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Blockchain technology has transformed the financial services industry over the past decade. The rise of cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) highlights shifts in how people, organizations, and governments spend, make, and understand the role of money in society. More recently, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) promise radical new forms of collective organization and ownership. But can they deliver? Is a DAO-first economy, political structure, or world possible? Desirable?
Science fiction author Annalee Newitz moderates a debate between technologists Jake Hartnell and Amber Case on this topic.
Amber Case studies the interaction between humans and computers and is the author of four books on technology. She’s been a Research Fellow at Mozilla, MIT Media Lab, and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Case is a founder of DAO DAO where she works on next generational governance, and is also the creator of Game, a tabletop game that allows people to come up with new ways of group decision making.
Jake Hartnell is the co-founder of numerous projects including DAO DAO, Juno Network, and Stargaze. He’s also a graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Information (2014) and obsessed with DAOs.
Annalee Newitz writes science fiction and nonfiction. They are the author of Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age and Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in science. They’re also the author of the novels The Terraformers (forthcoming in January 2023), The Future of Another Timeline, and Autonomous, which won the Lambda Literary Award. They have a monthly column in New Scientist, and are the co-host of the Hugo Award-winning podcast Our Opinions Are Correct. Previously, they were the founder of io9, and served as the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.
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