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DAWN – the forthcoming IPFS Blockchain medium

[A Working Document – NOT FOR PUBLICATION]  

What is DAWN?

DAWN stands for D.istributed A.utonomous W.orldwide N.etwork  – A blockchain based unified platform for everything people do with computers.

Blockchain technology has enjoyed an exponential rise in awareness, having given rise to Bitcoin and every other “new” currency. It offers a unique distributed data set, leading to ultra-high speed transactions and a new level of security via ultra-secure access and the consensus of distributed validation protocols. All this is delivered at a far reduced cost per transaction.

What is a validation protocol?

Blockchain Technology relies upon distributed identical data being held at the same time in multiple locations. The validation of an action over the network is your security. Active participants in the network simultaneously receive what is known as a ‘block’. If the ‘validators’ have a consensus over the integrity of that ‘block’ of data, then the data is added to the chain of blocks – the blockchain.

Why does this matter?

At present, the vast majority of data in the world is owned. This includes data about you and everything you do on the internet. There are many people who:

  • Make money out of your information (Social Media, Pollsters, Data Houses etc.)
  • Distribute this information without your consent.
  • Use this data to monitor you (and everyone else).

One of DAWN’s central values is that the ownership of information should be voluntarily opted out of. Privacy is equally a core value. 

How can DAWN deliver a better experience of the internet?

DAWN operates just like the internet and has the capacity to operate under IPFS as well as the standard HTTP or HTTPS. IPFS stands for ‘Inter Planetary File Service’, a name to boggle the mind but in reality it means a far finer and more efficient system of web based filing and retrieval. Imagine being told to go to the library to find a book. Under IPFS, you will be told which library, which floor, which section, which aisle, which shelf and how far down the shelf is the book you seek.

What can I not do on the DAWN medium?

Nothing. 

What are the benefits of the DAWN platform for the future?

DAWN is absolutely Open Source Technology. This allows anyone to access the coding which drives the system and create their own Applications.

Over time we look forward to seeing a huge range of applications from Social Media to Education, from Travel Agencies to Charities. Anything which happens in the real world can be given assistance via a well designed existence on the DAWN blockchain.

How can DAWN benefit you?

Every second there will be a ‘block’ produced from the blockchain. Each verified block produces a token, rather like a Bitcoin token. These are called RAYS. The generation of activity on the DAWN activity produces these RAY tokens and they are distributed to the members of the community.

In the future, there will be a multitude of enterprises, as suggested in the previous section, which are doing commerce on the medium. At present there are well over 100 “new” currencies which have been birthed from block chain activities. DAWN, despite having its own currency, RAY, will be completely currency agnostic. The recognition of a currency as consideration will be a matter of consensus and individual choice.

As a participant on the DAWN blockchain, you can open your own account and start receiving RAY tokens right away. Their value will be a matter of future development. Currency value is determined by the consensus of its users. The founders of DAWN have purposefully designed the structure of DAWN such that they have no vested interest, other than to be involved and to see the possibility of freedom take to its potential.

Unlike other currencies, there is/will be no possibility of the community to gain an early position of leverage through the mining of RAY. Mining describes the activity of validating blocks for the purpose of producing tokens – in this case RAY. DAWN’s structure is designed to fully distribute value to the community and to allow consensus to be the arbiter. Within DAWN, Liberty is your assurance.

Does this Liberty come at a Price?

Freedom is not free, as the adage goes. Your freedom is on an equal footing to the next person’s. As such, for example, there is no central form of censorship. There cannot be. This may sit uncomfortably with some. There is, however, the possibility of consensus. So, there will be groups and communities which will create their own set of protocols. These may include such things as parental controls, NSFW guidelines, blocking capabilities etc. As much as distribution of ownership is critical, so is privacy.

Is DAWN a unique initiative?

No, absolutely not. DAWN is the first blockchain system to be built upon protocols which assure everyone that there is no vested interest. The founders of the system have a very strong philosophical view of the way in which the people of the world have become manipulated through the dissemination of misleading education and the abuse of government imposed controls.

