2016 New Beginnings

Second day of a new year, and I wish all my followers of Liberated Way abundance, health and happiness in 2016.

This blog is retired, but the occasional post like this will appear.

2016 stands before me like a freshly ploughed field, a fresh opportunity to harvest something through choices and deeds that I will feel good about.  People at this time make new year resolutions, often too many, too ambitious and without sufficient motivation to carry them through to completion.  I shall make three resolutions as follows:

mother_tree

This is the Mother Tree of my oak saplings.  It fell in a storm in 2013.  The tree lives on in my memory as a symbol of my dream to find personal happiness, motivation and serenity through my choices and deeds in life. 

1. Planting trees.

I have found homes for my eight oak saplings in their third winter of life. My largest oak sapling “Branwen” shall in the autumn be planted in Stanway in Colchester in a parish council graveyard, whilst its sister oak saplings will head to a wood on the opposite side of Colchester near Greenstead.  My business will fund a tree planting scheme during 2016 in the “Greenstead Wood”, which is now held in a trust so that nobody can sell it if the owner dies.

2. Selling a board game.

After gaining my first orders for an interpretation of a game found in a possible Druid grave in Colchester, and positive support from local archaeologists, residents and media, I will begin marketing the game locally in Colchester.  When I moved seven of my oak saplings to the Greenstead wood, I also took my a game board with me, which we played in that wood.  The game I believe is the same one as the Celtic storytellers call Fidchell or Gwyddbwyll, which means “Wood Wisdom.”

3. Building an artificially intelligent entity.

The film Golden Compass describes a world where people have companion animals called daemons, which are manifestations of their inner selves.  I have a deep desire for my own daemon like those of the Golden Compass, which might be possible through artificial intelligence.  Many frustrations, needs and ideas converge in my desire for daemons, which no doubt will alarm some people with vested interests in the toxic paradigms that infest this world.

  • websites coded and run by daemons.
  • elephants, rhinos and refuges for wildlife watched and protected by daemons.
  • the deaths, injuries and suffering inflicted upon patients in UK hospitals due to negligence and bad administration prevented by daemons who can monitor everything, and run all administrative processes, leaving staff to care for patients.
  • daemons working alongside human counterparts to manage projects.
  • specifically children, a totally loyal daemon that can protect their privacy, security and interests.  The age of corporations such as Google that can snoop on the personal information of individuals would be ended by the daemons.
  • replacing left-brain approaches with right-brain processes to AI.
  • challenging the obsession of developing AI based on humans and animals, with one based upon plants and eco-systems.
  • exploring ideas in nature, philosophy and animism such as the concept of genius loci in AI.
  • changing the rules to focus human society on sustainability (action in harmony with nature); experience (mother of wisdom); senses (mother of knowledge); creativity (right-brain focus); and reason (conclusions based on senses, experience and the common patterns of nature.)
  • wiping out top-down, centralised, command-and-control systems with a decentralised, localised and independent thinking set of systems.

Nothing big you understand, but rather a personal exploration of ideas I have through AI daemons.  To me, the greatest thing I could obtain is happiness, motivation and serenity, which would come to me in abundance from exploring AI daemons, but the implications for human history and society might be profound.

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8 responses to “2016 New Beginnings

  1. Happy New Year! Sounds like you have a lot going on. Best of luck.

  2. I’d be most interested in the game you will be marketing, Alex. My elder son – as a teenage boy – was doing work experience with the CAT and was part of the team who discovered those graves in Stanway. He lives in the Midlands now, but loves board games so I know he’d adore to have a copy of your game. I still have family living in Colchester, so if you could email me details when it becomes available, I’ll certainly be sending them off to buy one or two.
    Your other projects sound fascinating too. Good to catch up with what you’re doing these days.
    BTW, my other son – now living back in Colchester – is a brilliant graphic designer and takes on some freelance work, so if you need help with launching, packaging or publicity, I’m sure he’d be happy to chat with you.
    My email is janstone@btopenworld.com . Many thanks, Jan

    • Hi Jan, thanks for the e-mail contact. The game is called Aquila, and I had an open day at the Colchester Roman Circus a few months ago where people in Colchester could play the game, and everyone loved it. I am looking to get someone to do some illustrations for the rule book, so I am interested in getting a quote if this is something your other son can do. It is a small world, to learn that a reader of this blog has a connection to the finding of this game 🙂
      I am taking orders for putting together the game boards, and I just need to sort out putting together a rule book with illustrations etc. There will be further open days planned from around March when the CAT Roman Circus cafe reopens.

      • Hi Alex and thanks for the follow 🙂 If you want to look at my graphic designer son’s website, it’s at http://www.joe-stone.co.uk/ . I suggest you contact him via that and maybe arrange to meet up one weekend. (He works in London during the week and tends to get home pretty late.) I’ll mention your project to him. I’m sure he’d be interested.

      • Just thought I would let you know that I have arranged with the Colchester Archaeological Trust a day when people can play the Aquila board game, which will be at Colchester Roman Circus 11am to 2 pm 21st March 2016. Thanks for the link 🙂

      • Thanks. I’ll get some of my family to pop along and try it out 🙂

  3. I wish you well in the new year. It certainly is a new beginning. LVX

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