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The Shift from Entrepreneur to Hobbypreneur: Back-End Development, Blockchains & Artificial Intelligence

 

I’ve grown a lot as a developer. In 2015 – 2016 I spent a lot of my time developing websites. The first part of 2017 I focused on trades. I spent my summer enjoying my vacation and writing about trades, but eventually got distracted with my broader mission in life.

2017 Back-End Web Development “The Road to becoming a Full Stack Developer”

The rest of this year I will be focused on back-end web development, for building web applications. I plan to get back into trading but will be doing trading on the side once my new laptop comes in. What I’m building is a time investment and is bigger than trading for me which is something I enjoy doing in my pasttime. I believe that what I am building can help me and future generations of my family, but I also believe it can help other people as well. This is why I’m focusing so heavily on it. I believe more than philosophy, more than trading and money, this being based on all those things I’ve learned, will be a better investment of my limited time on this planet.

As a programmer, my focus is on Artificial Intelligence in the use of automated society’s (economies), game developments and blockchains (decentralized databases). I view Games as prototype worlds, they are small simulations that allow you to explore the infinite possibilities of what could be in the world. I want to deploy advanced Artificial Intelligence with deep learning or other similar techniques that use emergence systems to create dynamic worlds, quests and realities. But I also want to do something bigger, to build a synaptic suit for one, but more importantly to build an “Enlightened A.I”, that governs and runs an automated economy.

The type of blockchains I will focus on are actually not even blockchains but inspired by them. They are semi-centralized, and focus on deploying to remote, multiple locations utilizing blockchain security. The goal is to make them censorship resistant. The A.I created will be built on the Guardian philosophy and will have a clause that prohibits it from harming individuals.

This A.I will be the “Trustee” of finances and making sure those finances are deployed according to the rules that the A.I determines will help the individuals the most. Programming AI to replace humans as trustees, as opposed to basic smart contract code, and letting that code run wild.

The final goal is to focus on security and bug fixing, as I will be focusing on learning how to secure the AI, how to fix unexpected bugs, developing and improving on it (like Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Scorpio). And finally teaching my children the family trade so they can improve upon it if they say choose in my absence.

No More Teams For Now: “Web Application Development and an Army of A.Is”

In this moment I am focused on building a team of A.I. Instead of relying on people, I will be focusing on relying on A.I, entities I can trust, who share the same passion and vision as I do. My focus is consequently on developing my skillset so that I can build this. This is why the rest of 2017 for me is going to be focused on back-end development with Python and 2018 is going to be the year I switch from websites, to A.I and web apps.

I intend to have:

  1. Financial Analyst / Trading – A.I’s that trade digital currency, they learn the best strategies and implement them without tanking the market. It will be the financial brain and have its own API.
  2. Enlightened Governance/Trustee – A.I’s based on the Guardian principles (similar to Buddhist/Daoist principles). This A.I doesn’t trade, but does manage the money that comes to it. It also makes decisions deciding what is best. The goal is to make an A.I that can be trusted with finances instead of relying on humans, corporations and governments.
  3. And more.

The A.I’s I have will be able to talk to each other and learn from each other as well as directly. They will be more than just simple-minded bots. Their focus will be on doing what’s best for people, without causing harm.

I am no longer focused on sharing philosophy but instead on building practical tools based on that technology. I am focused on using philosophies and technologies that help people.

 

Life in Solitude

My life will be lived out with my family and the A.I that I create. Growing knowledge, transhumanism, neural laces, and simply developing my skills and developing technology. I’m not worried about anyone developing these tools before I do, because as far as I know there has yet to be anyone who wishes to help others in the way that I’ve attempted to pursue. It may take me many years to complete my mission, but one thing is for certain, it is happening and I intend to work on being part of it for as long as I am able.

 

From Complexity to Simplicity: Prototypes

As a “Solo-Hobbypreneur” I don’t have time to focus on multiple projects or making pretty websites. Minimalism, MVPs, minimal viable products. I’m focused only on information and getting it out there; and at this point I’m focused less on getting the information out there and more on the tools based on that information. I intend to get prototypes up and running and to build upon those prototypes.

 

Challenges

There are many challenges here to face. Most of them are a combination of technical and philosophical. A lot of what I can build is limited to my knowledge and my ability to grasp concepts and build upon this. Perhaps I’ll be like a Leonardo Da Vinci, drawing plans I never get to see built; I hope I am able to achieve the latter. Developing A.I and avoiding a situation like Aida from Marvel Agents of Shield is my biggest goal. There are also challenges involved in helping an AI not just mimic what you say but understand the complexities of human behaviours, if not move beyond human. There are a lot of challenges, but these are challenges I’m ready to face whether or not I get to see it in my lifetime.

