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The global project: Solving everyone's problems.

(Much more fun doing that than being tyrannised by the economic need to perform unhelpful work for 40 hours a week!)

If your career is anything like my anonymous friend Sid's, it' may be quite lucrative, and yet, achieving very bloody little in terms of improving people's lives.

The company Sid works for provides their customers with more internet traffic; traffic that perhaps otherwise would have gone to one of their competitors..

The customer is happy their traffic has increased; the competition perhaps wonder why theirs has decreased,, and end users everywhere who care not which site they use are none the wiser.

In terms of actual, measurable improvements to people's lives, however, absolutely nobody is really any better off because of what Sid's company does. Someone, somewhere, has still bought a pair of overpriced pants, but from Company A instead of Company B..

To me, the whole thing borders on ludicrous, and seems to sum up in one go exactly what is wrong with the majority of our careers.

It illustrates why money is so completely bloody awful at rewarding actual, real-world contributions,, and why we need to change the system to fund and reward projects that affect quality of life as opposed to funding and rewarding some smarmy idiot who negatively geared their house at the right time or some corporation' who ripped off thousands of middle-class investors.

If money behaved itself the way it is supposed to, it would preferentially reward behaviours that benefit as many as possible, as much as possible. In ways that create tangible improvements to quality of life..

If something helps the planet thrive, makes people happy and healthy, improves efficiency and productivity, and generally moves us toward utopia, it should earn the big bucks. Anything that doesn't, won't..

For the invisible hand of economics to play any role in our awesome future., the economy needs to work like this automatically. This means we need a more sohpisticated way of paying each other and being paid. The flow of money needs to be tied in to every individual who will be affected by a transaction.

This is going to require a lot of data, a lot sophisticated algorithms, and for some of the larger projects, may have to involve realtime feedback from individuals the world over who can provide feedback on nebulous indicators such as how much something has affected their quality of life.

It is a massive job,, and probably involves the creation of new currencies, and new, evolving technology to handle the compliicated system of rules that determine how and when money changes hands and for what reason.

As more people participate in the new, fairer economies, the established, dated flow of money should slowly lose its influence in those areas of the market where indicators like quality of life and preservation of the planet aren't being recognized by those making the decisions. 

But I was talking about overpriced pants.

They cost pennies to make. The manufacturer flogs them off to a series of dozens of middle-men. Purchasers, importers, distributors, agents, wholesale and retail supply chains. Each middle-man adds little value to the product, and all of them combined have effectively provided just one meaningful service to the actual customer:: namely, delivery of the product into their hot little hands.

Being able to browse and try on the pants before purchasing is perhaps the only other meaningful service provided in this expensive chain of distribution. 

How can technlogy help improve this picture?

Customers provide exact measurements to the manufacturer, via an online service providing as close an experience to actually browsing and trying on as possible. The manufacturer uses technology that automates nearly everything involved in manufacturing and despatching the order.. To do this correctly, you need to invest a lot of money into infrastructure. Stuff like robotic pants-making machines, computer controlled packaging and delivery by couriers who use optimized packing, shipping, routing and cargo sharing algorithms to stuff self-driven cars, boats, planes and drones filled to the brim with the ultimate three dimensional game of tetris that is an efficient packing algorithm.

What else can we improve upon?

Imagine one massive website that operates like e-bay and carries every product you can think of, orders directly from the manufacturer, automatically routes delivery drivers so you can pick it up from wherever you want. Everything from fresh fruit, to a hot lunch from a restaurant, to luxury cars. Customers are provided with a perfect knowledge of the global market, and powerful searching and optimizing algorithms ensure they get the best deal from the right manufacturer.

Further imagine one massive courier company that handles delivery of everything to everyone with as little human effort as possible.

Done correctly, there are going to be a lot of people losing their jobs as technology and efficiency reduce the need for unneccessary labour.. Despite what you might think, job losses need not be a bad thing! Finding new jobs is another area begging for technology: Global job-matching algorithms, matching people with projects! The more important a project is, the more it contributes to the global vision of utopia, the more people are going to want to be involved, and if the monetary system is behaving itself properly, these positions will automatically be the most financially rewarding ones to be involved with.

So how do you make the monetary system behave correctly? Yet another area where sophisticated algorithms ensure that only actions that benefit people and the pllanet are able to earn money,. Instead of governments, banks and corporations creating and distributing money to projects that may be self-serving, money is distributed by algorithms that may or may not include voting and user input, using a massive database of global projects, global needs, global demand, that encompasses the interests of every individual. Projects helping the most people in the most efficient way will have the most money distributed to them.

So you've just lost your job because there's not so much  need for anyone to do it anymore? Don't despair.! Now you can start working on something that REALLY matters!

So how do we find out what really matters? And will I get paid?

What if there were new and exciting projects? Ones that really mattered, ones that were satisfying purely because they were directly plugged into a beautiful utopian vision for the future?

How about a GLOBAL PROJECT LIST. A massive one with enough jobs for absolutely everyone. One where you might single-handedly change the lives of thousands of people at once, just by noticing something that needed to be done and coming up with a better way to get the job done?

