Two-dimensional money

April 8, 2010

I have been dazzled by money about year now. I have used hundreds of hours reading and understanding currencies, value, wealth, metacurrency, openmoney, credit, counter, debt…you name it. I have used hundreds of hours understanding money’s relation to interaction, exchange, trading, economy, state, power, identity, contracts, behavior, media, social media, law, justice…you name it. I have used hundreds of hours understanding money’s relations to poverty, unemployment, violence, availability of drugs, inequality, wars…you name it.

I think I have arrived to the final zone, where money is just a extremely simple mechanism which fits to human psyche extremely well. The question which has hounded me in the final zone is: “Are there other extremely simple mechanisms like money besides the money we know?”. I am pretty sure that there are, at least one.

I have seen dozens of attempts to describe alternative moneylike things or economical systems using money differently or set of rules how to slightly alter money. They all have at least one thing in common, they are not simple enough. I think that the moneylike thing that world and mankind need to build on is one step next to money. Only one step and the smallest kind step.

Money has only one dimension and that is amount or measure or quantity. The moneylike thing that is most closest to money is thing that has two dimensions. The other needed dimension is quality or semantic or meaning.

Imaging two-dimensional money is extremely hard, almost as hard as imaging five-dimensional reality, but imaging is worth trying, believe me.

There is several derivatives of two-dimensionality:

– Two-dimensional money doesn’t run out -> no poverty, no loans, no debts

– Two-dimensional money doesn’t have interest -> no banks

– Two-dimensional money doesn’t lose the quality of value -> economy is like users of  money (if users want sustainability then economy is sustainable, if users want growth then economy is growing etc.)

All these derivatives emerge because of greater freedom of user of money. I think that Michael Linton means by open money exactly same thing as two-dimensional money, but Linton uses phrases like “open money comes back” which in my opinion are not relevant/accurate descriptions. Money goes around, two-dimensional money stays put, not go around or come back.

Two-dimensional money has been severe change maker for me and i think it will severe change maker for mankind also. It has enormous power to change human behavior. Direction of change is magnificent but speed of change can be crushing.

I’m only slightly exaggerating when i say that all problems we know will be wiped out when one-dimensional money gives way to two-dimensional money.


Settlers of the Shift

December 9, 2009

I and Tomi Astikainen created map of Settlers of the Shift. Free to download, use, remix, comment etc.

pdf-version here (1,4M)

web-version here

EDIT: prezi-version here


Machine of Open Commonities. Part 1: Principles

November 2, 2009

Machine of Open Commonities (MoOC) is a model of global system, which I see is the best way to organize mankind in near future. Until today there aren’t any global systems that coordinate resources, world order, energy, goverments etc. There are only hundreds of states and nations that use traditional money as one the few common tools. MoOC is extraordinary and hypothetical structure, but I see it forming itself in near future with or without human’s favour.

MoOC is greatly influenced by discources of Openmoney and Metacurrency. These discourses although have lacked some key concepts. One of them is selforganization and other one is decision making. Firstly, If open money (or any similar tool) is used widely, there will be selforganization that has massive powers.  Secondly, if open money (or any similar tool) is used widely, it will be key tool in decision making as well. I’ll deepen these issues later. This post is about basics of MoOC.

MoOC is a complex network of Open Commonities which functions under spesific laws. These laws are originated in human nature and human relationship to natural environment. Open commonity is union of humans which has known objective and is open for joining. MoOC is based on Extended theory of Optimal Human Cooperation.

moc3Upper picture shows basic event of MoOC. There are two humans, other human’s Will meet other human’s Act so they use suitable commonity currency to illustrate this meeting of Will and Act. There is transaction generated and every commonity member see the identities that made this transaction, measure of currenct transacted and possible additional information.

There are numerous Commonities in MoOC. There are several laws concerning the functioning of Commonity:

  • Commonity has members three or beyond three
  • Commonities born and die
  • Commonity has only one currency and one objective
  • If objective changes then commonity dies
  • Every member of commonity has to realize the use of commonity currency and commonity objective on sufficient level
  • Every member has access to transaction history of every member
  • Commonity can be linked to other commonities (partly shared objective etc.)

mocThere are three types of commonities: Materia Commonity (mCommonity), Immateria Commonity (iCommonity) and Social commonity (sCommonity). These types are based on different aspects of cooperation. Cooperation relating to Materia is producing, refining, transporting, using etc. scarce resource. Cooperation relating to immateria is any meeting of will and act that doesn’t include scarce resource (media, creating immaterial, anything that can be copied etc.). Cooperation relating to social is anything that happens between few people that can’t be passed on as original. There is yet one form of cooperation and that is decision making. Decision making is included in functioning of commonities, I’ll continue that theme later on. Commonity’s objective reveales the type of the Commonity.

When commonities work as intended, no other spesific organization is needed. No states, no law courts, no parliaments, no goverments, no banks, no administration. There are also no need for traditional money.

One prime aspect is still unsaid. How is ownership arranged in Open commonities? It isn’t. No-one owns anything. Owning is not possible.


Extended Theory of Mechanism of Optimal Human Cooperation

November 2, 2009

Emohc

Theory: Optimal human cooperation is reached when the variables 1.-4. are on maximum and the variables 5.-6. are on minimum. Optimal human cooperation means that there are no other ways to reach as efficient state with same amount or less amount of human effort.

Variables:
1. The Reflectibility of Mirror = How true is the reflection of the Will or the Act
2. The Transparency of Mirror = How transparent is the reflection mechanism of the Mirror
3. The Presentativeness of Act = How presentative is the observable Act compared to the true act
4. The Expressiveness of Will = How expressive is the expressed Will compared to the true will
5. The Mispresentativeness of Identity = How mispresentative is the Identity compared to the true human’s nature
6. The Skewness of Commonity = How unaltered are the Will or the Act when they pass through the Commonity

Mechanism: When Mirror’s variables 1. & 2. reach the critical point, Human will start to maximize the variables 3. & 4. to reach more cooperation. This maximation creates self-regulative system which evolves towards maximum of the variables 1.-4., minimum of the variables 5.-6. and minimum of Human effort. Variables 5. and 6. hinder the maximation process, but they are needed to protect the privacy of Human.

Will = formal presentations of the true volition
Act = formal presantations of the true acts or planned acts
Mirror = any mechanism that reflects Will and Act to Human
Human = all humans that are able to observe reflection from the Mirror
Identity = any representation of Human
Commonity = union of Identities to assemble common Will


Brief Theory of Mechanism of Optimal Human Cooperation

November 2, 2009

BMOHCTheory: Optimal human cooperation is reached when all the variables (1.-4.) are on maximum. Optimal human cooperation means that there are no other ways to reach as efficient state with same amount or less amount of human effort.

Variables:
1. The Reflectibility of Mirror = How true is the reflection of the Will or the Act
2. The Transparency of Mirror = How transparent is the reflection mechanism of the Mirror
3. The Presentativeness of Act = How presentative is the observable Act compared to the true act
4. The Expressiveness of Will = How expressive is the expressed Will compared to the true will

Mechanism: When Mirror’s variables (1. & 2.) reach the critical point, Human will start to maximize the other variables (3. & 4.) to reach more cooperation. This maximation creates self-regulative system which evolves towards maximum of all the variables (1.-4.) and minimum of Human effort.

Will = formal presentations of the true volition
Act = formal presantations of the true acts or planned acts
Mirror = any mechanism that reflects Will and Act to Human
Human = all humans that are able to observe reflection from the Mirror