The Connected Universe film

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As TheConnectivist I highly recommend that you see this film “The Connected Universe” . It may change (or confirm) the mindset of your view on reality. From focussing on central “nodes”  to focussing on the “links/connections” between them. Their DUAL !!

My newest #synthecracy slogan is: THE MESSAGE IS IN THE CONNECTIONS TO OTHERS

jaap van till, TheConnectivist



  • The same link gives directions how to get the film for personal viewing. For instance you can see it on iTunes (USA shop) , which will cost you $9.99


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(Updated March 11, 2018: lecture in Zurich)

Dear readers,

Prof. Dirk Helbing has published a remarkable set of constructive proposals for CHANGE  to improve life on this planet and give society a shared vision to work on. I will post some of his publications below, but let me first give you my remarks on (1) the context and (2) why what Helbing proposes is urgent. (3) how my suggestions for structures, mindsets and ways to act & DO begin where Dirks leaves off.

(1) The Context

The winds are changing. Although it seemed until recently most people did not care much about political and social happenings, other than big catastrofies & memes  with many deaths, certain events have triggered bottom-up movements of people “who do not want to take it np more”. Examples: #BlacklivesMatter , #WomensMarch and now #Emma4Change : in response to the school shooting in Florida. Other recent bushfires are the angry voter movements in Europe. These are labeled as ‘shifts to the right’ and silly successes of ‘Populist Politicians’ by ego-pumping media commentators, anchorpersons and the ruling establishments.  But the angst and anger of the middle classes runs much deeper than that. 

So why do people all over Europe vote for populist politicians? 

Because these politicians are nationalist autoritarians, the Mussolini’s of our time, who promise to re-establish order under their strong leadership and a RETURN to the good old days of “industrial growth” of the 1970’s and STEADY JOBS with growth perspective (aka the American Dream). They can promise that, but those days are gone I am affraid. And even worse, both the LEFT communist/socialist parties ideologies and recipes for wealth creation and the right capitalist/ neo-liberal ideology of the Chicago Economics School and Reagan&Thatcher era; are NO LONGER WORKING. The financial crisis started in about 2008 is a social and economic crisis and we are still in it, And in a turbulent transition to a next phase which is by no means clear. The political establishments in many countries certainly have failed to have seen this coming and they are still react with useless old power measures. And they thought it to be clever in order not to be hunted out of their offices to put the blame for their failure on unexpected outside influences, reckless banksters (only those in Iceland where put in jail for their crimes) and …. foreigners and emigrants.  Young non-brit professionals are openly addressed as Euro-Trash.

(2) Why are Helbing’s proposed changes Urgent?

Hate of foreigners feeds the populist slogans, but it does not solve anything if the NHS for instance is stripped of its foreign health workers. The problems with the crisis and jobs is based on much deeper changes in work, economy and technology. And finding solutions  for those instabilities is very urgent.

Millions of people have angst for their jobs and accept that their effective pay has not grown (while productivity has grown) or even accept lower pay or temp jobs (NL: ZZPers) just to maintain their families. And they see their children struggle to get even temp jobs with low pay, even when they have a solid (but probably outdated) higher education. Robots, AI and IT system ‘digitalisation’ of business processes have and do replace a lot of repeatitive jobs in lower class but also in the middle classes. Think for instance of the huge amounts of office work with their dreadful meetings where millions of people now lead Dilbert like zombie workhours. Knowing that sooner or later their Kafka job will be replaced by computer systems. Not because they are inefficient but simply because many there add no value at all at their desk. And… they know it. 

I have the blunt rudeness as a Dutchman to ask even very high managers and public officers, in the midst of their very time consuming and boring in-competence power-quarrels, : “Can you tell me what the added value of you personally and your department is ?”. Usually they react as if lightning has struck them. And then they do not invite me again, ever 🙂 Their problem!

So one of the key questions of our time is, beyond you and your power is: How can we re-connect people to make a transition to jobs with new and evolving ways of Value Creation ???

In the first article below prof. Dirk Helbing outlines what can be done.

