Outside of a city where you can see the ring of secluded housing (The Venus Project)

How might an RBE playout, if it ever did?38 min read

Economy Globalization Politics Resource Based Economy
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

I. Introduction

A. Post Genesis

This is the second post of a 2-part post (7,000 words/~19 pages) which ended up being the longest post I have ever written which was written in just over about 12 days, so editing could most likely be improved. This 2-part post in total (19,000+ words/~50 pages) beat my previous longest post, Calendar Reform (13,510 words/~55 pages) which I wrote in a month, by 6,000 words/-5 pages (due to fewer pictures and tables), so buckle in!! The first part of this post is titled Capitalism and Resource Based Economies Q&A from Facebook (Dec 2020) (12,124 words/~31 pages).

These 2 posts are an attempt to answer a giant mega slew of questions from someone in this Facebook post and this Facebook Meme post too, both of which have a great conversation going about Monetary Systems, Capitalism, and Resource Based Economies. If you want to see the explicit context of these questions you will want to check those threads. This post is here to answer just one of those questions which you will see below.

Here are all 126 pages of my RBE posts which you will need to read in order to potentially understand all that I am referring to here if you are not already intimately familiar with this topic. You may also want to read these in this approximate order. In either case start with The Cancer of Capitalism since that is the one that starts them all off.

  1. The Cancer of Capitalism (30 pgs)
  2. Capitalism and Resource Based Economies Q&A from Facebook (Dec 2020) (31 pgs)
  3. Productivity and Motivation? (7 pgs)
  4. How will a Resource Based Economy work? (9 pgs)
  5. Human Nature, Competition, Employment, and Housing (21 pgs)
  6. Some Technical Steps Towards Implementing (7 pgs)
  7. Benefits for Industries and Businesses (6 pgs)
  8. The Cities of Tomorrow (15 pgs – mostly pictures)

Honestly, if I did not have to work for a living I would love to forge these all into a book and do even more research and writing in order to expand on this very, very important topic.

B. The Question?

OK, so here is that 1 question that this 1 post is going to try to answer in some basic way:

Even disregarding the huge disparity between the most developed and the least developed countries, how would this work just in, let’s say England?

OK, so the moment happened and the world magically said “Yes, Let’s do this RBE thing! Engage!” Now what? What will happen? I will give you a taste of how I think it could unfold. Keep in mind the Magic?? section from part 1 of this 2-part post which is super important, because this process will not happen magically and the process will take time. You can always make arguments for approaching this process in a few different ways. I can think of a few more ways myself.

Honestly, to really understand what I am talking about here you will want to read all of my blog posts above, or you may get a bit lost in the process.

II. Interstellar Humanity

A. Need for a Resource Based Economy’s Values

When thinking about writing this second part of this 2-part post I found that it was interesting that it was much easier to think about how evolve Humanity into interstellar species (which I write about in my Interstellar Humanity policies) than it was to try to think about trying to get Humanity to shift to an RBE. Why is this? Well, taking Humanity to the stars is merely a purely engineering problem whose process was almost fractal in nature (has a repeatable process through each stage). Whereas, shifting Humanity to agree to stop doing everything it can to destroy itself at the fastest rate possible, and to become a globalized civilization drenched in peace and cooperation, requires something infinitely more difficult – something that is not merely a technical or logistical problem – something that is truly, at its core, a societal values problem which is the the hardest thing to change. As I have been saying all through this 2-post document: we have the knowledge, technology, and resources to do this today. The final real question then becomes “Can we evolve or develop the values needed for it?”.

This is important, because of the long term implications of thinking this far out about Humanity’s potential future as a potentially interstellar civilization, which I also hope will help to reinforce the importance of shifting to an RBE for Humanity’s long term survival. Below I have excerpted the Interdependence and a Space-faring Humanity section from my Interstellar Humanity policy page, so you can read it for yourself which I hope will drive this home for you:

B. Interdependence and a Space-faring Humanity

Earth Rise Over the Moon from the Apollo 8 Mission
Earth Rise Over the Moon from the Apollo 8 Mission

As below (on Earth), so it shall be above (in space).

James O’Neill

Humanity carries it’s cultural, theological, emotional, intellectual, and social baggage with it wherever it goes which creates perpetual strife, exploitation, and conflict. If we cannot live in harmony here on our planet of origin then we will never be able to live in any semblance of harmony in a space station nor anywhere else in the universe. This is the Star Trek vs The Expanse conundrum. The only real way to accomplish peace in space is to create peace here on Earth. 

