The Internet King on why the Internet is a force for good, on media conformity, the inevitable triumph of the WEIRD, Crypto, Retards, etc.
Let's get some discussion going
"It is well known that the key to success for a tall person is to recruit a lot of short people to exorcise their personal demons by working around the clock for you, and I like to think I've maximized that strategy."
Harsh but fair.
We were always going to make it...
Great interview as always. Was especially interesting to see his take on the future of crypto.
Also glad you pitched him funding BAP's club tropical excellence. Marc's "no" is just one step closer to the eventual "yes"
We're gonna make it!
You didn’t ask the Serrano question.
The problem with "First Amendment absolutism." Enduring human society depends on enduring human cooperation. Which depends on authority. And since all claims of authority cannot withstand "First Amendment" scrutiny -- for how "science" cannot even "prove" that life is better than death, that the molecules on Earth are superior to the molecules on Venus because life exists? -- the necessary authority for successful human interaction will be obliterated. In other words, Muh First Amendment. Oh well.
Excellent interview. Marc is obviously a supremely intelligent, interesting, and handsome superhuman. I'm certainly not just saying this in hopes he transfers 40,000 XMR to my address in the next 72 hours.
How famous is BAP lol, maybe I should ask on my teams slack? (I’m in Silicon Valley), I’ve been maintaining strict anonymity
There seems to a tension in Andreessen's world view. He thinks connectivity is good, ideological diversity is good and connectivity likely leads to ideological homogeneity. Evolutionarily this makes sense as ideas just like flora and fauna evolve for fitness vis a vis what they are exposed to, not what they're not.
I would like to see how Andreessen resolves this seeming contradiction in his world view, which I think is exceedingly important.
Great interview. Reminds me of Goldfinger and almost any other SPECTRE fictional denizen brought out in the many several and too many in the end, James Bond Movies. Yes the evil exists (Marc A seems to know them all by name) but God is there too, even if the texualists or oralists dont seem to notice. I liked the ending of the interview, almost as good as Sean Connery in the lifeboat in "Dr. No" ( I think?)
Tyler Cowen links: https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2021/05/pmarca-lets-loose.html
Awesome fun - I have never enjoyed an interview with an internet God before - most are pompous and irritating - loved his bit about the types of reality available to all -and I am really interested in how we create these virtual worlds for the "bottom of the pyramid- last billion" - I think that is where the acceleration of societal value can really take flight
Thanks to Tyler Cowen for the link - he is a bit right wing for my taste, but lovely wide ranging intellectual
Nick Land @Outsideness just linked to this article lol.
This is very US v. US, US v China; I guess that's where the big fights are but... can Germany, UK, Japan get back in the game? India ? Brazil ? Also, it's funny and insightful - but maybe a little "Straussian"- as in there's a level of second order question behind the question - is that WEIRD?
As discussed on Salo, the big problem with Marc's perspective is he just wants to ladle fake, gay shit on top of dismal reality, rather than fixing dismal reality. Co-eenka-dinkly, this fake, gay shit will make an already insanely rich Marc Andreessen even more insanely rich. Is that all he cares about? Big line go up?