I’m very interested in how reputation systems could be used to develop decentralised (ie non-curated) applications. For example reputation systems are crucial to many commercial services such as Amazon, eBay, Uber, AirBNB and so on, and anywhere that people want to interact with others, but might need to risk something (money, an asset etc.).
We all know how the above services work, and they work quite well, but the services themselves provide an incentive to behave, and once you have built a reputation, this is re-enforced to avoid losing something that has been costly to acquire and has value to you, and which you’ve invested something of yourself.
Now here’s something a bit different. An app (called Peeple, see their Facebook page) that appears to be just a people reputation app and nothing else:
I’m curious about this app, who’s built it and what for, and why people are joining it.
I’m also interested in how to operate a reputation system without human overlords, and indeed a decentralised service such as AirBnB which though it runs well does still need quality human intervention that at present is provided by a company motivated by profit. How might we replace that part to build a decentralised AifBnB I wonder - I have some vague thoughts but have not thought them through. I am pretty certain its a hard problem, but if anyone thinks otherwise…