experiencing gift receiving

I have only had limited exposure to gifting, and at first I enjoyed it — receiving a gift is wonderful, after all. And then one my of coders started to gift me articles about Bitcoin. One led to another, to another, and pretty soon I was looking at a handful of gifts all centred around Bitcoin. I didn’t want to spend my time looking at them. A predicament.

disposable culture versus conscious decision

With FB or Twitter, one can glance through one’s ‘feed’ and only if it is interesting, does one click and examine it. It is opportunistic, more or less. Whereas, with Ecosquared, the gift has been directed at me, it is in my inbox and won’t leave until it is revoked by the gifter, or I accept it. I am forced to make a digital decision. At least, that’s what it feels like to me now.

inbox filtering solution

I am the kind of guy that likes an empty inbox in my email. I filter a lot of stuff I am not interested in, so I never even see it. Is this a possible solution to deal with gifts? Anything with a certain topic, or from specific people, I can filter, and I check them more rarely?

money fatigue

Having to choose financial amounts for gifts is a little wearing too. I gift £1 because I know I shall be gifted £1. It doesn’t mean much. Money starts to lose meaning, in a way. I wonder if this is what happens to rich people? When £10 doesn’t mean much to them at all?

So, do I become more selective in what I gift? Especially when gifting to people I know?

Or can I simply generically gift things without directing them at people? I just gift them into a project space with some money for other people to pick them up if they so desire? Like a library? The BTC library, for example? Tag them.

meta analysis of values shared with others

It would be interesting to see if there are correlations in our evaluation of things, articles, etc. I can see a potential service which compares my values to another person’s, and shows me how much match there is, or mismatch. There could be general match and one or two critical mismatches. That is interesting.

To have this pool of valued items, we need to have a way of distributing them. Hence the Gift Mechanism. But it is quite intense. The softer approach of FB, or other social media, is sporadic, light, random even. Ecosquared could provide high scoring articles, by people who have similar tastes to us. That’s what FB does, I am guessing. But FB serves me this material, like feed for a cow. Whereas, the Gift Mechanism is more deliberate. To enable this kind of ‘feed’ like quality, or suggestions of high valued items… how is that done?

active versus passive gifting

I guess, if I could tag the material I see, then when other people see my timeline and sort by these tags, they will see my ‘recommendations’. If I value an article on BTC as 10, or rather an expert does, then I shall review that article, perhaps. With the current system, I would have to request it.

Which means, that one’s own past timeline is a ‘project’ in a way. Can we tie money to these things like we tie them to project spaces?

So, we gift money with offers to people directly; we gift money to originators directly; we can gift money to a collective of people. This last — can it be done in the ‘ecosquared’ space, that is the biggest space possible? And multiple people gifting money, thus aggregating around that product, which is released when people request it? I can imagine computer systems automatically requesting everything that is available, and thus draining the money from these ‘public’ offers.

What I am attempting to explore here is the difference between active gifting to targeted people, and more passive exploration by looking at a person’s past stream. The passive exploration has to be as easy as gifting. Yes, the viewing might be easy currently, but what about getting the gift? Right now, it would be requesting, waiting for user to respond and gift. And if it is done automatically, then money could be sucked from a person.

If money is directed to the originator…. perhaps this amount could be redirected through people who request it? So if I give £3 to the originator — or do it through a delayed payment, i.e. escrow, i.e. invite, then during this time, others may request it — but it must be directed to the originator as a gift. This could enable a ‘passive’ kind of gifting.

a lot to do

Having been here in Aberdeen for a week, I am as if under water, inundated with the amount of material of ecosquared I must assimilate and detail for coders and designers. Sleeping patterns have been disturbed. Mindflow at the start of the week, some beautiful insights. Yesterday it was the clarity sparked by Matt talking about a big company which had replaced the weight of annual reviews for an app that persistantly asked every single employee three times a day whether they should continue or change something. The relevance of this to Ecosquared Projects was startling. So simple. So, so, simple. Exactly what I want, and I used to think. But right now, I am inundated with detail, submerged, holding my breath.

