- Does Steem and SteemPower already mirror the UBI model proposed by @dantheman?
- Is this a continuation of development and natural evolution for Steem and SteemPower that signals a foretelling shift in human society?
- Or was this an idea that was already envisioned at the outset, and is now being brought forth as the platform progressed?
- Or is it a mix of both perhaps?
In the end, I don't know. I'm asking questions, providing some information, and giving my own understanding as well. I do know that the original vision and creation of Steem was/is revolutionary. Whether Dan is a visionary and created it this way, knowing about a future of automation and AI with a likely UBI outcome, or if he "only" envisioned and designed it as we know it, the result is the same: a revolutionary decentralized model for social cooperative integration.
And I'm talking about both Steem itself, and if UBI is possible to be implemented, they are both revolutionary new models. This is the take away, whether Dan really wants to create UBI from Steem, or not, the point is that this possibility can be done going forward as a freer more decentralized society that incorporates AI and automation.
In the past few days, @dantheman has made some posts on Basic Income, Universal Basic Income, or UBI. This is a controversial, heated and often emotional topic for many who have attachments to prior ideas. Hearing about UBI draws automatic conclusions about it's inviability, and further resentment on those who propose it.
"Inalienable Property Rights
What if everyone held a share of the means of production, but they were unable to sell this share?"
"It would be like everyone earning interest on money in the bank, but being unable to spend the principle."
SteemPower is a essentially having a share, which gives us Voting Power in Steemit. SteemPower was at first (and still is for now) implemented with a partially locked-in design, at 104 withdrawals to eventually liquidate the SteemPower in an account. So as the Basic Income says, being unable to sell this share.
We can do investment in a platform with potential for use, or productivity to create something for society. Like Steem.
We can also do investment programs that do the same, but for society. Programs as in cooperative projects people can get funding for, and return investment to the funders, as a way to start these programs now, on a blockchain, even without UBI being implemented. And in the end, the long term, possibly UBI gets implemented with the automation that comes as well.
These are ideas about how we can progress in a positive way forward as a society.
Dan 5 months ago...
To tie this into what Dan has previously said...
This is what Dan had to say about himself in a post 5 months ago. I took some select passages relating to the vision he had for creating Steem:
"I learned that "inflation" isn't theft if it is done to compensate those who bring value."
"These new values are based on the premise that everyone who brings value deserves a share. They include the idea that the value of the whole is much greater than the sum of the parts. They include the concept of not charging anyone who participates in our community, but rewarding everyone. They include the concept of long-term commitment rather than get-rich quick."
"Going forward I hope to leverage the work here with Steem to build markets, insurance, mutural-aid societies, and justice systems that empower our community to disempower government."
Dan 4 months ago...
In a later post, 4 months ago entitled "Steemit's Evil Plan for Cryptocurrency World Domination", further elucidation of his vision was provided:
"bootstrapping a currency... is just a trojan horse... hiding the vegetables (honest money) in the food (fun content)."
1- Stable Currency - Steem Dollar... "backed 20 to 1 by Steem, a growing community of bloggers"... "earn it" ... "posting rewards are for"
2- Marketplace ... "buy and sell goods and services" ... "needs .. 1. People 2. Money" ... "Steemit is ... environment that is ripe for a rich market place where people can exchange real goods and services along with their ideas"
3- Sidechains, Smart Contracts and SmartCoins ... "highly functional currency, a robust community and market place, and lots of content to bring in new users, you are ready to start building robust smart contracts and side chains" ... "Steem will have no fees" ... "app developers can build things that just aren’t viable elsewhere"
"The road is long."
The WhitePaper further says:
"Furthermore, Steem only allows members to vote with STEEM when it is committed to a multi-year vesting schedule."
"Start up companies require long-term capital commitment. Those who invest their money in a startup expect to wait years before they can sell their shares and realize their profits."
This again points to the recent UBI idea proposed by Dan, of a share, that you don't sell, and it earns you interest. The original goal of holding and preventing mass liquidity that would have destroyed Steem was explicitly stated in the WhitPaper. But, there is also the stirring image of a better future where this emphasis on holding an invstment for future gains is applied to UBI, as @dantheman has recently explained as a possibility with BIC and BIT.
Either way, Dan had a great vision with Steem and Steemit, and still has a vision going forward with Steem, Steemit, and possibly other aspects of society like UBI. Remember, this is all part of the plan for Steem world domination ;) It's not evil world domination, it's a good kind hehehe.
What do you think? Is UBI part of the orignal Steem world domination plan? Or is it just a next step realization that aligns perfectly with Dan's previous vision and direction for Steem? Maybe @dantheman wants to chime in and share some of his insights about his past and future visions for Steem and Steemit?
I think the community really wants to know a plan of sorts for where Dan and Ned want to go, or see Steem or Steemit going.
Thanks for reading. Peace.
Earlier post from today: "Basic Income is a fantasy through socialized theft, it sucks, the end. Or is it?"