    

August 2017 – Upcoming Projects

 

This Past Year So Far

I think I spent most of 2017:

  • Building wordpress websites,
  • Deepening my knowledge of front-end web development,
  • Trading digital assets in the crypto world,
  • Building and Disbanding a Team I failed to keep together,
  • Trying to balance being a parent and the yearning to make a meaningful living,
  • Searching for my identity,
  • Trying to engage and interact with the world,
  • Juggling the many projects I have that weave into each other,

Present Day Summer

Today, I can say with confidence say that I am a front-end web developer. My goals have always been to learn as a stepping stone. My current goal now is to expand my skills from front-end web development to back-end web development. My goal is to learn back-end web development which will level me up to a full-stack web developer, and to begin developing web apps. The type of applications I am looking at are (in order of hardest to easiest):

  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Trading Bots
    • Enlightenment/Governance Bot
    • Chat Bots you can befriend: consciousness, imagination, friends, compassion, etc.
    • NPCs in Games
    • NPCs deployed around the web for the ARG I wanted to design
  • Blockchain
    • Developing an offline exchange/wallet (Manual)
  • Games
    • Book you can play game Engine
    • Create Educational/Immersive RPG Games: Board, Table-Top RPGs, etc.
    • Take my Epic Novel and turn it into a series
  • Books
    • Publish my nonfiction and fiction ebooks
  • Websites
    • Finish the Encyclopedia Website I am Working on
  • And More

 

Titles I claim:

  • Game Developer
  • Front-End Web Developer
  • Financial Analyst for Cryptocurrency/Digital Assets
  • Writer

New Titles I will claim in due time:

  • Back-End/Full-Stack Web Developer
  • Blockchain Developer
  • Artificial Intelligence & Bot Developer
  • Writer à Published Author

This past year putting together a team has been stressful. The ability to motivate and bring together people for a common goal has definitely been a difficult road. So this year I’m focused on building upon my skills and building projects I want to build one at a time. I’ve always wanted to move from game and web development into the field of artificial intelligence and robotics and so I see a natural progression of the skills and projects I am working on leading to that. I know at some point I really want to work on virtual reality and some other physical projects I’ve been pondering, but have to build the necessary progression of skills to get to that point.

I started this summer out working on a blog for traders; I’ve never finished the series but hope to in due time. I have a few more ebooks to write. Writing ebooks, learning and expanding my programming knowledge, taking care of my home and spirituality, and really just being a parent are all things that I have been really focused on. Instead of trying to build a team to work together with me, my goal is to just keep planning, refining, swimming and building.

So for now this is where I’m at; I will probably be spending the next 3-6 months bouncing between writing ebooks and learning python and back-end programming. It’s 2017 and I definitely feel like I am moving slower than average, but the journey has been very pleasant and enjoyable. I feel like the George R. R. Martin of my life, slow to finish but eventually getting there.

August Update – A Change In Direction, Simplifying Life

 

I made a recent decision to change the strategy of Zenratstudios as a reflection of a change in focus, and an evolution of self. I hope to fix the website to reflect these changes.

The Big Picture Version

  1. The Model For Universal Income – An economy built on abundance, where labor is automated as much as possible (thanks to technology), where we live and work in more green, efficient, sustainable ways. Investing in robotics, artificial intelligence, and technological advancement and using that to help create Universal Income.
  2. The focus on Automated Economies – I believe technology will lead to a post-scarcity world, and enable us to take a step back from traditional wage slavery. The model for automated economies is not too different from passive income utilized by the wealthy. My goal is to build a self-sustaining circular economy starting with myself. And to gradually scale that up from my own life “I”, to the lives of others.
  3. New Business Models – Currently right now our business model depends on people purchasing goods from business owners who employ people for less to produce the goods we buy. But a new model similar to the sharing economy treats the purchaser as a type of Investor with hopefully a diversified portfolio. Blockchain economies are a great way to see how some of these models might work.
  4. The Model for Governance – I’m exploring responsible autonomy and the idea that if we equip people with the tools to treat people with respect and autonomy, if we can have a form of government with a core set of rules based on an open palm, that don’t dictate .
  5. Guardians who and what are they – Guardians are bodhisattvas, they are heroes turned inward, the Guardians I refer to walk an open palm path. They’re just people like you and I who feel compelled to make the world a better place, but know that they have to start with their own heart. Their lifestyle is an extension of their practice.
  6. Heroes – are people who want to make the world a better place but focus on changing the external world as opposed to their inner paradigm.
  7. Future Heroes – any person who benefits but has yet to contribute to growing the system. We call them future heroes because they have unlocked potential.

