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The Pandemic Needed Better Messaging | All About The SafetyNet App

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

I rant a little on the ill-conceived, poorly-planned, and wildly disorganized messaging of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Then, I explain what I learned about nets in general, safety nets in particular, and an app I discovered called SafetyNet.

—Pandemic Crowd Compliance Needs Kinder, Smarter Messaging
— Curfews squeeze bigger crowds into shorter hours. Why?
— I discovered the SafetyNet app; All about ropes and reliable nodes

Hi, welcome back. Johnny emotionshere with the daily emotions. Well, it's Sunday, November twenty two,almost Thanksgiving in America, big Thanksgiving holiday coming up soon, right at thepeak, the second peak. Well, if the second peak is higher thanthe first peak, I think this would be then the new peak. Solet's just call it the peak, the peak of the pandemic in America.I caught the news earlier today. It said people are die now. Couldn'tbe catching covid at one person per minute. It's entirely possible. That's one persondying per minute, which is pretty fucking grotesque. And of course thepresident is nowhere to be found, probably in the White House sucking his thumbwhen he's not tweeting, or on the...

...golf course, completely abandoned his job. You know, I think the pandemic because I have a lot of friendsand family in California, that's where I'm from, and they're on lockdown again, and that reminded me of a couple of things. The pandemic, ifit had better leadership at the top, it would have had way better brandy. So once not trying to say we're trying to sell pandemic or death oranything like that. Of course not. I'm trying to say we could havesold compliance much earlier if the dupe is in the White House would have understoodthe weight of the problem and addressed it head on. He claims to bea marketing professional, a branding guru. Fuck all. He missed a completeopportunity here. For example, the term lockdown is ownerous, authoritarian and notactually true. Nothing's locked in California at...

...ten PM, you can unlock yourdoor, nothing will happen. You can unlock your door and go outside,nothing will happen. Can Unlock your door and go outside and get in thecar and go to the airport. Nothing will happen. So lockdown, inmy mind, is just ridiculously authoritarian and sounds fascist from the get go.So we got to get rid of that term. How about guidance? Rememberwhen we had actual terrorists that blew up the twin towers and we had thatsilly color coded terror threat level system? Well, it was fun to makefun of, but you kind of got it at least. It might nothave even been accurate. But if we're going to play along with the government'spropaganda or guidance or whatever you want to call it, then at least everybodyin the country be on the same page. So that way, when it's threatlevel read, you know why you're being asked to, you know,go through extra screening at the TSA.

You know why this is happening.There's no need to question it. You like, Oh, it's another levelred week, okay, you get it. If it drops down, the orangeand yellow start to feel the restrictions ease up and they never use termslike lockdown at all. And then the mislabeling of physical distancing as social distancinghas really fuck with a lot of people's heads too. Humans need and continueto socially interact. There is no social distance. The only social distance istrump supporters distance from the rest of America. That has happened. Yes, there'sa social distance now because they've politicized a pandemic, and when I saythey, I mean the leaders of both popular political parties in America in cahootswith the mass media of all stripes. So, yeah, America is sociallydistant now. However, we're not physically distant. We should have said physicallydistance. We should be seeing spread out,...

...everybody spread out. People understand spreadout. So we've got ridiculous messaging on both lockdowns. We've got badmessaging on social distancing, it's inaccurate, and and then this new thing curfews. This is the most mindboggling thing to me as a small business person inthe past I don't really take an opinion on small businesses, whether they're openor not. I'm not. I don't know what's essential. Depends on whatI'm doing that day. At some point every business would be essential to mebecause I'm doing trying to get something done right. But what is it?locksmiths? How about sign makers? Why not restaurants? HMM, supermarkets,okay, dent so by start adding so many it's almost like, well,hmm, almost everything is essential. Here's why I think the curfew things arewe live in many dimensions and the two dimensions that humans love to measure mostare space and time. So if we...

...can spread out through space, likegiving ourself physical distance, well we can also spread out through time. Soartificially shutting any store, restaurant, bar or any any place else that isallowed to be open otherwise, by artificially limiting it's ours, you are creatingmore crowds. You're squeezing more people into fewer hours. So there's a timespace continuum thing happening here. It's not just the space we're dealing with,the humans live in, it's also the time, the time of day.So if you want to spread people out, if you want to minimize traffic,you start scheduling people throughout the twenty four hours of the day. Igo grocery shopping near when the supermarkets close because there's far fewer people. They'reDuh. So curfews just don't make sense at all. And I'm not tryingto be arrant or not trying to be...

...a scoff law or deny science oranything like that. And I think you know my point. If people,if these places are already open, that's a different argument. Bars probably shouldn'tbe open, bowling alley is probably shouldn't be open. Play, I meana lot of places just shouldn't be open until the pandemic goes away. Thegovernment should help these people, help the owners get by, you know,bare minimum, whatever it takes. I mean just fucking help these people out, because they need to shut down a lot of places, but those thatare deemed essential meant let them or encourage them to spread their hours out,spread your people out, spread your hours out. That give everything a lotmore breathing room, and well, metaphorically speaking, but it also put alot less germs in the air at any given moment. So if you haveis, if you got a comment or if you know some scientific basis forthe curfew, let me know, like if there's a counter argument to whynot spread people out even more throughout the...

...night to keep them further away fromeach other, even in the same space? If you got twenty people working foryou from, you know, during daytime hours, how about ten duringdaytime hours and ten during nighttime hours? Now I don't know, makes senseto me. So here's the thing I was going to talk about yesterday.Safety Nets, right, and the importance of having a personal safety net,especially when things get bad, like when you get so depressed that you can'tsuddenly form a safety net. You really need to work on having one puttogether all the time. But then it started to think, like what isthe nature of a net? And I instantly thought of those old cargo netsthat we used to play on as kids and that I used to bring mykids to play on as an adult and also play on it with them.And there were basically two important parts to these nets, the rope and thenode that connected the ropes were at the...

