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Could Human Networking eventually replace the need for government?
And of course there are many pros and cons to how we are connecting these days and we can talk about that too.
But can you conceive of a world in which our reliance upon governments and institutions starts to fade the more we connect with each other?
I mean certain things just seem inconceivable. Building roads and bridges, for example. However, after playing Death Stranding, Kojima's brilliant walking simulator, even this idea could be done by people working together. In the game you are never instructed or forced to build roads. But knowing that you can contribute to roads and these can be used by yourself and other players... roads begin to appear because players build them. And these roads aren't shared by the entire player base, just the people your game is connected to. Again... connections.
(And yes, Death Stranding is a great game/art, and Kojima is a genius)
But you could say... but we also need the government for defense. After all, we can't just all contribute to military weapons. Right? Well, if we needed to, we could, simply by contributing similar to how we crowdfund political campaigns and spend millions of dollars that could be saving lives, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, all so we can vote by proxy when we now have the technology to vote directly.
Just like how religion put a mediator between God and man that was always inefficient and prone to corruption, we have the same problem in government and in business. I'd like to use this thread as a thought experiment to imagine something different. What would it be like? Would it be better or worse? Do we need the current system more than we realize? Must we be forced to work together to create things too big for one person? Or, like BitCoin, can we decentralize and agree? Or are we destined to be ruled over forever, simply voting for new corrupt representatives?
As far as I know, those systems exist to oppose the corruption that exists without them - I'm sure there is an irony there somewhere.
I'm not saying there isn't a better form of government available, but I am putting it to you that it sure as sweet things isn't Uber or Fiverr or some other damned "networking" system, that you'll note, still has a grim overseer "skimming" a bit off the top from everyone else's labours....
We can certainly do without real estate agents though - the world would be a far better place if the person providing the labour or resource had a direct relationship with the person receiving it (whether in return for other labour or resources it matters little)
All middlemen are bastards.
I would have put "governments and corporations" in the title but it was too long.
but let's say that the internet itself had some sort of governance, not aimed at control, but on communication. I'm not talking about SEC type but more like W3C where the result is standards like HTML 5 and let's say HTML 6 included a BitCoin as a replacement for standard money. But let's say the BitCoin HTML tags/standard also included an online marketplace that anyone could post products and services to and took on the role of Amazon and Fiverr except it was free because we all owned an equal share and whatever profits are created help to produce a universal income (like BitCoin mining) for everyone below a certain amount of wealth, managed by the BitCoin itself.
Let's say you wanted to buy a dog. The system would automatically find the 10 closest sellers and show you their ranking, reviews, and business stats. From each one there's a code snippet that let's that dealer personalize part of the page and show you their dogs. You pick one. They get notified. They find the people closest to them who can deliver it to a station. That person then finds the next person who can deliver it from that station to the next, and the process repeats until it gets to the consumer. Delivery fee? Calculated by distance divided by the number of people it took. Payment is initiated at the beginning and only completed after full delivery. Let's say the dog had a broken leg. Of course if these are local places you can just go there. But let's say there are people who free lance deliveries and simply take as many as they can from one station to the next while others deliver from stations to local addresses. If you have a problem the supplier has a number of days to solve it before you simply automatically get your money back because the transaction doesn't fully complete without you giving a positive rating. Something like that. Let's say you're poor and don't have enough money. A BitCoin purchase for survival items or services would automatically use public BitCoin from the reserves as long as it wasn't exceeding the number of purchases for that day.
And let's say that everything you buy is with this version of BitCoin is stored in some kind of double blind encrypted way so that you can provide proof of every purchase. Just so a purchase can't be completed without proof that the seller had valid ownership, either blank (indicating they made it, grew it, etc.), or purchased from someone else with a matching timestamp to the sale. There's no point of stealing something you can't sell. Everything that isn't personally owned and needs to be shared (like hospital equipment) is simply crowdfunded until it can be purchased.
Some of my thoughts are inspired by the idea of a Resource Based Economy, but I think a little capitalism, a little socialism, and even a little communism, are all needed in small doses.
