. The founder, Jacque Fresco, a futurist, inventor and industrial designer, uses the frontier of science, technology and imagination to create an intelligent application of what is available to us. The only limitations are those which we impose upon ourselves.

 

Think of all the human suffering that can be eradicated. Think of all the unnecessary famine, war, deaths and destruction that undoubtedly follow in our current plans for economic greed and power. The Venus project alone shows the very possibility of a new way of life. Rather than just to survive, we can thrive and develop a new world where every single individual can live and prosper. However, we need to change our current mindsets and some parts of our beliefs that have been instilled to indoctrinate us to the current structures of society and culture. We need change on an individual level first before the world can change. We need people to explain and lead us forward and inflict creativity and open-mindedness, towards these changes that will have to take place in order for each and every one of us to thrive.

 

Where are these people or leaders?

 

They are available anywhere, but do not look for them in the next political campaigns or in the current government. These ‘leaders’ are nothing but fictional characters that are invented by creative people to address the rising conflict between truth and lies within our reality. With many mainstream media and entertainment industries being owned by corporations, information tends to be exaggerated and sometimes, even fabricated to present the population with only the truth of what these powers want you to believe and not. It seems that politics and mainstream media are more about fiction than facts. We live in the age of technological advancements and with the easy access of information available to the common man, we hold the ability to research on a certain subject. With all these information available in an array of platforms and avenues, the truth is just an accepted perception of the conscious mind. In today’s context, fiction has become a primary point on which the journey towards truth will start. In many books, TV series and movies, truth has been portrayed as a kind of camouflage that can only be detected by the curious mind. Below are some examples of truth in fiction:

 

1. Known by most as “the most honest 3 minutes in television history”, this is an HBO TV series called the ‘Newsroom’ starring Jeff Daniels. The character Daniels plays is Will McAvoy, a news anchor. In this scene, he answered a question asked by a student, “Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?”. Great answer!

 

2. The Matrix. This movie provides a great representation of exactly what we are to the Elite of the world; batteries. It also shows the possibilities of an individual once they have awakened and escape the matrix. Your mind is the only limit.

 

3. Lord of War is a movie, starring Nicolas Cage, about an arms dealer confronting the morality of his work. It shows the Government’s prominent role in the distribution and sales of weapons and how they cover up the distribution and uses it to promote violence and fear throughout the world.

 

4. Blood Diamond is a movie that sheds light on the hardship and corruption incurred in a certain part of the world to provide trivial luxuries to people in developed countries. It also shows how the truth is being kept and hidden from people who keep the diamond industry intact through value and praise.

 

Well, it may not be hard facts, but there are some truths in them. Do not even get me started on the symbolism that are found in these shows. The best part is, there are many more just waiting for you to search on or stumble upon. Remember to always be wary and keep an open mind on the meanings and hidden messages in these shows. The most important thing you can do is to share these information. Share your opinions and comments with others so we can learn different perspectives that will ultimately lead us to unveil the real truth. Below are some of my favourite finds of great videos that will intrigue, fascinate and motivate you to strive for truth and change.

 

1. George Carlin – The American Dream

 

2. V for Vendetta – The Revolutionary Speech

 

3. My ultimate favourite, The Great Dictator (1940) – The Greatest Speech Ever

 

Written by Fariq Yusoff
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The Beauty of Cryptocurrency

I just had read a few chapters on a book called, ‘Silk Road: The Shocking True Story of The World’s Most Notorious Online Drug Market’
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Coincidentally, I’ve actually been toying with the idea of writing an actual post about it. As usual, I had no clue on where to begin. So here’s a brief introduction to crypto.

Crypto- ; is a prefix – which means concealed, secret.
The word crypto is derived from the Greek word, ‘kruptos’ which translates to ‘hidden‘.

It is unsure who actually coined the term ‘cryptocurrency’, but the term actually represents a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security. A cryptocurrency is almost impossible to counterfeit due to its security features.
As of today, there are over 900 cryptocurrencies available throughout the virtual globe.

      Here are a list of some examples, including my favorite altcoins – ;

  • Ethereum
  • Litecoin
  • Ripple
  • Bitcoin Cash
  • Dash
  • Dogecoin
  • Ethereum Classic
  • Auroracoin
  • Bitcoin

Informatively, I wanted to write about the birth of Bitcoin and how it became implemented in the infamously known marketplace called ‘Silk Road‘ and it’s steady growth.

