Idea: Robot Representative Government (Party)

Representatives that work for constituents, regardless of actually being elected. I say (party) in brackets, as there isn’t a “platform” other than representing the constituents current opinions as best as possible.

For example, if there are at least 25 people in support of something, then can petition the House of Commons in Canada. Thus it should be acceptable to petition any lower body, such as a an MP, MPP, county, mayor, or district representative.

The idea is that the robot representative would lobby the current government representatives, on behalf of it’s constituents. It can do so via email, phones, letters, and physical presence at law drafting. This would in fact be a service to those representatives, as it would notify them about their constituents’ live opinion on whatever topic it is.

Historically small parties get rather few votes, such as around 100, this is about as many as one candidate could realistically form a personal connection with — all their friends.   In order to get into the thousands range, you need friends of friends to be involved in campaigning, and-or some kind of advertising.

Though for the robot representative party, even a hundred or so people would be enough.  Don’t even need to have an official election to start working. The Secure Electronic Signature Regulation [1], says that a cryptographic hash of the document is an acceptable electronic signature.

So for instance a GNUPG signature should suffice, for instance if the constituent sent an email reply with the bill contents, the PGP hash from it could be used as their signature, and could be verified.  The hardest part would be making this easy for the constituents to use.

\section{App}

Can have a mobile and desktop app, which people use to view, deliberate and vote on various petitions.

\section{liquid democracy}

As it stands, liquid democracy isn’t supported by the current definition of a petition, however if we have at least 25 regular signers, can likely include how many additional votes they may represent via the liquid democracy approach.

Liquid democracy is when someone delegates their vote to someone else, who generally shares their opinions, or whom they trust to make a wise choice. This may be someone in their social group who is interested in politics, and has the time to read through the various bill proposals, and sort out whether to vote for or against, perhaps even coming up with potential amendments that would make a for vote viable.

This is of course retractable, if for instance you want to vote on something yourself, or you feel someone else is better suited to represent your interests.  It may even be encouraged to select a liquid democratic representative, so your vote doesn’t go to waste, by sending a reminder every parliamentary session (approximately every year or two).

For me, I might select some keywords for the kind of legislation I want to personally suggest amendments on, and vote on. While otherwise delegating to someone that holds views of the Pirate and Green Party but is pro-Israel.

henceforward reference to voters will include liquid-democratic representatives, who may count as multiple voters due to representing other people.

\section{Bill information}

The next major issue, is getting the actual bills which are up for proposal.

Openparliament.ca seems to be a good source for federal bills, it seems to have a fairly simple layout, so it should be viable to harvest the data from it. ontla.on.ca while having slightly more complex interface is also navigable and has accessible bills.

\section{Live Presence}

If a certain riding has enough campaign contributions, it can afford to have a physical robot, which can attend committee meetings open to the public, and both record them as well as voice the opinions of the members who have logged in for the committee meeting.

For instance if a quorum (25) of voters vote to go to the meeting, then the robot will go to the meeting.  At the meeting if a majority of the logged in voters wish to say something, then the robot will say it at the next given opportunity.  For instance there could be some kind of LED that lights up, or a hand that is raised, which the facilitator can acknowledge when there is time for the robot to speak.

If using state of the art technologies of today, could have a 360 degree recording, so people could don their virtual reality glasses and be virtually present at the meeting. When looking down where the robots body would be, a person would see the console or chat interface of voters, so can work on amendments and voting for what the robot will say next.

For accessibility there can be a chat only interface, and the facial and body expressions of the various people in the room could be added to the chat via feature recognition software.
When the robot speaks, it could be of the form “representing <x number of voters>, <statement>”. That way the people at the committee meeting would know how much weight the statements carry.

In the transitional period, where there isn’t a robot that can get itself to a committee meeting, a person could substitute,  though they would have to be paid enough to cover their time, and ideally would have a live stream video connection on their laptop.

Then the person could raise their hand, and say what the majority of those logged in wish to have said.
Ideally this would also be someone who has many liquid democracy votes, as if it is above quorum (25) and the majority at the meeting then they could speak on behalf of all the voters present.

