Note: This is linked from the Welcome to Karma post that is pinned to new users' collections.
Karma's vision is built on a foundation of beliefs:
- Our perception of reality is influenced primarily by biology and ideology: genes and neurons. These two forces are the puppets of our lives that give us the feeling of free will. Both compete for survival through technology and bodies, although the only difference between those two things is carbon.
- Whoever controls technology determines our future through the will of their inherited genes and ideas.
- Technology is currently controlled by economic dictators. Our time / freedom / genes / neurons are being exploited by someone else's legacy. We have as much freedom as an elephant who chooses its zoo. This is an absolutely absurd trajectory that we can reclaim with a little coordination.
- Citizens of Hong Kong, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, France, DRC, South Africa, etc are not very different from you. We all want our tribe's hierarchy of needs to be satisfied far into the future. Most of us don't want anyone to be hurt. Yet most of us are working so that our weaponized governments can fund the dick-swinging of our masters through propagandized imperialism / mercenary adventurism.
- Sustainable life depends on genetic and ideological democracy. One species accumulating power and ignoring the needs of others will disrupt homeostasis and result in the gradual collapse of life.
- We can democratically determine the security of our future if we democratically direct the evolution of technology.
- We ought to engineer a new version of reality that accommodates and enhances biodiversity and neurodiversity while reducing genetic attrition, cultural attrition, and unnecessary suffering across all species.
- Our industries are incentivized to innovate only as much as they need to in order to survive. We could have pragmatic utopia NOW if our industries prioritized social value over "profits". "Profit" is just abstract slavery rationalized with measurability, and monopolies are abstract fields of fruit with moats of legislation and propaganda built around them.
- War and pollution are symptoms of capitalism. If you incentivize people to manufacture conflict and take shortcuts, they will.
- War is used to retain and reinforce the power of oil and USD. We could have renewable energy independence today if we shed our feet of clay. Selfish politicians and executives are motivated to tread water upon hierarchies of power and profit. To them, social and technological progress are risks that they must mitigate against through clever policy and propaganda.
- We're not up against some secret cabal of highly coordinated power-hungry architects. The hazard of authority has emerged from complex systems and is dispersed and obfuscated throughout complex incentives. These complex systems have effectively weaponized human agents in service of their preservation. Corporate and political evil quietly emerges through this systematized ambiguity moreso than it emerges from willful and coordinated diabolism, although coordination does occur.
- I do believe that Gates, Bezos, Trump, Zuck, Dorsey, and other powerful figures are enabling evil. But I don't believe that they are evil. Through one lens, they're victims of a system that has blinded them with reward, removing all incentives to empathize and ideate in favor of those beyond their echo chambers and immediate time horizon. The dynamics of economic power are not dissimilar from Stanford / Milgram experiments. We've just scaled up and obfuscated to the point where our neurons need a LOT of exercise to develop the kind of abstract thinking and imagination that the duty of life calls for. And our drives are wiped after 70 years while the force of our selfish genes carries on, so we have a heavy dependency upon high-quality digital knowledge transfer.
- Human beings are just another form-factor of life with a particularly high ratio of brain cells : other cells that allows us to think more abstractly than other lifeforms. We're the frontal cortex of life at large.
- Human beings are responsible for life at large.
- We're doing a bad job; contemporary economic systems incentivize self-destructive behavior. The world's governments are being increasingly weaponized by selfish genes.
- The world is currently in the middle of a large-scale Stanford Prison Experiment. Some people have been given power; some people have taken power; some people were simply born powerless.
- Anarchy is the process of flattening any hierarchies of power that cannot justify their own existence. We shouldn't have to trust individuals to resist temptation; we should build systems that use technology to render temptation obsolete.
- Socialism is an economic system that prioritizes psychosocial and ecological sustainability over profits and growth. It does this by expanding the scope of democracy from governance to economics through collective ownership of production. Including the tech that determines election outcomes and cultural evolution.
- Building a better future for our children necessitates the introduction of socialism through anarchy, ideally through nonviolent means. Universal labor unionization would allow us to direct economic power towards visions that serve the interests of us all. Union-busting is freedom busting.
