Emily Segal: "Any time that certain people are making a lot of money very quickly, they tend to get delusionally excited about how much that same process is going to help a lot of other people and change the world. That doesn't mean that that process can't help other people or can't change the world for the better, but there does seem to be some correlation between the speed with which certain people make money and their conviction that that thing is going to save the world.
To put it mildly, technology tends to cut both ways—it is morally neutral at best. When people who are critical of the Web3 space are reacting negatively to the delusional optimism, I totally get that; at the same time, I think that overreacting to that is a shame because we're actually in one of these rare periods where technology is more plastic. We have the opportunity to figure out what we want to do with it, and to have a say in making sure that the types of projects and people who should be included, are included. It’s likely that—decentralization aside—there will be power consolidation periods that make it more difficult to initiate experimental or expansive projects. It's important to be brave and open-minded about it and to really take on an experimental attitude. What that means is also assessing what works and what doesn’t.
There's no chance that we'll look back in three years and say, ‘Oh, we shouldn't have published all those fabulous books.’ But we could look back on some of our experiments in this space and say, ‘Oh, that didn't make sense or that didn't actually lead us where we wanted to go.’ That's what happens when you're working with a new, nascent technology."