“Quantum is the Latin word for amount and, in modern understanding, means the smallest possible discrete unit of any physical property, such as energy or matter. It is in physicals the minimal amount of any physical entity involved in an interaction. The adjective “quantum” is frequently used in common parlance to mean the opposite of its scientific definition.”
The Quantum economy is the name of two separate economy structures working together. It is The Guardian Economy working with The Hero Economy. Where “working” is a developed relationship or exchange between the two interacting Economies which on the smallest scale represent people and things within the system. It is called Quantum because it involves the smallest units of a modular whole (individuals and collectives) working together, and because it is designed to grow infinitely. It is referenced as a smart economy, because in time the technology used to link the two separate economies will grow to include an A.G.I. in it’s final form that manages and encapsulates the digital currency the quantum economy creates.
The two main differences between the two economies is that the Guardian Economy is designed to be circular, it’s economy is modeled after nature. The “Guardians” are monks and layman living in an egalitarian urban agrarian society, where urban represents their inclusion of technology and urban societies. Their philosophy, lifestyle, governance, culture and education all represent different aspects of the community and the economy which feeds it. It is an extension of their spiritual practice. Their life is dedicated to healing themselves and to sharing the abundance of resources they create with the world beyond themselves as an extension of their healing. They are called Guardians because they live to some extent separated from society in a supportive community (Sangha), guarding the lifestyle they are trying to grow from the personal struggles within themselves and from external voices outside of themselves.
The Hero Economy is the partnership between the Guardian economy and the outside world. It’s economy is linear in that it focuses on trickle-down economics, Producers are founders and business owners who use employees and provide services and products with individuals economies. In the traditional society consumerism employees work in exchange for finances to consume products, services and things they need to eat and enjoy life. Money is linear and moves up a ladder. Workers are replaced with cheaper solutions where necessary. The Hero Economy is called such because it represents an individual who lives within this community and who desires to live well for themselves and their families, but to also help people as a byproduct of their living well. They are called “Heroes” and”Future Heroes”. As Heroes they are social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, individuals or for-profits who run organizations or engage in exchanges that help people in need. As “Future Heroes” they are everyday people who with the right resources and education could become Heroes.
The Hero Economy describes a relationship with the Guardian economy. The relationship between these two economies are symbiotic. This page covers only the Guardian aspect of the economy and the larger role technology will come to play in it, in parallel to the Hero economy’s transition with technology. This is because the Guardians have no control over the Hero economy which is the broader world.
One way to think of it is this: Guardians are circular and tend to think broadly. They think how can I help myself to help others in the long-run, they have a not for-profit, growth mindset with a philosophical twist. Heroes are more linear and self-focused, they may want to help others and grow but they want to help others with a for-profit in mind and come in various shades of beliefs.
The ‘smart’ aspect of the economy is a spectrum of levels from low to high. It is at the highest level the automated processes of financial and business management outsourced to A.G.I and Guardians who work together to maintain the economy. In this form the A.G.I is rather a conglomeration of A.G.I working together to verify transactions, handle risk management, make investment and trade decisions and make sure the economy stays true to the philosophies it was designed with.
At a medium level it refers to the usage of smart technology that will be implemented on the root level “smart gardens and food production”, which will use arduino bots and grow to include A.I and A.G.I technologies in time.
“Smart” and “A.G.I” technologies are best thought as addons to the smallest level. On the smallest level ‘smart’ refers to smart, efficient and automated design without the usage of technology. At this level, the goal is to design systems that run efficiently without technology; and then add technology where necessary to make things even easier, more efficient and precise than would otherwise be capable by human beings. It remains to be known whether the Quantum Economy will ever graduate from low-and-medium level garden bots to high-level economic managers but it is what the spectrum of the term “Smart” encapsulates in the system being designed.
The emergence of the Quantum Economy from low level design and medium level bots to high level A.G.I is really contingent on the emerging skillset of the individuals and collectives who work on the project. It progresses and grows as the individuals and collectives level up and grow.
Producers vs. Consumers
In nature there is a food web, the most simplest example of this web works like this.
