KMO talks with LifeSmyth/Systems Tinker of the Doomer Optimism podcast about his journey from techno-utopianism through the valley of Doomerism and into a new phase of mental life that prioritizes physical presence and activity over worldview cultivation. Later the conversation turns to currency design and the ways in which Holochain differs from other crypto projects.
Charles Hugh Smith is a critic of the idea of UBI (universal basic income), but in order to understand his critique it is necessary to take a deep dive into the nature of work. Any simple formulation of what constitutes work will either over-generalize and capture too much, or it will leave out certain activities which are necessary for the functioning of a healthy society and which create benefits for people other than the one engaged in the activity but which do not generate a profit and so are often unpaid. KMO and Charles Hugh Smith talk about work, leisure, commodification and the effects of information technology and machine intelligence on how we all participate in the web of exchanges and interactions we call "the economy."