- Note: we don't look at this step for conflicts between sources of meaning or values. These definitely happen, but they're meant to be quite meaningful. If you're balancing trading off as a scientist, your wonder at the universe and your desire to do deep work well, you're not having a problem. Even if the wonder of the universe thing sometimes stops you from doing deep work, you're gonna feel very fulfilled. But if the pressure to publish stops you from doing deep work, you might be less fulfilled or if a norm in your department of doing only very safe research that mostly works out stops you from doing deep work or being of norm of being able to rigorously defend your action stops you from doing the work. That might be more of a problem. That's a situation where things will get meaningless, rather than where you have value conflict.
The problems I've discussed have been discussed by others, from Jurgen Habermas to Daniel Schmachtenberger, but I've tried to make it clearer what can be done. Sometimes with these other thinkers, it’s like they want you to be scared of the problem, more than they want to improve things. Others, like Tristan Harris, have argued for a values-driven tech stack. Sometimes even using my earlier work. But it hasn't been clear what a values-driven tech stack would be. I hope, here, I’ve made it clear.
My hope is that space trains can take over a big part of the economy. That purchase buttons will be relegated to certain domains where spacemakers don’t need to compete.
There are some markets like that. There are markets for commodities, or for manufactured goods. When you're buying sheet steel, or carpeting, you can click a purchase button. It’s okay if these markets pile up strangers, because there’s no role for spacemakers anyways.
Maybe someday, this will be conventional wisdom. People will just know where it’s okay to put purchase buttons, and where it’s going to be bad for meaning and togetherness and we need to put space train buttons instead.
That’s my hope, at least.
And that would do a lot, to reverse the long-term trend away from togetherness and meaning.
So now, breaking ciphers are actually a little more scalable than I let on an individual cipher, not so scalable, but they actually form kind of a hierarchy. Where, if you do well in a local cipher, they might send you up to a regional cipher. And something worth noting is that there's common values across these different levels. I'll come back to that my next example
All three costs are significant, and account for the missing spaces.
- the first two can be found in the stories of space makers themselves in their struggle to reconnect to surface and communicate demand. Innovation at UC sciences fairly recent
- the third cost is harder to assess because funding is if it only shows up in the absence of negotiations which would have created spaces si Si might have to you could only maybe determine the third cost with an experiment like deliberative democracy