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Re: Conservation Laws, Money, Engines, and Ontology
On Sun, 8 Sep 1996, Greg Kucharo wrote:
> Here's where reputations could come in. You cound't open a new account
> anywhere without a good "reputation". This could aid in balancing the load
> of certain people.
Hey, if we're going to do that, why not go all the way and
imagine a "virtuous society" in which e-cash is based on reputation. In
order to obtain v$, one must submit to a "reputation asessment" by one of
several firms, which then issue a given amount of v-cash based on their
findings. An ISP simply requires an arbitrary amount of v-cash along with
the usual $$ every month. At the end of the month, your friendly Moral
Monitor greps thru Usenet and all the mailing lists he monitors looking
for your name, then adjusts your account accordingly.
Different moral codes would have different agencies. :-)
For this service, of course, you pay a modest fee. But it's a small price
to pay for spiritual peace of mind. Perhaps we'd see the rise of
reputation constultants in such a system. How about people with such large
"fortunes" that they create wealth simply by being associated with
Don't forget the block meetings. :->
Phil Dick is dead, alas...