Better Worlds Through Incentives Not Punishments

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Punishments suck. So do rewards. But people like rewards, not knowing all rewards also come with punishments. We call those punishments “losing”. Copiosis doesn’t depend on punishments and rewards, even to control bad human behavior. Here’s why and what it does instead.

No one likes being punished. Just watch children. Children equally dislike seeing other kids get rewards while they miss out. No child likes losing either. Losing is what happens in a zero sum game: all prizes to the winners. Losers get nothing.

When one wins everyone loses

Adults are children in many ways. We’re just better at hiding our child-like reactions. When we lose, we feel as negative as when we lost as children. Sure, we’ve probably lived long enough and lost so often we don’t feel the pain as greatly, but we still don’t like losing.

Same goes for winning. We like winning. But when we win and others lose, subtle connections between all of us suck a little of the joy of winning (at another’s expense) out of the win. We’ve accepted beliefs that winners and losers comprise life. Without losers, winners can’t be.

So we accept losing and winning. We accept the pain. It sucks, but we mask the suck. It’s part of life.

Or is it?

Why can’t everyone win?

Copiosis creates a world where everyone wins. When the algorithm gives me Net Benefit Rewards, the amount I get has no impact on how much you might get. Each NBR distribution is unique, its creation tied directly to acts recognized. No one competes for how much NBR they get. So no one wins or loses as far as one’s income is concerned.

Same goes for resources. Let’s say we both need computers to do what we do even though what you do and what I do are different. I go to someone with computers, explain what I’m doing and you go to the same person and explain what you’re doing. The computer owner then gives you computers but gives me none. Did I lose?

Well, there are other computer owners in the world. There are plenty other opportunities through which I can get a computer. In Copiosis, computers used in this application (the creation of something else), are capital goods and thus provided to all at no cost, just like necessities. So, just because one computer owner refused my request, doesn’t mean every other one will.

Necessities provided helps a lot

Also, unlike today, just because I temporarily didn’t get the resource I needed to do what I want doesn’t mean I’ll starve, lose my apartment, my healthcare or any other thing I need. I can relax knowing many opportunities exist through which I can do what I want.

Today, losing in this way – not getting what I think I need to do what I want – creates struggle. Especially when I need someone else’s money, such as needing a car loan, business loan or money to pay my bills.

In Copiosis I don’t need another’s money to get what I want or need. What I need I get easily. What I want takes a bit more pizzaz, but I have all the time in the world to develop my pizzaz because I’m not worried about needing to earn a living.

Do punishments really keep people from doing things we’d rather they not do? (Photo: Heidi Benyounes on Unsplash)

What about punishments?

Some think society must punish people to keep them from doing things we don’t want them to do. But how often does that really prevent people from doing those things?

At the national level, how successful has any policy that pushes against something ever been? War on drugs? War on crime? Does it ever work? Or does it simply amplify the problem?

Punishments don’t work at the personal level either. People still shoplift, they still rape, they still assault…they still cross against red lights and attack people based on race or some other superficial thing. And we know jail and prison time as punishments don’t work either.

If we want “serious” solutions, we need to focus on the solutions, not the problems. That’s what Copiosis does.

Proactive incentives work better

Copiosis’ frameworks eliminate most crime in the world, not by punishment but by making life easy through powerful, natural incentives. In that way doing things we as a society prefer not happen, happens far less.

Why steal food for example, when you have all the food you need? Why try to steal other people’s money when money doesn’t exist? We describe how these proactive solutions eliminate behavior we punish today in this post.

Think about your kids if you have some. You may think punishment works because it’s working in your house. But it’s not worth the resentment and pent up frustration your children feel when you use force to restrict their freedom. If that’s what you do.

Instead creating a space where what you don’t want to happen can’t happen not only eliminates the behavior you prefer not happen, it also eliminates any damage the behavior causes by making the behavior impossible in the first place. And it creates happier children. Happier parents too. Happy children and happy parents mean happier societies. 😊

That’s what Copiosis does. Rather than remedially punishing people, it makes things society prefers people not do obsolete. Just like it does with capitalism, socialism and Communism.

Copiosis does it all. Which is why so many are excited about it.

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