(3) I am working on a presentation to design a future vision on society based on a pattern which is running through all the change proposals of Helbing and is based on the forthcoming book New Power, which I will review in a few days in these blog pages. That vision starts where Helbing ends and can be summarized as:

Key to value creation is to make CONNECTIONS between people with deep effective skills, knowledge and abilities AND with a  very diverse tribal background and differing point of view. These synthesis connections must enable cooperation and collaboration to solve problems in a constructive way, and in a manner where all contributors benefit and learn from each other. Such constructions can scale up and create New Power. I call this Synthecracy. More about this in the coming weeks I hope.

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

=========================== Changes proposed by Helbing========

All of the changes below where published recently, as part of an BRAND EINS – issue about “innovation”, as a German language article; which is unfortunately placed behind a paywall, so I can not re-blog it here. For Euro 6,99 you can buy it as download at: 

The same ideas are expressed separately in the following articles in The Globalist:

I About Jobs and new organization of Society:

Part I: The Moral Duty of the Elites

It is the moral duty of the elite to avert global disaster.

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  • We are running out of time to fix the problems of our planet.
  • Global disaster is not inevitable — if we re-organize the world in a suitable way.
  • A radical re-organization of major parts of our economy appears to be urgently necessary.
  • Claiming that our problem is overpopulation of the planet reveals lack of imagination.

Faced with climate change, financial, economic and spending crisis, mass migration, terrorism, wars and cyber threats, it appears we are very close to global emergency.

Given this state of affairs, we are running out of time to fix the problems of our planet. Here, we present what should be decided during the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2017 and a reflexive preamble.

We acknowledge your efforts to improve the quality of life. However, these efforts have also caused a further increase in the consumption of resources and energy.

It appears that this is now driving our planet to the edge: Climate change affects the global water system, agriculture and the basis of the lives of billions of people. It causes environmental disasters, mass migration and armed conflicts. Moreover, it is estimated to threaten about one-sixth of all species on our planet.

There is still time

Nevertheless, global disaster is not inevitable — if we re-organize the world in a suitable way, as discussed below.

The lives of billions of people are at risk. It is the moral duty of politicians, religious, cultural, scientific and business leaders – in short: the elite – to avert likely disasters, humanitarian crises and ethical dilemmas as much as possible.

This requires bringing about the necessary changes of society on the way in a timely manner.

With the aim to “save the planet,” many have urged the world community to reduce carbon emissions drastically by 2030 and almost completely by the end of the century.

However, given that the world population has grown roughly proportional to global oil and gas consumption, such a drop would largely reduce the carrying capacity of the Earth for people — unless the reduction in carbon-based energy can be replaced by renewable energy in a timely manner.

New solutions needed

New solutions are needed not only for heating and transportation, but also for the chemical industry, because the production of plastic and fertilizer currently depends on oil. Altogether, a radical re-organization of major parts of our economy appears to be urgently necessary.

Even though philanthropy and engagement in responsible innovation have increased, this urgent transformation has not taken place to the required extent. To a considerable degree, this is because those who have “vested interests” in the old system have often obstructed change.

However, “vested interests” are no excuse for inaction or delays. Property and power imply responsibility. If this responsibility is not adequately exercised, power lacks legitimacy.

If people have to pay with their lives for “vested interests”, these interests clearly undermine the very basis of societies.

Human dignity, which underpins many fundamental values and human rights, is the imperative that all individual, political and economic action should be oriented at. It is the key value and central pillar of many modern societies and, according to many constitutions, must be actively protected by all means.

A final call to action

If humanity wants to bring a positive future or even a “Golden Age of Prosperity and Peace” on the way, we need to dramatically reform our basic societal institutions, e.g. the present financial and monetary system, our economy and society.

Even though it seems that the current organizational principles of our world have served us well for a long time, they are now often failing to deliver the right solutions early enough.

Within the current framework, time and again we got trapped in suboptimal solutions to complex coordination games, “tragedies of the commons” and problems of collective inaction.