DAWN, being completely open source, seeks to work in conjunction with other developers to assist in creating more possibilities.

Why the hell would these developers do so much work for nothing?

Because:

  1. They can.
  2. They are free to do so.
  3. They choose to do so. If they did not do this, they would not be able to live with themselves, such is their strength of character and purpose.

Your thanks to them and recognition of them is most gratefully accepted. They each, however, elect to remain anonymous. Fame is not their gig. Your freedom is. 

How do you join the DAWN network?

The DAWN network runs off a simple router (Cable and WiFi functionality). The optimum performance of the network is through a cluster of 5 routers which can communicate via the radio waves of the WiFi. Communication across the network is great too.

5 is a minimum ‘cluster’ of efficiency. One stand alone router is absolutely fine as is a cluster of hundreds. It just depends.

Your identity over the system is determined via your account which contains tokens and there are very important keys which are your access to your account.

In the event of a disaster – loss of keys – your cluster can provide you with access back into your account. There is a back-up system for your peace of mind.

Do I need to decide now about my cluster?

No, but it might be a good idea to start building your cluster of friends. There are incentives for buying a minimum of 5 routers as this assists with the distribution of activity.

How do I order a router and how long is the delivery time?

Go to the DAWN website to order. Your order will be delivered within 7-18 days depending upon country. Your order is fully trackable and insured.

With each router is a complete guide to setting up your router and how to interconnect with others.

This guide is in 9 languages (English, French, German, Indonesian, Cantonese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese).

There is also a YouTube video which you can access: youtu.be/sample 

All routers are the same price at the point of origin. Taxes and tariffs are out of our control of course. See your local distributor for details.

All Rights Reserved. ©Edward Bryans 2017. No unauthorised reproduction of this post in whole or in part is permitted without the express written consent of the author 

 

 

 

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EQ and IQ; What Are They? Do They Matter? Can You Improve Them?

EQ and IQ, what do they mean and why are they so important?

The arguments have raged back and forth. What is the more valuable in different scenarios?

In this post, I focus more on the higher range of quotients.
First, let’s just get the definitions and distinctions:

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Intelligence Quotient.

IQ has been around for well over 100 years. A Frenchman named Binet came up with the first standardised test which produced a comparable ‘Quotient’ or scoring system.

Mensa is a worldwide organisation which accepts membership from only the top 2% of the intelligentsia. This means getting a score of over 132 on the Stanford-Binet system. The average person is supposed to have an IQ of around 100 on this scale. Anything over 150 is considered ‘genius’ status. The highest ever recorded was 185 by a lady called Marilyn Vos Savant (French for knowing!) who lives in Manhattan, New York. Different quotients will be delivered by the different tests available.
An aside, it is said that Mensa (Latin for ‘table’) was going to be called ‘Mens’ (Latin for ‘mind’) but the obvious impending ridicule for either being a gentleman’s public convenience or publication caused a convenient shift.

The source of IQ level is generally recognised to be a function of DNA. IQs usually do not change much after the age of 12 to 15.

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Emotional Quotient

Emotional Intelligence is a relatively new concept developed by Dr Wayne Payne (1985) and by Dr John Mayer and Dr Peter Salovey (1990) from American University. However, it was popularised by American Psychologist Daniel Goleman (1995) in his book “Emotional Intelligence”.

Steven J. Stein, Ph.D. and Howard E. Book, M.D. defined Emotional Intelligence in their book, The EQ Edge, as follows:

Emotional Quotient is the set of skills that enable us to make our way in a complex world — the personal, social and survival aspects of overall intelligence, the elusive common sense and sensitivity that are essential to effective daily functioning. It has to do with the ability to read the political and social environment, and landscape them; to intuitively grasp what others want and need, what strengths and weaknesses are; to remain unruffled by stress; and to be engaging. The kind of person others want to be around and will follow.

It is generally conceded that EQ is a better indicator of success in the workplace and is used to identify leaders, good team players, and people who best work by themselves.

