F.A.Q.

This list of question is a way to develop all kinds of aspects of the project. Please help us asking more questions!

How can I develop my social capital?

The Affect Machine helps you develop your social capital by trading it with shares in other interesting subjects. With the tool AffectMatching, you can identify just the kind of capital you need to balance your AffectCapital, now and in the future.

What is a surplus value in the system?

The surplus value you get, what we call the AffectPlus,  is the growth of value your investment creates minus costs. If you e.g. invest in a kid that becomes a successful plumber, this surplus can e.g. be in the form of plumbing services, or even money if the plumbing services are exchanged for money on the market. Such a friend-share also increases in value, meaning its popularity grows leading to a potential larger network.

What is a balanced Affect Machine portfolio?

A balanced Affect Machine portfolio is such a diverse collection of friends as possible, both regarding capacity, flexibility and time. When planning your portfolio you should consider these three aspects:

  1. Capacity: Do your relations have the right capacity for your needs? (What are your needs?)
  2. Flexibility: What happens if external conditions change and your needs change? Its good to have a diversity of relations to cover all possible aspects.
  3. Time: Your shares will eventually grow old, and so do you. Therefore you need to renew your stock on a regular base.

What is an Affect family?

An Affect family helps you to balance and to have a diverse portfolio of relations, regarding both capacity, breadth and age. This is a way to spread your risk and create a collective surplus value through synergies between the various units in the network.

Can I trade shares if the dependent don’t want to quit the relation?

You cannot quit a share if the decision isn’t mutual, but you can delegate the share to someone else.

Why would anyone want shares in an old and sick person?

An old or/and sick person is worth the sum of his/her relations. When someone die, the remaining relations (= the dead persons shares in other people) doesn’t die, but are shared by the shareholders. Therefore, to invest in an almost dead person can be a short-term high risk, but as it is a cheap and high risk it can become a very fruitful long-term investment.

Isn’t the Affect Machine a kind of slavery?

There are many similarities to slavery, as you own a right to a person, the person’s children, his/hers future assets and also rights to friends. But you don’t own the actual body, but the right to trade your investment in the person. The resources needed to make a surplus. It can also entail the right to any surplus the person produce (if any), and the obligation to help the person if needed. It is more like having a family. You invest in each other by helping out whenever it is possible. The more successful the group, the more successful the individual gets.

Can the Affect Machine replace capitalism?

We don’t believe this system should totally replace capitalism. Rather we see a fruitful combination, where more complex tasks that involves a high degree of specialization, are sold on a capital market. But as a market is a form of communication between needs and wants (=mutual relation), it is just a matter of time till we have invented more flexible instruments for networking, that will enable higher specialization.

Can Affect Machine replace the state?

A state is needed to overview that regulations are followed and works as intended, and to revise the system. But the Affect Machine supports the building of so called ‘performative’ states that can be seen as an alternative to the nation state and a transition to another way of building ‘states’.

How can the Public Sector be maintained in a relational economy?

This questions needs more investigation. [ look at how public space in the US is maintained as part of a voluntary sphere.]