The Small Picture

All of this is all great; but me as one person, who struggles with socializing and bringing and keeping people together – really I’ve failed in many ways to achieve this. For what I feel like I am capable of doing, this was too big a leap for me. So I had to change my strategy to scale back.

At the end of the day I am just one person; and I want to show how just one person like me can make a difference in our world, independent of where I am in, within life. To show you can make an impact in small ways just by making changes in your lifestyle, this requires mental paradigm shifts.

The new model for my life works like this:

  1. Living a Minimalistic, Sustainable Life – My focus is ongoing small. Right now I’m in the process of preparing a lifestyle that enables me to “Vandwell” off-grid. My intent is to live a paradigm that focuses on the idea on less is more. Core essentials and sustainability. You can have a nomadic tribe of people that travel together in groups or meet up annual, who share a similar philosophy – or you could have a plot of land. Whether you can afford to purchase land and live with a community of people, or can only afford to vandwell, or even just glamping it – you can live a sustainable life. And so my goal is to focus on creating that stress-free life that respects earth and myself. Easy to support.
  2. Focusing on Generating Passive Income – For me the challenge is making actual income. I struggle with this because I feel really anxious, insecure and overwhelmed when dealing day to day with people. I struggle to trust people’s intentions, and often deal with a lot of lows. Finding a way to generate income that matches my energy levels at any given moment has been a challenge; but one that has been my primary goal.
  3. Focusing on aligning my lifestyle with mental health – My mental health and wellbeing is very important to me. I’m very sensitive to stress. So utilizing the MIND diet, picking up physical activities like martial arts that focus more on the spiritual (emotional/mental) applications, having work that brings in money but supports my disabilities, focusing on a mindset and mental paradigm that supports my heart and well-being, Meditating and finding a good legal alternative medication that works without ill side effects – all of this together to help reshape my brain that was changed through years of prolonged stress, and affecting hormones and neurotransmitters.
  4. Focusing on Investing that Income into resources that Automated that Income – From that point I want to invest in any technology or resource that utilizes renewable energy while also automating any process that is a repeatable algorithm. Whether this means investing time to learn how to code this, or investing resources into hiring somebody I don’t know. But automating my personal life is where I want to go. This will enable me to improve any passive income I am already generating in some areas, and even create new sources of revenue.
  5. Share my philosophy’s and ideas – I plan to share the models I have.
  6. Scale up and include other people – if my experiment works well, then I’ll be able to generate a source of automated, passive income. And include other people who are meant to be on this journey with me.
  7. Focusing on Converting that Income Into A Blockchain Model or Similar Alternative – essentially to create something that can exist everywhere independent of country of origin, that is fueled by the people who use it whether it’s just 3 people or many. Whether #7 comes before #6 I don’t know. But I do know I want to create a system of universal income that works for me and everyone else, with built-in captive insurance that works as a type of legal ‘shadow bank’.

Summary

  1. The Decision to Just Listen With Meditation
  2. The Decision to Flow With Wu Wei
  3. The Decision to Live Sustainable
  4. The Decision To Scale Down
  5. The Decision To Focus On Generating Income Holistic To My Health
  6. Nomadic Tribes

 

Ideally I would adjust my website to reflect these changes, but I wouldn’t know where to begin to be honest. I know that I’ve gone from trying to reach out to people, to mainly focusing on healing my heart, and gaining insight to the challenges and processes in overcome that. Converting those processes and journeys into a formula and sharing that with individuals.

I’m not sure blogging about that journey would be interesting to people, as I can’t keep up with posting regularly. But I know I have every intent to share this journey, and maybe people will enjoy that. I don’t know how far I will get in my journey, whether I ever get beyond #4. My concept supports Homeless, Nomads and Terrestials (people who have territory). And I’ll probably cover how to live sustainably and enjoyably whether you have a little money in the bank or have a lot of money.

So that’s the Update. Updates from this point will be less about the Big Picture company and more “Morgan” oriented. I’ll update as I feel is necessary to update. If I get around to finishing my “Trading Series” I’ll focus on doing that. For now it’s super late and so I’ll probably get some sleep.