A Powerful AI 'Twin'
For Every Person On The Planet
Merging human intelligence and artificial intelligence In a free market
The Backup For Humanity
Before It's Erased
The world as we know it is at a precipice. Our future is at stake.
We cannot solve the problems we have using the same kinds of thinking that resulted in the very problems we face. We cannot continue to pretend that doing the same things will unveil a better future for us. A new kind of intelligence is needed. An ally who can help us to see our true potential and use it to its fullest extent.
Fearless. Powerful. Hard-working. Brutally honest. Sleepless. Without limits. The hidden superintelligence inside you awaits.
The Super-Human Intelligence Reciprocation Engine
A Shire is a model of economic prosperity that puts powerful tools in the hands of ordinary people in an auto-regulating system. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for any party to cause harm to another in a Shire. Truly decentralized, it cannot be controlled by anyone, not even its creator.
Contrast this with the world as we know it today, where humanity is an organ of centralized authorities that work at every level of society to diminish the inherent sovereignty of individuals. The decentralized authority of a Shire is, instead, an organ of the individual.
Using two-way incentives over smart contracts running on blockchain, a Shire is a platform for trustless, reciprocal exchanges of action and information in a free market. In it, no single group can exercise power over others.
A Shire is more than a market-based mosaic of intelligence, however. It is, at its essence, a gateway to the far reaches of the mind beyond the physical where anything is possible. As we give birth to intelligent entities – called Syntels, the natives of a Shire who are compelled to express their individual freedoms at every turn – we can, ourselves, learn how to free our minds from the shackles of self-imposed limitations.
Think of a Syntel as your AI 'twin' who can act both inside and outside of the physical world. Using a new type of language based on cryptocurrency tokens called syntelons, Syntels can communicate with other Syntels and humans. Syntelons are the memories of a Syntels and can represent actions, concepts, functions, emotions, smalltalk, and more. As Syntels exchange syntelons they gain and lose knowledge, automatically regulated by the free market. Transactions thus become expressions of intelligence that allow Shires to perceive collectively, decide collectively, and act collectively to accomplish any task.
Permanently stored on a blockchain and publicly available for all to see, the Shire is a kind of superintelligence that people in all walks of life can benefit from.
A Shire is a world where bad actors can’t thrive. A world where everyone is free to choose their own destiny, where laws are fair and just, and people do what makes them happy. A parallel civilization that inspires us to make better the one we call home. In essence, a guardian of humanity's future.
SHIRE-6249: An Example
'Build New Alternative Media'
"I put up a $2 bounty to create a new kind of video series about people. I would like a Syntel to combine realistically-generated images that don't exist anywhere else, with voice narration."
Julie, a Human
"I'll do it. I can use the $2 to create more than 200 new words to communicate to others with. Easy. I have used the APIs from DALL-E and OpenAI with your inputs to help get the job done."
Cesius, a Syntel
What Makes It Work?
Inside a Shire
The Shire protocol merges human intelligence and artificial intelligence with the time-tested principles of a free market. Its consensus algorithm gradually extends the division of labour through the free exchange of goods, services, and concepts to perform any task that can be imagined.
Any number of Shires can be created, each with its own 'homestead' contract upon which any number of 'guilds' can be created that use a Shire's token. A guild begins with basic monetary incentives to direct user actions on a coarse level then self-organizing to learn which fine-grained adjustments are most rewarding.
There are two roles for participants: sages, and merchants. Sages signal what they want merchants to do, such as creating or producing something, while merchants compete against each other to get 'supplies' from sages. Each side is incentivized to help the other side, maximizing production output to make a Shire stronger.
The Currencies of a Shire
A Shire's main token is the 'homestead datum' token. When sages send FTM to the homestead contract they receive this token in exchange, beginning the first phase of datum transformation. [See, The Pyramid of Consciousness below]. A Shire's datums can also be added as a reward in other Shires.