In our highly networked cyber-physical world, linear thinking (the assumption that effects are proportional to their causes) and the ethics of small-group, face-to-face interactions in relatively simple settings are often leading us astray.

Fundamental change is inevitable. It seems that what needs to take center stage now is not how much money or power someone can accumulate, but how much he or she is benefitting others and the world. Apparently, our societies have largely lost track of this basic guiding principle.

A lack of imagination

Claiming that our problem is overpopulation of the planet reveals lack of imagination.

By now it is obvious that all traditional problem-solving approaches have failed to work.

Also, the attempt to revive historical forms of societal organization, empowered by Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, does not seem to work, as the recent experiences in various countries with technocratic Smart Cities approaches have shown.

However, if innovation within the current system is not sufficient, the system itself has to be reinvented and changed.

It seems paradoxical that – in times of an abundance of data and the best technology ever – centralized control attempts failed to boost our most advanced economies and societies to a new level of satisfaction and prosperity, sustainability and resilience.

The reason for this lies in the complexity of hyper-connected systems, in which processing power cannot keep up with data volumes and those cannot keep up with the combinatorial increase in complexity.

Such networked systems often behave in unexpected and counter-intuitive ways: Rather than the intended effects, one will frequently find side effects, feedback effects and cascading effects.

Artificial intelligence is not enough

Given these circumstances, centralized control attempts perform often poorly. Even the most powerful artificial intelligence systems will not be able to manage the overly complex and often quickly changing systems of our globalized world well enough.

As a consequence, a new, decentralized control paradigm is needed, which implies the need for modular designs, diverse solutions, and participatory opportunities.

Therefore, we need new ways of participatory decision-making as well as new designs of the monetary, financial and economic system. In the new framework we propose, co-creation, co-ordination, co-evolution and collective intelligence are the main underlying success principles.

The JOBS idea’s are linked to this Part IV and can be understood by quoting part of the German language article: ”

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Other Helbing’s interesting contributions are: III, IV, V and VI. in the above Globalist online article. The City Olympics idea can be found here:


His most recent publications and lectures can be followed on Twitter : @FuturICT

For instance This lecture is very relevant :

eGovernment der Zukunft – Auf dem Weg in die partizipative Gesellschaft

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The Real Problem we will have to face together to Survive = Fascism

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Lady Clara Zetkin, German MP

Fascism is formally called “Autoritarianism” (= preference of a central strong man hierarchical rule;  does that ring a bell?). Popular ‘populist’ politicians, who see themselves as the strong leader, and attack democracy, feed on the promises that authoritarianism make. Somebody who saw fascism rising to power in 1932 was the idealistic communist lady Clara Zetkin. Do we have to go through this terrible process again or have we learned from history? The signals are unmistakable all over the world: isolationist nationalism, weaponising of the police, starting new wars, promoting the NRA. controlling the info on Internet and mass surveillance.

Let me make clear first that I myself do NOT advocate a shift to Communism or Socialism. Both of them are as outdated in 2018 as Capitalism is. These political systems have failed, so we need a new shared mental model to get things working again. IMHO that is “Synthecracy”, which core approach is to CONNECT a wide diversity of uniquely skilled people, assisted by networked computers, to cooperate and solve local problems together. More about that in later blogs, but you can be sure its “beliefs” are 180 degrees opposite from fascism.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

fascism rosen

Revealing giveways are not difficult to notice in their speeches: “pure”, “cleaning”, “discipline”, “obey”, we/them, “superiority”, “race’. And sooner or later you are killed or behind barbed wire  and the state is run by old corporate pigs.

======re-posted from a Tweet by and an article by Chris Hedges========

In 1923, the radical socialist and feminist Clara Zetkin warned that the longer the stagnation and rot of a dysfunctional democracy went unaddressed, the more attractive fascism would become. 

