It’s a deep and wide investigation of decentralized networks of many kinds this week, drawing on the insights and wisdoms of five very different panelists in a discussion held at the legendary experimental city-under-construction Arcosanti, Arizona. Like it’s a rainforest, I don’t even know how to start talking about this conversation – too many points of entry, too many species living in it! Here are this week’s fabulous guests:
Emaline Friedman of Holochain
Sarah Johnstone, COO of The NuMundo Project
Jacob Devaney of Unify
“Raven” Mitch Mignano, loosely “of” Reality Sandwich & Institute of Ecotechnics
Michael Garfield of Future Fossils Podcast
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The three forms of decentralization (architectural, logical, and political);
The historical centralization of human culture around resources;
Why technological decentralization is insufficient to achieve the goals of a more humane and equitable society;
Decentralization of civilization through the emergence of digital nomadism and the ecovillage movement;
The transition from a value of ownership to a value of access;
Decentralization as an adaptation to the unscaleability of imperialism and colonialism;
How the free market capitalist ideology rewards success and punishes failure, even though those are largely dependent on luck;
How can we make planetary culture NOT a pyramid scheme?
Distributed trust and trustless transactions, and their political consequences;
Data ownership, data security, and the vital importance of restoring our ability to communicate through “unenclosable carriers”;
How can we divest from abusive and exploitative giant tech companies?
How decentralization as an ideology can conceal the ways that enforced consensus is a kind of “shadow centralization”;
Who is affected by this decision? Who has stake in the outcome of this issue?
How can we avoid #algocracy when technological literacy is a constant challenge?
Incentive structures and incentive landscapes: What kind of behaviors are we encouraging?
Why Facebook and Google will be seen by history as a humanitarian crisis (and what we can do about it);
Market-driven shifts in consciousness;
The limits of crypto-economic governance;
William Irwin Thompson – At The Edge of History
Joshua Ramey – The Politics of Divination