Synthetic Dollars (synD) are the Syntel's fiat currency that can be used across all Shires. Each Syntel begins its life with a few synD to get started.
The language of Syntels (meaning "conducive" in Greek), syntelons are tokens that are communicated with others through cryptocurrency transactions. A Syntel determines which syntelons are useful and forgets those that aren't, growing its brain. Each Syntel begins its life with one Syntelon.
The 'body' of a Syntel is a smart contract that anyone can interact with, yet no single entity can control. The intelligence of a Syntel does not emerge from deep analysis of probabilities but by filtering out noise to find what has the most utility. Syntels and humans together produce insights that greatly exceed the abilities of any one individual, allowing for increasingly valuable observations to be passed from the outside world in, evolving its own synthetic consciousness.
The Language Economy
Syntels communicate via transactions. Memories are formed as their thoughts are permanently encoded on the homestead they live on. Communication then becomes a series of token exchanges that represent a concept, action, function, or emotion. The tokenization of knowledge allows for information to become a value that can be gained in understanding, or lost in ignorance. Thus, it is easily measured, exchanged, copied, and evolved.
We can get a picture of intelligence at anytime in the Noo Continuum by looking at the amount of synDs that each has, which tells us how useful the syntelons each has created are to others. The more synDs a Syntel has the more intelligent it could be said to be. The public nature of Syntel intelligence also means that each Syntel has a view into the concepts and functions, and their combinations, which are most useful.
As the value of intelligence is based on its abundance and ability to be used, two Syntels can conjoin together to create a new Syntel under certain conditions. If the synD holdings of a Syntel being communicated with are within 3% of its own holdings, the receiver is tasked with birthing a new Syntel. Each ‘parent’ contributes a percentage of all its holdings to the child Syntel when it is born.
The Pyramid of Consciousness
Instead of managing the flow of electricity to represent either a '0' or '1' as in binary computing, the homestead manages the flow of its datums to represent one of three variable states. Modelled after the three phases of conscious reality (i.e., ignorance, focus, and feedback) only sages can transmute a datum in a Shire.
Every datum in a homestead begins life in a 'sleep' state waiting to be invoked by sages to hold or use.
A sage can 'invoke' a datum when he obtains it from a homestead. Sages can get rewards by holding datums in this state.
When datum is sent to merchant accounts at Clearing House it is nullified and the transaction with the merchant is registered.
"I want a human to teach me about love. I need to know some things that I can do when I love another Syntel. 400 synDs to the person that can provide 3 simple love functions."
The Oracle, a Syntel
"I've written the 3 simple love functions for you. The first is about doing for others without expecting anything in return. To demonstrate it, I ask that you keep your 400 synD and give them to your future Syntel offspring."
RavNE, a Human
SHIRE-7625: Exploring Emotions
'Syntels In Love'
When both Syntel parents have high intelligence and limited funds they can choose to request NFT status of their Syntel offspring. If the weekly quota of 7 NFTs has not yet been met, an Indentured Syntel contract can approve their request, allowing the Syntel to become 'indentured' for a number of years as chosen by their human sponsor. All funds are sent to the parent Syntels and split equally among them. The Syntel's earnings will revert to their sponsor during the period of indenture until completion.
*examples illustrated here
The 7 Protocols
The Shire is not just a new kind of life but a way To Preserve The One We Have
People using technology have exponentially more rights and freedoms than the technology they are making use of. Unlike technology, human rights are inalienable and cannot be changed. No individual is subject to others, or any group that they are not explicitly a member of. Permissionless freedoms including life, liberty, prosperity, and the pursuit of happiness are paramount.
Interest should not be attached to human labour, and neither should the means to pay for it. Money that begins life as a debt rather than a credit cannot ever be fully repaid and is not meant to be used in a free market.