As a globalized species we need to advocate for a change in Humanity’s social, environmental, political, and economic systems so that we can save ourselves and our planet of origin from our own self-inflicted horrors and the systems and structures that created them, otherwise we shall NEVER know peace, even as much as we would like to idealize life in space and space colonies, etc. Nothing will change with Humanity in space if we do not ourselves change.

The entirety of the policies here on Interstellar New Deal are aimed at just that – creating all of those changes so that Humanity may finally know peace on Earth and wherever we shall find ourselves throughout the universe.

The 8 Philosophical Pillars for Peace form that foundation for all of the polices here.

III. A Potential Process

A. Introduction

This process would happen in phases of sorts. I mean it has too, right? We have countries with various levels of food, water, housing, sanitation, etc, right – infrastructure that aren’t all on the same level – so fixing that will be important. But, the most difficult part of this is not the building of an RBE, because, as we have established before in part 1 of this 2-part post, that implementing an RBE is not a resource, technology, or knowledge problem. It is predominantly a societal values problem, therefore once we solve the eco-humanistic socioeconomic values problem then we can collectively, as a globalized civilization, move on to implementation with very little problem.

Even with those differences the essential process will follow a similar order to which follows below. Keep in mind that anything I pose here will only be a vast oversimplification of the insane amount of changes that will have to happen, so take this for what it is worth. Also, there are quite a few ways to think of this process unfolding. The process I will present here is one that will take a bit longer and draw it out a bit, so we can see some more discrete phases.

This is just a thought experiment to give you an idea of how this all might happen… in 9 Phases:

  1. Getting to the Transition Point
  2. Philosophic Foundations
  3. Engage! and Leadership
  4. Harm Mitigation
  5. Global Resource Survey
  6. Research and Development
  7. Systems Integrations and Resource Localization
  8. Infrastructure Buildout
  9. Enjoy You RBE Life

B. The Process

1. Getting to the Transition Point

First Hurdle is Mindset (TVP)
First Hurdle is Mindset (TVP)
Introduction

This entire section’s discussion will hinge upon the core concepts developed within the previous section How about Communism and Socialism? from the first post of this 2-part post which set forth the concept that Socialism and Communism have historically failed for 4 basic reasons, the most important of which, at least for this discussion, is not having the eco-humanistic values required for success. As a reminder, here are the 4 reasons from that section as well as what assumptions we will make regarding these as we discuss them in this section:

  1. Tension and Monetary Systems – Frankly, evolving beyond monetary systems is the the entire point of this document, but this is hard to achieve without the appropriate values system, which is the point of this section. In the examples we give below they will all end in the eventual evolution of the appropriate values system needed.
  2. Eco-Humanistic Values – This whole section is about Humanity evolving the appropriate values.
  3. Technology – Currently, Humanity has the basic technology and resources needed to basically implement an RBE, so no assumptions needed. Although, there will be technological innovations and other things needed as noted below.
  4. The United States of Terrorism – At some point the US, as the greatest global terrorist organization, will have to become part of the solution or no global progress towards peace and cooperation will ever be possible.

This section will look at a few ways that Humanity might evolve into a globalized civilization with the values required to unify Humanity which would want to successfully implement an RBE. The hardest part of getting the world ready to come together as a global (if not interstellar) civilization in order to implement an RBE is ensuring that we have the eco-humanist values required to make it successful. This is especially problematic because of the imminent threat of extinction posed by Climate Change which is accelerating faster than we can accurately predict, and whose harms will exacerbate geopolitical issues making this process even more difficult. Not to be a complete doomer here, (which I definitely am), but honestly, for most of this section’s discussion, Climate Change is the one thing that will realistically ultimate cut short any real progress towards any positive end for Humanity, so I will ignore this until the last part of this section where I will take it into account Climate Change and Humanity in the best possible light, at least for that limited discussion.

With all that being said, I will start by giving you 4 separate (seemingly outlandish) movements as examples of ways we might reach the Transition Point with some bit of overlap between them as you will see.

Option 1 – The Arc of the Moral Universe

You can consider this first option as the condensed form of the other options.

