Technology is not never deterministic: It can be used to create very different kinds of society.
-Yuval Noah Harari
Hello, fellow human.
Though if you’re not a human, I’m not concerned, and neither will you be. Welcome to my blog. My blog-worthy interests are roughly speaking, social processes, decentralization, the Ethereum blockchain, artificial intelligence, and ethical processes to move the world towards a better set of systems than the ones we currently have.
I’m not a techno-optimist. I claim technology has come from making the world better(ish, though less safe) in the 20th century and prior, to making the world more convenient, more marketable, and more authoritarian in the 21st. I’m interested in cryptography and blockchain technology in particular because I believe these have the potential to limit the problems inherent to increasing centralization of power.
I’m also interested in the role international law has played in shaping technology’s path. Depressingly, human rights efforts appear to have had remarkably little effect towards international human development. Human rights organizations and governments are limited by some basic economics and game theory. For instance, how can a human rights organization “defend human rights” in an undeveloped nation, when that country’s economy is trapped in low-profit primary industries, while its government is too incompetent or too corrupt to carve new paths? An inability to compete against developed nations exacerbates global wealth inequality, and these problems will likely only become more pronounced with time.
It seems most likely to me that technology centralizes global markets into a winner-take-all competition between the largest technology companies and the most authoritarian governments, while the global rich employ life extension and genetic engineering technology to create a class onto themselves.
Alternatively, maybe we can find a way to design a future wherein technology and decentralization provide tools to elevate and liberate humans from systemic poverty, corruption, and exploitation. I’m playing somewhat fast and loose with the name calling, but I’ll try to be more explicit in my blogs. In any case, I believe the distribution and availability of technology are economics problems that deserve more oxygen in the arena of global debate, and I like to hear the sound of my own keyboard.
Happy scrolling and skimming 😉