gershenfeld something else law

tech that gives



same on issuu


Neil‘s response when asked by pentagon how tech could improve defense/safety):

something else neil full

(gershenfeld something else law) neil gershenfeld at 9 (of 11) min talk on edge site: []:

9 min… on pentagon trying to improve defense:

….possibly one of the best/most significant impacts of tech is not a better weapon to win a war but tech that gives people something else to do.  .. there will always be bad people that want to use best available means to shoot at each other but the roll of tech in giving everybody else something else to do – as a cost benefit trade off – may be one of the best military investments – and the generals got that.. but not clear what office in the pentagon is the office of preventive technology

freeing us – all – up to be usefully/happily preoccupied

something else to do – the best protection/benefit/betterness.. for the entire world.. is for each person to be/become themselves.. perhaps because it’s then we become .. unoffendable

perhaps we’re clinging to privacy/protection/security/defense et al.. when our protection lies in the seeming chaos.. the order we don’t yet get because it is us emerging.. perhaps we spend our energy\ness …. listening for that…?

ps in the open

entropy ness

entropy as protection lucid

via ie: gershenfeld sel law.. 2 convos .. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…] et al.

bateson safety law

david on rethinking resistance


huge to this: fromm destructiveness law


from Erich Fromm‘s escape from freedom:


the new security is dynamic; it is not based on protection, but on man’s spontaneous activity.. it is the security acquired each moment by man’s spontaneous activity. it is the security that only freedom can give, that needs no illusions because it has eliminated those conditions that necessitate illusions.. 

security ness.. and again.. why gershenfeld sel would work


Ian Welsh (@iwelsh) tweeted at 5:08 AM – 19 Feb 2020 :
local transit should be made ubiquitous and fast, and all local travel on public transit should just be made free, so that the incentives for private transit are shit.
Make it not make sense to do bad things. Even electric cars are not good. Cars are bad for the environment. (

Make it not make sense to do bad things.

gershenfeld something else law


Can you imagine the world we could build with just half of what we spend destroying it?
Original Tweet:

If we learn anything from these unprecedented and interconnected crises, it should be that war, police and our cruel carceral system do not make us safe. What makes people safe is having a stable climate, a decent place to live, access to medical care and meaningful work.

Now is the time to fundamentally rethink what security means

deeper security than med care and work et al.. fittingness..

ie: gershenfeld sel


you keep me safe

our fear of play and fear of arbitrary ness.. of wildness.. is keeping us from us.. in other words.. keeping us the most unsafe..

best safety for all of us: gershenfeld something else law