Physix: A feedback system that prioritizes feelings over metrics


Traditionally we have been trying to digitalise every aspect of our society. However, there is a major flow in digital systems, their architecture prioritised binary models. In the effort to increase quantity, speed and accessibility, the gap between the creators and the machine had to be as narrow as possible. The approach led to a world in which we have an ocean of information, and we are the ones to judge whether what we see is good or bad. But what if there is more than that?


Social media came as a solution to give people a voice, enabling the virtualisation of free thought and right of opinion. The growth of social media was so massive that from some perspectives, it is considered "the internet". However, each thought and idea is subject to agreement or disagreement. This is one of the reasons we have features such as "like and dislike" or "upvote and downvote", but in reality, we are left with a 0 and 1 to be our standpoint when it comes to general opinion.


Not all questions can be answered with "yes or no". That is why we started to see more complex feedback systems, like "rate from 1 to 5", but the principle is the same. How far are you from zero, or how close are you to one? We could say that this is the nature of voting. Historically, people would agree or disagree with a new law or would vote for one president or the other.


What if we are looking at the feedback systems from the wrong perspective? Everyone knows that humans go through a complex thinking process before being able to give a binary answer. Moreover, one would consider past experience, sentiments and knowledge before offering a narrow and constrained binary opinion on a topic. Most would argue that one could rely on writing instead of voting if they want to express an opinion, but text has always been subject to interpretation based on the same factors mentioned above.


Physix comes with a novel approach to feedback systems, offering a complex but simple to use tool which has the potential to revolutionise the evaluation of general opinion. There are many options to gather natural feedback, and the model depends on the desired outcome. However, when using the voting tools offered by Physix, the most crucial aspect is the question asked.


QuantaVote allows the input of sentiment or satisfaction as well as a grayscale vote representing the trust. In the scenario below, we want to know more about how people percept governor John Roe. One could like his ideas and proposed projects, but at the same time not believe that the promises will become a reality.


SenVote is the perfect tool when it comes to sentiment or satisfaction input. In the scenario below, the local council allowed the construction of a modern shopping centre where the old cinema everyone knows currently is. Let's see how people feel about that.


The Black&White Vote aims to record satisfaction based on specific criteria. For example, governors announced the construction of a new industrial park on Mars. People living on Mars might dislike it because of the generated pollution, but people on earth may support the idea because the natural resources there are almost untouched. Hence, the vote's outcome is divided into two categories to represent the satisfaction of each part.


Cordial World will include the voting features offered by Physix. Sharing lived experience is the core ideology Cordial promotes. With the implementation of the platform and the inclusion of innovative ideas such as the Physix voting system, our goal of truly connecting the society and understanding local and global perspectives would be closer than ever.




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