On November 1st, 2008, a man known by the alias of Satoshi Nakamoto, appeared on a cryptography mailing list who cited, “I’ve been working on a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party.”

Satoshi Nakamoto officially released Bitcoin in February 2009 via an online post, stating how he humbly developed a new open source P2P e-cash system called ‘Bitcoin’, asking users to “give it a try”. He also provided a long-winded explanation about how technological advancements today have mad encryption of information available to the average computer user, in layman terms – “Users could secure their own data in a way that was physcially impossible for others to access.”
With that being said, Bitcoin is a decentralized cryptocurrency that is available for trading & investment purposes and purchasing things online, as opposed to fiat currency.
Now, I’m not going to state how much is Bitcoin currently worth at the moment, because – like all currencies, the value of Bitcoin is always fluctuating, however not so much to the point that it’s ‘volatile’ though.
These transactions occur between a transfer of value in Bitcoin wallets that gets included in the block chain. Bitcoin wallets keep a secret piece of data called a private key or seed, which is used to sign transactions, providing a mathematical proof that they have come from the owner of the wallet.

On a side note, if you are interested in trading Bitcoin, you can do so here at https://www.localbitcoin.com and view a (pip chart) chart here http://www.coinbase.com/charts

Now let’s dive back into the devil of the details.
Nakamoto later revealed to public that he started the design and coding of the currency back in 2007.
And I feel it would be natural to share some of his thoughts that he, himself had shared,
“The root problem with conventional currency is all the trust that’s required to make it work. The central bank must be trusted not to debase the currency, but the history of fiat currencies is full of breaches of that trust. Banks must be trustesd to hold our money and transfer it electronically, but they lend it out in waves of credit bubbles with barely a fraction in reserve. We have to trust them with our privacy, trust them not to let identity thieves drain our accounts. Their massive overhead costs make micropayments impossible.”
However, the big question is, how in the world did Satoshi Nakamoto made this imaginably possible? His invention only provided for a finite number of bitcoins to be ‘mined’. Of course, as more of them are mined, they grow in value and become more difficult to obtain. This resulted in a massive race for mining.

So, how does mining work?
Bitcoins were designed to be mined by computers performing and solving a series of complex mathematical equations. This means that the ‘miners’ are racing to see who can solve the most number of mathematical equations in a short period of time. The winner is of course rewarded with Bitcoin! Now this task was able to be accomplished with a home PC in the past, but right now as the equations evolve into more complex ones, it requires a vast amount of electricity and hi-tech hardware to complete the arduous task.
Sounds like this Satoshi guy is a freaking genius right?
Yep, he pretty much is. But the mysteriously weird thing is, nobody knows who the face behind the alias, ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ really is. His ‘age’ 38, sex ‘Male’ and origin ‘Japan’ is truthfully unknown to be recognized as fact despite numerous attempts being made to find out who he really is! Satoshi Nakamoto is truly an underground wizard.

What is blockchain?
A blockchain is a decentralized digital ledger that facilitates secure online transactions. A blockchain is also used to record transactions that happens between computers all across the global network. In retrospect, the record cannot be altered without the collusion of the network, including altering all subsequent blocks.

There has been alot of controversy revolving around cryptocurrency due to it’s seedy nature. As a result, many smart investments are being withheld. In 2014, I met this lady called Summer Radtke, she had a pleasant personality and was outgoing. She also happened to be a CEO of a bitcoin exchange firm. She was later found dead in her own apartment after the Japan-based Mt.Gox exchange collapsed, resulting in a loss of $400 milion.
Personally, I have shared a similar experience in 2014, resulting in my thousands of dollars that was invested in Alphabay Marketplace to disappear mysteriously after the owner ‘exit scammed’ the users and vendors, getting away with over $40 milion USD worth of bitcoin. Despite the fallbacks, we remain a closed-knitted community and continue to keep our faith in Bitcoin.

Today, Bitcoin alone is worth USD$5,595/BTC.
I can safely say that cryptocurrency is making a comeback it will definitively shape more human lives in the future. Do look out for ICOs (Inital Coin Offerings) for Ethereum as we continue to revolutionize the digital age.

A little more information on what’s happening right now:

Don’t forget to stay in the circle!

Written by Yoji Amashiro
Photography taken by Yoji Amashiro