Thursday, February 18, 2016

More on the Info States of the future

In my earlier crypto currency related articles, I talked about the future redundancy of the traditional state and its replacement by what I called information states, or infostates. 

Infostates are a type of social network that are a) coded ontop of the internet (using blockchain type technology) and b) ruining using their own crypto currency as a means of both internal trade/exchange and external valuation (ie how you can look at the worth of the whole infostate).

As I covered in my post.. The Infostate and the colour of money.. Notionally the first infostate for me was actually the bitcoin community itself, as it was loosely tied together with its own set of values and has been using bitcoin to create all sorts of great new business within its own community. Its a highly evolutionary and successful model.

But this community was hard to enter and highly exclusive, you really need to understand tec and be able to code.

With the advent of Ethereum and the generalization of a blockchain technology that it offers, infostates became easier to create.

A more user orientated infostate is Bitnation. They have just coded and released their constitution on Ethereum. Bitnation launches Decentralised Borderless Voluntary Nation Constitution with Ethereum

Cryptocurrencies that add constitutions and voting to the core protocol will be the future of both store of value and decision making. Its obvious the two have to go together as power without decision making is not power. It is also obvious that only truly private solutions will work for users.

I thought I would list in a more concrete way the development chronology I see coming. This was I originally laid out in my article The State Is Dead, Roll On the Global Free Republic but I did not break down the steps in obvious detail. But I did allude to them all there.

The direction of change is something along the lines of.

1. Crypto Currencies exist:

a)  Banks and and governments are instantly removed as a requirement of society to exchange and trade.

b) Block chains become a means of keeping reliable public record over the internet.. eg notary services, land ledgers etc can be provided online 'as a service' and compete on feature merit. Other providers (non p2p single point of failure traditional versions) of these services become redundant, over time.

2. Infostates exist:

A multitude of options of alternative constitutions for people to unite under become available to all net connected earthlings. 

This will range all the way from true Cryptocurrencies with their own constitutions and voting systems for upgrading the future devpath to systems such as Bitnation that are encoded as contracts on the Ethereum platform.  There is no reason this space will not become competitive until a clear winner emerges. 

(I expect the final map will take the common pattern of software user adoption. This pattern is roughly 75% use the main one, 15% use a different proffered option. The remaining 10% use many different niche or experimental infostates that may or may not become the 15 or 75% version of the future. The following points all relate to the evolution of that competition)
3. Minimum basic income becomes default for info states

To compete and acquire users, infostates must pay out a minimum income to users. This will also become common in the old world as 'work' in the old sense becomes more and more redundant due to combination of technology and users common sense.

4. Infostates start competing for users on feature merit. They encode more and more useful features for real life, in the form of built in games/apps. Eg how to manage your land or farm and get your produce to consumers, 'supply chain' for example would be default software for most infostates.

5. Infostates have built in features for voting and representation on all levels in all aspects and factions of life (there is much work in the field currently being done and the best open source systems will simply be rolled into infostates). The better more flexible/usable systems win.

6. Traditional monopoly states start trying to ban crypto currencies and info states because they see the end is nigh. Open source crypto based infostates can not be banned or regulated by another entity. They are 100% voluntary.

Also as I have pointed out before, war is not an option on the table any longer, if the primary asset is a) digital b) cant be taken by force.

As we move out of the age of carbon and on into the solar age and beyond, the primary asset is *information* as held by the infostate.