I will quote Martin Luther King, Jr. here who reminded us that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” as the primary mode that we shall look at things here. This is a very, very long term look that would probably take over a hundred very optimistic years assuming that theocracies, competition, global capitalist exploitation of undeveloped countries, territorialism and expansion, violence, poverty, nuclear war, bigotry, and Climate Change don’t destroy us first; and are all some how minimized globally through global action, cooperation, and progress. I know, it all sounds so magical and nigh impossible. =( This potential can seem like completely magical-rainbow-unicorn thinking because this would also mean that the United States would have to stop terrorizing the world and would want to work towards healing the world instead of exploiting it fun and corporate profit, and I say this as an American. =(

More specifically, that ‘bend towards justice‘ would eventually have most countries effectively evolving into something resembling the Democratic Socialist countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands) whose values are humanistic and environmentally friendly which are the core values needed for global cooperation, peace, and Sustainability, and a Resource Based Economy.

A byproduct of that values change would bring about regenerative and sustainable policies such as:

  • maximizing product life times (to end planned obsolescence)
  • resource sharing

…which would result in an incredible reduction in product demand.

Most countries on the Earth would eventually shift towards becoming relatively first world countries in infrastructure, values, and rights, etc…,which would result in:

  • a declining population due to all countries reaching high levels of equity in relative 1st world status.

…which would also result in an incredible reduction in product demand.

Concentrating on automation and efficiency which would lead to:

  • massive levels of technological unemployment
  • near zero marginal cost for product production

With these factors they would see start to see monetary systems and capitalism imploding due to not being able to so support infinite consumption and infinite growth through the destruction of planned obsolescence and declining populations.

Option 2 – The Democratic Socialist Vanguard

The concept I will present here seems like an even longer shot than the previous option if you can imagine that, mostly because of the small scale. An RBE is perhaps impossible to implement small scale, but this process may provide the case study and genesis for global conversation, cooperation, and change.

Here, we will again look towards those Democratic Socialist countries (Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden), who, while languishing economically under the auspices of the European Union (EU), specifically due to the socioeconomic harm caused by the loss of their sovereign currency, decide to restore their countries’ collective sovereignty, progress, and values by leaving the EU. Those Nordic countries also decide to unite into one collective democratic-socialist union of sorts too.

As part of that unification process and to more further unite these 4 countries ideologically with their collective eco-humanistic values, they hold a large convention and then come up with a values doctrine as their primary cultural and economic guide (hopefully like my 8P3H), which results in radicalizing them, pulling them further towards socializing more parts of their society for the sake of Equity, Humanity, Justice, Compassion, and Sustainability.

Eventually, even with socializing more parts of their society they begin to see the conflict between the negative biopsychosocial effects of money and even their minimal inequality on society vs their stated eco-humanistic values, so they begin to minimize the use of money which then starts their conversation into money artificially limiting possibilities, and then finally asking “Why do they need money at all?”. This also begins to have them look at how money operates in other countries and how other countries relate to each other due to economic and competitive pressures which would then begin a global conversation on money and inequality vs a society with strong eco-humanistic values.

Collectively, they decide to say “Fuck it”! They begin to drop money altogether internally and begin to work with a few other nations who decide to join them in this socioeconomic experiment. Collectively they work to have an external Capitalist interface so they can attempt to operate an RBE internally (within their fellow RBE countries) as well as they can. This new “Nordic” RBE Union then acts as the primary experiential evangelist for ending monetary systems as other countries begin to be dwarfed economically and morally, as well as through quality of life, productivity, and innovation. The rest of the countries begin to realize the advantages, and their lack of ability to compete, and then meet with the new RBE Union, sign the values documents, and then begin that transition to join the RBE Union. This process ends up being the global dominoes which ends monetary systems and capitalism globally.

Option 3 – The Hacktivist Movement for The Great Transition

With historic high levels of global inequality, violence, and exploitation, the veritable harms of climate change from fires and droughts to climate refugees and starvation going on while the 1%, the corporations, and bankers are living well while the people suffer; global hacktivist groups unite in a plan to end the horrors of monetary systems and Capitalism. They work together to perform a global hack on the banks and the various economic and political infrastructures to destabilize and erase them, while spreading news of the problem of monetary systems as well as to educate the public to create support for the Great Transition.

