(sorry, multiple updates, title changes- thank you to the admins for the ability to change titles)
Start with Maidsafe Net & Safecoin
Time based Safecoin payments to every end user- supports their micro contributions to app developers. Meant to be a primary means of distribution to developers. Payout to end users indexed to the value of global gross attention.
End users make Safecoin micropayments (contributions) for future works to developers of open systems whose products they like as they use those products. This isn’t a donation system because the money is meant to fuel an open systems cooperative economy where the money is more efficient. This is a no strings, minimum coercion, minimum friction arrangement. This maximizes the discriminatory power of end users. Contribution is completely voluntary (no suggested retail) as is the amount although a default setting might up increment a given user’s micro payment increment if time based funds accumulate. Auto micro payments are avoided- some users might get around to the seeding task only yearly, but they’d be working with good accumulations and their choices would be personal and based on inspired use. Honest systems take money exclusively from their end users and avoid multiple masters sponsorship style conflicts of interest that corrupt society at large. 1% seeding of Safecoin for Devs is also an end user seeding.
Honest,transparent, open search and trending completely free of ads-sponsors-tracking with a reputation system that filters out sites with coercive elements of any kind i.e. modal elements, scroll manipulations, back/forward button manipulations. This gets rid of the conflicts of interest. Sites that had any kind of agency, premium (profit by restricting access) or limited time offering would also be filtered. Word of mouth works with honest trending there is no products placement as it would indicate stealth sponsorship. These coercive elements would be deemed acts of censorship and filtered out (search is after all a filter that filters results you don’t want.) This is a spam free, noise free network as opposed to a system that runs on spam and democracy nullifying sponsorship. This would require culture and education but its in line with open systems values.
The open hardware and open software of the network would be completely end user owned and controlled (in the open systems sense) where the end user has total control over the end user interfaces- no modal anything. No apps with Adobe style manipulations, they’d be down voted and filtered out. The challenge here is to make an open mesh phone with as much power, bandwidth, efficiency and storage as possible- optimized for Maidsafe. Adjunct hardware could include mesh nics and free space optical and solar kits all open of course. Tech that can leverage interference may be able to turn mesh into something that is more like mobile fiber. Hopefully open phones become as cheap and efficient as solar calculators.
In a sense a virtual economy would only be constrained by attention as such is it not a normal economy being relatively free of scarcity in important ways. Relative to attention and usage there is still enough risk of failure to keep it interesting and provide for challenging obstacles. There may be some far fetched notions like phones competing with data centers and bits competing with food but its probably still a good candidate for the exemplary core for the general economy and what the general economy will come to resemble as technology progresses. It should be irrevocably open in its workings.
A note on farming attention for mind share. It might be that a DAO or app is set up to redirect micro contributions to other end users as an incentive to grow its use or mind share. My concern here is that it devolve into quasi employment or encourage tolls. Don’t want to foster dependence or money flowing in the wrong direction. Let such redirects go to the general flow of time based micro payment(contributions) for all users. These are an attentional equivalent and they ensure the influence flows in the bottom up direction that is compatible with power sharing.
Not sure if this open approach is a step toward a resource based economy or would help replace income lost in the transition from state monopoly capitalism for ordinary people or the well off, but it may provide resilient communication that could be basic to those efforts.