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Ability to personalize your socioeconomic rules via a government-run no-code platform

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jun 01, 2022
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An AI-aided socioeconomic system where people can personalize the rules they wish to live by via a government-run no-code platform.
Why?
  • An AI-aided attempt at letting everyone live the way they want within the possibilities that make it fair to everyone else.
  • People have different tastes and preferences. We should not be forced to fit into one box - especially when it comes to our lives.
  • A better socioeconomic system.
How it works
No code environment
"No-code" development platforms allow programmers and especially non-programmers to create application software through graphical user interfaces and configuration instead of traditional computer programming.
Look at it this way: The users get a nice graphical interface where they select, arrange, and configure the visual representation of what they want to achieve. It's as simple as playing a videogame. In the background, the software assembles all the necessary code and deals with the relationships between all parts. It then outputs the finished product. No programming skills required even though heavy programming was done in the background.
This idea proposes the application of similar principle to socioeconomic systems.
People vs software
Large, interconnected systems involving millions of parameters and their interactions are too complex for the human brain to handle. Software handles them with ease.
Any advanced socioeconomic system is on the border of complexity an average human can grasp. For example, people dislike taxes because we don't necessarily understand how they fit in the grand scheme of things. Why do some countries have tax X and others can get by without it? Why does a rich person pay a different tax percentage than a poor person? Why can't we have all the benefits we know about without any of the responsibilities we've heard some people get by without?
Software juggles millions/billions of parameters with ease. A self-learning neural network gets better at doing its job with training/iterations.
Training the AI
So imagine if we disected all aspects of all socioeconomic systems that we know. We create a testing environment much like SimCity the game. We let AlphaGo-like AI master the hell out of it. Eventually we let it start suggesting small scale experiments aimed at improving the actual conditions within some countries that are willing to try.
The goal is to maximize the wellbeing and happiness of the citizens without letting the socioeconomic system crumble.
Repeat this for any type of system that we know of (capitalism, comunism, socialism, etc.). When the AI masters them all, mix all their elements into one big pot of features.
By iteration, the AI eventually figures out the optimal parameters of a mixed system where people are maximally happy and the system runs smoothly. I imagine even that would not be good enough for everyone. People are different, so let...
Everyone design their own rules
Everyone can tweak their own preferences via a graphical user interface (no-code style).
For example, a person might not want to pay taxes, but wants free healthcare and free education anyway. They also don't want to go to work but want social security anyway. What do they have to do to make that happen? What benefits to they loose and what obligations to they have to take on? The AI shows a set of rules that the person would have to adhere to if they wanted to live by the changes they configured.
Any aspect you change potentially affects everything else. You can start with the aspects that are the most important to you and let the less important ones change first.
Equal contribution but in different ways
The AI ensures that everyone contributes equally, regardless of whether it's money, time, work, or whatever else people can do for the well being of others. No one can contribute less than what is required (or else they will be considered social parasites).
All the parameters are interconnected and move like a living being. You change something and see how it affects everything else. You can then decide whether you like the downsides/effects of whatever you changed.
Opt-outs
Sure, people can opt and not contribute. But then they are out of the socioeconomic system and the society tries to take care of them like it does of stray animals. It does what it can for them, but not jeopardize the wellbeing of contributing members of society.
People who opt-out could also live in areas of the world that aren't (and never will be) governed by such a system. The system should have a no-expanssion policy.
Transparency
For such a system to be universally accepted, people have to be able to trust that they will not be exploited. Additionally, they need to be able to verify that the AI knows what it's doing and that it couldn't be done better (yet).
  • The entire code should be open source.
  • There should be a public log of all the decisions and reasoning behind them.
  • Also a log of all the things that the AI has learned to do better as compared to the previous year.
Enforcing personalized rules
To be able to enforce everyone's personalized rules we would have to live in a 1984 Orwelian society where everything and everyone is under surveillance. That would suck. On the other hand, we are already halfway there.
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Trial period

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Jun 02, 2022
First of all, great vision!
Every new person entering the system should go through a trial period. They tell the AI how they want to live (pay taxes, want free healthcare, etc.). Based on their specifications, the AI incorporates them into a personalized model and tells them what they will have to give up or do differently. The discussion goes on till the "citizens" find the right model for themselves. After that, a trial period starts for say a month. Mistakes that the person makes are not punishable in this period. For example, if they were supposed to do a 2-hour community service every week and they don't show up, they do not lose their benefits in this period. However, they get a notification about stuff they missed and need to do.
After the trial period, punishments are introduced.
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Individualocracy

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jun 06, 2022
A system where everyone gets to set their own rules could be called "Individualocracy". Or something along these lines
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How to solve legal conflicts between people of two diametrically opposite socioeconomic systems?

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Jun 02, 2022
Laws will differ for each socioeconomic system. Conflicts between people of two diametrically opposite socioeconomic systems will be harder to deal with if the laws are contradictory. How do we deal with that? Are there any real-life examples of such dealings? There exist international laws currently, which essentially mean the same thing but they are smaller in number compared to those in a community that we intend to build here. Also, international conflicts are solved politically most of the time, and not in a completely unbiased way.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
Some things would still be impossible. There would be no loose ends. It would be a "closed system" but on a large enough scale that it seems like an open system to humans. If the AI can't figure out a counterbalance for some feature, then that feature would not be possible/allowed.
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Understanding the gears of a state.

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mschiav3
mschiav3 Jun 02, 2022
Most of us live in republics, with a separation between the three powers: judiciary (judges and the interpretation of the law), legislative (create the rules as laws) and executive (execute the law and administer the state). Main caracter for each power: judges for judiciary, senators for legislative and president/prime minister for executive.
I think bringing an AI to control some aspects of the gears to each power is a super interesting and awesome idea, however, giving people ultimate freedome to choose the system (laws, rights, duties, obligations and social/cultural norms) under they live in will be a mess, as described by Shubhankar Kulkarni above.
An Example of a state where people have more decision on laws and norms they live in is the swiss Helvetic confederation and their semi direct-democracy (direct democracy is where a lot of referendums are made to pass laws, like people being their own senators). However, I dont believe this type of organization will work, as people have very diferent opinions on many things and every one have its own prejudices and virtues, it would eventually lead to a super populist kind of system.
I think bringing AI to simulate the outcome of economic policy, taxes and investment, considering the short, medium and long term objectives of a nation is an "upperhand technology" which can shift power in a global scale. The AI should also be calibrated by historical data from different outputs obtained on different historical conditions.
maybe that is the "economist with only one arm that president Harry Truman was looking for"
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
The AI figures out how everything is interconnected and what is or isn't flexible. People can then move (configure their own preferences) within these possibilities. Thinking about this feels like a mess from our human perspective, but to AI that has it all figured out (after training), it's just math.
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