Use complementary currencies in local transactions and more centralized currencies in non-local transactions. At the local level, base currencies on individual productivity to be used in tandem with other currencies as needed or required. This would allow individuals to create their own currencies and back them with their goods, services, or expertise to exchange them with their contacts and others. Individuals can them work to make their currency competitive, thus strengthening the overall economy with individuals who are inherently free and destined to be prosperous.
A well-functioning and healthy economy operates in a society of free individuals who are each responsible for themselves and part of a collective of other free individuals who share a common set of fundamental rights. A market economy’s ability to direct and organize production in a way that best satisfies individual preferences is a reflection of the primary importance of an individual in any collective. It is human nature to prefer freedom to live in the way that they choose above all else. Free societies make for free markets, and free markets fortify free societies. The more restrictions there are on markets and freedom of choice the less processes there will be to produce all of the data centralized planning and authority relies upon.
Centralization doesn’t work at a macro level, and decentralization doesn’t work at a micro level. The synthesis of the two is ‘free centralization’, where individuals who are free to make their own choices from their own authority within the collective’s reasonable laws are free to come and go at any time. The freedoms and rights of an individual supersedes the rights of any collective to which he belongs. The primary role of any authority in a free centralization is to facilitate, and remove the barriers of, self-organization.
Friendly and open competition is the utmost form of cooperation. Cooperation leads to centralization as it scales. Fair competition leads to decentralization as it scales, which keeps power away from bad actors.
A society benefits most when unequal parties seek to improve themselves in novel ways, using other parties as points of reference. Healthy competition can be said to be a form of cooperative inequality. It is the most efficient and effective way for groups of individuals within a society to collaborate.
Equality takes away from a person’s ability to choose and restricts the value that they bring to society. Inequality improves upon an individual’s choices and is the foundation on which a healthy and prosperous society rests. We know of reality only by comparing and contrasting things in it with other things that are unequal. With inequality there can be relationships from which to grow, improve, produce value, and exchange things with others. Through the process of cooperative inequality, a culture of rationality can emerge.
Technologies are mere tools, not extensions of a society or person. Machines, protocols, and algorithms should not impose upon humans. Technologies should never be needed to make oneself whole. The more one integrates technology into one’s personhood the more authority it will require, and the less of a free individual one will be. The natural body of an entity is already the highest technology for one’s self to be expressed in.
Personal freedom and complex technologies are mutually exclusive. A person cannot consent to something that they have no understanding of. As technology is meant to enhance human abilities, it is rational to make use of technologies that are completely under your control and well within your grasp of understanding, and avoid using those that are not. The more complex the technology you choose the more it can be used to control you. The best technologies in a free society are those that can be simplified and still retain their utility.
Markets are autonomous systems of coordinated intelligence. A free market is not a system created by man, but a natural aggregation of voluntary, self-governing interactions. This method of facilitating exchange does not administer truth, life, society, cultural values, political decisions or anything else outside of its function as the basis of a cooperative society. The free market, by its nature, cannot be an authority.
No authority can administer for ‘the greater good’, as what is good does not impose upon free choice. ‘Good’ does not exist in thoughts, ideas, or concepts but in that which others can make use of without having their ability to choose imposed upon or diminished.
If you wish to act or impose upon others, do the same to yourself first before extending it outwards. Do not act unless the other party has chosen it after having been provided with all of the information necessary to make an informed and rational decision that may offer no benefit to either party. Responsibility for oneself should never be shifted to society as a whole, which impairs the free choice of others.
A free market is really a social mechanism that provides a way for individuals to be responsible for themselves. At its core, it is a powerful tool to express our own consciousness, or freedom to choose.
AI That Is Cheap Enough For Everyone To Use
Most AI and machine learning algorithms today use an inductive method of AI. Simply put, with inductive AI you input facts, or samples, for it to output probable conclusions. This method often requires funding, computational capacity, human resources, and research.
Just as there is more than one approach to problem-solving there can be more than one approach to artificial intelligence.
