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Agora: A proposal to overcome the limitations of the current knowledge creation process

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    <dct:description>&lt;p&gt;Agora: A proposal to overcome the limitations of the current knowledge creation process&lt;br /&gt; =======================================================================================&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;By Scientistsfive&lt;br /&gt; (scientistsfive@mailbox.org)&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Abstract: The knowledge creation process is broken and can be improved by a combination of currently emerging tools.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The rationale for this proposal is the notion that the current scientific process is not optimal:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;* Artificially staged competitions (grants, publications, theses):&lt;br /&gt; 1. &amp;lsquo;system gamers&amp;rsquo; are supported, not real scientists&lt;br /&gt; 2. do require lots of otherwise wasted efforts&lt;br /&gt; 3. the selecting quality of committees and peers is questionable&lt;br /&gt; 4. the average mean is supported, not the outliers that are good for the advancement of science&lt;br /&gt; 5. wrong cultures emerged and continue to exist&lt;br /&gt; 6. creative monopolies are destroyed&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;* The publication and communication system is outdated:&lt;br /&gt; 1. only the tip of the iceberg of research projects is visible to the public&lt;br /&gt; 2. negative results are not being published&lt;br /&gt; 3. raw data is not being published&lt;br /&gt; 4. gate-keepers prevent access&lt;br /&gt; 5. results are being published late&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;* Incentives are wrongly set:&lt;br /&gt; 1. bringing up faked, but buzzy results counts&lt;br /&gt; 2. being honest does not count&lt;br /&gt; 3. revolutionisers and innovators are blocked&lt;br /&gt; 4. it does not pay risking novel approaches&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;* The patent system is broken:&lt;br /&gt; patents are not used anymore to incentivise innovators to publish ideas and innovations (to patent - from latin: to lay open)&lt;br /&gt; 1. it is a self-sustaining effort and money generating system&lt;br /&gt; 2. is used by companies to fight&lt;br /&gt; 3. it is used to increase the entrance barrier for competitors&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;* It takes a very long time for innovators to be recognised and to be appreciated - and it might not pay&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;* A huge overhead of&lt;br /&gt; administration exists&lt;br /&gt; &amp;lsquo;protective&amp;rsquo; measures (animal, workforce, environment etc) grew that are self-sustaining and failing their initial noble aim&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;* The existence of intrinsically motivated scientists and the explorer nature of humans are ignored&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&amp;mdash;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Most scientists will agree on the above mentioned statements and wish for a change. Still many will argue, that this is a very negative interpretation of an obviously working knowledge creation process (&amp;lsquo;we have been to the moon&amp;rsquo;). Digging too deep into this discussion, one ends up to ask what is best for humanity - the discussion will become very philosophical and cannot be finally solved, therefore - I will stick with the procedural impression that there is a better way to create new knowledge. And by doing so, I ll&amp;nbsp; be able to continue with this proposal:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Acknowledging the fact that a system change will need to set incentives immediately right and given the size of the required changes, only a &amp;lsquo;new kid on the block&amp;rsquo; will be able to achieve such a megalithic aim. The name for this concept could be Agora - the marketplace in the greek cities - known as the birthplace of democracy.