This morning I woke many times, to the point where I was conscious in my dreams. My brother, I am sorry to say, I wished upon him my eczema, literally on his body, his face. I realised it was a dream, and then asked him to report back to his own conscious mind that he needs to change his mind. The version of him in my mind said with anguish that it had tried, and failed. I insisted that it try again, after all, never had it been given support from another mind in this kind of way.

As I woke and fell back to sleep, I related this to the myths around witch-doctors, and other kinds of spiritual activity, spirit flying etc, things I have always kept at a distant from my cool intellect. To actively, consciously engage the mental version of my brother, in my own mind, with the intent of it influencing my independently bodied borther, was a twist of psychology I have never experienced — not from this side of it at least.

As for the web-app, Credits came to mind. We can call our internal system of account, Credits, or Credamus, ‘we believe’. It is an article of faith.

That if I ever do a presentation, on a stage, it will be as an old man, tired, close to death. Even if we present the future ahead, it is a place I can not go. I am the gatekeeper, opening up the door, and presenting a future which others, younger, may take — may make.

Regarding timeline, having a central NOW line within the present context. Above are offers and notifications, below are people. We can decide what default setting is for red user, then green.

Was thinking about qualification of user, different levels. Perhaps not have colour, because of Jim’s mention, but stars. And when a user does anything, it gives them a star. Once certain stars are done, level is unlocked. And of course, user can ‘buy’ the level.

hi, i am from the future

He walked on stage and waited for the polite applause to die down. He smiled and readied to speak, but something stopped him. He tried to look through the lights directed at the stage and his body. He smiled and chuckled gently, as if resigned, and began.

“Hi, I am from the future. And your focus is all wrong.”

He smiled warmly, his direct verbal confrontation juxtaposed strongly with his clear intent expressed through is face and open armed gesture.

“Can I have the lights of the audience put up, or the lights on the stage dimmed?” he asked above the audience, then glanced to the side of the stage, before returning to talk to the audience. “These kinds of buildings work against us a little. It looks like I am the important person here. I am the one talking after all. From the time that I come, we all know that is wrong. So, let’s fast forward into the future a little, as the lights go up.”

The lights on the audience rose to a summer afternoon twilight, and he motioned for it to stop. “Slowly does it. We don’t want to give people temporal vertigo.”

“Thank you bringing yourselves here. Each of you has made a decision, based on what you expect to get out of the evening, about Ecosquared, me, and most importantly, the people around you. You,” he paused to survey the audience, “you, are the focus. Each one of you is listening to me, but you are aware of the person sitting beside you who is listening to me, right now, these words.” He nodded, to reflect the truth of his observations which was mutually acknowledged. “And it is in our mutual listening, that we manifest the seeds of social power. Nowhere else, but in our listening.”

Music began to play.

“How much do we engage with the music? What notes, what phrases, what sounds? What meaning? What purpose?” He took his time with each question, appropriate to the timing of the music.

“It is not what is said, but what is heard that matters. And there is much divergence in our actions and thoughts and feelings, about this music, about the state of the world, about each of our personal lives. Random brownian motion, almost. And yet, there is a lot of convergence. The food we eat, the homes we live in, the streets we live in… the natural world we all share. All different, unique, and yet forming part of the same thing. Sometimes the clash of rhythms, or discordant harmony, sometimes uplifting melody sweeping up our spirits to a wordless heightened state. In the music, in the embrace of our loved ones, our hearts touched by other’s misfortune.”

The music swelled, and he lost himself to it. Listening, his thoughts, the music. Each listening to the music, their thoughts and responses, the recent images of their family, friends, trees, bed, dinner table with rice and beans — many and varied, each unique — and as the music settled, so they found themselves once again in the audience chamber, conscious of mutual presence. And he was looking at them. Nodding, all of us, in the same experience.

