Implications for Networked Societies

Compensating ‘Wild Raw Information Generators’

What if Countries directly reward “newly created information donations” by rethinking what New Information actually is?


Defining Data as a Labour-produced expense made sense when 99.99% of what we bought, sold and traded were “things” (wheat, butter, land, beer). And data was produced by a tiny elite; highly educated for their time.

But we have become a global digital information society. Where education and data generating is democratized but a good chunk of all that data is valueless.

“Garbage In” used to be “Garbage Out.” Not any more. Now, “Garbage In” means “Garbage Sits There” (Unsorted, Valueless). There is little incentive to analyze it, or stop the pile growing.


 

What does a re-think offer?

(A) Financial and social incentive to deliver pre-filtered value: We struggle with vast dumps of information garbage (look at the Net!), just like we’ve been struggling with physical waste. This method starts us thinking about the incentives we could create to efficientize new information capture and storage.

(B) Efficient consumption: This extends to manufacturing vs. recycling physical waste such as old mainframes.

(C) Statistical Patterns: Incentive to sort and crunch our data assets.

(D) Gross & Net Domestic Data Output: Accurate local, regional, subnational, national, and comparative measures of National Economic Accounts.

(E) “Everyday” implications and earning opportunities for every person:

Labour & Employment

Post-A.I. Universal Basic Income
Charity Donations
Volunteering & Social Work

Technology Applications

Web/Internet of Things
Using AI to cut data waste
Healthcare delivery apps

Graduate School Research

Epidemiology & Population Health
Archaeology & Paleontology Digs
Schools of Social Work

Privacy

The Right to be Forgotten
Destructing Email Data Dumps

Protecting Ecosystems

Monitoring water supplies & watershed health
Making pollution prevention profitable
Working to eradicate invasive species
Protecting species from extinction

Protecting Infrastructure

Hurricane Monitoring (gathering sea temperatures)
Monitoring local heat catchments in fire-prone areas
Sharing healthcare services as an Uber network