We now accept Bitcoin. Not as a matter of convenience, but as a matter of principle, of ideology, of commitment to human evolution.
Many people put bitcoin/blockchain currencies as opposed to cash. But… I don’t see blockchain currencies as representing a divergence from cash. Rather, blockchain currencies are an evolution (by leaps and bounds) of the infrastructure underlying our digital economy. But blockchain doesn’t need to replace cash. Cash and crypto, side by side. The best of both worlds. Crypto representing the natural evolution of digital currency, which we already use now anyways.
Blockchain currency is scary. Besides the threat of physical disconnect that may result from an internet of things, the potential to naively rely excessively on a technology.
I have fears, strong fears, around blockchain. Two main concerns – one is that I hate to empower an internet of things. An internet of things is a… a serious existential threat: we don’t need to disconnect ourselves even further from the physical world. Secondly, and more immediate – I fear any technology that we rely excessively on, that we put excessive trust in, and that empowers a small technocratic minority. But in a way, that’s always been the system. Maybe blockchain has the potential to take us beyond that.
Despite the fears, we have to move forward. There’s no bigger way of embracing jumps in complexity. I’m a firm believer that complexity is the best direction to move in. At the same time, don’t forget who’s on the boat on that journey… A kernel of the past, of our primal nature, should always be pulled along with us. Not just philosophically, but also to sustain our existence. Because we ARE that kernel. If we lose it, WE will become the AI of the future.
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