Wednesday, January 22, 2003

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In today's post, Scott Andrew drops the word "whuffie", a word and concept that has stuck in my mind since I read Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. It's basically a currency that measures the worth of a human being, based on the value assigned to them by society. Whatever I do these days, I think "would this generate whuffie for me?". For example, dumping pollutants in stream could lead to monetary profit but would generate a plunge in whuffie, while rescuing a kitten from a tree is an act of charity but also yields plenty of whuffie. So far, I can't see a practical implementation of this. But maybe someday.

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