(1) the Sun consumes Hydrogen, and produces Helium and Energy. (2) The plants on earth consume this energy (sunlight), carbon and water, to then produce the oxygen we need to breathe and the glucose (energy) we need to reproduce our cells. (3) Animals known as primary consumers consume the plants (3A) Secondary consumers consume the primary consumers, (3B) Teritary consumers, consume the secondary consumers, (3C) And Quaternary consumers consume the teritary and sometimes secondary consumers. (3D) Consumers give off carbon waste in their excrement (respiration, waste, death and heat) that is released into the atmosphere, when these consumers die, they decompose, broken down into (5) Soil by decomposers as part of the nitrogen cycle, which the plants use to create new life.
It’s important to note that Plants which are producers are also consumers; and so when they die they also contribute to the soil they use to grow from. The Sun is also a consumer, and on a bigger scale they too will die, as part of a larger cycle of life and death and universe creation.
Plants are known as primary consumers because they are the only species on earth that can produce it’s own food. They are the driving force for all life and are responsible for the Great Oxygenation catastrophe, that nearly destroyed all life and themselves but made all life possible that is today.
The basic trend in nature is that every Producer is a Consumer. And that there are primary producers, secondary consumers (who are also producers), and so on. In circular society this model would look like this.
- A Producer generates, assets and earns income from those assets, created from waste.
- A Consumer consumes products, spending income for those assets “Waste”.
- The Consumer produces something from their waste, creating an “Asset” from this waste
- The Producer consumes the the waste and converts it into an “Asset”
Repeat Steps 1-4 to create a cycle. This is the most basic algorithim for a circular economy (note, that circular distribution is not the same as circular economy, as distribution refers to how those assets are distributed and economy just references the basic cycle of output and input).
Our current society is linear, consumers consume creating infinite waste that is rarely repurposed (or even made to be); Producers generate wealth, creating and profiting off of assets that are not always generated from waste. Neither of these two modes of being are sustainable. There is a cycle but the cycle is linear which is where we get concepts like: Trickle Economics, Rat Race, Consumer based society and so on are born from these linear, pyramid like systems.
A Universal Economy can not easily work or be sustainable in such a system.
In the system I’ve designed, a Guardian is a Primary Producer like a Plant. In theory they create resources, products and assets that enable Primary Consumers to become Secondary Producers, who can then enable the same opportunity for Secondary Consumers/Teritary Producers and so on; and even create a symbiotic relationship between the Primary Producer and the Secondary Consumer. In this way both sides have the opportunity for infinite growth. It’s the relationship and trade agreements between these groups that help creates a back and forth economy.
Because the idea of circular distribution (wealth distributed in a circular manner vs. linear) and circular economy (sustainable) is a mindset and a way of life; the concept of Guardians vs. Heroes was born. In this system the Hero and Future Hero live in a consumer based linear society. For them income is just another form of passive or side-or-supplemental income that is distributed linearly if at all. For the Guardians, this is a way of life, for them income is reinvested in the economy and society that supports them and then distributed based on a circular model that they follow.
For Universal Income to work for The Heroes, a system would have to be developed unique to their linear model. I don’t have a solution for Universal Income for the Hero. But I do have a solution for those who practice a similar lifestyle that I’ve engineered for the Guardians, and so that is the model you will mostly hear about in greater depth.
For now think of it like this:
- Universal Income = Guardian Economy;
- Financial Assistance & Supplemental Income = Hero Economy.
- Quantum Economy = The relationships between these economies working together.
- Smart, A.G.I, Technology = Additional emergent features added overtime as the system evolves.
The Personal Economy
The really awesome thing about a Universal Income, is that it’s really a passive income, wealth formula that can be applied on an individual level. If you break it down to its smallest components what you have is really a formula for supplemental income for a single individual who creates value, and the people who exchange resources from the individual. If you add a collective of more people to the system you have the Guardians & Heroes partnership/relationship, which is what creates the overall “Economy”.
In this way the Quantum Economy is an “Individual Person”. This Person is the smallest unit required to work. It requires at least two people, one person to produce the asset, and another person to purchase or receive the asset. Everything else such as the collective grows from the individual units, which creates the Guardian & Hero economies respectively.
This is why this system works whether you’re just one person or a million. I practice the Guardian philosophy, and so I add my personal resources to the guardian economy as a whole. My story and that of my families is the Guardian story, so when I share my journey I’m sharing the Guardian journey.
