Study conclusions are to be drawn from analyzing a series of experiments running on this research testbed and interpreting its real-world significance, both qualitatively in the form of individual case studies, as well as statistically in the aggregate. The advantage of organizing empirical studies around such a research testbed is that a group of experimenters can now pose and study, not one, but a whole collection of interesting research questions related to basic income.
This research testbed, once fully up and running, can also be made accessible to any interested basic income researchers anywhere around the world to facilitate collaborative efforts in the field. One can thus think of this research setup as being similar in spirit to the Polymath Project, which makes massively collaborative mathematical research possible among mathematicians and math enthusiasts from far-flung places. What’s more, the research testbed itself is built upon the Ethereum platform and operates robustly as a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO). Now, how cool is that!?
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- Matthews, Dylan (2014, July 23). A guaranteed income for every American would eliminate poverty — and it wouldn't destroy the economy. Retrieved from: http://www.vox.com/2014/7/23/5925041/guaranteed-income-basic-poverty-gobry-labor-supply