Bitcoin is already transforming the financial industry. The technology behind it – Blockchain – has great potential to revolutionize many other areas of our lives too. In my talk at re:publica 17, I explore Blockchain applications under way in the fields of nature, democracy and work.
If you’d like to learn more about it, here are some interesting links:
- terra0 is an art project on a self-owning augmented forest. There’s also some code on Github. If you’d like to learn more about Uber and Waymo, you might want to read this Economist article.
We are going to start a large-scale research project based on the terra0 concept later this year. Stay in touch!
- Ralph Merkle wrote a paper on the DAO Democracy, which draws on ideas related to Futarchy by Robin Hanson. There’s a paper in Science on the promise of prediction markets. Also there are two excellent interviews with both Merkle and Hanson on Epicenter.
You can trade on the prediction market developed by my colleagues at KIT, on FAZ.net. For those interested in the costs of a German road charge, see this piece at detektor.fm (German). If you’d like to learn more about my research on democracy, watch my re:publica 15 talk or refer to my publications list.
- Consensus Systems applies the blockchain to get rid of hierarchies and to implement a Holocracy-like corporate governance system. There is a great interview with its founder, Joe Lubin, in Duke’s CE magazine. And you can learn more about Liquid Holocray at CoinDesk.
You can also verify my claim of the correlation between city scaling and innovation in this PNAS article. I borrowed the analogy to corporate growth from Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos).