Nothing changes until everything changes OR No gods, no kings, nor even men, only bots!
In a thousand years it is probable the current times we are living through will be seen as a key epoch of human civilization, hopefully for the better.
That is because man has achieved an extension of what crudely we would call acting intellect, and with more nuance we would call an extension of a mixture of taste and touch.
Out of the five senses – vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch – vision was extended first through the fax machine.
Now the fax machine sent a piece of paper, so simplifying it to vision is a bit crude, with the radio’s extension of hearing courting less nuanced criticism of classification.
Yet TV’s extension of both hearing and vision, as well as taste or the tongue, makes any clarification through these very simplified five categories, a complete mess.
But we can say smell has not been extended, probably because it’s a very localized feature. While touch depends on how you want to define it but generally we have considerably extended our ability to touch.
The Esoterics of Scientifiko
The idea we want to espouse is both aided and hampered by this five senses model. Aided in as far as describing the tongue as taste, speech as taste, does illuminate in that code, and the bot from it, is an opinionated creation of an individual, or group, with biased and subjective views.
That has obvious dangers, and far too many, especially when this code is in charge of physical objects, but also when it is in charge of categorizing the world’s knowledge or in mediating human communication.
Code extending taste therefore is a fruitful prism, but too limited in that taste is the byproduct, not the core.
Likewise extension of touch is a useful way of seeing it too, as in extension of the ability to act especially digitally but also physically if the code is attached with such responsibility. Yet that too is very limited and not the core.
So what is the core? What is code in a metaphysical sense? What is its relation to man? What might be the effects of its communicative medium to other code created by other men?
The Real Digital
Unlike a poem that lifts the spirit, or some novel that tells some truth, or even some scientific book that informs, the purpose of code is more to act, to be a function, to deal with more menial even brute things. More, a work-slave with an owner. An owner it absolutely abides to, even when the owner makes a mistake.
That last part is very important because code does not “know,” does not mutate, does not have imagination. It is thus a very mechanical thing, like a clock.
Unlike the clock’s very limited specialized function, code is a generalist. That’s a very specific use of the word. Meaning the code can be anything, instead of having a very specific function.
Anything. Primarily for now however primitive things, and yet very advanced for our time even in their primitiveness.
Code can drive a car, but one must remember code does not know the owner, and one must remember that in fact code knows nothing. So that same code can crash a car if a human wished to modify it to do so.
Code can run a government. Will run a government. For many tasks of the government are far too cody and far too if/then with such code liberation hailed to begin with until they burn it down because the fight between liberators and enslavers is probably a necessary one.
Before that code will, is, running our economy. And that’s why we thought of this article.
The Code World
The tokenized dollar DAI token has increased its savings rate to nearly 9%.
As a human if you are intimately involved with the constant dai votes that happen to be proposed and discussed in english, then taking advantage of this potential 1% jump should be a doable, although laborious, task.
As a bot, which needs no english or any intimate involvement, keeping up with this rise of 1% and far more importantly its probable eventual fall to maybe even 2%, has no question of easy or doable but only of is.
That being the code instantly knows the interest rate has changed and therefore acts accordingly.
If we connect this little bot now to Compound or even staking and maybe dexes and the whole lot, what we have is a worker that demands no food nor pay nor even our time save for the initial coding time.
These words are too simple, too mechanic, even too crude, to convey the paradigm shift of a cloning of man himself, albeit a very small part of him or indeed her.
And this is relevant in the open space in particular because really it should be called the land of the bots.
The “wars” they fight not with gun nor pen, but pure intellect. It is here where the mantra of faster, stronger, and higher, is best applied in our time.
That’s because of its permissionless and because each code, each taste, is fully visible for others to see and even “eat” in a ruthless public podium where the fight of titans is merely that of fighting code.
And though reality might seem far too grey for the above words, it’s only because far too few play thy game.
For code literacy is practically zero, especially open space code. Not surprisingly so. Some of us have illiterate mothers that can’t read abc, let alone while loops on Solidity.
And some of us will be those mothers or fathers to our children who hopefully affectionately ridicule our inability to know how to code.
For code is not a luxury. Not soon enough anyway. It is instead an upgrade of the alphabet. The first in two millennials or more.
Code in fact is best seen as god, in our time, a god that liberates or a deminon that perhaps liberates too, or both or either enslaves more.
Code is an extension of man, and the highest of man, an extension of intellect. For this very new thing, and not just in this space but generally, is a living thing unlike any other human creation.