A Conversation with Crystal Rose, CEO of Sense, with Alex Lightman.
Alex Lightman: What is Sense?
Crystal Rose: A way to share your knowledge and to earn from it. Sense is also a protocol for human intelligence, and a token that allows you to get rewarded for your human capital. A token is a value holder or placeholder for all the things you can contribute, a very granular way to keep track of all the knowledge you share, big and small, across the digital world.
Your slogan is “Rewarding Human Capital.” How does that work?
Human capital is something we define as all your skills, life experience, your knowledge. Everything you contribute digitally (some code posted on Github, giving recommendations on Facebook, answering AMAs, commenting on Reddit, or contributions to conversations on Telegram) is rewarded by getting Sense, which is a token. The more Sense you have, the more knowledge you can request with Sense. Sense allows you to gift knowledge and be gifted more knowledge in return.
What are the parts of the Sense ecosystem?
There are three parts. Sense, a token of value for human capital. The application layer, on which Sensay is the largest application currently running, with three million active users and growing faster now that we announced Sense would be used on this application layer. The third part is Humans.AI, which is a protocol for Human Intelligence, and developer tools for accessing a neural net of human data, and accessing live actual humans.
What are the different smart contracts that Sense makes use of?
There are smart contracts in chat and they can be extended to any application. The first smart contract is the token itself, which is a value exchange. The second one is knowledge attribution, which includes what you have contributed to centralized and decentralized applications (like Reddit and Steemit). If I have told Sensay the bot everything about the Blockchain that I know, that can go into the knowledge attribution contract. And the third one is the knowledge access contract, which includes all your digital knowledge online. You get rewarded every time that you allow a human or bot to access that knowledge.
Where does artificial intelligence play a role with the Sense ecosystem?
We believe that the future of intelligence is human, not just artificial. We think of artificial intelligence and human intelligence converging, and want us to think of AI as Augmented Intelligence. We have machine learning, so that an AI can understand the value of the knowledge when we are doing knowledge attribution, and this is done today via conversation analysis. We can know a lot about a person on the platform we call Humans.AI, which is a protocol accessible by developers and on the Blockchain. Developers can build, for instance, a dating bot. The developers can use the knowledge of the community and find all the people who share interests in, say, Game of Thrones, cats, and strategy games. To access all this, the developers would pay Sense.
Who is your market?
We are a consumer-focused Blockchain application that gives value to people for something they use every day. Everyone uses messenger applications, social media, and other platforms like blogging, but most people get buried beneath search engine optimization.
There are 7.5 billion people in the world and 4.9 billion with mobile phones, and 3.6 billion with access to the Internet. 2.8 billion are on social media and 1.2 billion are on Messenger. What’s the point of all those stats? To me, that nearly everyone is one line, and we should be better at connecting and sharing knowledge, intelligence, information, wisdom and good work.
We as humans could transfer information faster and learn faster if we could connect to the right people at the right time. If we want to add brains as nodes on the network, we would have to have two things: brains that were good actors and had the desire to be on the network. Sense is a reward system that makes you feel good about both sharing and transacting, and you don’t have to feel as though you are forced to give away everything you know to everyone for free all the time.
How much are you raising and how will that money be used?
We have a cap of $25 million. We have a billion tokens and we are going to be selling 275 million of them. 30% are reserved for current developers and communities. 15% is reserved for future developers. 27.5% each will be sold in the token sale and reserved for the organization. I am excited to use the money to build out the Sense ecosystem. My primary goal now is to get as many developers as possible building out what we could call “the Collective Consciousness”.
What is the Collective Consciousness?
It’s everything we have in our minds that we are willing to share or hold in common. It’s the global human network. To me, it’s what we love about the Internet, all transacted through the human network, but personal, and instant. There are aspects that are the same as The Matrix, in that expertise can be downloaded. Neo said, “I know Kung Fu.” I want anyone to be able to instantly download and grasp expertise in any field he or she chooses.
There’s another aspect to this, related to the Blockchain. Operating with transparency leads to operating with integrity. We have to get better at working for the good of groups, communities and the whole. That’s a beneficial effect of working in decentralized communities and industries. My experience is that over-centralization leads to overemphasis on self-interest that is misaligned with other interests and parties. So I would like the Sense-centric Collective Consciousness to have people want to contribute to the global better human network. Why is so much good work done for free, considering all the charitable and volunteer work? We want to bring about a convergence of interests and maximize incentives to do good work for good reasons, and have a way of keeping track. That’s Sense.
Are there specific ways that developers can participate?
Yes. We appreciate it, when we can find and collaborate with developer communities that have benevolent values and are making contributions that improve society and could be called good work. We also offer to help developers who have advances in software and who want to find communities to offer their software to.
Thank you, Crystal. We wish you success with Sense, Sensay and building out the Collective Consciousness!