The global project list can start out very haphazardly organized. People can form groups, address huge numbers of requests at once in efficient, productive ways, organize tasks and sub-tasks, delegate and supervise, as well as any other roles that spring up by anyone involved in managing some part of a project.

The list can be intimately tied in to the new monetary systems discussed earlier, and each task's value can be determined by how important it is to how many different people. People directly affected can "vote with their hip pocket" for projects that benefit them. Those who then contribute to the project are rewarded proportionally to their contributions. Teams can self-organize as sub-tasks for each project emerge and those most suited for a role are matched up by the global project list. Project management, funds distribution, dispute resolution, all such things will need to be performed by someone, and these tasks are handled no differently to any other task: The need for such a task is added to the project list, people can apply to perform the task, creators and managers for the task are involved in the matching process, and before you know it, everyone who's lost their old job has found a newer, better, more satisfying one that enables them to more efficiently help more people than they did previously, and therefore, they can even expect to be better rewarded!

 

New currencies?

Anyone. anywhere can create a new currency with new rules. Who knows which ones will become effective or popular. Here are some ideas:

  • Currency idea: "Freebie Communal Coin" electronic credits.
    • To begin with, everybody has zero.. Each day, everyone is given some "new" electronic credits that are magically issued to everyone because why on earth not.
    • Credits can be offered on the global project/problem list and whoever solves the problem gets the credits offered
  • Currency idea: "Problem Solving Hours"let's give everyone 24 of these "redits, since there are 24 hours in the day.

 

      • Let's say you need something. Whatever it is you need, let's call this a "Problem". Need some milk? That's a problem. Can't dress yourself? That's a problem too.
      • So you let the global project list and/or global problem list know about your problem, how urgent it is, how many hours' worth of credits it means to you, and it can be as simple as just adding milk to your wishlist, quantifying how badly you need it, and waiting for nearby problem solvers to do the rest and claim the reward.
  • The ultimate global solution to every problem experienced by everybody everywhere begins its life as a gigantic prioritized list of problems people are experiencing that everyone involved does their best to become involved in. Organized and coordinated activities in order to best solve as many problems as humanly possible, making creative use of all available technologies and communications and team organization techniques as are available at the time.

 

    • With seven billion people, problems are popping up hundreds of times a second, and it's pretty obvious from the get-go that using a good project management tool that lets people everywhere notice patterns, namely opportunities to simultaneously, or more efficiently, solve a large number of similar or related problems in one fell swoop is going to be a good idea.

Perhaps a tenacious team of a few dozen people could get together and form a task-force to combat problems such as, "OMG there are several thousand people in the tropics suffering from Malaria related symptoms" at the moment, let's requisition a bulk purchase of quinine (or better yet, some new panacea) and concatenate a massive mailing list of people suffering and place a single order to fix all these problems in one fell swoop.

As soon as the more pressing of problems have started to die down (with absolutely bloody everyone involved, there's going to be a much better response time for things you usually have to wait ages for becaise 95% of people were too busy working in their profitable, but completely actually bloody useless jobs The focus will shift such that "problems" of a more traditional nature will eventually become easily managed by a skeleton staff, freeing up the rest of the population to get to work improving everyone else's life in more and other well-definied meaningful ways.

People's fondest, potentially deep, dark, wishes can be likewise prioritized and addressed by whichever group or individual or automated robot or program comes across the issue, has the ability to help, and can do so in an efficient fashion to the satisfaction of the person originating the problem in the first place.

"Help me, I have malaria" problems will, over time, die down and be replaced more with problems such as "Big screen TV's need shipping to everyone who can be bothered with them." Many people will want to pursue their own versions of utopia on some scale,. Grandiose self-indulgence and over-the-top desires traditionally hardboured only by the mega-rich people can be entered into the system and prioritized according to cost in terms of actual effort others must put in to grant these requests. Certain key rules must obviously be obeyed at all times, of course, meaning that nothing dangerous or unsafe in any way can be condoned. Modern technology can address many of these types of issues by allowing someone to experience a simulation of their dangerous or risky problem being solved in some manner deemed satisfactory to them to avoid any actual risk or damage to anyone's well-being.

Money (or Hour Credits) as a currency needs to be inexorably tied in to ensure that people are only rewarded for providing actual genuine services to others. Money earned by easing suffering or solving other urgent issues should be worth orders of magnitude more than money earned by satisfying someone's vague whim for a larger screen television or some tyrant's unsettling whim to whip orphans half to death for the thrill of it.

Making money by negative gearing, renting properties, shunting stocks around a share market full of corporations rarely intersect with this new, improved way of working whereby people are actually helped.

