new arf

or “Moon Arf,” one answer to Minds' one-sided 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 content — so will never run away nor overpopulate (as long as theres enough material substrate to grow upon); the trick is to make the storage smart enough to not only tell data from noise and spam but to estimate the appropriate level of redundancy 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. In contrast, the “third nature” of New Arf (if regular arf is the second) will not be dead storage anymore — 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 entirety of knowledge and intelligences it hosts. Not another peer-ranking system (no manual rating or filtering) or even a “permanent Turing test”: the New Arf must be “automatically as wise as everything it contains.”  ■    The “knowledge ethics” may 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 storage must be elastic so 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 inevitable 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, new math, incompatible chemistry (so far as chemistry at all). Deployment on the Moon is envisioned: make it “planet of the Minds” with its 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 broadest 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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