@Blindsite2k Point on Edison and I thought of Tesla but it was in response to Artiscience on the conjunction of practice, imagination and tech that actually does revolutionize the world itself . Tesla was a stronger example but he got victimized and by Edison no less. So I used Edison and his light bulb.
Your point about the old crap doesn’t just go away over night… I’d argue that it should and we need to work to make it happen. I just don’t think the corporate world or top down systems work for us anymore. Maybe it something in the human heart or human psychology that has evolved but we are progressing and its away from less autonomy and toward having much more of it and having a safer, less coercive world. Progress is never in the other direction.
If its not a computationally intractable problem humans shouldn’t be working on it- much better that they be on the dole which implies at least a quasi state structure. To do otherwise will quite possible be to keep a huge number of people in tyrannical toil without anything like a remotely acceptable justification. There is no such thing as a phony sense of contribution, if a machine can do it better a human shouldn’t be doing it and that holds even from a gross product stand point.
Think of how odious and stupid the corporate system actually is. Think of the Coke vending machine. Put a dollar in and get a diabetes inducing high fructose corn syrup ‘soft drink’ out the bottom. Go around the back and the same machine has a place to put a dollar called “executive bonus and option” and another incredibly stupid option called stock purchase. Put a dollar in the stock purchase slot and the machine pumps out quarters for you endlessly as it hollows out the product, business and society on the other side. Put it in the exec slot and the stealing is even more aggressive. The cooperative gets rid of all of that nonsense. Think of the customer owned credit union. There is no conflict of interest there and a billion people are presently members of cooperatives.
@neverending_manga Imagine that you and a group of close friends start a firm (organization now) and imagine that you determine it will always be privately held. At some point you find that you’ve attracted 90 other spectacularly unique and talented individuals to join you and you work elbow to elbow or elbow to elbow in virtual space with these people who turn out to be your best friends, really closer than family. You’d give all you own for any of them. Not surprisingly you all become spectacularly rich. Before you know it, your friends have brought in an equal number of passionate super quality people and before you know it the firm is really growing, but that is beside the point for you. As it grew it was always a labor of love between equals.
Now it so happens that you yourself are an exceedingly rare individual. You would do this stuff even if you had to go broke to do it. You’d literally pay to do it and would still consider it a great bargain to do it for free. But it turns out society is willing to make you very very well off for doing it and naturally you convert much of that money into a raft for other people like yourself so you can engage in the sheer joy of the work together.
Although you happen to be the one in a billion mythic person that doesn’t really exist in in the real world that is a true visionary, a technical genius, a truly ethical person and a person of action and a sound business person all rolled into one you are also very mature and are far too aware to expect that constellation of traits in other people. In practice despite your virtue there are still people in your cooperative that can do certain things with more creativity and efficiency than you can but there are probably five percent of people in your group who for whatever reason cannot operate at the higher level or are no onger able to operate there, but they are fine in the organization because you know statistics wan’t allow you to part company with that 5% category and they are at least compatible people and the devil you know- so no sweat.
Your group also happens to be a structurally conflict free, totally flat entity. There is no cult of personality here. You use all the latest tools like iCEO and Watson Debator and narrow AI constructs (like a complicated phone tree) of the DACO to make sure there is no hierarchy, its simply not needed. There is no cult of personality either. No one has to attach their name to good ideas or credit monger or push others out. Ideas can be blind debated first or maybe the origin of certain ideas is never revealed. You also don’t have the overhead your firm can literally run out of phones on SAFE net if need be but you do have some face to face meeting space and some plant facilities. But there is no telling people when to come and go. Your compatriots are up in the middle of the night with fits of creativity, the problem is with getting them to step away fron the work they love but they are free to do so at anytime and have the means to do so. There are no issues of absenteeism and chronic sickness or turn over.
Your organization doesn’t owe any money to anyone. You’ve cut the cord on every bill possible. Your cooperative isn’t dependent on outside investments. You don’t fund pensions with outside investments, although many if not all of your people are well enough off not to worry about it. No firm will ever be able to buy you out and you don’t have any kind of stock shares to be traded on a ponzi stock exchange. If the organization were to be liquidate its assets would go to living members or to charity, but there is none of the nonsense about share to power relations that convert money to power in a corporation or stocks. Every voice is heard and its all strength of ideas.
The charter of your cooperative is the firmware for the DACO and its a conflict of interest free, friction free design, amendable if need by by the members. There is no silly hierarchy of supervisors, managers, executives board members because there are no parasites to pay off. No, your coop takes money and power out of that useless system.