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What is, is.
What is not, could be.

I have this idea how to empower the human reasoning.
It might make things worse
It might lead in the wrong direction
It might be a waste of effort and money
It might be a waste of hope
Yet not trying would be to betray my intuition.
What if it works?

I sold my business to give my dream a chance to thrive, and created the Foundation for Digital Peace Talks at the end of 2016.

Iwan Ittermann

Idea


The key purpose of the Foundation for Digital Peace Talks is to foster the development of a open source software called Digital Peace Talks that enables all humans to enter a fair and meaningful discourse.

So how exactly would this look?
Let's say we want to discuss “What causes the climate of earth to change?” or “How can we achieve peace in the arab-israel conflict?” or “What should be paid with all the taxes we all pay?”.
  • All users states their opinion on that question.
  • Public opinions will be visualized in an endless three-dimensional space.
  • An algorithm analyzes the semantic stochastic and clusters opinions that are same and those that are opposite (I favor t-SNE, a learning machine that reduces dimensionality of vectorized words in order to sort the ones most alike. Picture it a bit like a search engine knowing that for searching “cow”, a site containing “milk” is more likely to be relevant then a site containing “animals”).
  • Everyone can send and receive, accept and deny applications to talk about an others opinion. The exchanges are be held until You made I change my mind or forever or until they fail.
  • A talk fails, when one participant triggers crisis mode and they don't both agree on ending the crisis within a given time limit.
  • A talk is successful when the applicant made the receiver change his opinion.
  • Successful arguments are archived and highlighted, so others that stated a similar opinion can see them.

What I dream of, is to create a space - a universe - where everyone can speak freely, decide freely who he or she listens to and decide freely what he or she talks about with who. A browsable, three dimensional archive of all our opinions: the points we agree on as well as the points that make me “I” and you “You”.

In this digital space you would have freedom of speech, like in real life (sad having to add “idealistically”), but also freedom of listening and most importantly freedom of opinion.

My goal is to reduces polarization in global society and enables us to understand each other better.

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Now


The first thing that needs to be done now is the programming of the most viable product (MVP).

If you are a talented journeyman or woman, who would like to become a professional software craftsman, we are looking to hire you!
  • Curiosity and passion for knowledge is a must. Experience with NodeJS is a plus.
  • Please apply to join a small team of top notch agile software construction practitioners by answering:
    • Why are gully covers round? Name at least three reasons.
    • In a house with complete darkness 10 people have earrings, and 15 don't. They are required to exit the house and form two groups according to their earrings. No communication is possible, no one can see or be told his own ears condition. How should they do it?
    • How should passwords in a data bank be saved?

Once the MVP is ready, we need you to be a Test Peace Talker! We are looking to choose 200 alpha tester.
If you would like to participate:
  • Convince two online strangers you consider, opinion wise, your fierce “enemies” to join the talks with you.
  • Please send three mail addresses and three answers to the question: “How can peace in the arab-israel conflict be achieved?”

  • The resources of the foundation are planned to last until the start of the alpha test. With all we could invested and the alpha test as live proof of concept, we will ask philanthropist for funds, one and only one time.

    Once the beta version is ready, the idea needs to sustain it self. Either, like Wikipedia, by user donations and/or, like the newspaper The Guardian, by earnings from a licensing and consulting unit.

    Looking forward to hear from you!
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    Angaben gemäß § 5 TMG:
    Die Stiftung für digitale Friedensgespräche ist ein treuhänderisch verwalteter Stiftungsfonds innerhalb der Dachstiftung für individuelles Schenken
    GLS Treuhand e.V.
    Christstraße 9, 44789 Bochum

    Ansprechpartner für den Stiftungsfonds „Stiftung für digitale Friedensgespräche":

    Iwan Ittermann



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