“I come from the future. It is a better place. But it is not me who can get us there. We have a tool to get us there.”

A huge image of a mobile phone appeared behind him.

“The most powerful device we have every invented, the mobile smart phone. Enough computing power in any one of these that we have in our pockets, to put a man on the moon. Combine that with the telecommunication infrastructure, the internet highway network, the cloud, and we have the most powerful technology invented in human history.”

The image animated blue lines spreading from the mobile, interconnections, until a global image coalesced and softened in the background. He glanced around him, up at the screen. He shrugged.

“Powerful, yes,” he made an aside to the audience. “And left in the wrong hands, it gets us to buy more stuff we don’t need, and while some of us share selfies and opinions, billions go without education, clean water supply. You all know this. This is history, after all. This tool, the entire internet, lies within the legacy system that is traditional economics. 3000 years of legacy that have shaped every civilised social institution, politics, education, medicine, business of course. Everything.”

A few red dollar signs, Yen, pound and euro popped up on the globe, multiplying like a virus. As he spoke, the image shifted from the blue communication lines to the red pixelated dust of denominations, and green blue and brown of the natural world.

“These are the instruments, and the music being played. Interwoven, evolving over time, over the last 3,000 years. Time for a new song.”

The music changed, and on the mobile phone, the Ecosquared logo. A cheer arose from the audience.

“I am from the future. We have produced a tool to get us there. It is not a question of whether you use this tool. But how you use it. And how soon.”

A cheer came up from the crowd.

“Each of us, in our hands, determine the flow of money. Who we attend to and thank. And what gifts we make of ourselves to one another. We are the instruments, we are the musicians, and it is time for our song to be heard.”

Applause.

“This music may be beautiful enough to be heard by the species on our own world, the different peoples across this planet. Our home.”

pr perhaps reason

I have now used the FE to change my password, thanks. And I’ve defined a new one of course. I’ve added a new task in the next bundle: login if wrong should send back a message to the user, not just freeze — helping out the user at that point will be most appreciated. If their overal experience of the app is a pleasant one, she or he will be giving us money to improve things further — and we are in a position of listening to what changes they may want to bring to make their experience even more joyful and elegant..

 

 

Whatever my complaints are, and how we have shape up with the UX — not just does it look nice — but the actual experience of pleasure, and how gentle this thing is on the mind. Like Apple Mac operating system with icons and windows and a pointer was just a lot easier on the mind than a command line.

The trick was to generate the simplest system that could offer maximum user interactivity.

Our prototype won’t manage it, we are not going to produce that mac experience because that mac experience came out of a few years of development by highly paid and expert people. The millions that cost to get it into production, was predicated on that experience — that first real hit of user experience. UX is not just the tapping or long tapping on a screen. the intuitive engagement with the interface which is less like a maze and more like an obvious route to do what you want to do.

We might have the chance of producing that mac hit with the beta. But we will need to be absolutely merciless about making that UX slicker than a Ferrari or whatever flicks your switch. Because if we are merciless to produce the best user experience possible, as deep into the code design as possible, to enable the wealth of social enrichment this app will enable.

 

No doubt about it. Problem is, we haven’t produced enough of an experience with people to justify it. We need to get more done, ensure UX is satisfyingly sufficient, an enough that is satisfyingly satiating.

 

And sadly there has not been enough critical mass of people who… perhaps know each other or work together. When we get this critical mass — or intense quality — we will be in for a ride. Not just in terms of great share pictures, or pleasant messages, or new gadgetry in the world, or interesting new developments socio-psychologically. But what about what we are doing with the world, bringing a quality of responsibility with one another that is not overshadowed and objectified into the roles and offices we hold. This is what we need — proper, serious engagement about matters which really move us, about global situation, environment, continued sociopolitical unrest.