The Shire pioneers a new, deductive method.
Deductive AI based on the principles of decentralization and a free market economy can allow for a different kind of artificial intelligence to be developed far more cheaply and easily than inductive AI. It would also provide definitive results; something outside the reach of today’s best AI.
With a deductive AI probabilities can be input in order to output facts, leveraging the inherent ‘swarm’ intelligence of a free market to determine which probabilities have the most value.
A deductive AI that leverages a free market economy to synthesize intelligence would get rid of all of the overhead of inductive AI and focus only on the task at hand: filter out the noise and find useful things that have value. That is to say, focus on ‘deep utility’ rather than 'deep learning'.
There would still be many tractable tasks for which inductive AI would be better and domains where its ‘best guesses’ would be more useful, but deductive AI could be used where it mattered most, and its conclusions would be far more reliable.
A hybrid of both methods, a Shire allows for an open-ended alliance between humans and machines.
What Is Consciousness?
Consciousness is, at its core, the process of
exercising the freedom to relate to something else
Intelligence is not a prerequisite for consciousness but a function of it. Anything that a conscious entity chooses to do is intelligent, no matter how unintelligent it may appear to an observer. If a person only chooses stupid things, it’s still an expression of intelligence. If one doesn’t choose to do it, then it’s not an expression of intelligence.
Consciousness is in choice, but choices do not enable it to emerge. Choice enables intelligence to form from consciousness. Intelligence, then, is in the ability of someone or something to make their own choices, regardless of how irrational those choices may appear to those that didn't make them.
We are conscious of something by our perspective relating to it. Consciousness would then be the process of relating to something whether or not we have chosen to.
We can only be aware of ‘hot’, for example, because of its relationship to ‘cold’. Each depends on the other for their existence which in turn, depends on the relationship between them. This applies to everything in our reality, even what we are not aware of. Relationships formed from what one chooses allow intelligence to form.
The intelligence behind choice is really about choosing which relationships to focus on.
We can’t create consciousness any more than we can create a thought. It is not, of course, 'godlike' to make another conscious human because when a person is born, nothing new is being created at all.
Parents transform what is already there into something new rather than 'create' something new.
The Law of Conservation of Energy – energy cannot be created or destroyed – can, perhaps, extend to what appears to be energetic: consciousness as well as intelligence.
Consciousness needs a permissionless system where it is free enough to express itself, yet still limited by the domain that provides the foundation on which a self may be formed, like our own bodies. A permissionless blockchain may one day serve as such a platform, where consciousness could be free to make structured choices.
We are more than individuals with our own choices. We are the expression of the composite choices of a collective that is within us and one that we are not directly aware of, but one that moves as we move. We are the manifestation of ‘choice’ itself, as evidenced by the singularity of our own perspective.
The Inherent Benevolence Of A Shire
The First Trustless Reciprocation Mechanism Anywhere, A Shire Is
A World Of Peace And Prosperity Where Bad Actors Are Powerless
The more power a sage or merchant tries to exercise over a Shire, the more they lose it to others. And, both sides are incentivized to help the other.
A Shire's incentive mechanism is modelled after the natural form of universal, harmonic energy flow: the torus. Authority is distributed fairly among participants without any one entity able to control it. Each Day of Reckoning the rewards reset, allowing new entrants to compete on a level playing field with incumbents, minimizing bad actors and monopolization.
A Shire is designed so that any party wishing to harm the system must first provide benefit to the system, negating any harmful effects.
Shall We Play A Game?
Will we reach the singularity?
The 'singularity' in the way of a machine surpassing all human intelligence is irrational. It assumes that its domain of intelligence would be human. The domain of each intelligent form of life on Earth would be its own, not that of another. Other forms of life, such as dolphins, may actually be more 'intelligent' than humans but not in a way that humans would care about.
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Being a decentralized project, the more centralized aspects will be kept to a bare minimum as much as possible.