Officially separating my personal website and starting something that requires no additional effort from my end.
Usually, when people start something new, there are a lot of overhead costs that might translate into opportunity costs in the long run. If you’re starting a new business, starting a new book, starting a new job, there’s always an element of time and effort involved in pursuing any new opportunity.
However, if you’re starting something that doesn’t require much conscious effort on your end, that doesn’t feel like “work.”
It feels like “play,” which refers to activities that you’d do generally, without any expectations of profit or success, but rather just an exploration or outlet for your natural state of mind.
That’s what starting Bright Mirror feels like to me.
There are two reasons for this-
- Writing feels like second nature to me now. I have probably written over a million words at this point, in various genres of writing, like long-form fiction, short stories, non-fiction, essays, etc. This is something that’s now as second nature to me as walking, which is a nice way to say that I’ve gotten really good at typing words on a keyboard over the past few years.
- It will serve as an outlet for my actionable thoughts. If I’m writing, I’m thinking. And thinking critically about the books I’m reading and the media I’m consuming is a big reason why I value the time that I spend online.
So, what is Bright Mirror?
Here’s the definition from the about page here-
“Bright Mirror is my attempt at writing essays about what’s at the bleeding edge of tech and how we can all leverage that for fun and profit.”
Sounds simple, right? Here’s one more line from the about page, with a better description-
“Hence, I’m starting Bright Mirror – A newsletter where I explore what’s at the bleeding edge of tech, and how we can all practically benefit something from it today.”
All of it sounds good, until you keep reading and read the “Beliefs” section-
“At Bright Mirror, we believe these three things are going to be possible in the future-
- We are all going to live forever.
- We are all going to be infinitely happy, wealthy, and free.
- The progress of technology and science is going to help us achieve the above two.”
That’s the loftiest claim there, and something that is bound to get eye-rolls from many. However, I stand by it and believe it. This isn’t some super-optimistic scenario. It’s a rational look at our track record as a species and extrapolating it over a long enough period of time.
Thus, Bright Mirror is an anti-theses of Black Mirror. It’s a rational exploration of what’s at the bleeding edge of technology, without defaulting to the anarchy-primitivist hand-wave of it’s all bad, and we were better before and we should all “return to monke.”
Often times, as we get older, we may find ourselves reflexively rejecting new ideas and technology, just because of the experience of having seen more of them fail. It’s a winner’s world, and if you see 10 early-stage startups come to you, you can predict that 9 out of 10 of them will fail and you’d be right. You can take this further, as we often do, and proclaim that every new startup will fail, and you’ll be right 90% of the time. 90% of startups do fail. But the ones who succeed end up changing the world.
Thus, Bright Mirror is less about being right, and more about an honest exploration. It’s less about speculation, and more about actionable insights.
This is something that I’m always excited about, and I’m sure it’ll will act as a means to find friends who are also excited about the same things.
I wanted to give this some time to see if I do stick with it, and how much time it’d require maintaining, but turns out, it works just fine. Because this isn’t a challenge, or an experiment in marketing and publishing, there is no pressure on me to publish X issues a week. I respect those who do, but I’ll only post on this newsletter if I have something to say.
Shoutout to Balaji for the nudge towards writing in the transhumanism space, and my friends at the 1729 writer’s club for the initial writing sprint, giving birth to this weird piece of art.
There are already a few essays there that you might find useful. Come check it out!