\section{Conclusion}

In the same fashion, it is actually possible for a robot to do the work of a political representative.  Or at least the work that is accessible to any member of the public, though which most members of the public don’t pursue as they have busy lives — like attending committee meeting.

If I could virtually attend the local municipal, provincial, and-or federal committee meetings virtually I would. At least those of them which are important to me — even though some of them are hundreds or thousands of kilometers away from me.  Of course I would also be happy if there was some app or email service, which allowed me to vote yes or no to on real bills being passed right now, and then have my opinion matter enough to be included on a petition to the local representative.

Eventually if it works well enough, these robot representatives could go all the way to the top.  Though I understand MP’s and MPP’s have a variety of tasks which are not policy related, those could also be automated if sufficiently described.

[1] Secure Electronic Signature Regulation http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/sor-2005-30/page-1.html#h-2

Paying with Watt Hours #altcoin #currency

Imagine you could pay with your computer resources. So there might be something you’d like to buy, such as a course.

You happen to have solar panels, or other forms of renewable electricity, or perhaps you simply don’t pay an electricity bill.  Or you are in a place or living situation where it is difficult to acquire fiat currency, but you have a computer.

In this case you would download a special app, it would operate in a sandbox, where it can’t see anything on your computer or internet connection, but can do it’s own thing either compiling or evolving programs for example, until it reaches to wattage limit you set, or gets your account into good standing.

The app or electricity based currency exchange would be pegged to some reasonable average of global electricity prices.  So it may even be lucrative for you to run this app if you happen to be in a country or have electricity costs which are lower than average.  It would also make sense to run this app if you are off-grid and have surplus electricty which can’t be stored,
in which case it can be assigned to and used by the apps.

Of course, for an average 100w computer, you’d only be spending 2.4kW, which if international prices are around 20 cents per kW, then 40.8 cents a day.  However humans don’t have to work 100% of the day to get a living wage. Most working-class humans get roughly a 60-80% bonus (they don’t have to work for 60-80% of the time and still meet their bills).  So it makes sense to give the same bonus to these computers.

Now that would be a $1 per day, or $30 a month, or $365 a year,  enough to keep the computer in good repair.  If it had a powerful GPU card, that performed at an estimated 500Watts, then that is almost $2,000 a year, enough for some serious upgrades, even a whole new computer.
If the online course only cost $30, then could pay it off within a month, simply by keeping your computer on.

Various cloud services could be hosted on these computers, especially those without high performance compatible GPU units.

Why not genocide mosquitoes? Karma.

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Mass sterilization of humanity and huge amounts of wildlife may be a direct consequence of attempting to eradicate mosquitoes, indirectly it may also lead to the extinction of large amounts of wildlife by knocking out their food chain.

My logic is simple. The main idea behind eradicating mosquitoes is via genetic tampering. To my knowledge, this is often done via non-reproductive viruses. The viruses are focus supposed to just sterlize the one mosquito they infect, and then Not reproduce further.
However we are talking about billions of mosquitoes, and trillions of virus copies, there will be anomalies, and the mosquitoes could get infected by replicating viruses after-the-fact which can pick up the sterilizing virus genes along with it.

Now in theory, these mosquito males, are only supposed to infect a mosquito female, who will then drink some blood, possibly infect someone and then lay sterile eggs. However, while there have been successful eradications or extinctions of large mammals and birds, pests have been extremely resilient.  Even Monsanto, which made round-up chemicals so deadly, nothing but a humble bacteria could survive it’s burn. Monsanto added this gene (also likely via non-reproductive virus) to their corn, and other plants, to give them the same ability to withstand the round-up burn.  However now bugs, which were previously dieing because of the round-up have picked up the tolerance genes, or evolved them on their own.

Mosquitoes have too quick a reproduction cycle to be susceptible to any one size-fits-all solution, they will simply out-evolve it. And then we’ll be left with mosquitoes flying around and potentially sterilizing people and animals.

