Venkatesh Rao

Venkatesh Rao

Writer and independent consultant Currently: venkateshrao.com

I’ve been a writer and independent consultant since 2011.

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2024

: Does Reality Have a Surprising _Lack_ of Detail?
: Massed Muddler Intelligence
: Brains, Chains, and Vibemobiles
: Towards a Metaphysics of Worlds
: Glued Time, Forked Time
: A Map for AI Town Planners, 2024-29
: The Importance of Not Being Earnest

2023

: State of the Studio 2023
: We Just Have to Set Up the Planetary Dev Environment
: In Search of Hardness
: A Camera, Not an Engine
: Boundary Intelligence
: The War of Incredulous Stares
: Istanbul Diary
: A Tale of Two Cycle Memes
: Oozy Intelligence in Slow Time
: You've Been Matrix-Multiplied
: A Whole New Cope
: A History of Narrative Environments
: Blithe Spirits and Heavy Souls
: Fear of Oozification
: Fluid Fogs and Fixed Flows
: This is the New Real World
: What we seek to save when we seek to save the world
: Sweating Solarpunk
: My Climate Posture
: Adventures in Narrative Time
: Never-Ending Stories
: Protocol Narratives
: Rediscovering Narratability
: Thick Time
: Unnarratability
: Grimdark-Hopepunk With a Chance of Icecream
: Cafes and Grand Narratives
: Magic, Mundanity and Deep Protocolization
: The Titan Affair
: Book Review: Slouching Towards Utopia
: Summer Break
: The Puzzle of the Permaweird
: History After History

2022

: State of the Studio 2022
: Computing as an Infinite Game
: Mediocre Computing
: Two Black Holes
: The Dawn of Mediocre Computing
: The Muskening, Part II
: The Art of Gig is Out!
: The Muskening
: Silicon Valley Vibe Shift
: A Territory and a Map
: Vivid Abstractions
: Scintillation Points
: Hello Again, World
: The Anthropic Cheat Code
: The One Trading System
: Mutualism
: Globalism 2.0 Service Pack 3
: The Long 2022
: The End of Alpha
: Beyond Hyperanthropomorphism
: Eventfulness
: August 2022 Core Dump
: Memiads
: Future Tables
: Inner Graph Monologues
: The Depth of Time
: What Graphs Want
: Year One Review
: Getting to Gnome Mode
: Graph Vitalism
: Anatomy of a Graph Mind
: Surrender and Assimilation
: Big Graph of Mud
: Graph Minds Notebook
: Graph Minds
: Ozymandias Problems
: Can Robots Yearn For Phantom Limbs?
: Towards Management Metamodernism
: Mopium, Copium, Hopium
: Dark, Gray, and Light Lore
: Epics vs. Lore
: On Lore
: Raw Lore
: Lore as Imaginative Irony
: Lands of Lorecraft
: Transaction-Cost Utopias Reconsidered
: Teeth and Identity
: Theory-Shaped Debris
: Derangements

2021

: Winter Break
: The Backstopper Economy
: Magic Beans
: Through a Scanner, Darkly
: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times...Again
: Here We Go Again
: Coordination Headwinds
: Baby Eons
: The First Terraforming
: Remystifying Supply Chains
: On Robots
: Goalposts-Complete Problems
: Pitchdark Futures
: Low-Level Vitalist Memeing
: Summer Break
: One Tenth of a Second
: Superhistory Redux
: Accidental Designs -- 2
: The REALIST Stack
: Accidental Designs -- 1
: Perpetuated Beta
: Welcome to Ribbonfarm Studio
: After Westphalia
: The Great Weirding
: The Clockless Clock
: Upcoming Changes
: Maker Studio, Manager Studio
: Living With Problems
: Good People and Wicked Problems
: Superhistory, Not Superintelligence
: Illusions and Collisions - 3
: The Meaning Crisis Conspiracy
: Late-Style Thinking
: Illusions and Collisions - 2
: Welcome to the World of Tomorrow
: Digital Homelessness
: Illusions and Collisions -- 1
: Moving to Tuesdays...
: Demiurgical Businesses
: Late Sceneification
: Shadowland -2
: Mars and the Meaning of Money
: Shadowland - 1
: Tick-Tock Talk -- 2:
: Weird Moneys
: Anti-Network Effects
: Involvement Music
: Selfies in Vaporworlds
: Alert: Breaking Smart Billing Problem
: Tick-Tock Talk - 1

2020

: Complete 2020 Roundup
: Darker Things
: In the Wake of the Eighties
: Involvement Capitalism
: Hitting Pause
: Notes on Textual Capital
: Tunnelhead
: Fifth-Generation Management
: Control Failure -- 2
: A Bad Prequel
: Post-Covid Circularity
: No newsletter this week
: The State of (Business) Play
: Control Failure -- 1
: The Descent of the Public
: Operating in Time - 2
: Thinking Out Loud: Year One
: Operating in Time
: The Next Experiments in Elitism
: After Westphalia: Introduction
: Indoors in Time
: Big Moods, Little Moods
: Farcaster Mansions
: Into the Weirding -- Part 2
: From Story to Setting
: Into the Weirding -- Part 1
: A little gift