I spoke with Tim Richmond and several SingularityNET volunteers about a think tank project that I believe would benefit the world. They suggested I post it here in an effort to recruit volunteer developers.
I would like to propose a think-tank model that would use a multi-tier validation process to separate valuable ideas from noise, allowing only the best ideas to percolate from the bottom to the top. This would allow innovative thinkers from any socioeconomic background the ability to have their ideas considered by leading experts in a given academic field.
ThinkX (working name) would contain sections spanning from climate change to artificial intelligence, and would be structured in such a way that users at the top tier (Tier 1) would represent the top leaders of a given academic field, and tiers 2-12 would represent various percentiles of the userbase, spanning from the bottom 100% of the users (Tier 12) to the top 1% (Tier 2). ThinkX will begin as an invite-only platform where users invited to Tier 1 would be given the ability to invite two of their most esteemed peers to join Tier 1 within their specific field. Members of Tier 1 may also invite their top two students to populate Tier 2, and can email an open invitation to all of their students to join at Tier 4. Users who are faculty at an accredited institution, and users who validate their PhD credentials from an accredited institution, can immediately join as members at Tier 4 in their field.
New users to the site would begin at Tier 12 and, based on the quality/upvotes of their submissions, would have the ability to elevate their status progressively from tier 12 to tier 2 as they gain more upvotes from users in higher tiers. Users will only be allowed to vote on contributions from members at or below their level; however, users from Tier 12 will not be able to cast a vote until they reach Tier 11. T12 users may only leave a comment on other users posts and comments, which will be collapsed by default.
ThinkX would allow members of all tiers to view and contribute to every conversation; however, to filter out noise, members of Tier 1 would only be able to see and vote on contributions from users of Tier 1 and Tier 2 by default (which can be changed in settings). Tier 2 users would see/vote on contributions from users of Tier 2, 3, etc. If a contribution from a Tier 12 user receives enough upvotes from users in Tier 11, the content would then appear to users of Tier 10; if it receives enough upvotes, it would move up the ladder to eventually be seen in Tier 1. Members of any tier can be downgraded if other users vote that they consistently display hostile/arrogant/bullying behavior.
ThinkX would be organized similarly to Reddit’s old-style design. A combination of published research, news, tools, ideas, and other relevant content would be displayed on the main page of each sub. Comments would be displayed using the same hierarchical structure as Reddit. This would allow comments from lower-tiered users to be collapsed by default; however, if a user in T1 wishes to see a collapsed comment from a user in T4, they could simply expand the comments with a click. They may also adjust their settings to see all or some lower tiered users. Original posts must include a brief synopsis limited to 480 characters, followed by a full text description or attached PDF. If a user wishes to read the entire post after reading the abstract, they will be able to expand to reveal the full text.
Unregistered visitors to the main page of the physics or AI sub would only be shown posts and comments from users of Tier 1 and 2; this would eliminate the noise from armchair physicists and trolls. Users who are logged in with a rank of Tier 11 would see posts from T1-T2, but also posts from T11 and T12. They would be able to comment on other comments from any user from T1-T12, however if a T11 user comments on a post from a T2 user, it would only become visible to the T2 user if it is upvoted from users in T11, then T10, T9, etc until it percolates up the chain to the top.
ThinkX would encourage multidisciplinary team building through proposal crossposting. If a member of the AI sub wishes to collaborate with a physicist and a cognitive psychologist, they could crosspost their proposal to as many relevant subs as they wish, which would then be upvoted/downvoted by members within each sub. New proposals would appear in a tab called Proposals, which would only appear on the main page of the sub after it reached a certain threshold of upvotes.
A token would be created for ThinkX. The purpose of the token would be to reward contributions from users within each section. Philanthropists may choose to donate to any section they would like to reward user activity, and coin rewards would be voted on by users at T1. At the end of the year, a large pool of tokens would be reserved for users with the best contributions to their respective field, and there may eventually be an award ceremony.
ThinkX would also have a section where leaders in media studies, media law, fact-finding sites such as Snopes, and other related fields would populate Tier 1. The token for the media section would be used to reward users who identify and cite fake news. If a link to fake news is submitted to ThinkX, users in T12-T2 would have to cite factual evidence and rationalization as to why it is considered misinformation. Once enough citations are collected, users in T2 would vote to send the link to T1 to be reviewed for final consideration, where it would be voted on by its members. At this point, tokens would be rewarded to users who contributed along the way to fact finding. Users in T1 would also be paid for their time using the token.
Links to fake news/misinformation would be automatically submitted to the ThinkX database by various social media sites who connect to ThinkX through its API. Companies who connect to the ThinkX database must purchase tokens in order to submit an article to ThinkX for review; they must also purchase tokens to query the database for fake news articles already identified by ThinkX users. This would fund the value of the tokens distributed to fact finders.
If Twitter connects to ThinkX, for instance, any news article on Twitter that receives X amount of flags for suspected fake news/misinformation would be automatically submitted to the ThinkX database for review by its users. At this point, users above a certain tier level would vote to determine if it qualifies as misinformation. If it qualifies, users from T12-T2 would contribute to the fact finding/citation/critical review process. Users who contribute the most fact-finding citations would receive the most tokens, with token multipliers assigned to users who consistently contribute the most valuable content in a given period of time. This would encourage users to login more frequently to contribute their time.
Fact finders at Snopes and elsewhere are spread out across the world in isolation trying to fight fake news. There needs to be a platform that can crowdsource this in an organized manner, with trusted individuals at the top verifying the results. See the following article:
The Fact-Checkers Who Want to Save the World
I believe this think-tank model would attract leaders in various fields to allow multidisciplinary collaboration between members of the scientific community as a whole, combat the proliferation of fake news, and attract talent for the purpose of crowdsourcing solutions to issues that face the world, as well as contribute to the development of benevolent Artificial General Intelligence. Such a think tank would also allow crowdsourced vetting, peer review, and elevation of research listed on various open access research databases, such as arXiv.org.
If anyone would be interested in participating in this project, please contact @pythonation on Telegram to be added to the dev group.
I look forward to hearing any criticisms/feedback on this proposal.
If you feel this project has merit, please share this post on as many developer forums you can. Thank you!