Spontaneity (occurring everywhere at the same time)
by Cho, Jaeweon, Director of Science Walden Center
What if we pay for electricity with a higher rate than the present one, with our intentions, to newly shape our society? Imagine we may select different options of electricity sources with different charges (for example, $1.05/kWh for renewable energy oriented electricity versus $1.00/kWh for the present electricity), as measured using monitoring gauges, even with the same electricity provided. The overpaid portions of electricity are subject to be invested for development of technologies of renewable energies and corresponding policies. There are numerous options to select from, when using water (including ecologically treated tap water), drinking coffee (including fair trade coffee and mug cup), eating dishes (including organic, environmental friendly farmed vegetables) in a restaurant, riding a bus, subway, and airplane (with a special airfare considering the climate change), and many others, with different payment options with different charges for underlying sources, policies, and even philosophy.
Money collected from voluntarily-overpaid charges will flow into corresponding infrastures, corporations, and related policies. New prices will be formed based on varying demands and supplies in a new market, initiated from our optional selections, which we call it a new (or the second) invisible hand. New markets give birth to new industrial structures with corresponding policies. Newly born policies may bear different political orders; politicians propose their pledges which may be connected to all the options above mentioned with commodities, services, infrastructures, and policies. In short, citizens will be able to affect their politicians more directly using their selections in everyday lives than ever. Our tax may be subject to be in different adjustments depending on the data we have made through the optional selectios throughout the year. If everything works well, we do not have to vote but may just live to show our preferences through our optional selection.
The optional selections generate data differently from the big data. The digital data can make the yet invisible connections visible, from our optional selection to market prices, policies to be produced and politician to be elected based on the data, and social order. All the connection have been already existing but never take visible shapes. Now we can digitalize all the connection to be identifiable through the smart tools almost at the same time when it happens. Whenever we use electricity with an option, purchase a product and use transportation with options, we can promptly identify how much we have contributed to the resulted market prices and policies, how many persons made the same decisions like us, and how we are connected to politicians who propose some pledges. Right after we select an option to act, we can check the connectivity to the shaped society which is resulted from the selection-tagged big data.
We had better take the shape of our data in our ways, to reveal all the connectivities between everything in the society; otherwise, others do to control us using our data. Thus, designing the order of our society using the optional selection is not an option but a necessity.