The process might follow something like this which may seem like a very bad hacker movie, but you get what you get when I only have a about a week or so to write:

  1. Stage 1 (Global Values Reset)
    1. publishing – releasing a manifesto and values documents:
      1. such value documents could be like my 8P3H, DURH, UDRME
    2. published – these documents will be published/sent to:
      1. every email and every major online account (social media and otherwise)
      2. newspapers as advertising, and all major news and corporate sites
      3. video sites and TV as advertisements
      4. social media as advertising too
      5. text everyone with message and links to it
      6. a bookmark directory to the various ways to access this info to all browsers
      7. as well as being available on their own website too which would require a massive amount of mirrors
      8. something like Wikileaks
      9. on Torrent sites too
      10. install an app on all mobile devices and operating systems with info and links, as well as the eventual ability for voting
    3. versions – these versions of these documents will be published:
      1. in-depth report with all of the data, names, and addresses
      2. one for Dummies with pretty infographics so it is easier to understand
      3. a TLDR;/executive summary document
  2. Stage 2 (Expose the Corruption)
    1. publishing:
      1. an examination of all of the problems faced by humanity and its root causes
      2. all of the corruption of the banks, corporations, the rich, the politicians, the governments, the cartels, and those who enable and benefit from it
      3. listing those who ARE harmed by these actions
    2. published:
      1. pushed to the public just like above too with those versions too
  3. Stage 3 (Money is Meaningless) – actions to make money meaningless:
    1. erasing global debt, loans, mortgages, credit cards, other debts such as World Bank and IMF loans
    2. deleting money from the governments, mega corps, banks, politicians, the 1%
    3. adding a near infinite amount of money to the 99%’s accounts on places like Amazon and all of the banks, etc…
  4. Stage 4 (The Great Transition)
    1. giving the outline of a plan for a better world (RBE) – calling it The Great Transition
    2. setup an global online convention streamed through all TV and online sources, as well as in person in all nations to discuss The Great Transition with voting, etc

With this sort of a radical level of information with evidence supporting it, the bank accounts emptying and switching, as well as also providing a potential solution this will hopefully drive the world to making change, and to take action to make the world a more equitable, Sustainable, and more free.

Now that the corporations, the governments, the 1% have been exposed and the economic system tanked and shown to be horrendously harmful, and a solution provided the people of the world can now meet, discuss, and decide to move forward to evolve Humanity a new stage in its evolution.

Option 4 – The Eve of Annihilation

I like to play with things a while before annihilation.

Emperor Ming (Flash Gordon, 1980)

This option is essentially taking an unrealistically positive look at the Climate Change long game that we are currently in.

With temperatures rising to record highs and too much of the world is on fire too often resulting in more droughts and famine, the ocean warming and acidifying, ice melting at record rates and ocean levels rising, species dying off at unprecedented rates, the commodification of water on commodities markets, and climate refugees starting to flood throughout the world causing food and housing shortages; Humanity, specifically starting with a vehement and passionate youth led movement, decides that something finally needs to be done.

The youth groups and other related human rights and environmental activist organizations are determined to bring about the global change that will save Humanity from itself. They meet in a giant international convention and hammer out an umbrella of universal values documents as their collective demands and expectations for global change (such documents could be like my 8P3H, DURH, UDRME).

The movement and the documents spreads quickly and a truly global movement catches fire unifying the 99% vs the 1% resulting in massive global strikes, acts of solidarity, as well as peaceful and not so peaceful governmental coups; one (or more) of which acts as the driving force for international recognition and parley which forces the Capitalists to the bargaining table for the sake of Humanity. This then drives a global convention to talk about these value documents and the state of Humanity, which then pushes the acceptance of RBE by popular global demand.

2. Philosophic Foundations

The above 4 potential options for societal evolution would be the sort of global values evolution that we would need to in order to bring Humanity together into a globalized civilization. Hopefully, during that long process that something akin to my 8 Philosophical Pillars would evolve as the universal and overarching and guiding principles.

Here are two examples of something similar that have happened historically:

First, was the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which was created under the Roosevelt administration through the United Nations in 1948 following WWII. If you have not read the UDHR then please do this now. It is an amazing document. I use this as the basis for my Declaration Of The Unified Rights Of Humanity (DURH) in the Philosophical Foundations section of my policies. At least, with being aware that this document exists and results from voluntary international cooperation of sorts through the United Nations, we know that such potential cooperation does really exist within Humanity when the conditions are right.

Second, was the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth (also apart of my policies) which was created in Bolivia in 2010 as a way to give rights to and to have a legal and political framework within which we could protect the Natural World.

The one thing that is missing with the above two real-world examples is a way to connect and unify them philosophically, which would hopefully end up being something akin to my 8P3H.

These values, the 8 Philosophical Pillars (8P3H), would need to be integrated into every aspect of life: taught in schools, integrated as part of culture, as well as social, work, and government, etc. These should be the lens through which we think of everything. The Declaration Of The Unified Rights Of Humanity (DURH) and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, being informed and developed through the 8P3H, end up being policy guides as the world moves forward.