Add to that the fact that many fish, amphibians and night creatures subsist largely on mosquitoes, and you have an ecological collapse, or at least a highly significant re-ordering. Mosquitoes have been around since the dinosaurs, certainly they are very senior to us apes that recently climbed out of the jungle.

There is of course the rather far-fetched scenario, that a future robot society, will consider humanity a pest, and use this a precedent for doing likewise.

But what is the solution to all the mosquitoes?  I think the most obvious is more nature. The primary predators of mosquitoes are bats, which have also been given a hard time by humans, even though they are largely beneficial little creatures. So the best long-term solution, both to manage mosquito populations, and maintain good karma, is to help bats flourish. What You can do is make a bat house, and put it up in either your backyard or with permission in a local park.  If you have a large enough property can even set up a bat cave.

Libre.FM Liberty Music #freedom #internetRadio

Hi Music lovers,

Recently I discovered https://libre.fm/ it has all liberty music.

Ever since grade 4 music class, when I was told that I couldn’t write
the notes for “dashing through the snow” because it was copyright
infringement, I’ve felt uneasy and somewhat guilty hearing proprietary
music. If I listen to proprietary music there is a danger that I will
remember it and replay it in my mind, or hum it out loud, which is
copyright infringement.

For a time I turned to music piracy, downloading music illegally,
I tried to pay some of the artists I liked by donating to them,
unfortunately they were locked in with their publishers,
and so told me I’d have to buy an album, or a DRM track.
I couldn’t use their albums or DRM tracks,
also I wanted to give freely,
not in exchange for garbage,
to appease some supposed selfish desire for ownership.

So after a long and apprehensive relationship with music.
I’m happy to learn there is liberty music, not just a few
creative-commons ones, but an entire Internet radio station libre.fm,
music which it’s okay to remember, hum and enjoy,
it is also available for free download and remix.

Also these wonderful Liberty Music Artists accept donations!
That means it is now possible to give freely,
satisfying the urge to be charitable,
supporting something genuinely good.

I hope you also can join in the fun and liberty,
of listening to the sounds of freedom,
on https://libre.fm/

Thanks,
Logan

Linux Conference 2016: Reincarnating Robots

LNCA_2016-08-22_11-40-20So the Linux Conference 2016 in Toronto went fairly well.

I helped the FSF booth set up and was there for the first day of the actual convention (Monday).

My spiel to people consisted of:

“Do you know how computing power keeps getting cheaper?
By the mid 2020’s  we’ll be able to buy as much computing power as the human brain for a $1000 [1].
By the 2030’s that’ll be down to a few hundred dollars.
And with Integrated Information Theory  we know that machine have consciousness[2], it simply depends on the complexity of the software, and the capabilities of the hardware.
So eventually we’ll be able to reincarnate[3] into robots.
But you don’t want to reincarnate into a proprietary robot, where the manufacturer might stop making your parts, and you might have to pay licensing fees on your brain.
You want to have libre hardware and software, so you could make your own replacement parts, and update your own brain at your discretion.
So that is why you should support the FSF, stickers are by donation, and buttons are a few dollars.”

[1] Ray Kurzweil calculates by 2023 human brain computation for $1000 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predictions_made_by_Ray_Kurzweil#2023
[2] Integrated Information Theory 3.0  http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.100358

mechanisms, such as logic gates or neuron-like elements, can form complexes that can account for the fundamental properties of consciousness.

[3] quantum information (consciousness) can’t be deleted but can be moved http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0306044

The no-deleting principle states that in a closed sys-
tem, one cannot destroy quantum information. In closed
systems, quantum information can only be moved from
one place (subspace) to another.

Liberty Bodies, SPEL and GI-OS presentation #AGI #Translation #DAO #Automation #MachineLearning

cute robot

SPEL mascot by Samantha Iris

Made a presentation about SPEL and GI-OS at Bruce-Grey Linux Users Group today.
It covers Liberty Bodies, SPEL the language and how it is to integrate machine programming, virtual assitants, grid networking programming marketplace, and governance robots for it’s distributed autonomous organization.
It is still being updated, but here are some links for the detailed slides:

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