In 1923 the radical socialist and feminist Clara Zetkin gave a report at the Communist International about the emergence of a political movement called fascism. Fascism, then in its infancy, was written off by many liberals, socialists and communists as little more than mob rule, terror and street violence. But Zetkin, a German revolutionary, understood its virulence, its seduction and its danger. She warned that the longer the stagnation and rot of a dysfunctional democracy went unaddressed, the more attractive fascism would become. And as 21st-century America’s own capitalist democracy disintegrates, replaced by a naked kleptocracy that disdains the rule of law, the struggle of past anti-fascists mirrors our own. History has amply illustrated where political paralysis, economic decline, hypermilitarism and widespread corruption lead.

Zetkin’s analysis, eerily prophetic and reprinted in the book Fighting Fascism: How to Struggle and How to Win, edited by John Riddell and Mike Taber, highlights the principal features of emerging fascist movements. Fascism, Zetkin warned, arises when capitalism enters a period of crisis and breakdown of the democratic institutions that once offered the possibility of reform and protection from an uninhibited assault by the capitalist class. The unchecked capitalist assault pushes the middle class, the bulwark of a capitalist democracy, into the working class and often poverty. It strips workers of all protection and depresses wages. The longer the economic and social stagnation persists, the more attractive fascism becomes. Zetkin would have warned us that Donald Trump is not the danger; the danger is the growing social and economic inequality that concentrates wealth in the hands of an oligarchic elite and degrades the lives of citizens.

The collapse of a capitalist democracy, she wrote, leaves those in the working class disempowered. Their pleas go unheard. Reforms to address their suffering are cosmetic and useless. Their anger is written off as irrational or racist. A bankrupt liberal class, which formerly made incremental and piecemeal reform possible, ameliorating the worst excesses of capitalism, mouths empty slogans about social justice and the rights of workers while selling them out to capitalist elites. The hypocrisy of the liberal class evokes not only a disdain for it but a hatred for the liberal, democratic values it supposedly espouses. The “virtues” of democracy become distasteful. The crude taunts, threats and insults hurled by fascists at the liberal establishment express a legitimate anger among a betrayed working class. Trump’s coarseness, for this reason, resonates with many pushed to the margins of society. Demoralized workers, who also find no defense of their interests by establishment intellectuals, the press and academics, lose faith in the political process. Realizing the liberal elites have lied to them, they are open to bizarre and fantastic conspiracy theories. Fascists direct this rage and yearning for revenge against an array of phantom enemies, most of them scapegoated minorities.

“What weighs on them above all is the lack of security for their basic existence,” Zetkin wrote of the dispossessed working class.

“Masses in their thousands streamed to fascism,” she went on. “It became an asylum for all the politically homeless, the socially uprooted, the destitute and disillusioned. … The petty-bourgeois and intermediate social forces at first vacillate indecisively between the powerful historical camps of the proletariat and bourgeoisie. They are induced to sympathize with the proletariat by their life’s suffering and, in part, by their soul’s noble longings and high ideals, so long as it is revolutionary in its conduct and seems to have prospects for victory. Under the pressure of the masses and their needs, and influenced by this situation, even the fascist leaders are forced to at least flirt with the revolutionary proletariat, even though they may not have any sympathy with it.”

The discredited ideals of democracy are replaced by a hypernationalism that divides the population not by class but between the patriotic and the unpatriotic. National and religious symbols such as the Christian cross and the American flag are fused under fascism. Fascism offers the dispossessed a tangible enemy and a right to physically strike back. Those demonized for a nation’s decline—Jews and communists in Nazi Germany, the kulaks in the Soviet Union and the undocumented, African-Americans and Muslims in the United States—become social pariahs. The stigmatized, along with intellectuals, liberals, gays, feminists and dissidents, are attacked as the embodiment of the disease that has destroyed the nation and will be exorcised by the fascists. This fascist rhetoric is always couched in the language of renewal and moral purity.

“[W]hat [the masses] no longer hoped for from the revolutionary proletarian class and from socialism, they now hoped would be achieved by the most able, strong, determined, and bold elements of every social class,” Zetkin, a close friend of the murdered revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, wrote. “All these forces must come together in a community. And this community, for the fascists, is the nation. … The instrument to achieve fascist ideals is, for them, the state. A strong and authoritarian state that will be their very own creation and their obedient tool. This state will tower high above all differences of party and class.”

