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Marta Lenartowicz
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The Quintessence

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$111,000 USD

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Overview

'We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest,' wrote Buckminster Fuller. The concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI) isn't new and its implementation is imminent. But can it be truly universal — meaning global? Truly unconditional? And fully decentralised — with no accumulation of power structures along the way? We don't know of any other ecosystem on the brink of a technological breakthrough with the attitude required for a moonshot that answers YES to all these questions—except for SNET/ASI, if we dare. So let us dare!

Proposal Description

How Our Project Will Contribute To The Growth Of The Decentralized AI Platform

The Quintessence will be an economic coordination mechanism for projects within and beyond the broad SNET/ASI ecosystem, spinoffs and allies included. It will collect 5% of revenues from the future commercial deployments of AI/AGI to distribute as UBI worldwide.

Establishing a global UBI is a massive undertaking. This project will be a small but powerful seedling, aiming for momentum and visibility. Once in full swing, the Quintessence can attract a tsunami of new AI projects to the platform!

Our Team

The team for the Quintessence includes the entire broad SNET/ASI ecosystem: whoever is passionately interested, is welcome! We are not presenting a pre-assembled team, because events in this project will be facilitated by people nominated from within the ecosystem.

The reason for this setup is that the Quintessence mechanism must be decentralised. If it came from one group, under one project's logo, a balanced co-ownership by the ecosystem would be much harder to achieve.

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The core problem we are aiming to solve

The core problem always seems to be a variant of this: currently, there’s 1.6 times more food on the planet than needed, but it only reaches about 0.9-0.95 of us, depending on how you define hunger. The global economy is immorally flawed. One may say, 'Let's send food to the hungry', however, aid-based approaches are flawed too. They create overhead costs and establish whole social classes that feed off these.

Steep inequalities stem from our relationships with the social structures that sustain us —all of us. Even when our organisations and economies do no good, and they do, we cling to them out of fear. The fragility of our livelihoods, as a major source of anxiety, is the problem. To break free from detrimental social patterns, humans must first feel safe.

UBI is a powerful instrument for that. It emancipates, enhances dignity, lowers stress, boosts ambition, and improves health. These are all evidence-based, from before the AI era. Soon, AI replacing human jobs will make UBI an urgent necessity. But who and how will implement it?

Our specific solution to this problem

In 2023, the annual global transaction volume was around $2.53 quadrillion. To collect a $1.250 monthly UBI for everyone, assuming 7.8 billion recipients, each transaction would need to contribute 5%. Having all current stakeholders of all transactions agree to such contributions would be, of course, impossible. However, the stakeholder composition of all transactions worldwide will change in the coming decades. Why? Because AI will be increasingly involved in almost all economic activities. We cannot predict the volume of AI-generated transactions by the end of the decade, but we can reasonably assume that once our economies are run by AIs trading services among themselves, the volume will grow exponentially.

Bringing intelligence to such a moment of transition, when the baton is being passed on, has been a millennia-long struggle for the entire human race. Along the way, those reaping the rewards were usually not the ones who suffered the costs. Once and for all, humanity must get its dividend fairly: equally, and globally.

We propose that our broad SNET/ASI ecosystem develops and implements a neat scheme, exemplary in its decentralisation and powerful in its message and effect, that will become a foundation for this scenario. The mechanism will be open, and easy to join by any AI/AGI project worldwide, large or small. Its implementation will drive SNET's community-building and expansion, constituting the first grand gesture of the Beneficial General Intelligence (BGI).

Project details

The project scope in this proposal focuses on the implementation of a scalable, fully decentralised socio-economic mechanism, not a technical implementation. We aim to build an initial coalition of the signatories for the BGI Constitution, which details the agreements on organisation, implementation, and further expansion.

This is an immensely ambitious undertaking. To succeed, we need a crystal-clear decentralised governance engine first. Technical solutions will follow.

Please review the milestones and the proposed first draft of The Beneficial Artificial Intelligence Constitution to evaluate the relationship between this proposal's scope and the full scale of the challenge ahead.

Competition and USPs

Here is the state of the art of UBI, explained by ChatGPT.

We will be the first UBI project that, from day one, is scoped globally and unconditionally, and starts with a fully decentralised governance setup. By design, the setup will leverage collective intelligence and prevent centralisation. All other projects on the planet, including the wonderful NGOs that have paved the way with many pilot implementations of UBI worldwide, will be invited to join the Quintessence and contribute their expertise.

