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A Love Letter To All Who Open Source
Open source software developers and others who find ways to contribute to the collective intelligence of humanity are the unsung heroes laying the foundation for a Golden Age for us all.
Just a little over a year and a half ago, my understanding of open source software, or open source anything, was minimal at best. Then I met Scott Moore (co-founder of Gitcoin), a visionary whose passion for open source software and its developers proved to be incredibly contagious and continues to inspire me to this day.
Immersing myself in the Gitcoin universe and meeting numerous open source developers opened my eyes to the vast world of open source and its culture, which embodies the principle of sharing anything that might be beneficial to humanity's survival, resilience, and prosperity.
Open source is a call to collaborative contribution.
Think of shipping a package of open source software as offering a Lego piece for the grand endeavor of building our common future. It invites everyone to participate, improve, and innovate. It is a powerful tool that harnesses our collective intelligence to formulate the most effective solutions to our shared challenges.
This approach to collaboration and knowledge sharing extends beyond developing software to creating hardware, designing complex machines, planning sustainable cities, and fostering harmonious communities.
The more we open source playbooks for a healthy civilization, the closer we get to a world where the best ideas thrive, continuous improvement is made, and our collective intelligence is maximized.
Open source playbooks should cover a wide range of topics, from efficient sewer design to conflict resolution, from reversing aging to growing meat, from permaculture to effective parenting.
Importantly, AI models, trained on these open source playbooks, can help us evolve into better people and build a healthier, more self-sustaining and regenerative civilization. And in a world increasingly vulnerable to existential threats, these playbooks are vital survival guides that help us rebuild from scratch if we must.
For all that they do for us, open source contributors deserve more funding and resources. Their work plays an indispensable role in driving societal progress, and it's our collective responsibility to ensure that their efforts can continue unabated.
The choice to open source—be it a piece of code or a playbook—is an act of service and love. To open source is to help usher in a Golden Age for all life on Earth and beyond.
So, shout out to all who open source. Your contributions are seen and appreciated. Thank you.