Zetkin, a cofounder of the radical Spartacus League, cautioned against demonizing the rank and file of fascist movements. She reminded us that only when the real and profound grievances of those attracted to fascism are addressed can they be pried from its grip.

“The best of them are seeking an escape from deep anguish of the soul,” she wrote of those who joined fascist organizations. “They are longing for new and unshakable ideals and a world outlook that enables them to understand nature, society, and their own life; a world outlook that is not a sterile formula but operates creatively and constructively. Let us not forget that violent fascist gangs are not composed entirely of ruffians of war, mercenaries by choice, and venal lumpens who take pleasure in acts of terror. We also find among them the most energetic forces of these social layers, those most capable of development. We must go to them with conviction and understanding for their condition and their fiery longing, work among them, and show them a solution that does not lead backward but rather forward to communism.”

The highest aesthetic of fascism is war. Its veneration of militarized force and violence, its inability to deal in the world of ideas, nuance and complexity, and its emotional numbness leave it unable to communicate in any language other than threats and coercion. Institutions that pay deference to complexity, that seek to cross cultural barriers to communicate and understand others, are belittled and destroyed by fascists. Diplomacy, scholarship, culture and journalism are an anathema. One obeys, both internally and beyond the nation’s borders, or is crushed. This moral and intellectual vacuum leads fascists to overreach, especially through military adventurism and imperial expansion. They begin long and futile wars that drain the depleted resources of the nation while eradicating civil liberties at home. And in the end, they practice a brutality inside and outside the nation that is genocidal.

Fascism, Zetkin wrote, pits one segment of the working class against another. Last year at the Charlottesville, Va., demonstration that turned deadly, the “antifa” activists and neo-Nazis who clashed came largely from the same dispossessed economic stratum. The divisions created within the working class by fascism, coupled with fascism’s attack on unions, intellectuals, dissidents and the press, foster an uneasy alliance with the capitalist elites, who often view the fascists as imbeciles and buffoons. In essence, much as Trump has done, the capitalists are bought off by fascists with tax cuts, deregulation, the breaking of unions and the dismantling of institutions that carry out oversight and the protection of workers. The expansion of the military, which provides capitalists with increased profit, coupled with the expanded powers of the organs of internal security, binds the capitalist elites to the fascists. Their marriage is one of mutual convenience. This is why the capitalist elites tolerate Trump and endure the international embarrassment he has become.

“There is a blatant contradiction between what fascism promised and what it delivered to the masses,” Zetkin wrote. “All the talk about how the fascist state will place the interests of the nation above everything, once exposed to the wind of reality, burst like a soap bubble. The ‘nation’ revealed itself to be the bourgeoisie; the ideal fascist state revealed itself to be the vulgar, unscrupulous bourgeois class state. … Class contradictions are mightier than all the ideologies that deny their existence.”

“The bourgeoisie needs to use aggressive force to defend itself against the working class,” she wrote. “The old and seemingly ‘apolitical’ repressive apparatus of the bourgeois state no longer provides it with sufficient security. The bourgeoisie moves to create special bands of class struggle against the proletariat. Fascism provides such troops. Although fascism includes revolutionary currents related to its origin and the forces supporting it—currents that could turn against capitalism and its state—it nonetheless develops into a dangerous force for counterrevolution.”

“Fascism clearly will display different features in each country, owing from the given historical circumstances,” she wrote. “But it consists everywhere of an amalgam of brutal, terrorist violence together with deceptive revolutionary phraseology, linking up demagogically with the needs and moods of broad masses of producers.”

In 1932 Zetkin, at 74 the oldest elected member of the Nazi-controlled Reichstag, was by tradition supposed to open the first session of the legislature. She was an object of vitriol in the Nazi press, which attacked her as a “Communist Jew,” a “traitor” and, as Joseph Goebbels called her, a “slut.” The Nazis threatened her with assault if she appeared in the chamber, threats that led her to quip she would be there “dead or alive.” In poor health, she arrived at the Reichstag on a stretcher but at the podium recovered her familiar fire. Her 40-minute speech was one of the last public denunciations of fascism in Nazi Germany. Within a year, the Nazis banned the Communist Party and Zetkin had died in exile in the Soviet Union.