 

 

At this stage, the BE and FE may be clumsy, but they give enough of an experience that a user experiences ecosquared pleasantly. There is a systemic experience. And it is not a person to machine interaction. Nor a person to another person through mediating piece of technology. People still think a computer is a window, like the TV was. It can operate like a TV now, and we can direct it to all number of things out there in the world that are tremendous, gadgets, and videos, and things to buy, and books to read, and whatever takes your fancy — the computer can allow us to find things. And we can talk to each other through this, like a phone, and we can keep track of what our friends are up to, and organise our socials better.

However, the real value of it remains untapped.

 

I appreciate your work — you do not know how much. In the future, money will indicate it — and it will be from people who are using a tool that you built.

 

[18/07/2015 03:07:33] David Pinto: Think about the previous word — “interface design” “experience of the interface”. The “interface” is basically the screen. It is how it looks, and how we move things around the screen. It allows to see into our bank account (amazing) or stay in contact with people from a few years ago (amazing) and for learning about loads of stuff, and see films, etc, etc.
[18/07/2015 03:07:36] David Pinto: No.
[18/07/2015 03:08:52] David Pinto: I think you will have to experience the front-end. And you will have the benefit of having coded it.
[18/07/2015 03:10:45] David Pinto: The relationship between experience, and how the code is structured have a relationship. I don’t think we can communicate it about it very well — you will be taking their experience as being more important than yours because of their position. I’d rather you were actively involved in the experience you want to have from using the app. We just have to experience it.
[18/07/2015 03:11:03] David Pinto: Problem is, you don’t really have any idea how you’d use the app — or even want to.

 

 

Nobody else does either. Which is why we need to try it. And once people try it, they will be influence how they are experiencing it. And the first really powerful people to use the app will be coders.

 

[18/07/2015 03:12:36] David Pinto: Nobody else does either. Which is why we need to try it. And once people try it, they will be influence how they are experiencing it. And the first really powerful people to use the app will be coders. Or could be.
[18/07/2015 03:12:43] David Pinto: Strange lot coders though.
[18/07/2015 03:13:40] David Pinto: But once they get it, and find how it operates, and base their use on a feedback loop that makes sense, socio-economically and potentially politically.
[18/07/2015 03:13:50] David Pinto: I don’t think many coders are aware of how political what they do is.
[18/07/2015 03:15:28] David Pinto: The romans built the roads and the aquaducts, the british built steam engines and industrialised great parts of the world. Tool builders. We are living through an age where the main thing we are building, is code.
[18/07/2015 03:16:02] David Pinto: Change how people code, and why they code, and we change the world.

 

You guys are creating the platform, the infrastructure, the buildings and institutions of the future. One bit at a time. The fucking builders of the future — the construction workers, the civil engineers — the virtual engineers. Changing/creating/making the future.

 

But for example, it is text stream. Although I can mark it with emoticons — there’s no way I can ‘activate’ these emoticons, I can use them to track my feelings, or get a revision of things I have noted. Like a summary. So the history of engagement is not just an endless block of text, but it is punctuated with emoticons and ‘intellicons’ which perhaps others might find useful. Less like blog, and more excerpts from work engagements, or love exchanges rather than deliberate ‘poetry’.

I’d like Skype to evolve. And I haven’t felt part of its evolution very much… it doesn’t change enough. Improvements, etc.

Anyway — you guys are coding the future.

[18/07/2015 03:26:11] David Pinto: Anyway — you guys are coding the future.
[18/07/2015 03:32:04] David Pinto: If I am right with ecosquared, and the design is slick enough, and scalable enough, a lot of people are going to be very happy and appreciative. And we give them the tool to enable that. And not just to show their appreciation of us because of what the tool enables — more importantly — their experience with other people improves because of the higher level of trust and the obvious positive cycles that generate good will and superb application to whatever we attend to. Appreciate whatever or whoever they want to appreciate, music, tango partner/teacher/student, cake baking, badminton-playing, golfer. And they can take care of their children and grandchildren securely.

