Transhuman Party Policy Ideas by Wei Cui

1) Government subsidies for SciHub, or buy all the papers through taxpayer and education money.

Then make it public. Try to address this at the UN as well, since everyone benefits. Thus scientific research can be made free, with money from the major powers. Scientific Research has an ROI of 20% for society, though people have trouble capturing the returns personally. [1] Try to get Joe Biden on this, he seems sympathetic. He talks about interdisciplinary cancer research, and breaking down walls at different branches of science. If that is to be true, he’s going to need SciHub. A low hanging fruit would be breaking paywalls with Government money. [2]

2) Perhaps the government can promote Research Backed Obligations like mutual funds.

Those that invest in RBOs for retirement won’t be taxed. Or maybe those that invest in RBOs in general won’t be taxed. More on RBOs.[3][4]

3) If we had Universal Healthcare, then the government will have to sponsor medical research...

... though a DARPA like system, again coordinate with the UN and other developed countries that have Universal or single payer healthcare. Since they all benefit from drug research. So they all have to contribute.

4) Certifications to Crowdfund for the government or DARPA for research. 

When a reputable organisation like the NIH denies a grant due to budgetary reasons (NOT SCIENTIFIC flaws!!!). All that time spent to review and prepare the research or proposal seems wasted. The information is kept to a few people. This is not good in an age of crowdfunding and VCs. Here's the thing though, what if the science is sound, the budget and priority/popularity is just not there?  Could the NIH or any organisation grant a certificate of approval? After a review of the science. They certify it legit; give their expert opinion on the matter. Give: 1) A priority Level: A-C, priority A gets 10k seed, top page promotions, priority B gets 3k seed, medium promotions on NIH crowdfunding site. Priority C gets 1k seed. 2) A seal of approval. The seal of approval to crowdfund for the NIH, amortizes the cost of assembling all those experts and analysing a research topic. 3) or a seal of assurance on the scientific soundeness, and permission to raise funds. 4) Maybe seed the research with a token grant of $1000-$10 000. I think if these things are done, it would do a great deal to help the researcher raise the rest of the money though crowdfunding or private investors. This way even $100,000 can be a force multiplier in the age of crowdfunding

5) We need Cryptocurrencies that can be backed by network computing time, or rights to use the supercomputer.

So, 10 hours of work on BONIC can be redeemed later on for 10 hours of rights to use the network. And 11 hours with interest 1 year later. Surely in the 21century being backed by the right to use supercomputers, is as good as being backed by gold. So, I asked: "Can't Bitcoin or any cryptocurrency be backed by the right to use computing time on their network? Like the BOINC's Gridcoin. 1 Bitcoin can let you use the computer network for 1 hour. This way Bitcoin is backed by something. In the information age, being backed by supercomputer time or time on the network should be as good as gold. So far I think Bitcoin is backed by drugs. They should switch to something legitimate like time or rights to use BOINC."

Apparently according to someone who seems to be knowledgeable about the matter: "It is possible to make cryptocurrencies where the proof of work is a useful computation, and some exist. Bitcoin does not work that way notably and that's the point." Apparently Primecoin is pretty good.

The consequences of a redeemable cryptocurrency are the following: Since 10 hours of work on BONIC can be redeemed later on for 10 hours of rights to use the network. And 11 hours with interest 1 year later... Since computers are faster 1 year or 10 years later, 10 hours 2026 supercomputer time is worth more than 10 hours 2016 supercomputer time. With interest perhaps you’ll get 15 hours of 2026 supercomputer time. So, even if your redeemable network computing crypto don’t gain interest in time, it will gain interest in calculations per second.

This also creates an incentive for crypto holders to accelerate transistor or quantum computing technology. Instead of wasting time “mining”, the computers on this network is doing useful work; like folding proteins.

6) Additional Benefits of Artificial Wombs.

          a) People can’t always marry whoever they love. Many people can’t marry their first loves, or can’t marry their ex-girlfriends. However, with artificial wombs they can have kids, with whoever they love. This ends mating choice scarcity. If we can mass preserve female eggs and sperm, like we do with the recent advances in artificial embryos. You can have kids with whoever you want. You can also make clones of yourself and have relationships with whoever you want(and their clones). When 2 guys fall in love with 1 woman, they can both marry her, or at least one can have a VR clone. Instead, you can have reproductive freedom, you can still have kids with people you love, since she has so many eggs. The problem of reproductive scarcity was always a problem, that's why you got those weird love songs and love stories. But, it is really a supply problem. A supply problem that can be solved with technology. This would make people FAR happier. They can finally be with the people they love. And you can make an android/bot clone of her, that can have kids because of her embryos. Plus a VR simulation or personality simulation downloaded into the bot. Or if you live long enough, you'll see a real clone of her eventually. Of course if she doesn't want a clone or an android or simulation made of her, it's her choice. Presumably, most people can buy these things at the free market. So, you can buy simulations and embryos of your lovers or ex-lovers. If they sale. I mean many people can't marry whoever they want to marry, or whoever they love. The supply problem, is illustrated in books such as "Wuthering Heights". Or those weird pop songs, or those romantic movies, like "500 days of Summer", etc.

          b) Women don't have to take maternity leave. Giving 9 month of full productivity, it would be a trade off of 9 month full salary vs the cost of the womb. If an institute can provide a womb with the mother's own egg, at a cost of less 4 month full salary; there should be plenty of demand. No miscarriages, Researched and designed nutrition for the baby, no unplanned water breaking on road trips. Thus, if at the same cost of 4 months salary, or even the difference of 9 month full salary, artificial wombs are the superior solution.