3. Engage! and Leadership

Ideally, the people that should be in charge of this process are those who best embody the values found in 8P3H and that best understand the vision, scope, and breadth of what an RBE is trying to accomplish, so, hopefully, by the time this goes down there will enough people who will fit this description.

Obviously, at every level (community, county, state, nation, continent, global) there will need to be Cybernation Process Facilitators (or whatever title) to help keep things moving and to make decisions (or to facilitate a decision process) during this insane process. Perhaps, for some positions there will be local, state, continental, or geographical elections perhaps through direct democracy or something completely different. Who knows what sort of options are available then. Maybe it can be done completely online or through normal in-person elections, maybe even a mixture of that and other options.

Once a leadership of sorts are selected, then we can move into the meat and potatoes of what it means to implement an RBE

4. Harm Mitigation

Overview

The Harm Mitigation process should begin once the decision is definitely made to shift to an RBE, because there are a lot of people who are suffering in the world today who do not need to be.

Low-Hanging Fruits

Anywhere there are obvious deficiencies and suffering such as homelessness, hunger, lack of water, clothing, etc… which are all easily easily fixable problems (but that Capitalism does not care about solving because there is no profit in doing so), then whatever local resources that will satisfy those needs will be used or imported as needed:

  • Those who are homeless will be given empty houses, apartments, and hotel rooms.
  • Those who are hungry will be given food.
  • Those without clothes will be given clothes.
  • Those who live in exorbitant and gluttonous extravagance shall be moved to more efficient and equitable accommodations.
  • Buildings which are exorbitant and gluttonous extravagance shall be used as efficiently as possible including housing the poor, command centers, resource sharing centers, etc… until as such time as it can be recycled or be used more efficiently.
  • In areas where the above steps are not enough to solve basic deficiencies and suffering then we will start with whatever method will most easily solve the issue such as sharing housing or building temporary shelters, Earthships, etc or whatever method is appropriate.
  • Those who are in lower quality living arrangements will be moved to higher quality housing if available.

In this stage we want to minimize excess resource usage and resist the urge to build anything new if possible, because that insanity is coming in the next section. This will be done for as long as needed until space is ready in a newly constructed RBE city. You get the idea.

Resource Centers
Resources for Quality of Life

This will be easy enough to implement from the start because we already have stores and supply lines. People will have free access to what they need, but there will have to be some controls to start because some people have really been suffering from and still have their brain damage from Capitalism and artificial scarcity, and they may want to horde things. This first part will be to make sure people have what they need for general items so we can increase the quality of life for those who we can, especially for those who were homeless or impoverished, while we get this started.

Then we will want to look at other quality of life services such as internet as well as cell phones and computers to start, as well as universal access to food, healthcare, education, fitness, entertainment, etc too.

Resource Sharing Centers

Then we can start setting up areas that are Resource Sharing Centers where people can donate their unneeded stuff and so they can start to check out things that they need. The app for that will hopefully be developed sooner than later, so this can be more easily tracked.

5. Global Resources Data

Scarcity Reduction Inequality Reduction Increased Sustainability Automation - Transition from Labor-for-Income emphasis to Machine Automation emphasis. Goal: Maximize productive capacity; reduce human exposure; increase efficiency. Access - Transition from property/ownership emphasis to strategic Access emphasis. Goal: Maximize good use- time efficiency; Reduce production pressure; increase overall good availability for use. Open Source - Transition from proprietary research; data hoarding and internal development to collaborative commons contribution. Goal: Maximize innovation. Localization - Transition from globalization to localization, emphasizing networked design. Goal: Maximize productive/distributive efficiency; Reduce waste. Networked Digital Feedback - Transition from fragmented economic data relay to fully integrated, sensor-based digital systems. Goal: Maximize feedback and information efficacy/utilization; Increase total economic efficiency. FIGURE 5C - Conceptual graphic representing five shifts to increase economic efficiency and reduce the scarcity pressure. These adjustments will decrease socioeconomic inequality and the spectrum of disorder and oppression consequential.
Scarcity Reduction Inequality Reduction Increased Sustainability Automation – Transition from Labor-for-Income emphasis to Machine Automation emphasis. Goal: Maximize productive capacity; reduce human exposure; increase efficiency.
Access – Transition from property/ownership emphasis to strategic Access emphasis.
Goal: Maximize good use- time efficiency; Reduce production pressure; increase overall good availability for use.
Open Source – Transition from proprietary research; data hoarding and internal development to collaborative commons contribution. Goal: Maximize innovation.
Localization – Transition from globalization to localization, emphasizing networked design.
Goal: Maximize productive/distributive efficiency; Reduce waste.
Networked Digital Feedback – Transition from fragmented economic data relay to fully integrated, sensor-based digital systems.
Goal: Maximize feedback and information efficacy/utilization; Increase total economic efficiency.

