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On the decreasing velocity of innovation - Andrew Auernheimer
Oðinnsson. Market abuser. Internationally notorious computer criminal.
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On the decreasing velocity of innovation
Look at the devices you have available to you and ask yourself which basic technological advancements they are built upon. Every year we get a better piece of plastic, metal and glass from China to carry around. The software that runs on this ever-improving piece of plastic is certainly better than last year's software. Something is getting better, but it is hardly revolutionary. Technological progress comes in two categories: incremental improvements and the advent of new technological primitives.

The progress that our civilization experiences now is entirely within the first category. The technological primitives your life experience relies upon are are the integrated circuit and the laser. These came about in 1958 and 1959. AJAX and web2.0 turned the web into a much more pleasant version of the green screen terminals of the 60s, and it is certainly nice having that sit in my pocket. The increase of connectivity is certainly a thing, but there is not much a shift in quality of life from people in the late 60s until now. We just have nicer software.

Contrast this from the skyrocketting of Western civilization from 1860 to 1960. In 1860 the quality and expectancy of life of men differed very little from the previous hundred years. No new hygenic technologies had appeared in the past century. There wasn't running water, or lightbulbs.

A long-lived man born in 1860 was witness to antibiotics, the automobile, radio, television, the airplane, the first satellite in orbit, the computer, the nuclear reactor, and the atom bomb.

When I look down at my Android device I just do not feel that sense of awe.

The West carried all this innovation to the world. It was a unique part of our spirit as Europeans to always seek a new frontier. The true power of the West in previous generations was that we were never satisfied with what was before us. We were better because our wanderlust and desire knew no bounds. When there was no frontier of land left, we found new ones in technology.

What I see now is that spirit caged and sedated by a single malevolent force: government.

If you have a serious staph infection in a US hospital, you might have a limb amputated. You might get extreme infusions of antibiotics until your organs fail. In Georgia (the ex-bloc Republic of Georgia, not the US state) they will custom engineer a bacteriophage specifically to eat that strain of staph. It is the best treatment available for a condition which, every year, continually becomes more problematic in US hospitals. Our prolific strains of MRSA are on the cusp of becoming vethicillin resistant, and then we are fucked. The FDA requires each new engineered bacteriophage to be put through clinical trials. You cannot get a bacteriophage treatment catered only to you in the USA. It is illegal. The best option is unavailable to us because it is against the rules.

Want to launch drones in the air, and have them speak TCAS so they won't collide with planes? Too bad, the FAA says you just can't do that. There is no licensing process. There is no way to get approval for you. Stop thinking outside the box, Western man.

Need to power a satellite with Strontium-90, so to balance out your launch costs on a 15 year timeframe of operations? HA. Good luck getting permission from the NRC to for that, buddy. Ain't happening.

I see so many engineers now working tirelessly to get the best solution for a problem and finding out that it is against the US code. That's even before ludicrious systems of civil liability (like patents) in which attorneys gleeful in their subhumanity lord over people actually trying to contribute something useful to humanity.

Me personally? I am awaiting sentencing on two five year felonies for incrementing a digit at the end of a URL on a public webserver. I am going to prison for arithmetic. Fuck this country.

Most disturbingly, even our visionaries have stopped looking forward. I see all the cyberpunk authors writing these "nowpunk" novels about people doing things on blogs. While quite enjoyable reads, I find them a sad reminder that everyone has forgotten how great our future was supposed to be. We are a people that looked at the fragile illusion of success in front of us and said, "yeah, that is good enough I suppose."

We've come to a point in our civilization where innovation is truly despised, and largely banned. You remember the conversation at the end of Brave New World where Mustapha Mond is telling Bernard, who is being exiled, that he too was almost exiled once for some scientific research and had to make a conscious choice to not innovate in a way that could be disruptive to general society? We are there. We've been there for 50 years. Wake up and rebel, you goddamned sniveling morons. We were supposed to be a better people than this.

Confronting all this, I am tearful in the manner of Moneta weeping at her father's frozen state.

Innovation, sleep on.
Me thoughtless, I canst not see thy shackles wrought of US code.
Tyranny forbids me to fan thy dying flames.
Innovation, sleep on, while at your feet, I weep.