...points where the ropes touched and thecase of a cargo nt, I think was a little piece of steel,little round piece of steel with holes on four different sides, and the ropesjust kind of work their way through. And this is kind of industrial strengthnet. But the same principle holds in every net and including digital nets,digital networks. So we've got what I'll call the rope and the nodes.Without the nodes you just have a series of ropes criss crossing each other that, if anything fell on to the ropes, would simply open up and it woulddrop through. So the nodes are required and in my metaphor, thenodes are your people. So the nodes your friends, your family, thoseare the various nodes. And what I noticed, especially in my own lifeand I think probably many people's lives, is that our personal safety nets arefairly weak because the nodes are not connected...

...to the other nodes by any rope. We have a bunch of loose nodes. So if you imagine like well,and this is why your safety that fails. There's not an actually anet there. You've got a bunch of rope playing around. It's not connectedto the nodes that are laying around. So while you might have a bestfriend, two or three or five, you've got several relatives that care,coworkers, friends at school, things like that. Here's the thing. Ifthe nodes are not connected to each other, like if your friends and family don'tknow one another or have a way to connect when you're in trouble,your net is going to fail because what's going to happen is you're going torely too heavily on anyone node. So I mean using that metaphor, thatanalogy. Can you imagine falling onto a net that was just the little metalballs? Like? None of those are going to hold you up. Sothe trick is connecting all the nodes with...

...the rope and basically getting your friendsto communicate with each other, your friends, family, fellow students, Co workersand that sort of thing. So then check this out. Then thendiscovered an APP. It's simply called safety net, and here's what it does. So you enter in your top eight contacts the people that you consider thenodes, let's say, of your safety net, and this APP becomes therope that connects the nodes so that if you're at an ever a dire situation, you can activate your safety net at the push of a button. Andso what it does? You put in your top eight people, friend,family, like I said, Co workers, students, just basically people you reallytrust to at least have your back and work with somebody else. Sowhat it does then it sends out a message to that person says, Hey, you've been added as a node of Soandso's safety net. Do you agree? So it's really interesting is the moment...

...you send out this email to alleight people in your nodes list, the technology starts counting, starts it's cut. There's a timer, basically, and it detects how quickly each one ofthose nodes reacts, what they react with and the words they use in response, and it starts developing an algorithm for the reliability of that particular node.So over time you'll be able to tell how reliable that notice. So inthe event you have a crisis and you hit a button that activate your safetynet, you tell it what's the problem and there's some predetermined buttons you canpush, like having a really bad day, need somebody to talk to, havinga problem at work, having a personal issue. You know, there'sa couple of presets and then you can customize the commands at will. Yourthe eight people in your safety net know...

...what these are. They're not goingto be surprised by it. But what happens is here's the interesting thing.So when you activate your safety net, all of a sudden these eight peopleare instantly invited to a group chat, exclusive and private to you. Theysee each other's first name and that's all. They don't have each other contact information. Of course, if they're in your friend and family circle, theyprobably know who each other are anyway. But the point is their data,the people in your safety net, is not being sucked into the APP,up to a cloud to be used by corporation. This is all your privatelittle eight person network. And so what safety that does, then, bybringing everybody into the group chat using AI, is starts to detect who goes intothe chat first, who says what first, and starts to build astronger algorithm of to where the strongest nodes are and where the weakest nodes are. So if the nodes grow before below a certain level, it'll suggest thatyou replace that node. Now this is...

...all anonymous to the people in yoursafety net. They don't know what rank they are. They don't know ifthey are being replaced or not. That is private for you because this isa tool for you to know who your safety net is. Now, ofcourse, if they downloaded the APP for themselves and added you, then youwould also be ranked similarly. But I just think the really cool thing isto be able to have an APP on your phone the safety net algorithm.It's pretty straightforward. It just uses a kind of urgency, of timing asone factor. It uses keyword, it transcribes keywords and detects keyword repeat usageand things like that, like are they loving, words of the kind,words of the horse words? Are they missdirecting you or redirecting you? Arethey asking for more information you? So the algorithm and the AI starts todetect who might be a better, stronger node in your safety net based ontheir responses and the speed of their responses.

But the AI doesn't know who theyare. It doesn't know that that's your mom or that's your best friend. It doesn't know anything about them. Except for the name that they putin there and their contact, their phone or the email. So beyond thephone or the email, the AI doesn't know anything about that person. Soit's not judging them as a person, it's judging their effectiveness as a nodeof your or safety net. So hopefully by using just, you know,effectively math, you know, a clock and analytics on words, that Ithink would strengthen a lot of people safety nets right off the bat. Andjust knowing that there are people out there that will reply to you if youask, because maybe a lot of people don't reply when you ask. I'mspeaking for myself of course, but I think when I'm asking for help,a lot of people don't reply because they're not part of a net. Theyknow they're not part of a net, they know it's just going to bethem by themselves trying to help me from a distance and Hopp that's almost impossible. So then they simply don't engage and...

I feel completely abandoned. So that'sa kind of a lose lose situation. I hope, I mean I hopethey want to help and just can't. It's likely they don't really want tohelp, but I think most of the people that claim to love me,even though they don't feel it. I think they do want to help me. They just they're isolated. They're a separate node unto themselves, and onenode by itself can't be a safety net. So anyway safety. That was acool aut by discovered and I'd like to try it out. Man,I've talked for too long. I need to go edit some of this shortin the podcast a little bit and I'll talk to you tomorrow. Have agreat rest of your night, take care of and now back to the wall.

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