Joshua Pierce

Venus, TX, United States

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Joshua Pierce
Posted over 3 years ago
Open Source University, Open Source Civilization
I think it would be great if we could create local platforms like mini TED conferences/science fairs/community forums that dealt with solving local problems and building economic development initiatives which could invite/employ students, grand parents, and the unemployed to contribute and collaborate in creative projects. It would be great if there were weekly or monthly public meetings/events which would propose small competitions and projects, and it would be great if these events and groups were networked with other communities spurring a cohesive effort to deal with these issues. Small groups could form to research and develop presentations for these events to purpose them to the public. They could be discussed, debated, and practical solutions refined, pitched, and implemented. I think this would empower creativity and provide a means by which great ideas could be disseminated to the public, and it could serve as a means to encourage kids to think and create instead of spending time playing video games and looking for trouble. We need to create something to tap into the immense creativity and passion of our children and give everyone an actual platform by which they can truly affect change. I think this would allow people to take back control of our future and would be a great strategy to evolve civilization.
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Joshua Pierce
Posted over 3 years ago
Open Source University, Open Source Civilization
The best tactical strategy I can come up with involves creating incentives to attract as many creative individuals to contribute to this Open Source model for civilization. I really like the concept of publishing trade secretes (I believe it was in one of the GVCS videos). If we could create a new type of corporation with a board of directors that were chosen by contributors in an open forum who would develop strategies to capitalize on Open Source technology to generate profits for new research and entrepreneurial incentives which would fund and build a state of the art R&D facility. But, from what I can see that's what the GVCS is starting with this DIY Village. So! Marcin, (you're my hero by the way) instead of trying to develop all 50 machines yourself which could take awhile, a fantastic strategy that has worked in the past is a competition model like the X-Prize. In short offering a prize for do-it-yourselfers who can create the heirloom machines that are needed and offering assistance in developing the documentation for publication, and the necessary testing of the machines could be done as part of the competition. Events can draw huge crowds and potentially sizable profits, but moreover they would allow average Joes the chance to be a part of something truly amazing. This, I believe, would provide incentives for developers to contribute in a focused and organized way.
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Joshua Pierce
Posted over 3 years ago
Open Source University, Open Source Civilization
Since posting this I found out about the Khan Academy which is very close to what I have proposed in an OpenSource University as well as wikibooks and wikiuniversity which could also evolve into something truly trans-formative. It's crazy the more I dig into TED the more I see ideas which I have dreamt about but thought were so very far away but are happening right now in several places all over the world. I think soon there will be an Open Source machine that can be built from off the shelf components from radio shack which could build an even more impressive machine that will be capable of 3D printing absolutely anything a person could imagine out of carbon alone. Thanks for your post Andres I'll defiantly check out the project you're working with.
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Joshua Pierce
Posted over 3 years ago
How do we get corporations out of government.
I really love the Jeffersonian Ideal of a completely sustainable Agrarian model with cybernetic fab lab factories that can reside in a tool shed that are decentralized and individualistic, but I genuinely feel that what you imagine would exist in parallel with the Venus Project type cities, but as someone who lived outside the cities you would have some stewardship/revitalization responsibilities. And, as transportation technologies develop you would be able to go anywhere and choose however you wanted to live.
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Joshua Pierce
Posted over 3 years ago
How do we get corporations out of government.
You are mistaken in your assertion that any one man would be at the helm in this system, on the contrary, Fresco asserts that the scientific process itself would govern the decisions of the community as a whole which would be simultaneously centralized and decentralized with democratic overview. Also the Venus Project has distanced itself from Peter Joseph and the Zeitgeist movement, because as I understand it, ZM focuses too much on the pitfalls of our current system while Fresco is primarily concerned with how a post scarcity society would function. Keep in mind Fresco is an Industrial designer and Social Planner not a software engineer; I think he is in his 90's, as far as I know anyone over 40 has a tough time with software in general including futurists. Kidding aside; Fresco has spent a lot of time building relationships with scientist and engineers and I would assume that they have already roughed out how a algorithm to manage supply and demand would work. Very little attention was given to how the transition would occur. Fresco asserts that collective suffering and the absence of purchasing power would cause a Global Implementation. I find Open Source a better candidate for this. Finally if society were to develop a post scarcity society it could most defiantly operate without any so called "free energy" devices; there is enough energy in GeoThermal to supply the world with energy possibly indefinably not to mention Thorium research that would undoubtedly develop out of a scientific community. We are already seeing technology emerge with efficiency magnitudes ahead of what has been currently adopted globally. My assertion is that as technology and communication improve civilization will take on a form in which a monetary system is obsolete, and the needs of society will be met with such great efficiency by technology requiring very little human attention. And, I believe that this technology will emerge out of an Open Source, collaborative effort.
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Joshua Pierce
Posted over 3 years ago
How do we get corporations out of government.