I'll see you all in prison.
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From: loxf01835z Date: March 10th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC) (link)
nevar forget
Theodore R. Smith From: Theodore R. Smith Date: March 10th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC) (link)
If you could censor my previous comment from "Also, as a" to "to this day :-/" and just have it read "I insist, absolutely insist that you read the book Hard Time, today. That guy was similarly railroaded just like you by a prosecution and legal system totally out of fucking control."

witterson From: witterson Date: March 10th, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC) (link)
I never thought that the advancement of humankind had plateaued before. Mostly because people keep telling me how much its still advancing due to the shiny things you described. It really is all bullshit. Thanks for bringing that to my attention, jerk.
weev From: weev Date: March 11th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC) (link)
yw bro. enjoy cynicism and loathing
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 11th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC) (link)
Over a decade ago was listening to Nocturnus, a song about travelling back in time to kill christ

>Mastering the forces of teleportation
>Gaining the secrets to travel through time
>Approaching the vortex, chronometer reading 0 B.C

Now looking back into age-old stories. The past was about greater things than Christ, we were more interested in studying from "The Abyss" (1989, the movie) than "The Bible" ( 0, the non-jew edition). Time machines were more useful since we had thought our past was guaranteed - so why the fuck would we study the ways of men with stones? It is important not to forget our primitives ...

>Merging with the past
>Shock waves rip the continuum
>How long can one last, traveling a millennium?
thayora From: thayora Date: March 17th, 2013 06:56 am (UTC) (link)
You know I've always admired how well you express words, Mr. weev. It sucks that you have to face this shit - you deserve so much better. Wish I could attend that part (??) there but blah I'm still stuck up North.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 18th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC) (link)
You're being sent to prison because after you incremented those digits, you gave the information to Gawker Media. Your sentence is wholly deserved.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 18th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC) (link)
good luck with prison, weev, i hope we'll get to hear from you more often when you're inside
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 19th, 2013 09:59 am (UTC) (link)
God bless you, Andrew. And I mean that.

Long time fan, first time comment.

Although I don't think we're always looking at the same part of God, I know we're still looking at the one, and only one.

Ehyeh asher ehyeh, mah bruv.

Better times are ahead, and I say that only because someone said it to me recently at a moment where I needed to hear it, so I thought I'd pay it forward.

What's funny is I don't even like the internet, honestly. One day, if I get a chance to meet you in person, I think we could have a nice, and mutually enjoyable chat.

Keep yer faith, brother. You're doing it right.
Negi Springfield From: Negi Springfield Date: March 19th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Health and Prison Industries are huge in the United States. This translates to hospitals charging insane amounts of money and prisons that keep getting filled by non violent drug offenders and people who are just going to go deeper in criminality. Both are very messed up systems and both are not fixing their problems. The world sucks and a lot of people are slowly realizing it and trying to do something about it.

Depression is a sign of high IQ. It means you have the intellegence to know that something is wrong with the world and feel powerless against it. It's like the Matrix, but without any of the cool stuff and just enslavement. All in all, good luck weev. I'll start draftng that manga idea and we'll get your story out there.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 23rd, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC) (link)
.gg sir
labrynthos From: labrynthos Date: May 12th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC) (link)
Where is this about Georgia having the ability to custom engineer a bacteriophage for someone? Having just recently been there (and worked on transparency issues with health care), I am very skeptical about the quality of healthcare as anyone with money in Georgia sends their family to Turkey. Georgia's healthcare system is a free-for-all joke.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2013 06:09 am (UTC) (link)
hi weev!
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 31st, 2013 12:46 am (UTC) (link)
I'm a student, a man with many ideas who enjoys discourse and discussion over bullshit and meaningless rhetoric. That is why I enjoy reading you- because you are well versed in many subjects and make a lot of statements I agree with and many I disagree with. A figure that you see as only a villain or a hero is a figure you are not critically looking at- and that is why whenever I talk about you I always state the facts of the case and discuss it with people instead of talking at them my own stance.

I do not think you should be in prison, but I do not think an uprising is the solution, and in the end I would love to sit down over coffee (not that I drink it) and have a great discourse on this- but for a good number of years I will not be able to unless our appeals system works and you can slay the legal might of a billion dollar industry. You will be remembered in history as if recorded by Sima Qian, there is no objective way to record you or any other man.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: March 17th, 2014 06:24 am (UTC) (link)
I've been on hiatus 4 a few bdays as well. The progression of .... EVERYTHING.......is killing me. No sleep. No idea where to start after being absent so long. (i owned a spot called lolbbq or something a few years back...made me think of bantown and ed) the fun MUST ensue in some way, shape or form. POWER 2 THA P00 p00!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 1st, 2014 02:51 am (UTC) (link)
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 14th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC) (link)
I fucking love you man. You have woken the sleeping giant in me. Keep being you, we need about a million more of you and we can get there.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 17th, 2014 12:10 am (UTC) (link)
Nature is just starting to have her say. Keep fighting the good fight, it does make a difference.
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