Initially constructed sometime in Summer/Fall 2019, this concept has continued as an ever-evolving design & ethics framework toward a theoretical, decentralized, second-life platform called “Communion”. It’s first iteration was presented to a select group of friends, thought leaders & collaborators in Summer 2020. It included the description of an integrated local-global manufacturing network comprised of various mixed reality products, services and experiences which span multiple sectors and emerging markets. This space serves to describe the evolution of the system into a fully-realized second-life platform, from which new worlds could emerge.
What we practice at the small scale sets the patterns for the whole system.
"Convergence is a deep integration of knowledge, tools, and all relevant activities of human activity for a common goal, to allow society to answer new questions to change the respective physical or social ecosystem. Such changes in the respective ecosystem open new trends, pathways, and opportunities in the following divergent phase of the process" (Roco 2002, Bainbridge and Roco 2016).
Rather than platform capitalism, we need to move toward platform-cooperatives and multi-stakeholder arrangements for the sharing and commons economy.
The theoretical research I do with my colleagues tries to comprehend a new aspect of life’s evolution by thinking of it in thermodynamic terms. When we conceive of an organism as just a bunch of molecules, which energy flows into, through and out of, we can use this information to build a probabilistic model of its behaviour.
I see everyone as writing the same poem, only in many voices. We're all writing the poem of our time, everyone differently.
But in fictional worlds, we can control technology again. While science fiction has provided the scripts that many technologists have used to create our disappointing future, it also plays an important epistemological role in the struggle against racism, sexism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, and capitalism. It invites us to consider that the ways societies are organized in the here and now are themselves contingent fictions. Science fiction reveals that the social facts many have taken for granted — things like gender, race, sex, class, hierarchy, and domination that are often attributed to “human nature” — are not inherently true and could be otherwise in the future. Technology can be distributed through non-hierarchical economies and social structures. And by describing in detail the potential technologies that could undergird different forms of life, science fiction demonstrates how versions of society where biology does not determine social worth might become durable.