3 Responses to Thingcentric accounting

  1. Poor Richard says:

    I always lie about understanding double entry accounting.

    ” If our reputation engine can also offer respect for the privacy of individuals, I guess that would be the icing on the cake.”

    I like to have the icing first.

    “[A camera] …in my pantry seem less privacy-invasive than one in my bathroom. Considerably more importantly, a camera under my auspices seems less privacy-invasive than one under police auspices.”

    Less by a very small amount IMO. I put tape over my pc webcam.

    “The black-market nature of agorism definitely competes with the goal of extreme transparency”

    IMO both extreme privacy and extreme transparency are proper and necessary, as may be some combinations in between, for different applications. It is fundamentally impossible to serve all needs with one extreme or the other or any single compromise.

    People will often waive privacy and even security when sufficient incentives are offered. I would rather that be regulated by law rather than fully open to constant private renegotiation simply barbecue that gets exhausting. Automation can easily exhaust any resistance we have.

  2. n8chz says:

    Mark Hoskins seems to be on track:

    To see how we might allocate and account for goods and services on a communist basis, we just have to look at existing technology and join the dots. An application like Waze with a barcode scanner that used GPS location could take a realtime snapshot of what was being taken from stores and consumed in a given location at a given time. You could take your weekly shop from the store, scan the barcode as you unpacked it then scan again when the item is consumed – people already do similar things with health apps to track their diets. This, combined with ‘wish lists’ would give an accurate picture of peoples’ needs and desire and would be not skewed by price mechanisms. People would take the things from the store they actually want, not what they can afford. Production would be regulated, not by the market, not by central planning, but by the sum total of decisions made by individuals in the pursuit of their own needs, wants and happiness – the invisible hand of communism.

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