Gregory Sun

Mason, OH, United States

About Gregory

An idea worth spreading

* As supporters of the capitalist system, we argue that decentralised economies would pit one person’s greed against another’s and net a desirable result, so why do our organisations not mimic the same decentralisation that we so heartily espouse.
* Furthermore one of the biggest critiques of free market is that it is coercive because everyone is forced to participate. Is it possible that capitalism has created a technological way out? Is it not true that by selling information about yourself, you can earn subsistence and thus chose whether or not to sell your wages and participate in the capitalist system.

I'm passionate about

Ameliorating the human condition. Period. Be it through technology, decentralisation of power, or whatever other "idea worth spreading." I also love observing the fundamental beauty of or existence.

Talk to me about

I am a teenager with not a plan, but a vision with the optimism to carry it out. I will show the world that humanitarian activity can be lucrative for both the benefactor, and those being helped.

People don't know I'm good at

Seeking win win situations. Too many times, I see people believing the world to be zero sum. In fact, when we unleash the creative force of the human mind, everyone wins.

Comments & conversations

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Gregory Sun
Posted about 2 years ago
Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate
Remember, the high seas were only filled with pirates because the previous system of mercantilism made it profitable to smuggle illegally, as colonies inevitably wanted to trade with each other. The same goes for trying to control the internet.
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Gregory Sun
Posted about 2 years ago
Motivation: link for students
Yes motivation is the key to anything. The world as we know it was created because somebody or group of people was motivated to change the world, and in turn motivated others to carry out that vision. Now how do we motivate students. For me, personally, being a student, motivation came from having some ultimate end that education would take me closer towards. I believe that we need to create a similar thing for students. Of course, everyone is different and responds to different motivations, so the big key that this pursuit of motivation leads to is that schools need to be more individualized, decentralized, and tailored to the needs of the students, not the teachers
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Gregory Sun
Posted about 2 years ago
Name some mind boggling quotes, paradoxes, stories and ideas that you have heard!
"All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney -"You make a living out of what you get. You make a life out of what you give" -Winston Churchill A personal favorite (being chinese) is this one: Those who are victorious plan effectively and change decisively. They are like a great river that maintains its course, but adjusts it flow… They have form but are formless. They are skilled in both planning and adapting and need not fear the result of a thousand battles; for they win in advance, defeating those that have already lost. — Sun Tzu
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Gregory Sun
Posted about 2 years ago
What could happen if we tax goods and services based on their "greenness"?
Interesting that you would bring this up. In fact, the idea of cap and trade has already been in circulation and is basically your applied to only the greenhouse gas problem. First, I do believe this type of regulation by the government is better than most ideas, and at least it achieves some level of decentralisation, which is important to keep one person from abusing the system. The biggest problem with this system is the subjective way in which "greenness" determined. If you put some extremely quantitative definition of "greenness", otherwise, this great idea will be screwed over by bureaucracy. However, I believe that such a system will still be redundant for several reasons. Given the exponential rate of expansion of the prominence of photovoltaic cells, it will soon be cheaper than petrol, and at this point, businesses will switch to this greener energy without being asked twice. Secondly, a better way to go about conservation is to make the average consumer extremely aware about the issues. Thus, it will pay a company in terms of PR to be green, efficient, and not wasteful. What has and will continue to happen is that the internet will make reputation increasingly important to companies, thus making issues solvable by reputational enforcement rather than bureaucratic taxes.
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Gregory Sun
Posted about 2 years ago
Ken Goldberg: 4 lessons from robots about being human
Perhaps the lessons of this talk are classic and cliche, but the way Mr. Goldberg goes about deriving the lessons from robotics is both interesting and inspiring. It offers the same perspective of life as many wise men, but through slightly different lenses. Great, inspiring speech that just goes to show that technology doesn't have to strip away our humanity, rather, it can make us more human.
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Gregory Sun
Posted about 2 years ago
Will the Internet, Social Media and Digital Technology destroy the value of money?
The Internet, Social Media and Digital Technology all have HUGE potential in making certain things virtually free. Don't believe me? look at facebook, pirated music and movies, and as you said, free software. However, the beauty of it is that innovation will always create more advanced products that will be more value. I see the internet perhaps becoming a place where products that have seen some time on the market become free and loss leaders used to attract customers to either advertisments or other indirect sources of revenue. Money will loose value for sure (even before the internet, inflation made sure of that) but the products that we buy will become equally more valuable.
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Gregory Sun
Posted over 2 years ago
Does Knowledge triumph Passion? or does Passion triumph Knowledge?
Hi Christopher, I am a 15 year old living in Cincinnati Ohio. I too am an aspiring businessman. In fact, if starting/running a company is what you want, I have read many books on the subject (too many to be healthy if you ask my parents). If you would like, I would be more than happy to share with you. You can contact me at 14sungre@gmail.com and I hope that we can help each other as just someone else who we can get an opinion from. Now, back to the original question. Passion trumps knowledge. Always, always always. Why do I say this? On simple fact: if the passion is there, the knowledge will inevitably follow. I will give you a personal example. In reading about entrepreneurship, I set out to follow my passion for economy and business. Along the way, however, I have obtained a treasure trove of knowledge far vaster than anything I have learned at school. I used to hate learning, now I have made it a passion.
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Gregory Sun
Posted over 2 years ago
Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future
What's interesting is that your criticism of David's "optimism" is rooted in more optimism. You suggest that we are cautious, listen to science and admit that we have problems. In the first place, you place too much faith in today's institutions or institutions in general to act efficiently. The fact is that there will always be people who are inherently malicious and short sighted. And as an individual, yes, you do have to keep a level of cautiousness, level-headedness and admit mistakes. However, a system is not an individual, and in terms of systemic issues, the only solution is decentralisation of power to prevent those who do not act to the benefit of mankind from seizing absolute power. In the second place, Peter does admit the problems of society, in fact, that is what he starts the video discussing. However, you can be optimistic about the future and envision a better world while still maintaining a healthy sense of realism. In fact, it was optimists who created the very computer you typed your poorly thought out critique on. If Edison kept telling himself that he could never invent anything, we would not have the light bulb. It was only by remaining optimistic that he would eventually succeed that he eventually did succeed. Optimism is not blindness. In fact, it is pessimists who are truly blind to the beauty and wonder around them.