Our purpose is to build tools for a catallactic society. A catallactic society is a society built upon the foundations of the theory of catallactics. Where catallactics is the theory of the market economy; i.e. of exhange prices and ratios.

With the advent of blockchain technology and an open-source financial system, we believe that our society is largely shaped by the principles of a new type of evolving market system: one that is based on the principles of catallactics.

Therewith we have also experienced an increased dependency in our market economy upon a new form of interpersonal exchange that is based on cryptographic principles and p2p networks. Without these exchanges, there is no liquidity, and therefore there are no prices or ratios either.

For this reason, we aim to build tools that cater to this new market economy and to the overall benefit of society as opposed to its regression or undoing

A History of Interpersonal Exchange: From Byzantine to Blockchain

The Exchange relation is the fundamental social relation. Interpersonal exchange of goods and services weaves the bond which unites men into society. - Ludwig Von Mises

These exchanges are generally undertaken by way of some form of communication. This communication between parties can be divided up into three main parts:

The advent of the Blockchain has largely redesigned and grown interpersonal exchange as we know it and this article will touch briefly upon its evolution, “from Byzantine to Blockchain.”

Part One: Byzantine

Interpersonal exchange from a byzantine standpoint can be divided up into the following three categories:

As a technological solution, the Blockchain has the potential to take the financial systems of old and decrease their byzantine complexity by making the global financial system more transparent (emphasising the truth and not secrets/lies), less complicated (by way of increasing efficiency) and is immutable (cannot be undone and therefore cannot be changed). The how of this will be explored further in the paragraph to follow.

Part Two: Blockchain:

The Internet created a link between persons exchanging communications and technology. It helped individuals exchange information with one another without the need for any face-to-face interaction to occur. The Blockchain digitized the concept of interpersonal exchange further by emphasizing the following three components:

Emphasis on increased security for exchanges continues to grow as further crytographic research is applied in the field. Elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) is an example of a type of encrytion being used in research, and is used for encryption by combining the key agreement with a symmetric encryption scheme.

This mechanism for exchange was initially enabled by the invention of the Internet but the Blockchain takes it a step further by promising a similar communications system whereby information processing systems no longer have to rely on sharing their communications with humans because they can become autonomous.

This repetition from a mathematical standpoint can be seen as iteration. Ultimately, this iteration if implemented properly and using a universal language that all blockchains can understand has the potential to give blockchains their full autonomy. They can furthermore use it to communicate and exchange information with one another to continue growing a cooperative system amongst themselves.

Part Three: How does interpersonal exchange tie into a catallactic society?

The advent of blockchain technology has changed the face of society as we know it. We now exist within a new kind of society. A society that runs on a series of interpersonal exchanges of digitized assets in a digitized market economy. We call this new society a catallactic society.

Part Four: The tools we build

Amir Taaki’s example of tools: Our approach to tool-building using software as a means for doing so is inspired by Amir Taaki’s approach to tools.

As technologists, our job is to build tools for people to use. And we find ourselves in an empowering position because of the legacy left to us by many people over history who built the technology with certain ethics and morals in mind. As someone with a huge amount of skill you have a responsibility to carry that legacy onwards. - Amir Taaki

Part Five: Acknowledgements

Thank you to Arie Levy-Cohen, Reto Trinkler, Mark Greenslade, Bruno França, Hector Chu, Hervé Fulchiron and Seraya Takahashi for input and team support.

Part Six: Resources/Further Reading

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