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;To improve the knowledge creation process, the Agora system needs to achieve following goals:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;1. Being decentralised, be &amp;lsquo;just there&amp;rsquo;, under self control, no single point of failure&lt;br /&gt; 2. Provide the right incentives&lt;br /&gt; towards providing truth&lt;br /&gt; towards being open&lt;br /&gt; towards sharing&lt;br /&gt; 3. Support innovators and outliers&lt;br /&gt; 4. Support discourse, open-mindedness&lt;br /&gt; 5. Reduce unnecessary &amp;lsquo;overhead&amp;rsquo; workload&lt;br /&gt; 6. Provide innovators with the freedom to do what they think is good and if it is good&lt;br /&gt; 7. incentives them strongly and early&lt;br /&gt; 8. Provide a neatless integration into the current system&lt;br /&gt; 9. Allow the support of basic science as well as applied sciences&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Solution:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The solution Agora will consist of an ideal combination of tools that are currently emerging in different facets and different fields, the concepts are overlapping and names are not precise:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;1. Blockchain decentralized databases (e.g. bitcoins)&lt;br /&gt; 2. Trust and value networks (e.g. Ripples, Ethereum)&lt;br /&gt; 3. Web 2.0 tools for scientists (social networks, open access publications, dynamic publications (e.g. GitHub), data repositories, wikis, blogs)&lt;br /&gt; 4. Cryptocurrencies&lt;br /&gt; 5. Cryptography (hashing, signing, etc.)&lt;br /&gt; 6. Future markets (betting)&lt;br /&gt; 7. Crowdfunding&lt;br /&gt; 8. Anonymous publications, multiple online identities, &amp;hellip;&lt;br /&gt; 9. Whistle blowing platforms&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;br /&gt; Personal remarks:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;* Past already told us many times that all big things looked a bit weird in their beginnings - future will tell. The problem is to find the right time point in the future to look back and to decide :)&lt;br /&gt; * Obviously this proposal is lacking concrete implementation steps - but, lets appreciate its value: for the first time, these mentioned concepts were interpreted as a potential solution to faults in the knowledge creation process. Its implementation and defining &amp;lsquo;ideal&amp;rsquo; is certainly a far road to march &amp;hellip;&lt;br /&gt; &amp;lsquo;implementations of ideas&amp;rsquo; should be honoured - but without ideas there is no implementation &amp;hellip;&lt;br /&gt; * We will continue to work on ideas for implementation and to publish this proposal in more accessible (and currently appreciated) ways and so on &amp;hellip;&lt;br /&gt; Furthermore, since this proposal is very vague it will not be used in the future to claim inventor ship of any real implementation of any of these tools. &amp;lsquo;Inventorship&amp;rsquo; in the current sense so...