Needed resources

The initial few events will be facilitated by the project coordinators (Dr. Marta Lenartowicz and Dr. Weaver D.R. Weinbaum). However, once the first cohort of signatories joins the mechanism, people responsible for chairing the subsequent events (see Milestones for details) will be recommended by the signatories that have joined most recently. This ensures that the ‘faces of the project’ will be many and diverse.

Existing resources

We have developed the first draft of The Beneficial Artificial Intelligence Constitution - a proposed instrument establishing The Quintessence as an economic coordination scheme.

In Milestone 1, the founding signatories of the constitution will revise and agree on the final text. From then on, further changes will be implemented in ways unforeseen by the text.

Open Source Licensing

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The project will result in extensive documentation of collaboration and organisational development, but no new code. All documentation will be under the Creative Commons licence type CC BY-SA 4.0.

Links and references

Here you can read Dr. Weaver D.R. Weinbaum's post explaining the Beneficiary Principle: https://medium.com/bright-hall/a-principle-of-benevolence-for-agis-and-their-humans-creators-in-the-light-of-open-ended-2991a709ea19. This principle and underlying worldview have informed the ethical framework used in drafting the constitution.

Additional videos

Here you can watch Dr. Marta Lenartowicz's seminar about UBI: https://youtu.be/bb4vfKMcAIM?si=XKUkmc-MIaUU_bFM. The talk is not directly about The Quintessence mechanism but covers our understanding of the potential of UBI, and our motivations for the project.

Proposal Video

DF Spotlight Day - DFR4 - Marta Lenartowicz - The Quintessence

4 June 2024
  • Total Milestones

    6

  • Total Budget

    $111,000 USD

  • Last Updated

    4 Jun 2024

Milestone 1 - Constitution text approved by first signatories

Description

A minimum of 5 representative projects from within the broad SNET/ASI ecosystem participate in a series of online workshops open to anyone interested. In the workshops participants debate and agree on the text of the BGI Constitution that they are willing to sign together.

Deliverables

- Open workshop invitation circulated within the entire broad SNET/ASI ecosystem; - Video documentation from the workshops published on YT; - BGI Constitution text ready to be signed.

Budget

$11,000 USD

Milestone 2 - Constitution signed by the 1st cohort

Description

Minimum 50 signatories (projects and individuals) sign the Constitution in the video-recorded sessions publicly explaining their motivations and commitments.

Deliverables

- Public sessions of Constitution signing organised for new signatories; - Video documentation from the Constitution signing sessions published on YT and promoted by the signatories on their social media.

Budget

$20,000 USD

Milestone 3 - Constitution signed by the 2nd cohort

Description

Minimum 150 signatories (projects and individuals) sign the Constitution in the video-recorded sessions publicly explaining their motivations and commitments. To ensure social diversity and openness the signing sessions are facilitated by new people always nominated and selected by recent signatories.

Deliverables

- Facilitators selected and trained/briefed; - Public sessions of Constitution signing organised for new signatories; - Video documentation from the Constitution signing sessions published on YT and promoted by the signatories on their social media.

Budget

$20,000 USD

Milestone 4 - Kickoff sessions for the BGI Constitution DAOs

Description

Kickoff sessions of the BGI Constitution DAOs are initiated by facilitators nominated and selected by the signatories. In these sessions participants develop a good understanding of the role of each respective DAO the decentralised composition of the interrelations between all DAOs and the ways in which they can proceed forward.

Deliverables

- Facilitators selected and trained/briefed; - Kickoff sessions facilitated for all DAOs; - Video documentation from the kickoff sessions published on YT and promoted by the participants on their social media.

Budget

$20,000 USD

Milestone 5 - Constitution signed by the 3rd cohort

Description

Minimum 300 signatories (projects and individuals) sign the Constitution in the video-recorded sessions publicly explaining their motivations and commitments. To ensure social diversity and openness the signing sessions are facilitated by new people always nominated and selected by recent signatories.

Deliverables

- Facilitators selected and trained/briefed; - Public sessions of Constitution signing organised for new signatories; - Video documentation from the Constitution signing sessions published on YT and promoted by the signatories on their social media.

Budget

$20,000 USD

Milestone 6 - Follow-up sessions for the DAOs

Description

Two follow-up sessions of the BGI Constitutions DAOs are initiated by new facilitators nominated and selected by the signatories. In these sessions each DAOs establishes its autonomous agency and proceeds to develop its own agenda tools and workflows.

Deliverables

- Facilitators selected and trained/briefed; - Two follow-up sessions facilitated for all DAOs; - Video documentation from the follow-up sessions published on YT and promoted by the participants on their social media.