Cultural shifts, such as a natural bias of the general population's opionions on gay marriage, the war on drugs, the role of money and the economy, the distribution of wealth, the role of governments, the nature of health care, and many other hot topics will more than lilkely begin significantly shifting toward more freedom, better living conditions, more emphasis and importance placed on the preservation and nurturing of life in all its forms. If we wish to change people's behaviour, and therefore, swaying the balance of power away from a corrupt, self-serving, system of addiction, disease and corruption, it's as easy as encouraging people as a whole to make repeated, habitual decisions to only participate in activities that further these global causes. A growing number of people will realize that the new system is not only more fun and more satisfying, it results in far greater rewards and incentives than what money traditionally makes available to people.

Keeping everyone not just well fed and healthy, but ecstatically happy and able to pursue whatever utopian visions of their own dream existance sounds like a tall order, the concept of satisfying absolutely everyone in any real sense seems like an extremely difficult, if not impossible task. and It may seem as though some people's goals are going to be mutually exclusive, with others', or that conflicts of interest and./or resources could arise.. For example, one man's dream to build a gigantic playground in the Monash Riverland contradicts with someone else's desire to grow oranges in the same spot. Or public liability concerns arise when a gigantic, potentially unsafe playground is made available to the general public.

Contention issues must be managed fairly, most likely by an algorithm developed to take all concerns into consideration and arrive at a perfect coimpromise to ensure everyone is able to pursue whichever flavour of happiness they desire, without violating the rights of any other person(s).

The ultimate solution, whereby absolutely everyone from all walks of life are being kept simultaneously ecstatically happy, describes to me something very nuanced, well-designed, and beautiful indeed.

 

Imagine the magnificently diverse cacophony of whims and wishes that can eventually be granted in order to solve all problems great and small.

 

An elegantly intertwined, 

aesthetically pleasing, and

thoroughly satisfactory solution,

in the form of a magnificently diverse audial & spatial cacophonycan be found!

 

The end result presupposes that eventually, everything is existing absolutely perfectly for absolutely everybody,, meaning that in some sense, reality could be expected to cater for all of the following peoples and groups of people,...

 

  1. ). the injured and the ill,
  2. ). the ridiculously wealthy,
  3. ). the ridiculously poor old lady who mops their floors,
  4. ). the refugees in detention centres,
  5. ). the tyrants and sociopaths who torment people until they flee to detention centres,
  6. ). the lovely and gorgeous Lavender Ladies who provide free coffee and hugs to people stuck in hospitals,
  7. ). the wilful criminals who knowingly participate in corruption, warmongering, pollution, withholding of new or revolutionary technologies and cures for disease perceived to be a threat to their power base,
  8. ). the misinformed conspiracy theorists who think the Illuminati are going to jump out of his cupboard and say "boo!" at some inopportune moment (eg. precariously balancing a nice hot cup of coffee)
  9. ). the decent, hard-working taxpayers unwittingly or at least non-committedly participating in these corrupt, decaying empires out of laziness, convenience, and the old-fashioned prestige of having a decent job for a powerful corporation
  10. ). the short-tempered and violent perpetrators of domestic abuse
  11. ). the co-dependant love addicts who pander to their every whim
  12. ). the extremely camp and the flamboyant,
  13. ). the homophobics and secretly curious bullies who can't stand them,
  14. ). the racists, the bigots, the hate-crime participants, the intolerant.
  15. ). the lavendar ladies from the Royal Adelaide hospital (again. I love these lasses!)
  16. ). the six year old who tortures small animals,
  17. ). the thirty-six year old who tortures his Mum by not moving out and engaging in antisocial MMORPG's 24/7
  18. ). the imprisoned serial killer and recidivist sex offenders locked away from society.
  19. ). the detectives and police officers wasting countless efforts in the war on drugs.
  20. ). the non-violent drug offenders who are locked up because they medicated themselves after conventional medicines such as anti-depressants failed.
  21. ). the developmentally challenged, those with special needs
  22. ). the poor unfortunate "clever" people who belatedly realize just how stupid they really are,
  23. ). the wards of the state and the mentally ill.
  24. ). the psychiatrists who place people under guardianship orders forcing them into medication regimes that put them into a chemically induced state of lobotomy and obesity,
  25. ). the little kids who love car crashes and kicking people in the groin for some reason.
  26. ). the after-school care centre workers who try keeping them busy and distracted until Mum and Dad finish work,
  27. ). the Neo-Nazi's, anti-semites and even Hitler if he's still around the place somewhere,
  28. ). Larry David himself and all the people who bought box sets of Seinfeld
  29. ). Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie
  30. ). Charlie Sheen and Chuck Lorre
  31. ). George Bush and other remedial readers.
  32. ). Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Charlemagne, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar
  33. ). Christians and Lions, Palestinian Muslims and Jerusalem Jews, Buddhists and Death Metal fans,
  34. ). Virgin brides and BDSM enthusiasts,
  35. ). Scrunchers and folders,
  36. ). Pauline Hanson and everybody else
  37. ). Tony Abbott and a pretend version of Australia for him to govern with only native marsupials as constituents.
  38. ). the imported foxes, cats and dogs doing their best to keep native marsupial populations under check,
  39. ). and with any luck, my good self, Greggy P and the female population of the Earth