Castpoints (the antidote to bureaucracy) mini proposal

Castpoints: Universal distributed commerce platform that allocates any resource (work, goods, content), clarifies communication and commerce, all while increasing privacy and safety. How? Simply by mimicking how nature operates.

Full proposal, but out of date

CP works by

The net lacks

  • Valuation of content
  • Trustworthiness, veracity
  • Organization, privacy
  • Relationships, reference points
  • Conflict resolution
  • Easy ways to be paid for adding value
  • Effective political representation

Solution: correct initial conditions
Mimic nature so that ~interactions are win-win. As Stephen Wolfram points out, a system only needs 3 to 4 iterating variables to generate complexity. All of today’s “problems” can be traced back to not following these simple precepts.

  • All things have value.
  • What’s mine is mine. What’s not mine is not mine.
  • Evolution is an iterative process.
    • Reference points
    • Decision
    • Feedback
    • Excretion / letting go
  •  Add value first. Cooperation starts with tit-for-tat.

Specific solution
Castpoints is a challenging topic to explain because it disrupts over 10 paradigms. School phone trees are often still pen and paper. So the primary focus is on disaster recovery and organizing school: phone trees, safety, and emergency supplies: Every time I explain to a parent how a school can use it in an emergency situation, they exclaim, “I want that!” Nothing else compares. Castpoints structure is based on the industry standard role based Incident Command System. Parents can know their kid’s location, status, and steward in real time. Changes are simple and can have a predetermined chain of custody. Emergency services have excellent info, yet privacy is preserved. People should then naturally broaden their use scope.

None, because CP is codified evolution (nature). The actual risk is bureaucratic enclaves that will probably try to vilify anything to do with CP because the platform is the antidote to their machinations and existence.

The principle of “via negativa” suggests that, in terms of taking action, subtraction often trumps addition because it is so hard to improve on nature’s time-tested original (without dilutive side effects). — Antifragile Review

The machines that are first invented to perform any particular movement are always the most complex, and succeeding artists generally discover that, with fewer wheels, with fewer principles of motion, than had originally been employed, the same effects may be more easily produced. The first systems, in the same manner, are always the most complex. — Adam Smith

CP sounds complicated, but is actually a drastic simplification. We all have things to offer, and things we want. Overlaps creates transactions mediated by reputation and insurance. Why have 100 apps that basically do the same thing?

  • BAC/WFC — Why loan value that earns 0.25% interest when you can safely get much more by participating in your favorite things? Ever try to withdraw more than a few thousand at once? Good luck!
  • EBAY — Why pay high transactions fees to cover other’s fraud around goods.
  • FB — Why give all your valuable content away for free?
  • GS — Why spend about 7% to go public. Why not back yourself publicly for free?
  • GOOG — Why not use a ranking system that is more direct and can’t be gamed?
  • LNKD — Why not execute service supply and demand directly?
  • MA/V — Why pay a high fee to pay for other’s transaction fraud?
  • TWTR — Why use something that is easily gamed and lacks structure?
  • QQQ/CME — Why pay for layers of regulators who continually fail miserably?
  • AirBnB, Uber, TaskRabbit, etc. — Why are peer to peer and crowd sourced markets not integrated?
  • Central banks — Why allow anyone to control the money supply (“Give me control of a nations money supply, and I care not who makes it’s laws” — Amschel Rothchilds.) Why not allow innovation to manage the money supply?
  • Politics — Politicians are not currently held accountable for pretty much anything. The harshest consequence is being (very rarely) voted out of office. After destroying the lives of millions, big deal.

Why not protect participants via concise contracts backed by performance bonds and reputation while they simply add value by making something, or promote others’ value? Large scales criminality is moot in the CP system because it’s not profitable.

Almost every transaction has friction. CP’s friction is a small use fee IF that transaction produces income. (Notice how the difference between for-profit and non-profit is concisely quantified? No laws, no games, no investigation, no forms, no enforcement.)

CP is antifragile, self configuring, and content agnostic. The hotter the emotions, the more dynamic the environment, the better CP AND participants perform. CP’s uses the Incident Command System role based way of managing resources. The ICS concept was formed in 1968 at a Phoenix AZ meeting of Fire Chiefs. ICS is based upon a adaptable and scalable response organization using a common hierarchy within which people can work together effectively.

Initial customers
Castpoints is a challenging topic to explain because it disrupts over 10 paradigms. School phone trees are often still pen and paper. The primary focus is on disaster recovery and organizing school: phone trees, safety, and emergency supplies because every time I explain to a parent how a school can use it in an emergency situation, they, exclaim, “I want that!” Nothing else compares. People should then naturally broaden their use scope.

The Smith’s see Castpoints and set up an “event” for their school for free. The organization goes so well, and is so fun to use, the different roles in the school organization simply start self organizing. Soon the whole school, PTA, grade system, attendance system (including aggregated reasons why kids are missing school) emerge.

A poor person makes something of value. They can’t easily market it. In CP, they don’t need to. Anyone good at identifying, and or, promoting underpriced value can take over. They don’t get paid until after the creator is paid first. As the remote person gets valued reputation, the price they charge automatically floats higher. That’s why they can’t be exploited, and don’t need to figure out economics.

Copyright payments are automatic. Content creators automatically get paid with no extra effort on their part if others use it to generate income. Again, notice how “fair use” is effortlessly quantified? Instead of “defending” copyright, people hope their content is used.

Conflict resolution migrates from ponderous government fiat, to fast contractual local experts. Contracts, not laws are used. Laws by definition are win-lose and backed by guns (force). Contracts are mutual agreements and therefore win-win. Contract breakers have pre agreed escrowed amends.

  • CP nodes
  • CP connections between nodes
    • Communication: primarily local, distributed via liaison promotion.
    • Feedback loops
    • Actively shedding old and low value stuff.



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