Five reasons why EQ is so important:

  1. EQ has a greater impact on success than other factors.
  2. The ability to delay gratification is a primary indicator of future success.
  3. High EQ leads to healthy relationships with others.
  4. Emotional health impacts physical health.
  5. Low EQ is linked to crime and other unethical behaviours.

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Garry Rodgers, a former homicide detective, described it as follows:
“There’s a world of difference between book smarts and street sharps — between braininess and savvy. The first has its place, but the second is more useful.
Being smart is the ability to logically think things out. Being sharp is the ability to tune into the world, to read situations, and to survive.”

EQ and the problems involved with arriving at a Quotient

David Wyman, Past President, Prometheus High-IQ Society.
“EQ is not a real thing. Obviously, getting along with people, managing people, encouraging people are all useful skills or attributes, but there is no reliable way to measure it.”

Objectivity vs. Subjectivity is an enormous factor in determining the scale of another person’s emotional capabilities. There are four principal aspects which are analysed:

  1. Identifying Emotions – the ability to recognise how you and those around you are feeling.
  2. Using Emotions – the ability to generate emotion, and then reason with this emotion.
  3. Understanding Emotions – the ability to understand complex emotions and emotional “chains”, how emotions transition from one stage to another.
  4. Managing Emotions – the ability which allows you to manage emotions in your self and in others.

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EQ and IQ

It is often observed that younger people (teenagers through to 25, even 30 years of age) with very high IQs are often emotionally removed to varying degrees. There are a few reasons to explain this.

Self-removal:
People who are gifted and talented, with that ability to “discern more complexity” and perhaps also introverted or highly sensitive, may often get labelled by others as “strange,” “weird,” “loner,” “snooty,” “ADD” or diagnosed as suffering from various other mental disorders.
Of course, the labels are incorrectly applied but it can be a limiting factor if children with high IQs are not recognised and mentored compassionately.

Environmental:
Children with high IQs who are born and raised into dysfunctional families can find themselves equally dissociated and detached from society as anyone else. The possession of a high IQ does not give the necessary tools to escape the trauma which this can cause.
Psychiatric help can expose the realities of ‘cause and effect’ to the extent that patients can be fully restored to a balanced level of emotional intelligence.

Significance:
It has been observed by many that students emerging from the very top Universities and Colleges with a Ph.D., MBA or such qualifications are so full of cleverness as to be impractical. The processes of learning have not been focussed onto the challenges of the real world.
This is simply a case of significance to the individual. It is rare for such people not to have acclimatised and discovered their need for, and ability to apply EQ, by the age of 30.

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Sharon Stone, Image: Jon Favreau; Sting, Image: Sting

Sharon Stone says that when she was 15 she went to college half a day while still going to high school, and “never got to be on a peer level relationship with the kids I went to school with. I was like, you know, that weird girl. I cannot believe I did not know that I was a pretty girl. I was so insecure and so intimidated and so introverted.” [Her IQ is reportedly 154.]

She has also commented, “If I was just intelligent, I’d be OK. But I am fiercely intelligent, which most people find very threatening.”

We do have a lot of choice in how we develop emotionally, and can make use of our creative abilities for positive growth.

In his memoir, Broken Music, musician Sting wrote, “Music has always been my refuge from sadness.”
“Do I have to be in pain to write? I thought so, as most of my contemporaries did; you had to be the struggling artist, the tortured, painful, poetic wreck…I only know that people who are getting into this archetype of the tortured poet end up really torturing themselves to death.”

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Conclusion

Though EQ and IQ are very much related, they are not one and the same thing.

IQ is largely established by the time we are 15. EQ takes development and those with a higher IQ will develop their EQ with a regression pattern along the path of their IQ – or very close thereto. Their capacity to do so will rely upon external factors.

Parents, wider family, teachers and other mentors will play a significant role.

All Rights Reserved. ©Edward Bryans 2017. No unauthorised reproduction of this post in whole or in part is permitted without the express written consent of the author