We are happy to see this discussion about CPI points. I want to stoke some thoughts to kindle more discourse on this topic.
Actually, we have been thinking about the future of CPI points for quite some time, we hope its usage could be well beyond a simple crypto currency to buy our products in the future, but exactly what roles and functions CPI should play, and how to get there, are something well worth contemplating, and your input from the community is greatly appreciated.
Please allow me to elaborate, consider this a prompt for an open discussion. At this point, it’s probably relatively trivial to get CPI on an ICO, once traded on an exchange, CPI points will expect to get a price, anchored initially to ethereum. That value will bring about several advantages, though pure speculation trading is not one of them. From day one, we have always wanted our community to be a truly open and decentralized self-organization, owned by the community members who have contributed the most. But as a hardware project, introducing a customized chip (eg. 4-6 cores, different GPUs, or ARM+RISC cores, additional interfaces) could easily require at least one million dollar to get started, designing a new screen module, eg. custom sizes TFT display, or e-ink screen for DevTerm could require minimal order value well exceeding $200K dollar. One of the reason we are slow to bring in new modules for GameShell or DevTerm is exactly the amount of capital requirement in the first place. We hope the application of CPI and blockchain technology to crowd-fund the process could potentially speed up our development of new hardware modules, overcoming the prohibiting high cost, and make community member contribution possible. However, details need to be worked out, so that CPI points holders, community contributors, could all benefit from the time and efforts they put into the projects. Ideally, CPI holders should also be able to initiate and vote for new projects, introducing new modules to the community by themselves, using CPI points to pay for the developers and other related costs.
Of course, these are only our initial thoughts, we welcome your suggestions and encourage discussions to finalize the plan for this experiment of digital currency application in our open source hardware community, and as a token for appreciation, we would be happy to put aside 2% CPI points for members of our community to devise and help us execute the plan itself. In the long run, we are happy if our founding team could remain as little as 20% of the CPI, with rest of them all go to the community.