FIGURE 5C – Conceptual graphic representing five shifts to increase economic efficiency and reduce the scarcity pressure. These adjustments will decrease socioeconomic inequality and the spectrum of disorder and oppression consequential.
Common Heritage Resources

All global resources (natural, manufactured, information, etc) will have to be claimed as a Common Heritage to ALL of Humanity – not just one nation or one company, not just one family or person, but of the entirety of ALL of Humanity. Common Heritage Resources is perhaps THE most part of the implementation process, and is that which truly enables an RBE to even be a thing. Without this there is NO RBE. This alone will effectively end nations states and businesses as entities which are a major sources of global problems such as wars, exploitation, and competition; and will focus the global conversation on how do we best use our global resources for the benefit of ALL of Humanity and not just the 1%.

Global Resource Survey

Then we will have the Herculean task of performing a Global Resource Survey (GRS) so that we know what resources we have. Once the agreement was made to switch to an RBE the resource data gathering could begin and then collected until the GRS app was ready, so that information could be quickly added so we do not hold the process up. Read my post Some Technical Steps Towards Implementing which kind of sets the stage for how the open source app might be designed on a small scale which could be scaled up module by module, dataset by dataset in order to record all this resource survey.

We will want to know every single resource that we have available such as:

  • natural resources (ore, minerals, water, land, lakes, seas, oceans, flora, fauna)
  • information resources (patents, data, sensors, designs, research, databases, computer clusters, online services) all of which will be open sourced
  • manufactured resources (buildings, manufacturing and production plants and types, farms, products in stores)
  • human resources (demographics, skills, locations, living conditions)

… and their quality (good, poor; type of pollution, or surplus or deficiency).

How long would it take to do this? No clue. We have never done anything like this. However, I would think that once the app was created to record this data and every community was connected, then perhaps a year or two would be plenty of time to get enough of the pertinent basic global data to start working with the basic calculations and to start some general planning. Distribution of the app could be done through something like the various mobile app stores, or Steam, or through Torrent, or a centralized RBE process website with lots of geographic mirrors.

Sustainable Resources Calculations

When we have the basic global resource data we know how much of each resource we have, then we have to calculate its sustainability level – how long will each current resource amounts last at the current rate of use. This will also take into account recycling, pollution, usage, replenishment such as replanting, etc… too.

For sustainable resources like trees or plants this is going to be a plus or minus number of sorts.

  • For unsustainable use it will be a negative number (-2) which means we are using the resource faster than we are replacing it.
  • For completely sustainable use the number will be zero (0), meaning we are replacing the resource at the same rate we are using it.
  • For a surplus it will be a positive number (+1) meaning that we are replacing the resource faster than we are using it which may be desirable, especially in cases where there was an undesirable deficit previously.

For non-sustainable resources like ores, fossil fuels, water, etc, this will be a calculation based on current amounts vs rate of use, so we know how long before we run out of this resource. Such things can spur us on to find replacements for certain materials either through creating new materials or asteroid mining and the like, or to increase efficiency of current usage or its recycling processes.

The other part of this is finding a way to automate construction as much as possible to reduce waste and to have it go as fast as possible. Technologies such as mega-machines, bots, and 3D printing will have to be the center of this.

Carrying Capacity

Once we have workable GRS data with their Sustainability Calculations then we can start to attempt to calculate the Carrying Capacity of the Earth (CCE) which is the calculation that will tell us: based on the current global resources and usage data at hand, how many people can we support on the planet sustainably. This number will be adjusted day by day as new data comes in.