There is something that Venus Project address but doesn't fully articulate to my satisfaction and that is the power of collaboration in an Open Source platform in the transition from our current system. I am certain that a cohesive and objective global Open Source movement by volunteers has the power to grow into the Venus Project. And here is why: 1. The technology to create Civilization 2.0 is possible, and will be developed from the voluntary collaboration of scientist and engineers that attempt to solve issues with greater efficiency, fewer resources, and with faster technological development than that which develops in our current free market capitalistic model. - Groups like Open Source Ecology (GVCS), R&D-I-Y, Omega Garden, are already developing the initial technology to make it not only possible but a necessity because they have proven that greater Industrial productivity can be achieved with fewer resources and faster concept to prototype speed. 2. If the technology exists to supply the need of an ever-growing population in the public domain - entrepreneurs that "do more with less" will lead the forming economic model with profits feeding the Open Source Model and fueling ever-greater collaboration. As profits increase enough, Open Source Universities and more and more Open Source communities will emerge until they blossom into cities. I am entirely convinced that collaboration is the product of communication, that the Open Source Movement is the product of collaboration, that the Open Source Village will emerge from that movement which will evolve through the efficiency of scale and access to knowledge into a City which will inspire innovators and scientist until all scientific advancement is conducted in on an Open Source platform for the benefit of all man kind. VP is not a model to be proven or "hot air" it is the logical product of collaboration with compassion for humanity at its core.
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Joshua Pierce
Posted over 3 years ago
How do we get corporations out of government.
Congressman need many advisers to do their jobs. Too often their advisers come baring large sums of money. Taking the money away from the process would only facilitate other means of affecting influence, because it doesn't affect the incentive of Corporations to affect influence - only the means by which they could do it legally. Corporations would continue to seek the positions of policy makers and would continue to sway the votes of those positions they couldn't fill. Even without money in the equation, large corporations could still find ways to monopolize the time of Congressman enough that our policy makers would not have the necessary advisement on a non-biased public need. I don't believe that Congressman should be allowed to profit from a position of public trust, this is fundamentally a conflict of interest. I think that an open/public forum is the only equitable means by which influence should be asserted on policy makers, but we would have to establish it so that speakers in this forum aren't career representatives and are very frequently elected by an open democratic process to represent interested groups or organizations.
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Joshua Pierce
Posted over 3 years ago
How do we get corporations out of government.
What if the price of influence increased so much that no corporation could afford it? The price of innovation would be less than the price of influence to gain a competitive advantage. A regulation is a reaction to a problem, and I think Congress should be proactive in solving problems. i.e. Carbon Emissions - instead of setting regulations on carbon emissions - congress could only offer incentives to companies that are Carbon Zero. This alone could inspire corporations to innovate. So how do we increase the price of influence? By becoming the conscious of Congress as one voice so loud it cannot be ignored?
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Joshua Pierce
Posted over 3 years ago
Roughly 52% of the world's population is under 30. What is best way to harness the energy and ideas of youth?
I propose the establishment of an Accredited Open Source University built by a collaboration of volunteers: built to inspire research, contribution, and innovation by giving young people the power to pave their own path to higher learning. By providing a Open Source educational platform and access to professionals and experts to facilitate and moderate and encourage young people we open ourselves up to the creative possibility locked away by the old regimented educational paradigm. Professional assessment could be made by the evaluation of contributions by professionals, academics, individual students, and organized groups. Students would be continually encouraged to publish, and peer review would allow the curriculum to evolve and improve and diversify. All developments would be for the benefit of all who choose to participate, and entrepreneurial groups could form an enterprise to affect social progress and to develop capitol for the implementation of problem solving solutions on a local and global level. By giving students the power and means to affect global change and a collaborative platform to give steam to world changing ideas I believe that students would be inspired to work harder and develop more than they ever would in a traditional educational setting.
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Joshua Pierce
Posted over 3 years ago
How do we get corporations out of government.
As long as the Federal Government sets policy and regulation that directly affects business in this country Corporations will have an interest in what those policies and regulations are. Corporations are driven by profit and thus the incentives for business to gain favor within the systems of policy will always be a prevalent force which will continually seek to affect policy in their favor. The formation of Corporations is a result of both the efficiency of scale and the pragmatism of expenditure: as long as Corporations are driven by the bottom line the incentive to affect policy will remain. However, the bottom line is not the end all measure of progress or growth, it is an indicator, but the capacity of a Corporation to service need or provide innovation should also be considered. * What if politicians were beating down the doors of Corporations to offer research projects and business opportunities because Government created incentives for research and development ahead of regulatory policy? Billions and possibly Trillions of dollars are spent each year to affect policy so that Corporations can secure a competitive advantage in the market, the field-of-play is in influence, but if the playing field was in research, and development and incentives and influence were granted through innovation and efficiency, the expenditures in influence would be spent in pioneering research that would benefit everyone. The problem is not how do we get Corporations out of Government, but though what policy can we encourage Corporations to innovate instead of influence. If we can encourage Corporations in this way and discourage Government from creating competitive disadvantages for innovators I believe that a Corporation, which is in essence a great tool, would serve mankind and not the just the bottom line.