Background: Society is a complex adaptive system. These have about 3 simple initial conditions that when iterated, create all the complexity we see life. (Energy only needs: 2 wavelength, amplitude. Matter only needs 3: electron, proton, and neutron) So poverty, corruption, etc. are not “problems”, simply manifestations of the initial conditions. Trying to “solve” poverty at the manifestation level will never work long term. The real change comes from using different initial conditions. What evolution uses in simple terms: Private property, tangible relationships that have a local scope, intangible relationships that have an infinite scope and are filtered 3 ways (source, receiver, enroute). And self configuring context (classification).
1) The classification system provides a local reference point so that things can be compared in relationship. This is where local statistics are kept. From here, statistics can easily, with privacy intact, be aggregated up to higher levels. Without boundaries and context, things are just a mish mash. This allows localization and globalization to coexist well.
CP’s system is self adapting in real time based on supply and demand, not opinion. This is a critical point. There are lots of taxonomies. Many are disputed, change – yet change slowly, and are other’s intellectual property. In CP, if a big event happens, a highly ranked participant can just make a new top level group which can flower into a whole ecosystem in seconds. At the same time, participants can happily micro manage arcane details 7 levels down. Groups that have little value automatically are pruned.
The importance of this usefulness can not be understated. All the different taxonomies can happily live in one data base, with universal nomenclature based on what has value, not based on ponderous committee fait. All taxa can be compared based on any variable. Everyone can view realtime global maps of: values, disease, construction, money flow, people flow, jobs, weather, water, electricity, power, flowers, potatoes, open space, pollen, anything, including comparing methods. Current values, and historical rates of change.
Taxonomy gives context. Almost everything in life is in relationship, yet search engine results are a list, ranked by mystery, with near zero context. CP’s generalized taxonomy can handle any amount, kind, and type of classification. Anything in, on, and above the Earth, can be located, described, valued, managed, and traded. Even automatically.
Once stuff has standardized and accepted descriptions, it can be readily traded. The classification and one line description convey about 75% of the important information. Tags can be used to describe the rest. If it turns out that a tag is important, it naturally moves up into the description, or even the classification based on supply and demand, not opinion.
What if you don’t know the best classification? Just re-register (1 click) the item twice (or more), pick a different classification and see which one gets more ROI. Market testing is easy.
Because everything has a classification, data from any tag can be aggregated up the hierarchy. It becomes trivial to know how many fire hydrants are covered by snow at any scope from neighborhood to world. How many trees per acre, community gardens, acres of corn planted, acres of corn scheduled for planting, soil moisture percent, anything.
2) Abstraction allows for comparison of different taxa, and their data. The value of anything can be compared. Specifically options when making a decision. If a task has a 2 options of execution, wouldn’t it be nice to know:
- Option A will likely take 10% of people for a day, and cost 0.5% of capital.
- Option B will likely take 2% of people for a day, and cost 2% of capital.
If we have more time than money, or more money than time, the correct choice becomes trivial. Most decision makers don’t have near this level support.
3) Content is mostly separated from context. Facebook tries to do both and its a mess. CP is mostly about managing connections and context. Intelligence comes more from the connections, not the content. Example: A mason can build stuff without support. But if she has support, she can spend the majority of her resources on doing what she does best, not dealing with HR, sales, etc. Also, “context is often more powerful than content”. (David Hawkins) Root word of intelligence is “understand” who’s roots are “choose between”.
4) A silly, but real, advantage is that people rarely understand that commerce can be drastically simpler and more direct. Even so called peer 2 peer companies really only have 1 or 2 variables p2p. Conflict resolution, support, marketing, development, payment processing, and funding, are all still centrally controlled by non experts. People just don’t understand that 3 to 4 initial conditions can create all the complexity in our society. The focus should be on those 3 or 4 things, not on the results of those things.
5) When this much integration is present, valuable emergent properties abound. This can not be understated. The more emergence, the more a system can solve problems at its own level. This is why nature does not have a queen of the trees, or king of the sand on a beach. Fiat is not required to get things done.
One example is that basic statistics (number, rate of change, min, max, avg, supply and demand, standard deviation) about anything public are available in near real time at any scope and location. Yet it costs almost nothing to input, collate, visualize, distribute, and find it.
6) Communicating how evolution communicates solves info overwhelm, and separates the wheat from the chaff. To this day, in 2014, we still can’t get good search results because search engines can’t tell what context we are looking for.
7) Like a stock market, supply AND demand is always shown. Most sites only show supply. How can people allocate resources if they have to guess at demand? The situational awareness is too one sided. Its quite nihilistic to always see the flood of supply and not demand. It models imbalance.
8) Privacy and ownership, foundations of prosperity, are sacrosanct. If you don’t own something, you can’t easily make money off of it. People come up with all kinds of arguments why they can steal other’s stuff. None of it works long term, except with wards.
9) Things are based on contracts not laws. Its simple: contracts are agreements (win-win [power]), law is force (win-lose, or lose-lose).
- People hate being told what to do. If its mostly “just”, people put up with it. But laws creates resentment, monopolies, black markets, and passive aggressiveness. None of those adds to prosperity.
- People have no idea what’s good for others. Even if they did, they don’t have to experience the consequence of the decision.
10) Events have their own local statuses, location, classifications, etc. Most work happens within a standard set of descriptions that are repeatedly used. There are different statuses for the medical field verses the advertising field, verses the building field. Only an event’s pertinant statuses (etc.) show up in an event’s lists. Yet, access to global classifications is a click away.
11) Next business steps are automatically suggested. Your event is matched with aggregated histories of high ROI events. So when a proven successful company allocated resources and it worked out well, you receive suggestions when your event matches the same pattern. Optionally, within limits, these suggestions are automatically implemented: Events can adapt automatically.
12) Tangible processes are different than intangible processes. This sounds blazingly obvious, yet search engines don’t make this primal distinction.
13) Notifications Because everything has a classification and relationship, anything, can be pushed based on the normal triggers of “add, edit, delete, <, >”, but also all those at any scale.