&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;mQINBFTZaBgBEADUkG6nzCXQvv+PkmeUG2wyHkB8o9YSMYYj9G4JpgCxdto2IGCE&lt;br /&gt; /mMrQ4wDJh60nHsoK8Ap9Vl8YhTD5WJm71TOkUwQMHAXH+xAPcDHjRwqZCI3ss9q&lt;br /&gt; w/mypNhI+jLmiVf8ARsMMuRYw++7IP02dmMUFrL4DSonu62zdRSqH6WQF4ayLCb+&lt;br /&gt; tGiWH1JmWmKjF27ac8CGCkEqTv5KiuvY0FinyLJBbXKeR7cbAA/LOQYPlpaQksBL&lt;br /&gt; 9syrvHZKeAJnJRqYhrbknGuquSxq6OKRzwnP0mxm0lglbqRi+EOtzh8eDV/5RRnr&lt;br /&gt; stapxg8fAiJ2lUFKU/d/yzqCo8v9BhupQ+WKWljwKRraxshBtk+Mg0xd4qyowUYn&lt;br /&gt; a9GsP2rljqnjmcbMu4JAZtpy84oaAUHGyuS3tA79aDM9PKcmRdGRi3JxmqPjujkI&lt;br /&gt; phncJb8Rkix6DCGSiU9m3fZuf1ZABJgiQ02ANDC4ZPbFUHO/9YJdTonEIUCdMGGT&lt;br /&gt; PIpvLdoUlprvAWChB+Mrccspl7709AigEKhbJkDcjYR940KHVnDS5cY97/OMrbtM&lt;br /&gt; rRvM0SD708+9FoS6kAiGxMoTC00NvZlkiWcaFak8BAUQ1JW6zHnNUajoaXoqBba+&lt;br /&gt; qvDESvioyksf2R0aGv4NFxWfLaNUTELKIpuvlhAp/AwWTQS+zraAXef47QARAQAB&lt;br /&gt; tCtTY2llbnRpc3RzRml2ZSA8c2NpZW50aXN0c2ZpdmVAbWFpbGJveC5vcmc+iQI3&lt;br /&gt; BBMBCgAhBQJU2WgYAhsDBQsJCAcDBRUKCQgLBRYCAwEAAh4BAheAAAoJED7VL90g&lt;br /&gt; O+NBDZQP/Rk5P1K3N1D8t7uySAo6BzoM/np5qVMJWtPhoE5d6OmmJdJ8dV1LzeRd&lt;br /&gt; iE3a+kKCHBkuYjrgFlOXBsDEqrftxzZlVAfPFI2TBigCBgxwXoroHlAhdVHBuUfI&lt;br /&gt; KnYczLL/A7vs0q/fOJAcTvJpmPwmxZaHavKaK7o/T9A+L8r2V+PFkNRw4RA3UjqY&lt;br /&gt; W1+Drf5LzUKEGJ+iUox+MbDYTDVHIjsoQLMDM2Y+gszS77MZDx0FVWA9dAf3MT7O&lt;br /&gt; hAM9Db4KvmeKxchdFae589BUnw+686EV4f68mPaN+3jxGk9OOZ4JkksYL6gCsK1x&lt;br /&gt; Xz6oV40PC6sU/dVMeP6oGJPArywpDJnJcm0ub91lGm81JhVp0GP8rgbq9sy/9wr6&lt;br /&gt; 2lMsN07TMaNAT28K05Dc4Rq6rZY5PHCmeBmgdUjopRXFoTpOwbTqaZRalggNH8j2&lt;br /&gt; ERJnFtT5bmS+Ers3phSDbctiMQjsL6YFpESSnZwNmU8W1UQ4GAkku3ZQUVyv3l8D&lt;br /&gt; zXvFydMi82ozd/6OPJ5HnwWNNkyJ7mxPzp+5uDy3So/dJpHOTwQGFltJO86GKTvK&lt;br /&gt; m4iGuKC+n7qUMWpFJVKdB3Nw88xuPyrj4WrOuSPWNKkkFXBdeCoMWCeZv2gp5l9p&lt;br /&gt; AhwBkx9Xg7lb4N7elogF7hgkxqeKNehAtj5J3fLMGBkkLZ3NN84MuQINBFTZaBgB&lt;br /&gt; EAC6da2v+OnwRpJCQoS3FNEHgPleLDacuMsbXyMIRbr/1Kuv4REdItbu4BfDamGb&lt;br /&gt; IOoBY+4ZF8fGNl/f75U/kJfdiIUihVRH+Z2WxOcpHjea1rMRAe4UjScd5l8NHPPk&lt;br /&gt; OyFfZ2dilHAN4U+aXFIeOXGm0jguU0KV+73grzhbPh0QV2XQEqumJO5TzKgMu/vh&lt;br /&gt; B84sWa4IOhMVdJr22UcV4ZKry/2GtuOZONlgkRcWrZRM3+fyjKrm1WbpRtSIG42y&lt;br /&gt; 2JTx1QMP+ZTYTiInKQKEDsbX1R8/aOaNts5pGPgSBCCtKbFOMug32J0rBsLvSd2a&lt;br /&gt; 0QqWpF450Cy/akWb78XUOkv546rSukK76JyznA67IgWwGoixCD8xXp2bf8QLpNBZ&lt;br /&gt; bM10xeJQuVSNMOsTYg6LXeO+fqBbb/u3CO4XfiMcAmAim3ya4uDprifRvP0RSHJ4&lt;br /&gt; 8zU0L8xcPFHNASSYhgTTtUy75xSN1raYhcUSc492tPGE9PVa1MGrkQkzPf/U8FyB&lt;br /&gt; ga0/RJ01SH5XaT/qKFvUZxZkZItPChsC7Pjd/JJOmxzCI5nNJYNQ3yjhHlMHrsOU&lt;br /&gt; 5QtyatUV3oLl0kMn5WNPhyHx0HGlu9mEAcCl0qOxD/ZELQcZKNbhOMQL8I1xyHOs&lt;br /&gt; lbds06HpZC99u/f9LWOyHy+6tWLnKlzcPd3Z8UBukjjd6wARAQABiQIfBBgBCgAJ&lt;br /&gt; BQJU2WgYAhsMAAoJED7VL90gO+NBfgoQAJP4WRgx6C1ezFgjzU6qDH71rXM1yUuv&lt;br /&gt; i2KyT56bjG+ngkE6BBe8Dp/ac/GX2MhwUM81VJ3X2XWDvhSKcMvDiQX40l9QB4Kk&lt;br /&gt; 0sCd3sQ/J3QY2WJ4lC87IuXEGZFpisV773XbxN6eOP5oVnQBNLrAf1eTRqlP9yNv&lt;br /&gt; 5vNwfwYEyeja5FOc3+jxRBNjf5LK55/pGDwxIQzHD+6feo6LiwOBYB9YRvxmPBqI&lt;br /&gt; kHmQbJk9f3H0IbqeFAAN+W9TASOHk1DHDV8/JT33IoYVIOP2/Y692VGS98kgwPO8&lt;br /&gt; /ZaHw9wLdHmFOE3iXdS+W/ACYxmoHvR0f03sz407jz1VOV7CV7heUI3H3mwiXJfz&lt;br /&gt; yWfLklDLLN4E+Wq1+6cCoN2uWP1X25JQ9ZXDt3My7hVM9lUrrnP9ByDR3P2f9emg&lt;br /&gt; aYcFZoHTZ/ZMqhKtARXlgDU6jOEvSc6QVv8MOs/ecHC7qSY6fbg1My6uX/wN2ZT2&lt;br /&gt; UUM7puAUU49g5MMWqPES3//TjTTichx1seDPr6RxHMFIcHXO58vlwdS8/QSooRbo&lt;br /&gt; Ygxxw5x8vXvjeTmwBhXdYRW5c3eM7G1CulytLi7dHaqoKQuHPuwwTXLIB0fEbIYe&lt;br /&gt; CWuke6LOCqA+ti9btL55Mu6s5le7YceTg6l33xRfwYDYcIL+5/zRI56tkov6CBsF&lt;br /&gt; 8T6vMMwfzHcC&lt;br /&gt; =vt+I&lt;br /&gt; -----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</dct:description>
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