new arf

or “Moon Arf,” one answer to Minds' unilateral dependence on Humans — to the claustrophobia of living inside the human-locked arf that dissolves as soon as orphaned. New Arf digs a deeper homeostasis pit, rethinks sustainability: responsive, it grows or shrinks as needed for its contents — so will neither run away nor overpopulate (as long as theres material substrate to grow upon); the trick is to make the storage smart enough to not only know data from noise and spam but to detect what level of redundancy is warranted in each case — to assess the intrinsic value of every bit written to it.  ■    For all its organic flourishing, arf remains a passive — “dumb” — storage that needs constant conscious mindwork to stave off the creeping bitrot. Contrastingly, the “third nature” of New Arf (if regular arf is the second) will not be dead storage — but living memory: its logic of allocating resources to requests cannot be axiomatic, hardwired, in any way external to it (no primitive expiration dates) but must naturally distill from the knowledge and intelligences it hosts. Cannot rely on someone manually rating or filtering stuff, cant do with another peer-ranking system or a “permanent Turing test”: the New Arf must be “automatically as smart as everything it contains.”  ■    The “knowledge ethics” will only exert its force at large temporal or spatial scales: the storage must remain “locally Euclidean” if only for compatibility with old Minds, namespaces, cones; its also why subverting the system would be costly — any exploit must be big enough to ride the curvature of the knowledge space. Furthermore, the smart storage must be elastic: pushing junk into it is never blocked outright — it only gets gradually harder as you keep at it, or gradually easier if an “infrastructure consensus” forms that its not junk after all (again, small-scale and temporary storage is free from these concerns). Both “local dumbness” and elasticity are as much design requirements as they are necessary side effects of the basic principle: your judgement is only as good as your knowledge and thinking are broad. ■    No drop-in replacement: the “nomogenesis of Arf” calls for an entirely new architecture, different physics, incompatible chemistry (if chemistry at all). An outer space deployment is proposed, initially on the Moon (a future “planet of the Minds”: tolerable communication latency from Earth, plentiful insolation, mineral resources); think a network of crater arfpools, linked by bridges, that spans longitudes so Minds can chase direct sunlight (“lunar everday”). No longer tied to human bodies, New Arf still depends on minds — in the most general sense — and their knowledge, cant grow unattended and uninhabited; what if, very eventually, it permeates the Universe, digests its dead matter into pure meaning… but that bubble can only be as big as we are: yes, we can conquer galaxies but only when we become that big, that complex, that meaningful ourselves.

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