Josh Wolfe @wolfejosh VC, entrepreneur, fund manager @Lux_Capital; Chair @CiPrep Coney Island Prep; Trustee @SfiScience Santa Fe Inst; CoFounder of Carson, Quinn & Bodhi w/ @ltwolfe Nov. 02, 2019 1 min read

1/ The theme of our next Lux quarterly letter to partners: technology & truth; deception & detection...

A few excerpts of a draft.

-We're all liars
-We lie because it works
-Technology evolves in the 'arms race for reality'
-Self-deception has a non-obvious societal virtue...

2/ ...Deception + its detection in nature directly influenced defense + military.

Both animals + militaries want to hide:
"we're here but want you think we're not"

But militaries also want
"we're NOT here but want you to think we are"

3/...We hate liars.

BUT

...we love liars.

The more they lie, the better they lie, the more we pay them (we call them 'actors')––we give them consent.

Magicians & Technologists too––who take our unwilling suspension of disbelief

4/ Lying requires cooperation.

If you're skeptical, lies don't work on you

Skepticism invented science which invented tech to better detect truth...(and unfortunately to better deceive).

The arms race for reality––will never end.

THUS we have moral imperative to advance tech

5/ All progress paradoxically depends––

on better technology to discover TRUTH––

and the PERSISTENCE of self-deception (in ambitious founders forging the future & fighting against the odds)..


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