It is all too often that during debates when everybody expects to finally get some answers and to finally have adversaries face logic & facts and respond according to that, we get answers that are so evasive or that completely avoid the subject that we are left stunned and felling angry instead of reaching closure. People enter debates to prove their point of view, to prove something right or wrong, to exchange and test ideas, to have their minds changed or to change the minds of their adversaries but 99.9% of the time both parties exit the debate without reaching any conclusion and everybody realize that it was a waste of time, nobody paid attention to the other party arguments and they often got lost or sidetracked.
Imagine the following debate on subject X. Two adversaries enter the debate and if you sum it up they just say: "X is good" and "X is bad", the audience already had a bias when they started watching and they get their confirmation and reinforcement from the side they supported so everybody is left feeling that hey where right from the beginning and that the other party is crazy. We need facts and logic to get to the truth an when one side asks a question, the other side will not be allowed to dodge it like "You are divisive for asking that" - [Justin Trudeau when asked about having the funds to pay $10 million to a terrorist because Canada gave him PTSD but not having the money for the pensions of veterans who fought for their country.]
I WILL create the next gen debate platform that will help people use logic & facts to reach the truth after a debate in order to reach consensus. FREE SPEECH will be protected and there will be no censorship, no subject will be taboo because it will be a platform for education and learning. Shaming tactics like calling people racist, nazi, bigoted, etc for asking a legitimate question will have no effect and will not drive the dialog or censor it.
I am a full stack developer (programmer/web designer) with over 12 years experience, my name is Cristian and i'm 33 years old. To start this project was also one of this years (2018) resolution and there are only two weeks left until the new year so i'm trying to make it real it before it's up. I have witnessed so many debates turn into a complete circus and waste of time when I had so many high hopes that something will be solved, only to see my hopes crushed by the harsh reality that people are used to say incorrect or false things without repercussion and if they stick to it long enough the other party will just move on to the next topic.
REAL CHANGE, WONDERFUL CHANGE can be driven trough dialog, by understanding the other party's point of view but as long as the dialog platform is flawed and you can't change your interlocutor's point of view or they can't change yours then dialog is useless.
You and me, just like many other people today, left a comment in the comment section of a video or article to share an idea hoping to change mentalities but if it wasn't between the first comments it got lost between the other few thousands comments never to be seen again or if you are lucky to be one of the first and it sparked a discussion in the comment section, more than 50% are just personal attacks and the other replies are just everybody talking for themselves. Imagine if your action really did made a change instead of being just another lost comment.
The funding will go to developing the platform, hardware, human translations in as many languages as possible and legal fees. Some very good lawyers will be needed in order to protect FREE SPEECH on the platform. Also I might/will need to relocate as UK is known to actively silence free speech and ending in jail for promoting free speech and the platform closed is not the option I envision. The first development stage will take 10 months up to a year, after that it will be accessible only to a testing team for a month and after that it be released to the public for free use. Development will continue after the release date but how the the final product will work after a year will depend if the goal is reached.
It will be an open platform, just like a public square free to use for everybody for open discussions, everybody will be able to have their say and will be able to drive the discussion in the right direction.