At the start of this process, this number is more of a reference, but it will act as a continuous indicator as to how well we are managing our global resources for the number of people living on Earth. If the the CCE is smaller than our current population then we have some serious resource sustainability problems and we will have to evaluate that and see how we can change that through:

  • finding out what our bottlenecks are which may require significant sustainability changes, resource substitution and/or creation
  • creating or modifying manufacturing and recycling processes
Quality of Life Calculation

Have you had enough of the math yet? Yea, me too! =)

Ok, once we have this insane mass of data – how much of each resource we have and how we use them – we can start to attempt to calculate what is the quality of life we can afford for each person. We will look at existing resources as well as existing structures and recycling processes to see where we stand. This will be a calculation that will take into account human psychology, desiring to maximize quality of life without wasting resources. We will calculate what is the variety of housing and other living conditions we can afford based on resource consumption and psychology.

6. Research and Development

Introduction

Below, I will list a dizzying array of technological advancements and innovations that will need to be researched and worked on whose progress and development can take advantage of the global brain-trust that we will now have access too. It is no longer country against country, or business against business; but how can we collectively create a global human civilization that will benefit us all, and not just the rich or corporations. This fact will hopefully have such developments come fairly quickly.

I have a small article Benefits for Industries and Businesses which might start to give you some ideas on this potential.

Recycling of Buildings

This will require an insane level of research and development so we can find ways to recycle every part of existing inefficient Capitalist structures, which is basically never done now, and to find a way to automate this process as much as possible, so that once a community is empty (or we find derelict or abandoned structures) we can set the autonomous bots loose to reclaim and recycle the building materials.

Sustainable and Automated Construction

This will also spawn an insane level of research and development so we can find the more efficient and sustainable ways to build new structures to make the best use of our limited materials. Although, in this world of tomorrow, in this world WITHOUT money, we will not have to worry about cost. We only have to really worry about the sustainability of the process or materials. How freeing will this be – to be able to do it right and not have to worry about “costs”?

We will also be working specifically to create the technology to attempt to automate this process using mega-machines, bots, and 3D printing, etc too, so that when this process hits in full force that progress can be relatively quick.

Cybernated System

An entire new system will have to be created in order to manage and display ALL of the global data to manage this new cybernated RBE world. This will include massive distributed data centers.

Global Distributed Computer Platform

All computers should have a distributed computing client on it such as World Community Grid so that global or local research can utilize the combined processing power of all idle computers globally. The client can be different from project to project, and could be uninstalled if desired. Each person should be able to decide where their spare computing power is used such as through a local project your support, or the global number crunching towards climate change – democratization of research and computing power.

Sensor Data System

A system will need to be created to accept global sensor and other data as well as an eventually providing a data access portal so everyone can access to this data. This will be important for smart cities, trend analysis, and problem solving.

Resource Center Management System

A system will need to be created to manage the global Resource Centers so people can check out stuff and so we can track it too. We already have entire businesses around renting things, so the most efficient or robust software could be repurposed to this end and distributed quickly to get this working.

…and sooo much more…

7. Systems Integrations and Resource Localization

Systems Integrations

While the previous steps are happening with all of that GRS application development, data gathering, math, and R&D going on there will be time for figure out the starting systems integrations in order to better monitor, streamline, and manage all systems globally. This will be done system by system, industry by industry, for every industry and system on the globe until they are all integrated into one cybernated system.

We will take a look at all of the major systems which run society for Humanity from food production, product delivery, mass transit, product manufacturing, energy production… everything, and we will look to integrate each silo into one system and then the individual silo systems into the whole cybernated system (or something like that).

As an example: We will look to merge major global product delivery chains like Federal Express, USPS, Amazon, Walmart, etc… into one global logistical product delivery chain. We will have to evaluate which systems works the best and then combine, replace of upgrade, or replace them into one global system; and then recycle, upgrade, or reassign the other resources and infrastructure. At the very beginning it will be more like, let’s just hook them together so they can just all talk, and then we can upgrade and integrate them once that all gets figured out.

Once that process it done then we will be looking to create a whole new system from scratch to manage and coordinate the global cybernated system. Then we will replace the old patchworked systems with the new cybernated one.

Resource Localization Plan

A huge part of Sustainability is trying to ensure that as much of the needs for a community are manufactured or produced as locally as possible. To start we will want to know what surpluses there are and what deficiencies there are (which the GRS will tell us) in each and every community, and then we can realign local production to serve that local community as mush as possible. Here is a great example of how this will be approached:

A great example of this process will be local food production. Most likely, especially on a county level most food production is probably being shipped all over the state, country, or even internationally for processing and/or final destination because it was more profitable to do so; and are not used locally as much which is criminal and a complete waste of resources too.

