The Bot Economy
John Robb
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When the next economic and political crises break, there is likely to be 1) a rush by flight capital to existing/new safe havens and 2) a move by frustrated jobseekers and freelancers into building bots for a spectrum of free and open source DIY/Do It Ourselves alternatives.

This creates an opportunity for emergence of virtual->actual open source communities. Localities can commit idle sites to new community land trusts and http://is.gd/endowmentzones, with shares given to:

  • current residents who launch or join initiatives to make neighborhoods safer, healthier, more skilled, and more enjoyable;
  • government bodies that work to systemically remove barriers to entrepreneurship and flight capital inflows (akin to Singapore’s “flexiwage” bonus policy for civil servants, which incentivizes them to sustain a transparent business climate); and
  • freelancers (“Turkers”) and/or virtual volunteers from around the world who deliver bots and other solutions that are especially valued by the community.

Big land value gains await communities that offer a land-rentsharing system attractive to local residents facing dwindling opportunities in the old economy, to flight capital (by removing barriers to investment), and to Turkers and open source teams seeking shares in locations of choice for the next era — by partnering to create bot-enabled Edens.

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