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The Kindness Equation

From: Timothy Holborn <timothy.holborn@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:46:49 +0000
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Society has seemingly forgotten the value of kindness and indeed sought to
exploit it where possible.  Whilst accountability systems are amongst the
possible solutions to this vast problem in addition to protective measures
as to ensure the alternate view does not result in bigger problems (ie:
genre's for 'news' or publications, rather than banning content that does
not fit the more narrow form-factor); their are a broader set of
requirements that need to both cater for the 'humanity' of persons (most
importantly support for circumstance of mistake and understanding therein
intent and perhaps the conditions in which an improper judgement / action
was made) and overall,

figure out a means in which to reward kindness in a manner that is at least
as well supported by society as that of exploitation of others, or other
alternative ontologies that are seemingly pervasive throughout our modern
internet-based eco-systems.

One consideration was to forge a 'hippocratic oath' for the profession i
would entitle something along the lines of 'web-science practitioner'.
This in-turn may provide a defensible position in which to philosophically
analyse decisions via 'liberal arts'[1] considerations as to discern the
difference between a bad actor and a good actor who have made poor

Other considerations include the vexed issue of innovation growth, where
those who are involved in 'inventing' something (thereby no value at the
ideas conception level) may be inappropriately treated by others involved
in latter stages of the innovation curve[2].

An illustration may have some relationship to the replacement of 'cash' as
our 'card' systems offer the means for (principally humans) to provide
relatively frictionless payments to merchants; however the cards do not
provide relatively frictionless payments to card-holders, indeed even
refunds can be difficult to process and are often not processed in the same
time-frame as payments to merchants.

Perhaps also, the means in which a pointed-graph may be produced for the
benefit of Merchants with lesser functionality provided to 'account
holders' (humans), as an extension of the financial paradigm on knowledge

Understanding the web emerged upon a platform solely supported by RDBMS
solutions, our means of support for *persona ficta*[3] is arguably
well-advanced in a particularly binary manner; yet,

As we enter an age where technology is capable of supporting *Philosophical
Design[4]* how is leadership refined, defined and notated on the ledger.

Innovation itself, requires people who are brave enough to consider the
means to invent. In-past the spirit of these considerations were reflected
by precedents such as the copyright clause[5] which did not solely pertain
to the merits of the works where deemed socially beneficial, but also,
responsibility for the works should they be deemed harmful by others.

The difference between something that could be termed a form of web
'science' vs. something else, seems to be distinct in both the 'web' aspect
in addition to the factors relating to 'science' in that 'science'[6] has a
relationship to the concept 'true' in that is a statement of 'science' is
made which is knowingly false, then it is no-longer an act of 'science'.

I'm not sure we're able to discern the different at the moment and as a
consequence the concept of 'kindness' become defunct, with (imho)
far-reaching consequences.

If concept such as 'kindness' have no value, then the reasons for ensuring
humans are not controlled or allowed to survive / participate / communicate
so long as they pay their royalty requirements - is amongst the
considerations that gain more merit.  I do not think that resembles a core
value within the 'web we want'; and in consideration,

i reflect upon a conversation with my grandmother about mandatory voting -
which in-turn unequivocally demands means in which to furnish every person
involved in that decision be provided the means to vote - rather than
perhaps having to travel long-distances or wait hours or be subjected to
other barriers that may develop should the mandatory nature become both
voluntary and subjected to the consequence of a binary decision, in an
environment that lacks a kindness ledger or something similar thereto.

So, without wanting to get involved in the democracies or systems of
government of foreign lands, as an Alien[7]...

I at least wanted to be on record for asking these questions.  I understand
space is available in www2017[8] subject to the acceptance of a proposal,
and whilst my initial considerations related to IIW[9] my latter
considerations are that if we solve the 'identity problem' in a manner that
does not support 'human centric' values such as 'kindness',

Then it's not really going to be a lasting solution.


Here's a shout-out.  If others have thoughts on in this area, please let me
know.  Perhaps it is possible to have a grounded conversation about it in
April, and perhaps we can find means to encourage more growth of technology
frameworks that support these sorts of underlying shared-values.

Perhaps it will make a difference for those who use the web today, and
those who still today, do not have reliable electricity.

This is cross-posted in consideration of the counterparts that are
seemingly required to include machine-readable language, relatively
'frictionless' means to read and write verifiable claims, the need for
economic inclusion and access to rule of law by way of being furnished the
evidence needed to do so alongside the right to self-determination[10] (ie:
RWW like methods)

In the Consideration of Kindness,

Timothy Holborn.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_arts_education
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffusion_of_innovations
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_personality
[4] https://twitter.com/WebCivics/status/492707794760392704
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Clause
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science
[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_(law)
[8] http://www.www2017.com.au/
[9] http://www.internetidentityworkshop.com/
[10] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-determination
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