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# Infinite Automata 

Infinite Automata is an implementation of a new kind of society, a society 
designed to play to the strengths of the people it is composed of, and to 
shore up the many flaws that seem to appear in the human character. Despite the 
very technical nature of most of the solutions proposed herein, Infinite 
Automata is a people-focused organization: one that fully engages with its 
members to create an ecosystem where amazing people can learn and create 
together. Members collaborate to understand or create whatever they are 
passionate about. They are encouraged to bring their passions to work with them. 
Whether it is creating a film, researching stem cells, or pioneering the next 
technological leap, nobody should have to leave their dreams at the door when 
they go to work. 

### A New Society 

> All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses
> of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of
> the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to
> make it possible.
>
> -- T.E. Lawrence

Infinite Automata implements a simple organizational structure designed to 
encourage cooperation and personal engagement. This structure focuses on 
individuals working together to create value. 

#### Organization 

The most basic component of the network is a **division**. Divisions serve to 
organize members who work on similar projects. Divisions are responsible to 
oversee the lifecycle of all the projects they manage. Projects consist of one 
or more teams who collaborate to deliver value to the network, their customers, 
or people in need. Teams are groups of members who work together to achieve a 
specific goal. 

Each division of Infinite Automata is capped at 75 members. This is based on a 
conservative interpretation of [Dunbar's Number], which suggests that there is 
a cognitive limit to the number of stable social relationships people can 
comfortably maintain. There is no reason that a member's division should be 
their entire social world, but it is imperative that divisions maintain a 
cohesive social fabric that breeds familiarity and trust. 

[Dunbar's Number]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar's_number 

#### Membership 

New members are admitted by invitation only, and must be approved by the members 
of the division into which they have been invited. New members are immediately 
able to participate as equal peers on the network. 

Members may propose projects to a global funding network of participating 
divisions. Proposals undergo a public revision process to be polished into a 
business, research, or production plan. Fair, impartial judgement of merit is 
accomplished using autonomous sampling systems running on a publicly auditable 
blockchain app. 

### Cutting-Edge Technology 

> ETH DAO and others have been show to have serious security and scalability
> issues. an alternative to this tech is needed. sigchain smart contracts may
> be applicable, but there are other issues that arise from this design that
> will need to be addressed.

Infinite Automata is built around cutting-edge technology designed to enable 
trust in large groups. This allows divisions to operate under the assumption 
that the entire network is operating under the same set of rules. 

[Ethereum] is a next-generation block chain technology, much like [Bitcoin], 
but usable in a more generalized way. By themselves Bitcoin and block chain 
technology have enabled transformative innovation across the world. This 
technology is creating ways for people and organizations to step outside of 
borders and remove artificial barriers to commerce, business, and innovation. 

> The **block chain** is a shared public ledger on which the entire Bitcoin
> network relies. All confirmed transactions are included in the block chain.
> This way, Bitcoin wallets can calculate their spendable balance and new
> transactions can be verified to be spending bitcoins that are actually owned
> by the spender. The integrity and the chronological order of the block chain
> are enforced with cryptography. [^blockchain]

Ethereum takes the next step and uses the block chain to create a shared virtual 
machine with the same security and trust properties as Bitcoin itself, including 
a digital currency called Ether. This means that you can create self-enforcing 
smart contracts secured by a global network of peers. An interesting consequence 
of this capability is the idea of a [Decentralized Autonomous Organization] 
(DAO) or blockchain app, which is a computer program that can be thought of as a 
corporation, under the control of an immutable software program, run without any 
human involvement 

[Ethereum]: https://ethereum.org/ 
[Bitcoin]: https://bitcoin.org/ 
[Decentralized Autonomous Organization]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decentralized_autonomous_organization 

[^blockchain]: [Bitcoin: How it Works](https://bitcoin.org/en/how-it-works) 

### A Digital Economy 

Another interesting property of Ethereum is the possibility of creating custom 
digital currencies with adjustable operating parameters. These custom currencies 
can be used to create a digital economy that can easily be adjusted to maximize 
its value.[^LaZooz] These currencies are secured by a shared network, but 
operate according to their own rules. 

Infinite Automata uses one such currency: [Credit]. Like Bitcoin, credits have 
real world value and will eventually be available on currency exchanges, such as 
[Coinbase]. As a currency, Bitcoin faces some major challenges that Credit aims 
to solve. One unfortunate property of Bitcoin its extreme volatility and 
deflationary nature: 

[![Bitcoin 24h]][bitcoinity] 

[![Bitcoin 7d]][bitcoinity] 

[![Bitcoin 30d]][bitcoinity] 

[![Bitcoin 6m]][bitcoinity] 

These rapid changes in value make it difficult to know how much a Bitcoin can 
buy on a day-to-day basis. They also make it difficult to make sound financial 
plans over longer time frames. The fact that it is designed to increase in value 
over time makes spending it a difficult choice. Credit is able to intelligently 
side-step these issues: the currency is programmed to react to its own 
fluctuations and maintain a relatively constant value, much like [MakerDAO]. 

Ethereum enables divisions to be completely democratic. The ultimate authority 
in any division is held by its DAO, which is programmed to be a completely fair 
and unalterable arbiter for its members. Current-generation smart contracts are 
lacking in several areas, but significant improvements are not unattainable. 

[Credit]: https://gitlab.com/infinite-automata/credit 
[Coinbase]: https://exchange.coinbase.com/ 
[bitcoinity]: http://bitcoinity.org/markets/coinbase/USD 
[Bitcoin 24h]: https://bitcoinity.org/markets/image?span=24h&size=medium&currency=USD&exchange=coinbase 
[Bitcoin 7d]: https://bitcoinity.org/markets/image?span=7d&size=medium&currency=USD&exchange=coinbase 
[Bitcoin 30d]: https://bitcoinity.org/markets/image?span=30d&size=medium&currency=USD&exchange=coinbase 
[Bitcoin 6m]: https://bitcoinity.org/markets/image?span=6m&size=medium&currency=USD&exchange=coinbase 
[MakerDAO]: https://makerdao.com/ 

[^LaZooz]: [La'Zooz: The Future of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations](https://youtu.be/8vjTLPK63No?t=1h16m00s) 

### People-Focused 

Infinite Automata is a collection of tools, built around a set of standards 
for communicating and sharing data. These tools enable members to securely 
interface with the DAO that manages their division, propose new projects to the 
network, allocate resources, communicate, and so on. This software can run on 
any system at any scale, from a laptop to an entire datacenter. 

One of the most significant barriers to adoption for any new technology is 
user friendliness. These tools must be made to be accessible to a wide 
audience, with little to no technical training, and require as little 
user-facing maintenance as possible, if they are to make an impact. A simple 
interface, built using widely accessible open source technologies, will allow 
anyone with an internet-enabled device to participate on the Infinite Automata 
Network. 

### Libre Social Technology 

[Infinite Automata] is a free software project; everything we create is freely 
available online for modification and redistrubution. We welcome contributions, 
questions, and comments. There is a lot to do, and we can't do it without you. 
Together, we hope to build a better tomorrow, not only for ourselves, but for 
the entire human family. 

Let's make it happen. 

[Infinite Automata]: https://source.heropunch.io/infinite-automata/