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Why I’m interested in blockchain tech for creators

I’m becoming more bullish on crypto, in particular the long-term value of Bitcoin and the shorter-term value of blockchain infrastructure for content creators.

First, the only potential point-of-failure for independent intellectuals is payment processing. Profitable indie thinkers outside of institutions are almost completely cancel-proof; the only exception being if popular protest convinces payment processors you’re too risky. If Visa or Mastercard tell Patreon or Gumroad you’re too hot to handle, then you could be screwed.

Though this has not been a real threat for anyone except the biggest and most unhinged content creators such as Alex Jones, political fashions today can change very quickly.

There are possible futures in which this problem suddenly threatens even small-timers. This factor alone means that independent intellectuals need to at least start exploring alternative payment infrastructures, on the off chance that mainstream payment processors are suddenly captured.

Second, increasingly I want to go long on Bitcoin, especially as an inflation-hedge asset. I’m not going to make the case right now, I just think that A) there are and will continue to be a lot of political tailwinds with inflationary implications, B) Bitcoin is better than gold as an inflation hedge and this will be increasingly realized, especially as Millenials and Gen Z’ers get older, and C) there is going to be a ton of institutional money moving into Bitcoin over the next decade, I think.

Thus, due to the downside political risk of mainstream payment infrastructure and the potentially asymmetrical upside of Bitcoin in coming years—I personally think it’s time to start allocating more energy, time, and resources into crypto infrastructure.

It also seems to me, anecdotally and subjectively, that early-stage crypto applications for creators are sufficiently validated that now is the time for more of us to start taking them seriously.

Currently exploring non-fungible tokens

I was recently talking with Kenny Rowe of the Dalten Collective about how I could allow my audience to own limited-edition, “signed” mp3s (of the podcast) or PDFs (of blog posts)—using non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Then these copies be traded on a marketplace such as OpenSea.

We are pretty sure this is doable, but we’re not sure about the best way to do it.

Does anyone out there know the most effective and efficient way to do this?

Please let me know. Whether it’s just a little quick input or you’re potentially interested in working with us, we’d love to hear from you.

I’ll certainly keep everyone up to date on my experiments, via this blog.

Reality Patchwork and Neo-Feudal Techno-Communism (Podcast)

Audio of my talk given at the first Diffractions/Sdbs workshop on Patchwork. My thesis is that rigorous (voluntary) enforcement of honesty using blockchain + IoT (Internet of Things) presents an opportunity for leftists to solve the game-theoretic problems of communism in a potentially scalable way. I got flak for this being "fascist," which led me to write a short extension and clarification entitled, Fascism Over Yourself Is Called Autonomy

You can read the transcript of this podcast here.

Diffractions Collective: https://www.diffractionscollective.org

SDBS: https://sdbs.cz

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Cypherpunk Neoliberalism with Sonya Ellen Mann

Sonya Ellen Mann runs communications for the Zcash Foundation. Sonya's a thinker and writer interested in economics, tribalism, and cypherpunk. We talk about the Pink Pill, cypherpunk, crypto, and anarcho-capitalism among other things. This was a fun, high-energy romp through a lot of topics...

Sonya's website is sonyaellenmann.com and you can find her on Twitter @sonyaellenmann.

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This conversation was first recorded on August 3, 2018 as a livestream on Youtube. To participate in future livestreams, subscribe to my channel with one click. Then click the little bell to receive notifications when future livestreams begin.

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Urbit and Exit with Urbit Engineer Ted Blackman

Ted Blackman is a senior engineer at Urbit, the mysterious tech startup founded by Curtis Yarvin, aka Mencius Moldbug. Ted kindly answered all my questions, and he dealt very graciously with my efforts to politicize everything. Ted is outside so be warned, there is some background noise. If you would really value better audio engineering please tell me as I decide how to allocate effort across the Other Life ecosystem...

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Ethereum Smart Contracts and Political Engineering with Dave Hoover

Dave Hoover (@davehoover) is a software engineer and expert developer of Ethereum smart contracts. He wrote the book Apprenticeship Patterns: Guidance for the Aspiring Software Craftsman and runs a distributed software development firm called Red Squirrel. He is currently writing a book on smart-contract development, called Hands-on Smart Contract Development with Solidity and Ethereum.

In this podcast, Dave gave me a better understanding of the potential — and the limits — of Ethereum smart contracts. I told Dave about my own ideas (see Reality Patchwork and Neo-Feudal Techno-Communism and Aristocracy and Communism) to see how my intuitions bounced off a technical expert. There's also some good stuff in here for anyone curious about learning to develop their own smart contracts.

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Crypto-Current Religious Becoming with CryptoChamomile

CryptoChamomile works in the Silicon Valley crypto space. He was raised a Jehovah's Witness, went secular, then went Christian. We talk about  Silicon Valley, the problems with secularism, and why the pull of religion is more rational than people think.

CryptoChamomile is on Twitter: @cryptochamomile. CryptoChamomile hosts the Youtube show Conversations with Chamomile.

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