Blockchain Technology gives us a “Fuller” view of the World Game
Buckminster Fuller, a name I was familiar with from my studies in Architecture school, starting rising his head in my pursuit towards financial freedom.
At the time, I didn't think much of it. Robert Kiyosaki mentioned Fullers definition of wealth as “the ability to survive X number of days forward.”. How did wealth and architecture combine? I think I started to see it today…
In “Bucky’s” book, Critical Path, there is a chapter on a game known as the “World Game”. It’s short for The World Peace game. It’s a game played by some of the “Elite” or privileged which left most people out.
In the 1960’s Buckminster Fuller proposed a “great logistics game” and “world peace game” (later shortened to simply, the “World Game”) that was intended to be a tool that would facilitate a comprehensive, anticipatory, design science approach to the problems of the world.
In the quote above we can see what we need to play the game is a comprehensive, anticipatory, design science approach to the problems of the world. Comprehensive, mean it needs to be a full data set that cannot be tampered with. In my opinion, this is the Blockchain. Anticipatory, is a function or characteristic trait that we need to deploy. In my opinion, this is Machine Learning.
Some how, when this can be connected to the problems of the world, we can use this design science approach to eliminate the worlds problems and live sustainably, or as Bucky put it:
a realistically feasible strategy for accomplishing sustainable physical and metaphysical success for all humanity, all to be realised within the shortest possible time.
To do this however, the dataset cannot be limited, or silo’ed. Sure, it needs to be categorised, but it needs to show the world as a whole. Otherwise, we would focus on solving a localised symptom, which we would define as a “problem”, but it actually just a symptom of a larger problem. To see the problem, we need to see the entire picture:
we now need a systems approach that deals with the world as a whole, and not a piece meal approach that tackles our problems in what he called a “local focus hocus pocus” manner.
Great! So how do we play this game, what resources / pieces do we need Bucky. According to the World game, we need to plot the resources, trends, and scenarios in order to play this game to win.
Makes sense. Why make a finite amount of coins etc and give it a value when we already have resources that are finite and just needs to be valued (counted, for a very basic expression). We have water, fossil fuels, and then we have energy that comes passively: Sun, Wind etc.
Fuller called this a “game” because he wanted it to be accessible to everyone and not just “the elite few in power structures who think they are running the show”. What do we know right now thats decentralised, and accessible to everyone? Thats right- Blockchain Technology.
Fuller wanted a tool that would be accessible to everyone, whose findings would be widely disseminated to the masses through a free press, and which would, through this ground-swell of public vetting and acceptance of solutions to society’s problems, ultimately force the political process to move in the direction that the values, imagination and problem solving skills of those playing the democratically open world game dictated. It was a view of the political process that some might think naive, if they only saw the world for what it was when Fuller was proposing his idea (the 1960s) — minus personal computers and the Internet.
Let’s tackle this one a piece at a time shall we.
Fuller wanted a tool that would be accessible to everyone, whose findings would be widely disseminated to the masses through a free press.
A tool that is accessible to everyone, whose findings would be widely disseminated to the masses through a free press; this is a ledger. Just like the blockchain works of a ledger, where every transaction, usage or interaction is accessible to everyone. When we can couple this with Machine learning which, when it has findings, would be widely disseminated the everyone through free press.
Great, we have a blockchain ledger.
and which would, through this ground-swell of public vetting and acceptance of solutions to society’s problems,
Great, in crypto you would see like in the world of decentralised finance, that we have protocols. We have Proof of Work Algorithms, Proof of Stake Algorithms, and Proof of Consensus is reached in this way. Blockchain has consensus mechanisms. In DeFi, proposals are voted on and improvements are made based on which fixes or proposals are voted in- Through this ground swell of public vetting and acceptance of solutions- The only missing link or data set here, is “society’s problems”.
Social media data is skewed. We have generations who are bread to not talk about mental illness, and next we have generations who are bread to speak only about mental illness and challenges. This is the way generational differences are formed. So let’s take factual problems- like the depletion of resources (Water), or the introduction of new resources (Social Media platforms) and lets quantify. Einstein said it best, if we hope to solve an actual problem and not just the symptom of one, or what we THINK is the problem:
“If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.” Einstein believed the quality of the solution you generate is in direct proportion to your ability to identify the problem you hope to solve.
And when we do this correctly, the result as mentioned in the last part of the quote we are dissecting:
ultimately force the political process to move in the direction that the values, imagination and problem solving skills of those playing the democratically open world game dictated.
This is why we can see the fall of centralised systems that have been manipulated for political gains. When this happens, we can begin to see the direction that the values, imagination and problem solving skills of our actual people who are playing this game.
The playing field was not to be so much as leveled, or expanded, but the good ‘ol boy political process was to subverted out of existence by a process that brings Thomas Jefferson into the twentieth century. In order to have this kind of power, the game needed to have the kind of information and tools for manipulating that information that empowers.
Let’s give the power and leadership hat to those who actually deserve it this time round. It shouldn’t go to those who tweet the most controversial things and entertain us better than most movies can; it should go to those who actually solve the problems.
It needed a comprehensive database (A ledger) that would provide the players of the world game with better data (All the data, interpreted with Machine Learning) than their politically elected or appointed counterparts. They needed an inventory of the world’s vital statistics (This is the data we need to get onto the Blockchain- Air purity stats, water count, food count- we need actual climatologists and scientists here )— where everything was and in what quantities and qualities, from minerals to manufactured goods and services, to humans and their unmet needs as well as capabilities. They also needed an information source that monitored the current state of the world (Blockchain ledger), bringing vital news into the “game room” live (the actual useful version of Whale Alerts from the Crypto Network). None of this existed when Fuller began talking about a world game.
We can actually realise the vision that is depicted in The World Game that Fuller envisioned.
A place where individuals or teams of people came and competed, or cooperated, to:
“Make the world work, for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”