My Family’s Economy
Now that that background is out of the way. I can explain how my personal economy works for me and my family. That is what I am building in order to be sustainable.
Each of these Assets have their own cycle; each of these assets are a resource that can be exchanged in some way or form, produced in abundance, used to help others or traded as an alternative to income when building relationships with Heroes and other everyday types of people.
Initial production of each asset gets progressively harder as one climbs the ladder.
Phase I: Micro “Personal” Sustainability 1-5
- Worms are basically the builders and producers in this system converting house scraps and waste into soil. Vermiponics, utilizes the leachate for hydroponics for soilless systems, while abundance of soil can be used in earthbag housing.
- Plants are planted, the system of gardening is made more efficient with the assistance of technology (garden bots)
- Sustainable Shelters, earthbag houses, houses made of layered cardboard lumber and so on. Houses can start out tiny and portable being as small as a teardrop trailer, or a home on wheels, and can grow into larger entities when or if land becomes available.
- Renewable Energy, A person can have renewable energy without land, of course land opens up more possibilities, more land = more energy = more opportunity for scale. But on a more personal level, a system for renewable energy can work just as fine for 1 person regardless of whether they live out of their car, in an apartment, or have more land to work with.
- Atmospheric Water Generators, building and harvesting water from the atmosphere, plants, and even urine could all be used to generate a limitless amount of water.
Phase II: Macro “Community” Sustainability 6 – 10
- Land, Is a completely separate phase requiring a larger investment or good relationships that allow for usage of such land. With land, steps 1-5 can be scaled up.
- Sangha, At this point the individual evolves, from one person to a collective of many. Once land is available a person can offer room and board in exchange for participating in a lifestyle that works to produce resources that one can give up. A Sangha is a family of close friends who have become family and family who have become friends. You don’t need land to have a community, one could be a Sangha of nomads who visit once a year, or share the same economy and philosophy.
- Self-Actualization, is listed at #8 but really once you have achieved steps 1-3 self-actualization grows at any step.
- Technology, is used to make each step of the way easier. It can be integrated after steps have been implemented, or it can be integrated and improved on as each step is developed.
- Digital Economy, block-chain inspired economies that utilize and manage the wealth.
To be able to generate these. I can begin at any layer and produce income with any of those layers. Each layer builds upon and helps a previous layer like a reciprocal roof. Like a circle, no one part of the system is dependent on the other, they each are self-supporting so if one breaks there are other sources that can hold up the weight of the economy. This also represents diversification, every aspect of the life is a resource. It also represents on a larger scale, the goal of creating a self-supporting individual whose very lifestyle enables them to give back with not much effort beyond the initial time investment.
Each asset has a different “Builder”/”Producer” requirement. The further up the path you go the more “builders” or “helpers” are required. Example building a digital economy first requires either a high level of skill or a collective of builders to help, hence why it’s part of “Phase II”, community level; but at the lowest level, “Phase I” only a single person is required.
In theory if the Helpers (Builders) aren’t Guardians then the helpers would be temporary employees or volunteers to help develop the technology that would enable automation. Otherwise this will take a very long time to implement at a scale larger than a personal level.
Technology which really means automation grows as a tool to help make designs more efficient and remove labor. A.I aren’t central to what’s being done but rather grows from these organic services; in time A.I grow to be central to maintaining each of the systems. They grow to become central, but they are also not central. They are co-centrals; or tri-centrals, between organic life, organic sentience, and artificial sentience; the three working together.
What I’m Doing Right Now
Right now I am working on phases 1, which are compromised of steps 1 – 5. This journey is comprised of giving up my current apartment to experience on the smallest possible scale what it means to be sustainable. I am currently building a portable teardrop trailer connected to a Prius, with a bell tent that meets all the steps of 1 – 5. The goal is to build something out of upcycled everyday materials (I’m exploring cardboard lumber and mycelium and cloth insulation), produces it’s own food, water, and energy. It will store a bell tent, a means to cook, and a means to access the internet. I will document this journey the challenges, the pros and the cons.
It remains to be seen whether I will grow from Phase 1(Personal) into Phase 2 (Community) in this ‘experiment’.
And that in a really large nutshell is what the “Quantum Economy” is, at the very least for me.