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The rLoop Network
The rLoop Network is a decentralised research and development organisation,
engineering solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. It is designed
to enable anyone, anywhere, at any time, to participate in the creation,
development, and scrutiny of potentially world-changing technology. Our
mission is to develop and launch innovative technology fueled by a genuine
desire to improve the world and humanity. The rLoop Network mitigates the risk
of early stage R&D by leveraging an untapped global pool of talent and resources,
harnessing the wisdom of the community, and facilitating and optimising
amorphous group coordination. It encourages participation at the intersection
of an individuals passion and interests, removes geographical barriers to
participation, and opens up an entirely new and previously untapped workforce.
This document provides an overview of the intended preliminary
implementation of the rLoop Network, as well as potential future growth
Drives Economic Growth
Innovation Makes Technology
The Innovation Bottleneck
The Disengaged Workforce
Geographical Localisation of
Is There a Science to Innovation?
Track Record 11
The Team 11
Wisdom of the Crowd
Expert Knowledge 14
Total Autonomy 15
Innovative Organisational Processes 15
Open and Transparent
Skill Development 15
Purpose Driven Work
Immutability & Auditability
Milestone Based Resource Allocation 15
THE rLOOP NETWORK
rLoop Community Roles
Board of Advisors
Core Team 18
Humanity’s progress has been driven by scientific and technological innovation.
Traditionally, investments in innovation have come from government or
corporate interests. Centralised research programs have led to revolutionary
technology, but the investment pace has slowed dramatically over the past
four decades as traditional investors seek targeted research that can be quickly
converted into profits. This shortsightedness has resulted in an innovation
bottleneck, where technologies that can have incredible impact on humanity
have been impeded or entirely ignored.
There is no shortage of talent and passion in the global workforce. This talent
largely goes untapped as existing organisational structures cling to antiquated
concepts of personal motivation which have been shown to actually inhibit
performance, creativity, and drive. Furthermore, opportunities to participate
in innovative projects have become increasingly geographically localised. The
result is a global acce...
Technological Innovation Drives Economic Growth
One of the most consistent findings in macroeconomics is the growth that
innovation drives - and this has remained true for centuries. In the U.S.,
economists have calculated that approximately 50% of annual GDP growth
is attributed to increases in innovation.
There is also a clear statistical link
between innovation and gains in the standard of living.
Support from government for R&D spending is critical to innovation, as
governments can sponsor the kind of basic research projects that seek wide-
ranging scientific understanding and which can affect entire industries. Private
sector firms prefer to focus their R&D on “applied” projects, where they can
capture the entire payoff. Their role is not to undertake broad R&D for the general
benefit of humanity.
The U.S. federal government played a critical role in financing the basic research
underlying earlier innovations such as computing equipment...
Innovation Makes Technology Accessible
I. The Benefits of Innovation
Innovation makes technology affordable.
Today we have the ability to access almost all of the world’s knowledge in our
pocket, and the cost of computing power to consumers continues to plummet.
Most people don’t think about disk drives but they store, search,
Consumer technologies like personal computers and mobile
and retrieve almost limitless amounts of information today
devices make all of our lives easier, allowing us to quickly
and now, with cloud computing, can be accessed wirelessly. I
“You live in a world where an entire operating system can fit on a wafer thin
used to say that you have now the Library of Congress on your
piece of plastic smaller than your finger tip [sic]. And you can run this on
computer. Now you have the ability to access almost all the
connect with people across the world and retrieve information
regardless of our location. The price of these technologies has <...
The Innovation Bottleneck
Despite all of this, traditional corporate structures have demonstrated a complete
disregard towards discovery and innovation. One study, aptly named ‘Killing the
found that the number of publicly traded companies publishing
research in scientific journals has dropped nearly two-thirds from 1980, down to
only 6%. The study states:
“Large firms appear to value the golden eggs of science (as reflected in
patents) but not the golden goose itself (the scientific capabilities).”
Scientific advances and acknowledgement may earn a company prestige but
does not always result in profit, and difficulty in exploiting technology dis
suades traditional investors from opening their pockets.
“...people who might have become scientists, who in another age dreamt
of curing cancer or flying to Mars, today dream of becoming hedge fund
A study on the negative relationship between the rate of growth of the ...
Geographical Localisation of Opportunities
Opportunities for an individual to participate in high technology have become
increasingly geographically localised. Relocating to these tech hubs requires
substantial investment and sacrifice for an individual, creating a barrier between
an organisation or project and the global pool of talent. Even in the case that an
individual can relocate, participation for them is still far from guaranteed.
The rLoop Network enables anyone, anywhere, at any
time, to participate in the development of potentially
It is designed to encourage participation where the passion and interests of an
individual overlap. It removes geographical barriers to individuals and opens up
an entirely new and previously untapped workforce.
Is There a Science to Innovation?
Over the past three years, rLoop has mobilised a globally distributed community
to develop Hyperloop technology. We organically organised and evolved to
optimise the strengths of a diverse and largely virtual team, as well as to identify
and mitigate associated challenges. Throughout, we tracked and measured every
process. Our research and practical findings indicate there is indeed a science to
innovation, and that the process is repeatable. And our findings are not unique.
A study published in the Harvard Business Review
examined five years of data
from over 150 companies, covering 3.5 million participants. The key variables
they identified that drive innovation largely resonate with our experience:
- A large group of participants will always out-ideate a
small group of smart people. This concept is known as the ‘Wisdom of the
Crowd’. But a homogenous group will trend towards consensus, which is