First with "Bitcoin" as if it isn't as damned as any other market value driven widget.
then with the sort of idea that it all existing in the Matrix (the Shadowrun one, not the wachowski brothers one) as if that is somehow more wholesome than going into a shady bar and buying a dog off a man in a long coat.
Then with "The system would automatically..." What system? what perfect, non gameable system is this?
then the complete tracking of all materiel and transactions ever?
I'm sure it sounds good, in a "if you've got nothing to hide you've got nothing to fear" sort of way, but call me a criminal, it sounds like it has more potential for evil than good.
The tyranny you fear exists as much in this proposed system as any other, simply masked with a veneer of technology - you can not eliminate the corruption - you can try to, but reducing every individual freedom.
Is that worth it? Is removing the option to be bad (or at least, the option to go against the system, if we assume that the system is good) the same as having a better world?
Here's a video, (of course to watch the video, you may have to watch an ad, an ad probably for a service or product that allows more ads into your life, then you'll get a pop up asking you to review you ad experience, so that the device or product that brings more marketing into your life can be more efficient....)
It's a fictional example of when a "solution" was a problem, but there are plenty of real life examples - just look up any great feat of engineering (and most great feats of politics) - for every time humans have thought they have "fixed it" that have been terrible consequences. Sometimes history decides they were worth it, occasionally we recognise our hubris - but only briefly, because we'll think of another, smarter, way to fix it, and it will definitely work...this time....
The idea is "human networking". So the question is whether or not there is a level of human networking and connection that would eliminate the need for representative government.
in technology, which as its own assisted evolution, we see how we've gone from very distinct separated devices to interconnected devices that are far more powerful because of how information is shared.
At the same time there is a layer of data that is scary to consider, because it IS watching us, tracking us, even though we can kind of sort of tell it not to. And as such we can work for each other and pay each other through cash app. We can hire each other through various "task" services like uber, door dash, etc. And these workers are becoming more independent with more so a layer of technology that connects them with customers and clients.
I'm simply trying to project these trends into the future to imagine what the future could hold and what is possible using and extending these same models. What if the people themselves declared all the technology middleware to be more of an "opensource" component or something that is eventually even AI created and driven? Who knows?
But if information is opensource and work is at will according to whichever app you want to sign up with...
where can we take that?
Bitcoin, isn't simply a widget. The problem with paper is that it can be easily stolen. I'm on my "final warning" from a "hacker", trying to blackmail me in exchange for bitcoin. But the message includes where to buy it and where to send it to. In other words, you can't just steal bitcoin. The person has to give it to you. So no, it's not a perfect solution but it makes such crime much more difficult and is therefore a deterrent. Not only that, but security can be itteratively improved upon.
I understand what you mean about solutions becoming problems but there already seems to be a natural evolution and I I'm only looking for something less flawed; not flawless.
It seems as though you are proposing a direct democracy? but those are always doomed to fail.
as well a socialist economy? also doomed to fail. who would manage this system? those that did would become the new regime that ruled others and even had total control over their livelihood. this seems a system you are forced to be a part of, but what if you dont want to be a part of it? Its the very thing in the bible where everyone gets a number and if you dont have one you dont get to play. It seems like a direct path to a ruling class and the rest are plebes.
Where ever you go, there you are. Make the best of it.
A simple example is Uber. Uber by itself was a good idea. However, people started using Uber to commit crimes on unsuspecting passengers. On one hand, it becomes a police matter. On the other hand, Uber should be expected to mitigate situations like this. But Uber is also about making money. When the concern of the business is primarily that, all these potential problems are far less important to them. But there's an app for everything. There are communities for everything. I'm just wondering if everything had an app that was open source and everyone got to give ideas and feedback because of their concerns for their own safety and convenience, could an open source model prove better than a company driven by market forces?
Where ever you go, there you are. Make the best of it.
Fyxe wrote: The shortest answer to this is no, it cannot. That is because the strong will always gang up on the weak and use that to control them.
There is strength in numbers and more people who want to be safe and happy. It's only when we run scared and a smaller member of our 'herd' falls behind that they fall prey to predators.