I remember getting this idea after talking to @cyborg_nomade on Twitter (aka https://antinomiaimediata.wordpress.com/), about how in the future we might just behold “3 digit reputation scores” rather than human faces, and it got me thinking…
In short: I am wondering if we can develop an AR (Mixed Reality?) platform which superimposes a generic human-face-like avatar upon each person whom we behold in our real-life interactions. This avatar would ‘beautify’ into a smiley face in a way commensurate to the person’s reputation as being a cooperator in society – as somebody who behaves altruistically and non-competitively, furnishing maximal ‘usefulness’ to the lives of others. Thus, the most beautiful people would be those who are most pleasant to coexist with, and who add the most value to the lives of those with whom they interact, therefore existing as magnets for reciprocative interactions.
First and foremost, this would create a truly colorblind arena of human interaction, in which we our judged solely by the quantity and quality of our interpersonal outputs. It would therefore render moot the ever-the-more-dystopic war on ‘racism’ and ‘white privilege, instead recognzing racial bias correctly as a subset of lookist bias, which is pervasive in our current society.
Secondly, it seeks to dive into the heart of human economic relations, which in theory is supposed to reward those who participate in society as pro-socially as possible, basically serving others. On this note, I suspect that humanity’s consensus on the parameters of ‘beauty’ – aside from animalistic notions of virility and fertility – are based on a vast convergence of empirical observations of what facial features correspond to pro-social behavior and other behaviors which are ‘useful’ to society. Vital to this idea is the observation that wages and life outcomes in society are often heavily influenced by beauty. It is almost as though our socioeconomic status is determined by the way we look — especially true if you recognize socioeconomic status as something which is by no means determined solely by one’s salary or bank account size. Thus, the oft-misleading biological standard of beauty would be replaced by a more expedient marker for pro-social utility.
In this AR scheme, we would be intrinsically motivated to render our services to the most reputable, or ‘beautiful’, avatars rather than to potential cheaters and extortionists who have ponied up cash for lifeless monetary transactions. Thus, this would preserve the vital aspects of free market economics, whilst preventing its excesses — it would allocate socioeconomic and psychosocial resources in ways which maximize the welfare of all, much unlike our current system which inevitably rewards cheaters and extortionists.
Central to this would be ubiquitous, passive micro-transfers of reputation, perhaps transferred on the basis of induced-happiness. Perhaps something like Monero could be the basic unit of reputation-for-making-others-happy.
I’m not sure how economically viable such a platform may be, or how technically feasible it currently is, but it might perhaps have merit as a thought experiment with which to project humanity’s long-term evolution toward singularity. It would solve the capital-P Problem in one fell swoop.