 

{qbase, qforce}

 

a million i’s

Not just eyeballs on a page, or the first three seconds of an advert. Not just the shallow response of an easily evoked emotion by a skillful illusion that is a film. When we can engage deeply enough with one another, together, such that there are a million people appreciating the same… rather complex or subtle thing… and make a decision together with eg £10. That’s a game I’d LOVE to play. £10 to play with 1,000,000 others — how to spend £10,000,000. By consensus. All of us. Over a few hours, maybe a weekend.

Well, if we got to that level socially — which seems realistic at the time this was written in 2015 — but because of our app, we managed to get to 1,000 of us deciding in an hour to spend £10,000. Yup, I’m up for that game. The tool to enable this can be bodged together from different services across the net — we used QAHDGDH and off-the-shelf crowdfunding app (should have got coders to maybe implement some new features), and google hangouts. For any future version (relative to time of writing) or what seemed to work (relative to those readers who have had this experience, where I am in their past and across an unknown social distance) — for any version to work, probably need a simple live ly.visual map like thing which shows current decisions held by people, values as well as moneyflow. And because of curiosity, you draw yourself into certain peoples ideas, and the state of agreement, and the formation of teams possibly, while others are simultaneously exploring how to improve the experience as it is happening, and those who are spreading a means of communication — like hand signals — help 10 people orchestrate their listening better. And you contribute, your appreciation, and perhaps you draw attention to people through your appreciation, like everyone else is, and why you are drawn into certain potential solutions for the movement of £10,000,000 this very evening — with the special theme of the evening is — we want to see a significant improvement in attitude in a school which has been experiencing low grades, or revitalising garage (like those shows where you upgrade your house, how about you upgrade your company — I’d watch that — that’s one up on Dragon’s Den!).

1,000 people in an hour? Ok, what about 100? Or 10? Or 2? There are different ways of engaging at different sizes of grouping. For 100 to engage — usually its most are watching or sitting, and there one or a small group doing something that they are appreciating. 100 dancing is unusual, in terms of ‘ballroom’ dancing and that is at least in pairs. 100 dancing at a club — are they dancing in pairs? Much? How much in small groups? Yes a few friends bunched together. And of course when a club takes off, then everyone is in it together. Different states of mind, different scales of mind.

I think 1000 people in an hour means we have to learn how to communicate in a way we can’t do just now. But if we learn, some of us are going to be leaving with £10,000. Yup, that’s a game I want to play. I think my ideas are pretty cool, and I got amazing results from kids. We did things in ridiculously short timeframes, and got inspired a LOT. If ecosquared provides the platform tool device that allows mapping of this social manifestation… the potential is rather…. consequential. Globally.

 

 

[18/07/2015 03:55:20] David Pinto: Cheeky buggers!
[18/07/2015 03:55:41] David Pinto: I can see all your hard work. I’m not sure you see mine.
[18/07/2015 03:55:52] David Pinto: Hopefully the experience of the app will justify it.
[18/07/2015 03:57:54] Maxi Dev: Just looking Asana we can tell al your effort on the app and the idea
[18/07/2015 03:58:30] David Pinto: Wait till we hear the social music.
[18/07/2015 03:58:33] David Pinto: That’s my work.
[18/07/2015 03:58:36] David Pinto: Did with kids.
[18/07/2015 03:58:55] David Pinto: Adults… they needed money I think for it to work. At least initially.
[18/07/2015 03:59:22] David Pinto: Once we are working because we really really want to, in fact — we pay to participate. Then we know it is working.
[18/07/2015 03:59:27] David Pinto: 🙂
[18/07/2015 03:59:37] David Pinto: You will be making enough money, that you will be giving it away.
[18/07/2015 03:59:43] David Pinto: Call it business investments.
[18/07/2015 03:59:52] David Pinto: Call it sharing to people you think deserve it.
[18/07/2015 03:59:59] David Pinto: Or people who can get stuff done that you think is valuable.
[18/07/2015 04:00:02] David Pinto: Whatever.
[18/07/2015 04:01:01] David Pinto: And more importantly whoever you appreciate.
[18/07/2015 04:03:15] David Pinto: That’s when our social song will have begun, properly.
[18/07/2015 04:03:33] David Pinto: Ok, I am off to bed. Tango was good tonight, that’s why I am quite happy.
[18/07/2015 04:03:39] David Pinto: Sleep well when it comes.

