4.2 Distributed Autonomous Virtual States (DAVS) and the externalization of law
Trust could be conceptualized as a medium, made up of laws, which co-ordinate groups of brains. As long as laws needed the brain, and therefore, the genes to survive and propagate, laws that were loudest in ordering genes to replicate them had a survival advantage. Such laws would propagate by threatening annihilation of the genes on one hand and promising “eternal life” on the other, religion being prime examples.
With legal systems, laws are freed from the confines of brains that are dependent on gene multiplication, and there is less need for laws to co-opt genes for their purpose. DAVS would be a continuation of the process to detach law from dependency on genes, which began to take shape with representative government, enabling new types of mediation, new incentive systems which can harness our attention in new ways.
What crypto-law, code-as-law or as Nick Szabo described it in Formalizing Relationships on a Public Network, automata-as-authority, really means is the externalization of law from gene-based imperatives, enabling law that would otherwise not have been possible.
As laws detach from the confines of the brain, and from gene-based imperatives, they are subject to meme-driven evolution. The detachment from gene-based noise enables a cultural perspective and cultural long-term planning, and increases the intelligence of brains which are augmented through it.
The externalization of law leads to the formation of an Exocortex, an external brain.