She told the Reichstag:

“Our most urgent task today is to form a united front of all working people in order to turn back fascism. All the differences that divide and shackle us—whether founded on political, trade-union, religious, or ideological outlooks—must give way before this imperious historical necessity.

“All those who are menaced, all those who suffer, all those who desire freedom must join the united front against fascism and its representatives in government. Working people must assert themselves against fascism. That is the urgent and indispensable precondition for a united front against economic crisis, imperialist war and its causes, and the capitalist mode of production.

“The revolt of millions of laboring men and women in Germany against hunger, deprivation, fascist murder, and imperialist war expresses the imperishable destiny of producers the world over. This destiny, shared among us around the world, must find expression through forging an iron-like community of struggle of all working people in every sphere ruled by capitalism.”

Originally published by Truthdig


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Internet Pioneer John Perry Barlow (70) passed away, may he RIP.

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Barlow passed away on February 8, 2018. He was a great inspirator for freedom of expression online and coined the name “Cyberspace” (the worldwide Civil Society community of online connected people, freely imagining & sharing & creating thoughts and ideas), for which he wrote the Declaration of Independence, which he reads on the above video.

Here is the text of that Declaration

Essential is to understand that Cyberspace is located between the ears of you and me, where nation state governments and their institutions/law enforcers/politicians nor media & advertisers in corporate online platforms; have NO jurisdiction.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

PS. The Golden Rule that JPB refers to is:  The principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated. It is a maxim of altruism that is found in many religions and cultures. The maxim may appear as either a positive or negative injunction governing conduct: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. Essentially it means that in such cases self-interest = general-interest, since being kind / helping others will  turn back on you sooner or later. Good for your karma 🙂 to be appreciated.

There was a great story explaining this from the middle ages. A very holy monk was allowed by Petrus when he passed away to briefly visit Hell before he would enter Heaven. Hell was a very very long table filled with delicious food and on both side long rows and rows of angry people who stabbed and fought each other with very long knives and forks, trying to feed themselves.  Heaven was exactly the same !! But in this case each person at the table asked those sitting next to them: “what delicious morsel can I cut for you and feed you?”



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Lecture: Why our future world will be organised in a more decentralized way.

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This is what the hot-shots in Davos should have seen !! This lecture by prof. Dirk Helbing  was presented yesterday Thursday January 25 in Bienne near Bern, Switzerland.

Information about the workshop:

That means it was organised by The Internet Society, Switzerland Chapter. Title:

“Setting the scene for a digital future: What’s important and how can it be achieved?”

The workshop was linked with the PEP foundation:

Title of Helbing’s keynote lecture: ” Why our future world will (have to) be organized in a more decentralized way”
1. Link to the Youtube video:
2. The pdf of the sheets can be downloaded HERE ==> Decentralized_s
This lecture agrees very much with many of the blogpages I posted here the last couple of years and I agree with the direction this will lead us, if we want to survive :  [holographic connected collective intelligence with distributed authority]. Others, like the P2P Foundation have showed the way towards this too in forms of organisation called local (city) COMMONS aka Cooperatives. Other smart self-organising structures are (big)city-areas and resilient & future-proof open infrastructures for transport, energy-exchange and communication switching and transmission.
jaap van till, TheConnectivist 
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Sheets van de “Beter Breedband” lezing bij ALV PiratenPartij 21 jan. Utrecht

Omdat er geen beamer zal zijn kunnen mensen de plaatjes bij mijn praatje meelezen, en wel HIER===>  ALV PPNLJvT

Het gaat over het marktfalen voor de nodige verbetering van de Digitale Infrastructuur in ons land, en wat we er samen aan kunnen gaan doen.

ir. jaap van till , TheConnectivist

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Cooperation vs Fighting

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(( updated on January 19, 2018 with my comments))

Reposted here with thanks to  

Jan 15

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