keep a hold of your values

People-centric value-tracking. its your values, your data — keep hold of it.

Likes on youtube, hotel recommendations on Tripadviser, seller ratings on Amazon — these are your evaluations, so why are they owned by those sites?

So, my thinking is that we aggregate your evaluations in one place, so you can keep track of your values. I want to be able to see what I value, and if they are all in one spot, I can compare them, makes sure I have my priorities right.

Then it is only a small jump to do the same with money. Like a bank account, I want to see where my money is going. Again, I can make sure my priorities are right.

future-posts

Instead of writing notes for future press releases etc, and storing them in an archive to be retrieved when required, this series of posts are time-stamped for a future release date.

purpose of future-posts

I can view material that I have set ahead, and publish them ‘early’. It is like scanning a shelf of books, and pulling out the one which is relevant to read now.

People will access the material at some point. Each post will open itself at some point, each book will take itself off the shelf and open itself for the general public.

This is an example of how ecosquared project time line will work. There is no abstract ‘archive’. There are things that have been done, and there are things to be done, everything with a temporal reference. In this way, there is a default future.

dates

There is an issue about when to locate a post in time. When is this one, for example?

The year 2020 is temporally analogous to past-future.

  • all future-posts will be dated within 2020; any dates outwith this are future-release posts and must be carefully considered and reviewed because they outline the actual future-projected timeline of ecosquared according to David Pinto
  • iterative cycle: first iteration of future-posts will be dated for january 2020; subsequent iterations monthly
  • the day within january 2020 indicates the year; a post for 2024 will be posted within January 24th 2020
  • the hour within the post indicates the day of the month; 5am means the 5th day of the month
  • may change hour and minutes to indicate something else, like importance, or completion

potential posts

  • i am from the future
  • welcome to 2020
  • future-release projected timeline
  • interface series
  • i am the solution

Starting the Ecosquared Programme

I am going to record my learning experience with the tool, in order to outline the methodology of use.

Let’s start with how to use the tool in terms of sharing, and explain how flexibility and responsiveness lead to us living a free calendar.

 

Currently most people are ‘busy’, and reports indicate that most of the business is bureaucratic. Although sci-fi in the 50’s depicted life in the future to be easy, carefree, liberated from the drudgery of household work by robots, looks like we are tied into a digital Dickensian dystopia where most of us spend hours in front of computers. The internet exponentially expanded bureaucracy, and hasn’t replaced it.

Ecosquared implies a different lifestyle. That we are not busy. That we are in fact open to opportunity every day. Not ‘sales opportunity’. But genuinely responsive to actual real events.

In order for us to cultivate this, I’m suggesting we embody a practice of responsiveness to one another through the app — from the beginning. Be the change you want to see in the world. So, if each of us responds quickly (accept & open, value & share) a few nice social results will emerge:

  • less ‘backlog’ of stuff we need to deal with ‘sometime’…
  • our little bit of pull starts to replace the intrusive push of marketing and advertising
  • replace ‘buying and selling’ with ‘sharing financially’
  • it doesn’t have to be the person you share with — revoke and think of someone else who is currently free; this means we rely on a wider social network
  • feels good too

I’ll follow this with a few others as learnings arise. Do get in touch if you are interested in participating. We’ll summarise a ‘programme’ when we achieve a working, validated, model of use!

If you are reading this outwith the platform, then request an invite!