My dreamworld doesn’t use money (see Direct Logistics). My dreamworld is “open source”. The advantage of open source is, of course, transparency, but primarily a healthy, normal, productive back-and-forth of effort and ideas. Open source is bi-directional sharing, i.e., you share, then others share back. In my futuristic “Star Trek” economy, everything is open source. That means every process in every “business” is open source. People from all over would fork, hack, merge recursively. So, why not totally open-source Soylant?
A while back I made this same suggestion to Tesla (via the website “Contact”) and they in fact did open source some of their technology. I have no way of knowing if it was my suggestion that spurred them, but it might have.
By open source I mean total Internet availability of everything about Soylent – all formulae, inputs, outputs, processes – total transparency of what you’re doing – the more the better. I’m an Emacs org-mode fan, and with org-mode (or something similar) everything you do could be “Githubbed” in org-mode files.
In the present business climate many people would say such an idea is daft, a quick way to commit commercial suicide, as all of your “competitors” would “steal” your “secrets.” I say something else would emerge, namely, that you’d gain what any open-source software project has: free workers. And when my Direct Logistics economy is up and running, everyone will be a “free” (and totally economically independent) hacker. Open source has proven itself superior – even in this unfriendly, money-based capitalist world.
Anyway, just thought I’d throw this out at you.