Jumping On AI

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Circa 1982 I would spend a lot of time downstairs typing away on my first computer, a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A. Man, I loved that thing. It was my greatest joy when I was a kid. Bolstered by movies that spoke to my soul like Tron and Wargames, I would excitedly write simple programs using the BASIC language and spend hours doing so.

Back in the late 70s and early 80s, computers were a narrow, weird niche. Only a very unusual kind of nerd was into them. The vast majority of humanity was confused by computers and didn’t see the point.

My mom’s relatives would sometimes come over and visit back then.

“Where is Caleb?” they would eventually ask.

“Oh,” my mom said, “He’s downstairs on his computer.”

They would sigh and tell her, and I’m serious now, this is what they actually said, “You know, when he grows up, no one is going to pay him any money to type on that thing.”

My mom didn’t tell me they said this until 1991, when I got my first high-paying computer job at age 18 with no college degree and no high school diploma, making more than my high school teachers at the time.

“I guess they were wrong,” she said.

Yeah. Just a little.

Four times in my life so far I was able to see a tech revolution coming that many other people didn’t, take certain actions, and then reap the rewards when it happened.

The first was the computer revolution of the 80s. Even as a young teenager, I could see that computers would go from a weird little niche to a normal thing everyone had. And I was right. In 1979 virtually no offices had a computer in them. By 1992 almost all of them did.

I was able to make a lot of money as a young man because of this.

The second time was the dawn of the internet in the mid to late 1990s. I went to a tech seminar around the mid-90s and the guy on stage made a statement that really struck me. He said, “In a few years, it’s going to be faster to look up a phone number on your computer using the internet than it will be to look it up in your Yellow Pages.”

Today that statement sounds funny, but back then it was a revolutionary thing to say. Many people in the audience laughed and thought it was bullshit.

I did not. I had already seen the constant increase in internet download speeds by then. 2400 baud modems, then 9600 baud, then 14.4K baud, then 56K baud, then ISDN, then DSL, then T1… I knew these speeds would keep increasing. Thus someday, yeah, it would indeed be faster to look up a phone number on the internet than to pull out your giant Yellow Pages book and look it up there. That wasn’t true YET, but I could see it happening.

So I made money again.

The third time was the rise of the blogosphere in the mid-2000s. I saw average, everyday guys who were not celebrities gather an audience, sell things, and make location-independent money just by writing articles on a blog. I could see this rise get stronger and stronger, until one day around 2007 or 2008 I saw a book at my bookstore by Steve Pavlina, a blogger I was following at the time.

I pulled it off the shelf and read the About The Author section at the back of the book. Sure enough, the only reason he was able to get the book traditionally published was because he had a blog that got 50K views a month (which was a lot back then). Holy shit.

So I jumped on that trend and started the Blackdragon Blog back in 2009, showing men how to date women using online dating apps (which was a niche back then) and how to date several women all at the same time without lying to any of them (which is still a niche today, though a rapidly growing one), and today the multiple companies and brands that blog spawned are now a 7-figure income stream.

The fourth time was the rise of cryptocurrency, specifically bitcoin. Back in 2016 and 2017 people called it ridiculous, silly, a fad, or a scam. But I had seen them say that many times before about many other tech revolutions. I could see it was the future, though I agreed the issue was quite messy to say the least.

I did the research on it, looked it objectively, then pulled the trigger and bought a pile of bitcoin at $2400, plus some Ethereum too.

Later that year I sold it for $15,000 and made 6X on my investment. I did it again in 2021 when I moved out of the Collapsing USA, making even more, buying at $7K and selling at $48K. I’m about to do so again (bitcoin is currently at $66K).

So here we are in 2024, and we are, yet again, on the cusp of yet another tech revolution: AI.

Unlike computers, the internet, and crypto, AI will have an even bigger impact on society than all of these things, some of it very good, some of it very bad.

This is saying a lot, since we’ve already been through this with social media. Social media introduced a lot of good into society and a lot of bad. I’ve made the argument that social media has been a net negative for the Western world, the USA in particular, and has accelerated its inevitable collapse, but that’s a discussion for another time.

The point here is that this revolution is coming, and I want to capitalize on it by jumping on it now, instead of just living life as normal, letting it happen “all of a sudden” to me, and then being sad that other people got rich while I didn’t see it coming.

Frankly, it’s the same opinion I’ve always had about the Collapsing West. I see it coming, I want to take action to protect myself and profit from it now, so when it happens I’ll benefit from it and be in good shape instead of being like everyone else, angrily screaming and ranting about it on the internet and hoping Donald Trump, Andrew Tate, or Tucker Carlson will magically fix it.

The problem is, unlike the first four times this happened to me, I’m really fucking busy right now.

Back in 1982, 1995, 2009, and 2016 I had something I don’t have very much of right now: time.

I had the time back then to:

1. Research the new coming revolution and get knowledgeable about it.

2. Try several things in the real world to see what worked and what didn’t.

3. Build a foundation so that when the revolution took place I would make a mountain of money and not have my life disrupted.

Today, as you can tell from the last several blog articles here, I’ve got several massive projects on my plate at the moment, including but not limited to:

1. Making 2024 the best year of my entire life.

2. Scaling my income to something crazy good.

3. Maintaining my flags all over the planet.

4. Expanding and building a second life for myself in Paraguay (more on this later).

5. Losing a significant amount of weight.

6. Managing my quite-full personal life.

7. Fighting off aging (I just turned 52) via exercise, weight lifting, stretching, testosterone, etc.

I have a full calendar these days, more so than I ever have in my entire life.

