Plans for Basic Income with Verification on Steem

in #witness-category5 years ago

Background

Steem is a great platform but still is experiencing user-base problem as well as reward leaks with anonymity. An ideal solution is fixing all in decentralized ways but it has been failing since the beginning of Steem, such as whale's reward domination, collusive reward voting, vote bidding, etc. Given these problems, many 'real' users were disappointed and left Steem, and therefore the problems are exacerbated.

Proof-of-Brain is the core value of Steem. So it is very important to attract real human with brain (until AI has human level intelligence, like in SF movies). A strong and simple way is giving all human users a little reward, the so-called basic income without any conditions but liveness. Basic income has been experimented in few countries (e.g. South Africa, Swizerland) and presents meaningful positive impacts.

However, verifying human in decentralized way is hard to achieve at this moment. While decentralized solution is undergoing renovation, centralized solutions can help Steem to grow.

Goal of the Project

This project aims to promote influx of new users by providing instant and free sign-up and distributing basic income.
Our short-term (6 months) goal is to increase 15,000 active human users. In the longer-term, we plan to attract a million users and transform the model to more decentralized ways.

Details of Plan

Users can earn basic income in a simple way - verifying human identity. At the phase 1, this project is only based on Korea because the country has strong and reliable mobile ID verification. Existing users are also able to add their identity to the service. Once verified, there are benefits below:

  • New users can signup instantly
  • Each verified user is upvoted weekly with the same weight if they post
  • There will be new filtration and reputation system based on human identity

Is there any disadvantage if not verified? No. We think anonymity and freedom of speech is still important. This verification and basic income system is just another layer of Steem. Also, we don't use personal information for any other purposes but verifying the uniquenss of identity.

Finance

For signups, I will donate 21,000 STEEM (7,000 users). @steemhunt also helps with 6,000 AC(account creation) budget and @tasteem does with 3,900 AC.

For upvote, I will delegate 250,000~400,000 SP and now contacting Korean big stakeholders to participate.

Curation rewards are reinvested for signup and some events as well as operation costs that we try to minimize.

Future Plan

I hope this experimental project will succeed and other countries can benchmark. If you know strong, reliable, cheap, and quick ways to verify identity, please contact me then we can further collaborate.

And please upvote for witness @clayop, @steemhunt, @snackplus, @tasteem who are contributing this project.
Thank you!

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Great concept.

At the phase 1, this project is only based on Korea...

Each verified user is upvoted weekly with the same weight if they post

For upvote, I will delegate 250,000~400,000 SP and now contacting Korean big stakeholders to participate.

I’m not sure what the purpose would be, since you also believe this:

An ideal solution is fixing all in decentralized ways but it has been failing since the beginning of Steem, such as whale's reward domination, collusive reward voting, vote bidding, etc.

Aren’t the results the same? This would involve whale influence and voting for a specific group of users for no other reason than the fact that they posted something.

The shared reward pool would still experience “reward leaks.” It just wouldn’t necessarily be to completely anonymous users, which is practically irrelevant regarding the actual effect.

Proof-of-Brain is the core value of Steem.

I understand your intent here but I don’t see how your plan/project actually improves this “core value.” Am I missing something? I only see proof-of-identity. The brain part is quite subjective...and not even necessary once identity is verified.

Once a user is verified, they can simply create a bot to post daily and receive their votes. Then we’re right back in the same position as far as quality, bots, and reward “leaking” is concerned.

Basic income farming using bots will be restricted (i.e., no more basic income) based on other human user's monitoring. The core value of this project is brining more real people into Steem who can create value units.

| The brain part is quite subjective.

It is. However, Identifying "human brain" from "algorithm" is objective, until AI's contents creation and conversation skills are developed to human-level.

Good initiative! Good luck!

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Can't wait until you add support for the U.S.! I'm a big fan of UBI as a concept and know quite a few folks in my community who would do much better with some basic level of support.

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What's your plan to address the difference between countries?
$1 upvote in USA or Venezuela has a whole different meaning.

We are all Steemians :)

Thanks not ignoring my short answer :) My long answer is,
Basic income should be given based on the community. Basic income in Korea needs to be linked to Korean GDP, Venezuela basic income to Venezuela GDP. Then, Steem's basic income should be linked to Steem's value for all people who are participating in Steem.

So you think that a loaf of bread has the same price in all countries? People can't buy bread on steem platform. They can only sell steem.

I rather say that each additional person can add value to Steem, even though some of them sell Steem. In the broader term, some can sell Steem while some others who believe in Steem buy Steem.
What we need now is growing Steem itself significantly and this goal requires literally "more people".
I think the basic income provides rewards no more than minimal efforts people put into Steem.

How about using thumbprint data? Just the data, no need to know the name or anything. Guess that can do, thumbprint is unique for each person, no need to know any other information if the sole purpose was just to have one unique id.

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Very interesting idea!

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This is a best and ideal solution! Unfortunately, this is hard to convey at this moment, but I am pursuing towards biometric verification :)

For the mean time go for something already there and develop more afterwards. Just my 20cents. 😉

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Great initiative,please let me know if I can help in anyway.

Excellent initiative @clayop. Kudos!

This wii be something to watch. Basic income concepts are gathering Steem in several social venues. Solving verification will be a major game changer.

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