- Corporations have been conditioned to expect that they can socialize their risk while privatizing reward. This incentive structure is backwards and only serves to reinforce and elevate hierarchies that prioritize short-term legacy over sustainability.
- When a hierarchy of power is flattened, its progress slows to a steady jog - but with crowdsourced vision. Blindly sprinting with faith may give us higher GDP and even higher QoL, but attaching health to GDP is like attaching health to body weight. It's arbitrary and incentivizes unhealthy behavior. Steroids may give me higher QoL for a long while... until they don't.
- To effectively flatten hierarchies, we need to work together to build compelling, sustainable alternatives to for-profit business models. We need to incentivize competitive altruism and redistribute income to nonprofit, democratically managed engineering efforts targeted at the lowest QoL demographics. Don't only redistribute money - engineer systems that remove the need for money.
- Consumers must be motivated to rationalize their way towards sustainable alternatives through their own free will, ideally with emotion and logic.
- For any consumer to become motivated to elevate their rationality from the micro to the macro, they must be educated.
- Collaborative self-education is one of the most important things we can focus on right now.
- We must make collaborative self-education more rewarding than alternative activities.
- Regardless of what we study, the same truths are bound to emerge over time. Parallel emergence of technologies and religions can be attributed to logic.
- If we want to permeate The Great Filter, we have to acknowledge the power of our selfish genes and then build a symbiotic relationship with them. They motivate us to build hierarchies as a form of genetic insurance, but they depend on our neurons for checks and balances. Our genes are threatened by education in the same way that kings are threatened by revolutionaries. The OS that we're living with right now is biased heavily towards unsustainable genetic insurance.
- While going RAID-1 with multiplanetary humanity gives life redundancy, building a better OS is just as important. Without a better OS, all drives will fail. Our current OS is drunken capitalism. A better OS is technosocialism.
- Technosocialism is the OS that gives us sustainable wealth equality through green automation, decentralization, and cryptocurrency. Blockchain is an anarchist's tool.
- Developing vision takes time; developing power takes time. It's very hard for one brain to develop both. Those with power and without vision are victims of selfish genes and the self-serving, self-destructive, short-sighted systems that have emerged from their influence. Unbridled capitalism and fascism are examples of such systems.
- We have the brains to build better systems; the alternatives have already been envisioned. We just need the power to bring those visions to life in the face of brutish, belligerent alternatives. This power will come from redirected cash flow. That cash flow will be redirected with better business models that prioritize consumers over profits. These better business models will stem from consolidated ideology. This consolidation will come from accelerated education pointed in any direction. We need to defrag.
- We defrag through education pointed in any direction. We need to redirect cash flow towards education.
- We need to efficiently utilize that cash flow. Every dollar must be converted to truth as efficiently as possible.
- To efficiently accelerate education, we should treat knowledge and experience like a network of nodes. This allows us to understand who is in possession of what nodes, which allows us to identify the shortest path from "where we are" to "where we could be" as efficiently as possible.
- We must also liberate time and energy on the individual scale so that it can be directed towards efficient and enjoyable self-education. The liberation of time and energy can be facilitated with education.
The hazy vision for Karma is thus:
- Accelerate the transition towards sustainable economics through remedial / strategic education.
- Build a tool that helps us develop and internalize socially valuable knowledge as efficiently as possible while making a shit-ton of democratically managed money.
- Lead by example with a collectively owned digital asset built upon radical transparency, data rights, decentralized architecture, centralized social power, and socially healthy behavior.
- Use this tool to facilitate universal unionization as a means of developing and wielding economic power for social good.
- Use this power to form a people's political party that obsoletes the two-party joke we have now. Imagine if Facebook pivoted towards education and then galvanized its international userbase towards political activation to pass legislation that limits profits, regulates advertising, and funds thoughtfully engineered, automated, cost-effective social programs with excess cash flow. Yum.
The short-term, concrete goals are:
- Provide value: Build a tool that helps us build a curriculum that helps anyone walk up Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Liberate time and energy with content.
- Build a community: Figure out how to attract a small cluster of like-minded individuals to continue brainstorming and building. Karma can serve as a metaphysical manufacturing facility - warm ideas, energy, and intent as inputs, better ideas and tools as outputs.
- Experiment: TBD