Budget

$20,000 USD

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    Gombilla
    Jun 3, 2024 | 5:52 PM

    Hi there. This is a well put proposal.  However, I would be objective of the fact that the feasibility of getting all stakeholders of global transactions to agree to contribute a portion of their transactions to fund a universal basic income (UBI) program is quite a daunting task. Convincing stakeholders, especially large corporations and financial institutions, to participate voluntarily may be challenging, as they may prioritize their own financial interests over societal welfare. I hope you can mitigate this. Thanks !

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      Spaceweaver
      Jun 4, 2024 | 4:37 PM

      Thank you Gombilla for your feedback. Indeed as you note we have set ourselves a daunting challenge, but also one we believe is critical to the welfare of humanity and the future of mankind. With the rapid development of AI technologies, we are reaching an inflection point. We must somehow manage to join forces and devise feasible ways to redistribute wealth and let all of humanity enjoy at least some of the fruits of such technological breakthroughs. This is not only about equal economic opportunities but also about releasing hundreds of millions if not billions of human minds from being busy in everyday survival, letting them learn, explore, and create. This is our chance to recruit and augment the intelligence and imagination of all humans and with the help of AI step forward to the next step of the evolution of human civilization. Indeed this invites a long-term vision and committing resources towards its actuation.    

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    Marta Lenartowicz
    May 29, 2024 | 9:13 PM

    Dear Voters, here is the mindset we are appealing to ;-)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bypor4e04rg

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    Marta Lenartowicz
    May 29, 2024 | 4:06 PM

    If this project is a go, it belongs to everyone :-) Get your Zoom background today! Quintessence_background-original white Quintessence_background-emerald Quintessence_background-indigo

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    Marta Lenartowicz
    May 20, 2024 | 10:17 AM

    Compare our proposed approach to this scenario: https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cnd607ekl99o. In any rapid transformation, existing divisions can either deepen and consolidate or become increasingly irrelevant. The (most likely) scenario where UBI is centrally implemented by (some) states will only strengthen the 20th-century global governance landscape... We could give another solution a moonshot ;-)   I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake -Rene Descartes   It always seems impossible until it's done -Nelson Mandela

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    Onize Olie
    Jun 5, 2024 | 5:45 PM

    Overall

    5

    • Feasibility 4
    • Viability 4
    • Desirabilty 4
    • Usefulness 5
    A Daring Feat!

    I was impressed by this project presentation and I must say, look forward to seeing how the system is fully implemented. I think the only challenges (which I believe the team must have considered) are the following: 

    The project might face several challenges in its implementation. These could include:

    Getting all stakeholders worldwide to agree on the 5% levy on AI/AGI commercial deployments could be a significant challenge.


    Maintaining a truly decentralized governance structure while scaling up the project could be difficult.

    Developing the necessary technical solutions for collecting and distributing UBI on a global scale presents a complex task.

    Regulatory hurdles

    The project could face opposition from existing economic and social structures that might be threatened by the proposed changes.

     

    However, The project's strength lies in its innovative approach to addressing global inequality, its emphasis on decentralization, and its potential to drive the growth of the SNET/ASI ecosystem. The project's open invitation to AI/AGI projects worldwide and its commitment to a fair distribution of UBI underscore its potential for broad-based impact.

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    Marta Lenartowicz
    Jun 6, 2024 | 5:04 PM
    Project Owner

    Hey Onize,

    Thank you for your review! You're spot on in mapping the challenges ahead: getting people (=us!) to agree, developing truly decentralised and resilient governance structures, creating great tech solutions, and navigating regulatory landscapes are all part of the quest, definitely yes.

    I'm least worried about the regulatory framework and politics, because (the way we are proposing it) the BGI Constitution will be an international civil law agreement, meaning an agreement between private entities and private persons, not a conventional political act. Have a look at the linked draft of the constitution's text, if its legalese doesn't scare you :-) Or wait for the explainers that will be produced once the project is a go. I hope and believe it will be!

    Regarding the tech, I'm sure we're in the right social network to put everything together beautifully. There's a lot of talent and ingenuity around!

    As for governance structures and finding agreements among us (eventually all humans...), this is the crux to my mind. The nice thing about having a highly ambitious goal that can be reached only once we have the fully decentralized and fully open-boundary governance already in place is that the project will provide a great focus point and mobilization platform for the ecosystem's de-gov work! Once we implement the decentralized governance of The Quintessence, we will have established a sophisticated, open-ended, and endlessly scalable self-governing human network that is capable of tackling all other shared governance challenges as well! 

