TEJI TUESDAYS - 2nd April 2024

Network states, boredom is a superpower, analysis paralysis, norwegian art, thank yout,

Issue #023 · 2nd April, 2024

Hi All!

Here is your weekly dose of TEJI, a weekly round up of what I’m pondering and exploring. Feel free to forward along to a friend if you think they might enjoy.

The Internet is The “New America”

“The Internet is to America what America was to Britain. A frontier territory that will ultimately succeed even its worthy progenitor.”

The quote above is an extract from a fantastic Twitter thread I found this week explaining how the internet will soon become the place where new countries are be formed.

This may sound like crazy talk hearing a country could be started on the internet. But if we zoom out and notice the transfer of value from offline to online it begins to make sense.

“The sun did set on the British Empire. Like the Romans and Greeks before them. Then DC took the torch from the London. And now the Internet is taking the torch from DC.

We already see the transfer of sovereignty from land to cloud. The US post office has been replaced by email. Taxi medallions are obviated by Uber. NASA is outcompeted by SpaceX. And the dollar is devalued against Bitcoin.

This will extend to everything. 99% of transactions and communications have already moved online. So will 99% of regulations and legislations. So will elections, and so will the state itself. Reborn on the Internet frontier.

This is exciting. It’s not just the frontier that’s back. So are the pioneers, the captains of industry, and the next founding fathers. As Joe Biden falls, a thousand George Washingtons rise.”

If your interested in learning more about the future of the digital countries the author of the tweet Balaji Srinivasan has published a book called The Network State completely for free available here. The book explains how to build the successor to the nation state, a concept Balaji calls the network state.

Boredom is a superpower

How often do you ever sit down and genuinely embrace your boredom? I personally never do it and always have a podcast or some kind of stimulation always on in the background.

Our stimulation baselines have become so high that mundane activities have become so boring that we now find it hard to do the things we know we should but can’t ever find the motivation to do it. Whether thats reading, learning a new skill, or working on a project the alternative of just scrolling on TikTok or watching a YouTube video is so much more tempting.

Ironically, I found a YouTube video this week explaining this very idea and how you can lower your stimulation baselines to encourage yourself to complete seemingly more mundane activities. You can watch the video here if you’re interested.

Your analysis paralysis is holding you back

If your anything like me you often struggle with making hard decisions. You analyse the pros and cons of doing something so much that you end up making no decisions at all and getting nothing done.

This week I found probably my favourite video on this exact topic from a trained psychologist who explains the biases we have towards both loss and gain. In the video loss aversion is one of the key things Dr. K explains that holds people back from making decisions. In short he basically explains that we are inherently more aware of loss then gain.

According to Dr K. we often miscalculate potential losses by 2x and neglect future gain by 0.5x. Which basically means we are really bad at weighing up loss and gain. If this sounds at all interesting to you check out the full video here.

Norwegian Artist

This week as I was browsing one of my favourite bookstores in Sydney called Kinokuniya I stumbled upon a small little zine like book by a Norwegian artist called Erlend Peder Kvam. I thought his art style was super cool and that’s pretty much it lol. If you wan’t to check out some of his work you can view his website here.

If you’re reading this thank you. seriously.

If you’re one of the 60 people who consistently open all my newsletters each and every week I just want to take this time to genuinely thank you for supporting what I do. I haven’t released a video on YouTube in a while as I’ve been figuring out some other things in my life right now. But don’t worry videos will be making a return very soon.

I’m grateful however to still be able to allocate time each week to write this newsletter for everyone here and it’s become something I’ve really enjoyed doing every week. I hope you are finding some enjoyment or value in this and if you have any suggestions of what you like or don’t like please feel free to reach out.

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Hope everyone enjoys their week!


TEJI (@tejitopia)

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