Capitalism can work for the people

We are headed down a path toward complete automation.  I have not met a person who disagrees that if we stay on our current path, at some point in the future, be it 5 or 500 years, we will automate the creation and distribution of our basic needs.  If we keep our course, corporations will control all aspects of the automation.  That would put people in the position of not being able to provide enough value to create an exchange with these corporations for the necessities of life.  Instead of pondering the future of our current path, I am suggesting that we take an alternate path.  This new path is the path of the people.  We do not always need to agree, but we can agree that we can do it better than “they” can.  When “they” are doing something better, it means they are increasing their profit.  Increasing profit means either cutting costs or increasing prices.  Usually these things have the negative consequence of laying off a workforce or gouging the customer for more money.  While those two examples may be extremes, the idea is that their best interest is only your best interest if your best interest is to help them maximize their profits.

Companies like Facebook have one thing that creates their value.  Your data.  It’s a scam.  They take YOUR data, and allow you to share it with your friends, along with their ads.  They not only legally steal your data, but they also legally steal your time (your attention).  In return they pay the storage costs (negligible) for your data.  The reason these companies are worth billions of dollars is only because of your intention to return to them.  If you exhibited your intent to leave them, then they would take a hit.  If you collectively stop giving them your data, they will cease to exist.

Data ownership is getting closer to the source, to the creator.  The person who creates content should receive the most value from the use of that content.  The creator should be able to properly manage what value means to them and have access to tools which can be used to derive value from their data.  Data includes past, present and future data.  Present data is access to a person’s real time attention.  Anything that does not divert their attention is past recorded data or future data that does not exist.  Future data can be a scheduled event, the promise of future data, etc.  Making capitalism work for the people starts by allowing people to control their data.

The idea of taking control of our data is just part of the purpose of MadeOpen.com.  Taking control of our data will lead to taking control of our purchasing and distribution of physical goods.  This will get us closer and closer to the source.  The closer to the source, the more efficient the transaction should be.  Technology is making this possible.  From physical goods to raw resources.  People need to collectively control our resources.  We should not give up this control to the few who continue to let us down.  Let’s just head down this other path and see what happens.  It’s their game, let’s beat them at it…let’s break it.

Assumptions

An assumption is something that is accepted to be true.  We use assumptions all the time.  For example, we assume gravity will pull something back to Earth.  Many of the things we assume are not true and we do not always agree on the assumption.  When we have arguments (I use argument to mean an exchange of opposing views, not an heated emotional debate) it is important that the topic of discussion is debated, and not the underlying assumptions.  For example, if we argue that one type of fruit is more nutritious than another, then we best first understand how we are measuring “nutrition”.  If you and I disagree about what nutrition is or how to measure it, well then what is the point in discussing attributes of the fruit.

So in an effort to keep comments and discussions on topic, I will keep this growing list of assumptions.  This way, if there is enough disagreement about an assumption, then we can discuss it, correct it and move on.  This allows us to solve problems instead of just spin in circles…unless of course spinning in circles solves the problem.  Let’s hope not.

It is not that you must agree with these assumptions, but that you understand them.  The reason is that as I write about this edge-idea, you will likely disagree to some extent, and that is GREAT!   If anyone urges you to do without thinking, walk.  So, if I write something you disagree with, please first make sure that the argument is not with the assumption, but rather with the idea itself.  If we can identify the problems with the idea, then we can attempt to solve those problems.  This will be a growing list but should be always as simple as possible.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.  MadeOpen.com is for the people.  As soon as there is a way for me to hand it over, I will gladly comply.

Our assumptions:

  1. We want to leave this place better than when we came into it

  2. The world is not getting better quick enough

  3. Too much power is concentrated in small groups and individuals

  4. Data is a valuable resource

  5. Corporations are profit motivated

  6. Capitalism can work for the people

This is a living list of assumptions.  If it is not obvious yet, this is a place you should feel comfortable sharing your ideas.  My point is that we need to figure out how to best communicate.  This is my first effort at setting a protocol.  It’s not about rules, it’s about efficiency.  We will grow this idea together.  I will begin the conversation with my next post.  It may also be a good idea to expand on these assumptions as a matter of explanation.  Perhaps each will get its own post with a link to it.

Thoughts?