How to Change the World?! Pocket Guide for People With a Messiah Complex

When I was young, I used to think that if I want to really change the world, I have to do something really big. Something that Einstein did…

How to Change the World?! Pocket Guide for People With a Messiah Complex

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When I was young, I used to think that if I want to really change the world, I have to do something really big. Something that Einstein did when he published the Theory of Relativity, or Newton, who developed calculus which is the mathematical base of nowadays artificial intelligence. Or Musk when he founded SpaceX, Tesla, and Neuralink. The idea of great people is very romantic, but it’s far from the full truth.

Isac Newton (

As Isac Newton told:

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants

Doing great things never was a one-man show. Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is strongly built on the work of Lorentz, Maxwell, Newton, and many others. Without them, this mind-blowing theory about space and time was never born.

And what about the others whose names no one knows? Teachers and friends who inspire this great mind, or other scientists who wrote inspiring papers?

Ideas are viruses that infect our minds (

Ideas are living-like things, like viruses that infect our minds. They can mutate and crossover like the DNA in the living cell. This is a real evolution, and our mind is the environment, like a giant forest where the ideas live.

Our human world is strongly interconnected. This is what has raised us over all the other species. Thanks to the magic of the World Wide Web this connection is real-time nowadays. Human society is act like a giant computing cloud that runs ideas. Similar to the GPU clusters that train neural networks like GPT-3 or DALL-E. After the training, the final weights are manifesting on one of the machine’s storage, but it is totally irrelevant which is this machine. The result is calculated by the whole GPU cluster. Every node is equally important.

But what about patents? Are they fair? Patent and copyright systems incentivize inventions. Inventing something and getting a patent for it is something like mining a block on a PoW blockchain. Without the rewards, the system cannot work, but the ecosystem itself is run by all of the nodes. Everybody is important.

From this perspective, open-source communities are fairer. You get much from the community, and you can contribute back. When I say open-source, I mean open knowledge. People who write articles and make them available freely or make YouTube videos for everybody to learn something, or write Wikipedia articles are also part of the community. Open knowledge is the most effective form of ideas.

Butterfly Effect is a time-travel movie about how the butterfly effect works

The favorite theme of time-travel movies is the butterfly effect. The time traveler goes back to the past and changes a very small detail. He does something that looks totally irrelevant, but this little change radically changes the future. Don’t forget that we are constantly traveling in time from the past to the future, and everything we do has a huge impact on the future, like the actions of the time traveler.

What is the final answer? How to change the world?

The secret is that every great people are standing on other people’s shoulders and every great invention is built from many small inventions. And when I say small, I mean really small things.

You write an inspiring article on Medium about the basics of deep learning. Thousands of people read it, and one of them goes to University to learn more about it because of your article. Some years later this guy invent an AI system that found the cure for cancer. Thousands of people are cured of cancer, thanks to this invention that would have never been founded without your article. Butterfly effect…

How to change the world? Do good things. You don’t have to do big things, don’t have to invent anything big. Help others, teach people, be an engineer and join a cool company, contribute open source projects, or write articles on Medium. Every single small thing can have a huge impact. Just do it! Do something cool today…