Decentralization

03 Nov 2015

Distributed Receptor-Based Computing

in Ceptr, Decentralization, Receptive Capacity

Receptor Network[I shared this brief in preparation for the Rebooting the Web of Trust event in San Francisco November 3&4 2015.] 

The MetaCurrency Project’s requirements for decentralization combined with a commitment to leveraging organizing principles of living systems led us to invest a lot of time in the past 5 years developing Ceptr. Ceptr is a rebuild of much of the computing stack optimized for decentralized sense-making, computation and composability. This means semantics baked into the lowest levels of memory storage, self-describing protocols which let anything talk with anything else, blockchain-like abilities for decentralized data storage and computation.

11 Nov 2014

Arriving to Where you Love (Freedom vs. Agency)

in Agency, Ceptr, Collective Intelligence, Decentralization, Freedom, Social DNA

A friend was trying to engage me in a political discussion. This hadn't particularly gone well between us in the past, so I was wading in a bit reluctantly. 

I forget exactly what I said that provoked this response in him, maybe discussing some policy currently in consideration by the legislature, and he blurted: “Don’t you see? Less government is better government! Every law they make impinges on my freedom! That’s just how it works! That’s how it always works! The very nature of a law is a kind of restriction, so the fewer we have, the better off we are.”

I said: “I think you and I see freedom very differently. I can see why you say that any law restricts your freedom, but there are times that restricting freedom actually increases our agency. And what I’m committed to is maximizing agency, not freedom.”

01 Nov 2014

Who should issue our currency?

in Currencies, Decentralization, Money

The concept is really simple.

Since it is ALL OF US who create value, I believe it is ALL OF US who need to maintain our capacities to choose how to measure and account for the value we create.

If we surrender this ability to any special or narrow interest group (and like it or not, the government is one of those) then we surrender control of the value we create.