    Warm greetings,

    Marta

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    IlumNguyen
    Jun 6, 2024 | 2:43 AM

    Overall

    4

    • Feasibility 5
    • Viability 4
    • Desirabilty 4
    • Usefulness 3
    The feasibility is high and practical

    I find this project highly feasible because it is built on the foundation of the large SNET/ASI ecosystem and takes advantage of modern technological advances. By capturing 5% of revenue from commercial deployments of AI/AGI to distribute as universal basic income (UBI), the project has the potential to create a new and sustainable economic distribution mechanism. In terms of desirability, the project meets the urgent need for UBI in the context of AI replacing many human jobs, helping to reduce worries about livelihood, enhance dignity and promote personal ambition. The project's usability is also very strong, thanks to its decentralized and scalable governance mechanism, allowing everyone in the SNET/ASI ecosystem to participate and contribute. This ensures that the project will not be centralized, and provides fairness and transparency. Overall, this project has great potential to become a model for how to implement UBI on a global scale in a sustainable and effective way.

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    Marta Lenartowicz
    Jun 7, 2024 | 2:44 PM
    Project Owner

    Dear Ilum,

    Thank you for your review. I love your can-do attitude :-) That's the spirit! Yes, it IS feasible!

    Warm greetings,

    Marta

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    Tu Nguyen
    Jun 6, 2024 | 3:32 AM

    Overall

    4

    • Feasibility 4
    • Viability 4
    • Desirabilty 4
    • Usefulness 4
    The Quintessence

    This proposal will develop and implement a clean plan, exemplary of decentralization and strong messaging and performance, which will become the foundation for this scenario.
    I feel that they should provide more detailed criteria for selecting members in the ecosystem. The fact that they welcome anyone in the ecosystem can create an overload of members.

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    Marta Lenartowicz
    Jun 7, 2024 | 3:08 PM
    Project Owner

    Dear Tu,

    Thank you for your review. We haven't provided selection criteria because the project is from the get-go decentralized. The proposed BGI Constitution will be open to everyone to join and sign (individuals, legal persons, etc) and it must (in my view) be so, if the resulting cooperation scheme is supposed to address humanity at large.

    This doesn't mean, however, that the work to be carried out will all be given to whoever comes and grabs it, this wouldn't get us too far... But it simply means that the signatories of the constitution will be the 'demos' that crystalizes and owns the implementation specifications and structures. 

    For the implementation of the milestones of this initial kickoff project, we will need good facilitators who know how to enable such democratic crystalisation processes without overstepping the role of the process facilitator (which is a skillset in itself). We will formulate the profile of the facilitator role and will be asking the signatories to nominate the next ones. The idea is that the facilitation of the constitution-joining sessions (official signing on YT) and of the initial DAOs sessions (8 DAOs * 3 sessions) will be done by many people, in a network-spreading manner. (The proposed 8 initial DAOs are listed in Article 6 of the constitution draft).

    Only the deliberations within the already initiated respective DAOs will start building the more persistent structures. The first sessions will specify the task of each DAO, and then the following sessions will start specifying the implementation plans, including the profiles of people/partners needed.

    I hope this explains the plan in a bit more detail :-) It's a complex proposal already - the fact that The Quintessence will be programmatically open-ended, and for everyone, doesn't mean that there won't be structures and roles.

    Warm greetings,

    Marta

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    Max1524
    Jun 10, 2024 | 7:52 AM

    Overall

    4

    • Feasibility 4
    • Viability 4
    • Desirabilty 5
    • Usefulness 4
    High marks for Desire

    The two project co-owners, Marta Lenartowicz & Cosmic Weaver, are making clear their desire, enthusiasm and professionalism in this proposal. Identity transparency is the first factor that says that. Next are 6 important milestones with a fairly regular allocation of budget (total $111,000). I appreciate the professional seriousness of this proposal.

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    Marta Lenartowicz
    Jun 10, 2024 | 8:05 AM
    Project Owner

    I particularly like the 'Cosmic Weaver' identity :-D 

    Many thanks, Max, for your encouraging review! 

    m.

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    CLEMENT
    Jun 3, 2024 | 5:57 PM

    Overall

    4

    • Feasibility 3
    • Viability 3
    • Desirabilty 5
    • Usefulness 4
    Ambitious initiatives to address income inequality

    Quite frankly, I see this project to be a bold and ambitious initiative to address income inequality and ensure fair distribution of wealth in the age of artificial intelligence (AI). By advocating for a global UBI funded by transaction contributions, the project aims to promote fairness and equality in economic systems increasingly dominated by AI-driven transactions. Additionally, I believe that by rallying stakeholders around a shared vision of promoting social welfare through AI-driven initiatives, The Quintessence project could contribute to the growth and expansion of the SNET ecosystem.