So I look at this coming AI revolution, wanting to spend more time delving into it, but then I say to myself, “This is really important, but Jesus. ANOTHER project??? Fuck me.”

I don’t have an answer for this right now. My only idea at the moment is to hire an AI business consultant to help guide me through this process; how I can capitalize on AI not just right now but, more importantly, in a few years when this AI thing really hits society en masse. But even that will take time, money, and resources from the key projects I’m already working on. So I’m sort of stuck, at least at the moment.

But here’s the good news…

You probably don’t have my problem.

You, unlike me, probably have enough time in your schedule to start jumping on this.

I strongly recommend you do. Set aside time in your weekly schedule to study practical applications of AI both now and in the next few years. Note I said practical applications. Don’t waste time reading up on the technical minutia of AI or a bunch of future sci-fi bullshit. That crap doesn’t matter. I’m talking about ways in which you can personally use AI, both now and five years from now (five years from now being more important) to make money in aways other normal people won’t.

Then, TAKE ACTION and start putting plans into practice, now. Don’t be a LISG and just mentally masturbate about this stuff while watching lots of educational YouTube videos and podcasts and not taking any action. Actually implement.

In the 2000s I saw a lot of people complain they completely missed the internet revolution.

Today I see a LOT of people complaining they never bought any bitcoin.

Don’t be one of these people again.

AI is coming. Just like with the collapse of the USA, Canada, and Europe, you can either get thwacked by it or you can capitalize on it.

The choice is yours, but you need to start now.

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Question of The Week

Gold On The Blockchain


B.B. Writes:

What are your thoughts on gold-on-the-blockchain solutions as a means for storing, transferring, and spending wealth/savings? For example: Lode, PAXG, Tether Gold, & Kinesis. Though, I am specifically curious about your thoughts on Kinesis since they are no doubt the most robust platform of them all.

They are independently audited, fully allocated & insured, redeemable for physical, spendable for everyday use with debit card with low fees, have free storage with vaults in 12 countries (including Dubai), yields on your precious metals, and more. They are essentially trying to do what GoldMoney was unable to do, but with blockchain. They are still growing and completing features (including public-private partnerships with countries such as Indonesia), so it seems like something I’d like to use to hold my savings (not including my 6-12 months of savings, which I keep in cash), and potentially use for everyday spend and also my location-independent business. However, this is such a new business/sector/technology, I am nervous about it, but I am also filled with hope for a future where I can actually use gold/silver as money.

Gold-back blockchain solutions are awesome. I support it 100%, think it’s fantastic, and plan on using one of those services myself in the future. Allocated, insured, and independently verified gold-back cryptocurrency is a fucking dream come true and will solve a lot of problems. I can’t wait.

I was very excited about GoldMoney back in the day until it imploded. I didn’t put any money into it because I knew it was new, and usually the newest 1.0 version of a thing is not the thing that sticks and that works for a long time. Instead, you need to wait for it to fail and then carefully watch the 2.0 or 3.0 versions arise, then see which one comes out on top, and go with that one.

Social media example. You had new 1.0 back in the day which was MySpace that everyone thought was great until it quickly imploded. Then you had Friendster, Facebook, Google Plus, Badoo, and a few others try to replace MySpace for a while. Eventually, Facebook kicked all of their asses, became the new standard, and has stuck with us for decades. Even with Instagram and TikTok pulling massive market share, Facebook is still with us with 100s of millions of users.

That’s what I’m waiting for in this gold blockchain stuff: a single, solid standard that becomes the safe, new, long-term norm. A Facebook.

We don’t have that quite yet, which is why I haven’t gone all in on any of these services yet. I’m still waiting, but I am watching.

So if you want to use these services, please do. I think they’re great. But I wouldn’t put my entire savings in there. Moreover, making your savings 100% gold doesn’t follow the financial models I teach. Gold should be a percentage of your cash (20-50%) to use as an inflation hedge, not 100%.

The reason for this is, as I’ve talked about, the collapse of the USA could be deflationary instead of inflationary. If that happens, those with lots of cash and no gold might do great. I don’t think nor predict that will happen, but it is absolutely possible it could with the amount of debt that continues to be issued in the public and private sectors.

So go for it but don’t put everything in there.

Not yet.

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  • Michael
    Posted at 01:47 pm, 29th April 2024

    Question for Blog or Question of the Week: I took one of your short courses. I can’t remember what is was titled, but it was on the topic of getting help. Billie was on the course. Since then, I’ve hired someone in eastern Europe who has been handling our PPC campaigns for us here in the US. So far, I’m very happy. The issue is getting her paid. We are using PayPal, but she is losing a lot in fees. We use to pay via Upwork, but again, she is losing a lot in fees. What is the best way to pay staff in another country without a lot fees? (We want the money going to the staff member, not the banks)

  • Caleb Jones
    Posted at 07:19 am, 30th April 2024

    You have to pay a fee to get your question answered for Question of the Week. It’s how I monetize this blog without using ads. https://store.calebjones.com/question

  • Meg
    Posted at 04:07 pm, 30th April 2024

    Michael – You could probably pay her using Wise.

  • Conor
    Posted at 08:33 pm, 12th May 2024

    @Caleb Jones

    Caleb, please talk with the person on your team responsible for the website and tell them to figure out a better commenting plugin/system than this one. One where we can reply to other comments directly (so they appear staggered underneath the original comment), and link to specific comments. The comments on the temporary blogs had these features implemented.

    Also, this super small, light grey font while we are editing the comments is too hard to see. I saw that you were wearing glasses on your last video — I can’t be the only one who can barely read the text here.

    @ Michael

    You could probably also use Bitcoin or other crypto and have them cash out locally.

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