If Cardano is to become a movement then we must think big, and long. Charles is already talking about going to Africa and the vision is clear, but the future is foggy.
I’d like to suggest a few topics that we will need to address in the future, should the prospect of a distributed society continue to progress, but before I’d like to offer this quote from “The Dispossesed” By Ursula K. Le-Guin who is one of my favorite authors and has recently passed away :
It’s always easier not to think for oneself. Find a nice safe hierarchy and settle in. Don’t make changes, don’t risk disapproval, don’t upset your syndics. It’s always easiest to let yourself be governed.
1. Transitioning into a resource based economy with ethical prioritization of R&D
I’m talking about cheap drugs first, anti aging creams later. 90%+ global internet penetration first, iphone games later. I’m talking automation of labor and basic services. The Venus Project have been laying out the guidelines for a while now, and projects such as Cradle2Cradle (Great Flick), and B-Corps may have the right tools to tackle this.
2. The dismantling of nations and corporations
This sounds grandiose but in the endgame would happen mostly on its own or not at all. The real social challenges are security, both on a global armament level and on a local conflict level. Judicial and enforcement systems. In our fantasy future, are there Prisons? Mental asylums? Organized armed forces? Global equal health-care?
3. Managing 10B people (or even “just” allowing them to manage themselves)
Here I must bring up the concept of AI again. It doesn’t Have to be a powerful AI, it could be a meager “Smart Machine”. But if any SW is designed to regulate the global markets and facilitate global relations I don’t see any scenario where eventually it doesn’t become the most sophisticated piece of SW around. Just saying. U.K.L. uses this idea in The Dispossed (a “meager” stock exchange AI on an anarchistic world).
Those are my 3 cents. There are many more, surely.
One more quote from this definitive book :
You cannot take what you have not given, and you must give yourself. You cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.