    Kudos to the team !

    Also, you are also welcomed to make comments on our team proposal as well

    https://deepfunding.ai/proposal/4757/  - AI4M (Enhancing Malaria Predictability using AI)

    https://deepfunding.ai/proposal/biotek-nexus-next-gen-biodiversity-conservation/  - BIOTEK NEXUS (Blockchain Biodiversity Conservation)

     

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    Marta Lenartowicz
    Jun 5, 2024 | 12:37 PM
    Project Owner

    Many thanks, Clement, for your review and good luck with your projects - both look great and definitely much needed!

    I see you rate the feasibility and viability of The Quintessence project relatively low, which I understand is always the case with 'moonshots,' —goals that would be amazing to achieve but require daunting amounts of figuring out along the way. The way I see it, aiming at the impossible, and then making it happen, is one of the most beautiful features of humanity. Humanity at its best and brightest can do such things! So, let's! :-))

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    Joseph Gastoni
    May 19, 2024 | 9:06 AM

    Overall

    3

    • Feasibility 3
    • Viability 3
    • Desirabilty 3
    • Usefulness 3
    It has potential but requires careful

    This project proposes The Quintessence, a mechanism for collecting revenue from AI projects within the SNET/ASI ecosystem and distributing it as a global UBI. Here's a breakdown of its strengths and weaknesses:

    Feasibility:

    • Low: The project faces significant technical and economic challenges. Implementing a global UBI requires international cooperation and economic restructuring, beyond the scope of a single platform.
    • Strengths: The concept leverages blockchain technology for potential transparency.
    • Weaknesses: Reaching global consensus on UBI implementation and ensuring fair collection/distribution of funds are major hurdles.

    Viability:

    • Low: The project faces significant challenges in achieving widespread adoption and generating enough revenue to support a global UBI.
    • Strengths: The focus on a long-term societal goal (global UBI) can be inspiring.
    • Weaknesses: Competition from other UBI initiatives, economic and political feasibility of a global UBI model, and dependence on large-scale AI adoption for revenue generation need to be addressed.

    Desirability:

    • Variable: The concept of global UBI is attractive to some but faces economic and political skepticism from others.
    • Strengths: The project addresses income inequality and aims to empower individuals.
    • Weaknesses: Building public trust and gaining widespread support for a global UBI scheme is challenging.

    Usefulness:

    • Limited in current scope: The project, as proposed, is unlikely to achieve a global UBI. However, it can stimulate discussion and potentially contribute to future UBI initiatives.
    • Strengths: The project can raise awareness about global economic issues and the potential of UBI.
    • Weaknesses: The long-term impact on achieving a global UBI and the effectiveness of the proposed mechanism for revenue collection and distribution are highly uncertain.

    Additional Points:

    • A clear and realistic roadmap for achieving widespread adoption and generating substantial revenue is needed.
    • The project should focus on transparency and community engagement to build trust.
    • Collaboration with existing UBI initiatives and economic experts is crucial for exploring feasible implementation strategies.

    Overall, The Quintessence has a noble goal but faces significant challenges. Focusing on a more achievable pilot project within the SNET/ASI ecosystem, promoting discussion about UBI, and collaborating with broader UBI initiatives might be a more productive approach.

    Here are some strengths of this project:

    • Raises awareness about the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and its potential benefits.
    • Proposes a mechanism for leveraging AI and blockchain technology for a potential future global UBI system.
    • Focuses on a long-term societal goal of reducing income inequality and empowering individuals.

    Here are some challenges to address:

    • The technical and economic feasibility of implementing a global UBI system at scale.
    • Achieving widespread adoption of The Quintessence mechanism within the AI/AGI development community.
    • Gaining international political and economic cooperation for a global UBI initiative.

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    Marta Lenartowicz
    May 19, 2024 | 9:29 AM
    Project Owner

    Hi Joseph, thank you for the review! It made it apparent that a more precise explanation of the scope of the current proposal is needed. We are, of course, not proposing to implement the global UBI, in a 1-year project with a 111k budget :-)

    The project scope in this proposal focuses on the implementation of a scalable, fully decentralised socio-economic mechanism, not technical implementation. We aim to build an initial coalition of the signatories for the BGI Constitution, which details the agreements on organising the implementation and further expansion.

    This is an immensely ambitious undertaking. To succeed, we need a crystal-clear decentralised governance engine first. Technical solutions will follow.

    Please review the milestones and the proposed first draft of The Beneficial Artificial Intelligence Constitution to evaluate the relationship between this proposal's scope and the full scale of the challenge ahead.

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