For all communities we will look to completely localize all production. Local food production will be realigned to serve their local communities as much as possible which will save an incredible amount of time, freshness, and resources. If there is a deficiency in some foods, then we will build urban vertical farms to help make up what food production was missing, which will also allow us to start to free up some of that farm land to allow it to be rewilded. This process will also work well with sustainable energy production too.

I hope you can kind of see where we are going with this. Obviously, this is not always going to be that easy for any given resource, especially those things which require rare earth minerals, or other ingredients which are harder to find or are geographically isolated. Some things might be best produced on a county level due to economies of scale or other such reasons, and then distributed locally. Somethings might still have to imported in one way or another, but reducing this is as much as possible is important for Sustainability and efficiency.

8. Global Infrastructure Buildout Plan

Introduction

Something to keep in mind is that this will not happen over night, this buildout will take decades to complete. Check out the section on Magic from the other post.

So, since in this example, I was looking to have this be a slower process, let’s look at the previous 5 steps taking a decade to complete, especially with the R&D of new automated systems, completely new software systems and integrations, as well as evening out resource distribution to get the world communicating and everyone caught up to each other with qualities of life specifically in the developing world

Once we have all of that information and planning done such as:

  1. Global Resource Survey
  2. Sustainable Resources Calculation
  3. Quality of Life Calculation
  4. Research and Development (automation, recycling, and sustainability) at least started with some innovations coming
  5. Systems Integration Plan
  6. Resource Localization Plan

… then we can combine that into a global buildout plan for each and every community in the world.

Priority Buildout

We should start with the places which have the worst quality of life because Human civilization has much more to gain by training and lifting up those peoples and countries that are suffering the most, so we would most likely prioritize Africa for buildout first.

Technological Dominoes

As we start building our first sets of efficient and smart RBE cities in their isolated areas (perhaps 1 per “state”?) we would most likely be looking to build them with excess food, energy, and other resource production so that they can provide support for and accelerate the extensive global build out process with their new state-of-the-RBE-art:

  • energy and food production
  • manufacturing and recycling facilities
  • research and development, and medical facilities
  • perhaps more importantly, the ability to research more advanced bots and mega-machines to help accelerate the buildout process

These first cities will be built near an existing city, and then when it is completed, the local population will be moved in, and then the old Capitalist city will be recycled and rewilded. As a reminder, we may want to build up or down using Arcologies of Earthscrapers if we can so that we can recycle those old horrible and sprawling Capitalist cities, and then rewild that space which would greatly in increase the amount of green space on the planet.

Once the first city is built then those first generation machines and resources can move on to build a second city. These newly built (first generation) cities can then research and build the next generation (second generation) mega-machines or smart RBE city technologies which can then be used to accelerate the building of more advanced second generation technology based RBE cities. This will accelerate things even faster because all of the first generation cities will be sharing their research not just with each other but with the rest of Humanity, and will even research different aspects of the building process. Older equipment can also be upgraded as we go too as we take advantage of modular design with universal components, and taking advantage of technological increases and acceleration. This will repeat city by city and from advancing tech level through advancing tech level until we have a critical mass of mega-machines and automation to accelerate the global buildout of this new RBE world.

Acceleration of Resource Based Economy Cities Technological Buildout – The first generation machines will build the first generation cities. The first generation cities will research the second generation technologies to build the next generation of cities, etc…through the third, fourth, fifth, etc generations.

We may also want to start on building the foundations for an interstellar Humanity such as a Dyson swarm, orbital loop, power satellites, and other such things too. You can check out my Interstellar Humanity policies for more info on that.

9. Enjoy You RBE Life

During this process some people will be:

  • living in an RBE
  • living in a transitional state
  • living their normal life with no money getting in their way, but with more support from society at large

At some point large swathes of Humanity will be living the RBE life. Check out my post How will a Resource Based Economy work? and The Cities of Tomorrow for some more information on what they might look like.

IV. Conclusion

Obviously, this is oversimplified and is leaving a crapload out, and yes you can make a case for alternative ways of doing things or whatever you think I forgot, which are not conversations I am necessarily interested in for this post, but, hopefully, this may give you and idea of the big picture of how an RBE might come into being and possibly be even built out.

Although, if you think I missed something or something like that and it is appropriate to the scale I am writing here, then please let me know. I will update this post as I can as ideas strike me.

Liked it? Take a second to support James O'Neill on Patreon!
Tagged
James O'Neill
www.ArionsHome.com/about
http://www.FreeXenon.com

1 thought on “How might an RBE playout, if it ever did?

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.