7) Anonymous government forums. 

Motivation: If, you really care about a decentralized government system, then just don’t sample what people want through polls. Then you have to make compromises and bundle them up. Making people choose between, two parties/ two bundles, every few years. If what the population wants is your “signal”, then with the 2 party system, you get slow elections(too large intervals), you are obviously “undersampling”. Another indication you are ”undersampling” would be changing conditions and new information coming in each day. In order to sample correctly, An anonymous forum is needed. In the anonymous forum, citizens can give suggestions to the state. They can also debate anonymously. Like Reddit or 4chan, but have direct influence on the state.

     a) There are 2 modes. In the first mode, you can REVEAL your identity and take CREDIT for your good ideas, if they pan out. Only a trusted DBA, can link your account to your identity(pk), others don’t have privilege to check your primary key. The DBA, will be bound by law, not to disclose. If they don’t pan out, you can stay anonymous.

     b) 2nd mode, true anonymous. Unfortunate in the 2nd mode you can’t take credit for your ideas and foreign governments can pretend to be citizens. That’s the price of true anonymity.

     c) There will groups that are 1st mode only, 2nd mode only and groups with a mix of both modes.

8) Insurance Evil Plan.

The government works with insurance companies to “lock people in” a special promotional rate for their life insurance and health insurance. Then the government and insurance companies massively invest in curing aging and increasing healthspans/youth spans. The citizens can’t op out, when they are as healthy as a 30 year old at age 70. When they cure aging, insurance rates won’t drop, because they are “locked in”. Evil laugh :D.

9) Education -- Low hanging fruit -  free MOOC from the government instead of free college

 either free a) 1 micro degree b) Or free 10 courses.

10) Reform schools to gamify learning.

11) Election Reform -- No Gerrymandering.

A supercomputer or an A.I. whose source code is open to all on Github draws the voting borders. Tries to equally weight the borders according to population.

12) Runoff/Alternative voting system.

This is much better at sampling your population “signal”. Voters convey more information, by voting for 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice and 4th choice. A ranked voting system. Personally, I would prefer a survey and the survey have several principles and policy “vectors”, then the best fit candidate is “projected” onto each “voter space” to minimize “error vectors”. Like the Generalized Linear Model, for each voter, using a supercomputer, this projection is done for each voter. The candidate with the lowest error vector is recommended as first choice. The other candidates are also recommended and ranked according to error vector. Now, the voter will only get the recommendations by algorithm. Who they vote for is still their choice, who they rank is still their choice. Then, they vote though the runoff/alternative system, it gives you the best fit candidate after weighting each voter’s best fit candidates. [5] However given, some limitations, the more understandable Runoff system would have to do. [6]

13) Minimum Wage and UBI. 

Instead of minimum wage per hour, we should have minimum equity per hour. Small stake owners like OPMIs and employees getting paid minimum equity don’t have to be passive. They can organize via social networks. Verified small stake owners and employees can have access to company BI tools such as KPIs, data marts, OLAP and OLTP details. Since they are organized in social networks, with anonymous suggestions, they can vote as well. Of course you have to sign non disclosure forums and would have varying privileges based on seniority.

I somewhat agree with the notion UBI or BI for those below the poverty line seems to be temporary appeasement or temporary solution at best. A transient state, for the complete solution you need a steady state. If robots really can do the work of that many people. Then people need financial structures and innovations that allows them to own the capital. Not just take appeasements to not revolt. They need financial innovations the equivalent of mortgages or mutual funds to help them own robotics companies like ABB or tech indexes like QQQ. The mortgage was a revolutionary innovation. To solve mass unemployment, you need an equivalent to transform society from human capital based(culture of "get a job") to ownership of automation based(culture of "invest in a robot"). UBI or at least BI for people below the poverty line, is a bandage temporary solution to help society through it's transient state. The more steady state is automation ownership based. Then human enhancement based. Hopefully no one will need money to live. But people will still have money.

Also if there is abundance not needing money to live isn't just an idea supported by leftists. F.A. Hayek supported a safety net in "The Road to Serfdom" chapter 9. Read the beginning of his 9th chapter "Freedom and Security". Of course I think the complete solution to mass unemployment is a combination of the transient state of UBI and the steady state of automation ownership.

NOTES

[1]"Why Science? An Unemotional Argument for Federal Investment in Research", HuffPost, 2017. [Online]. Available: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-h-press/why-science-an-unemotiona_b_5515346.html.

[2] “Vice President Joe Biden Delivers Remarks at the Cancer Moonshot Summit 6/29/16", YouTube, 2017. [Online] Time Stamped at 15:41 Available: https://youtu.be/PN7sFSglcwM?t=15m4....

[3] J. Fernandez, R. Stein and A. Lo, "Commercializing biomedical research through securitization techniques", Nature Biotechnology, vol. 30, no. 10, pp. 964-975, 2012.

[4] "Wall Street's next bet: Cures for rare diseases", MIT Sloan Experts, 2017. [Online]. Available: http://mitsloanexperts.mit.edu/wall....

[5]"The Alternative Vote Explained", YouTube, 2017. [Online]. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y3jE3B8HsE.

[6] The General Linear Model (GLM): A gentle introduction 2017. [Online]. Available: http://psych.colorado.edu/~carey/qmin/qminchapters/qmin09-glmintro.pdf.