To look at that and Maria Paula’s question simultaneously, yeah, there’s this promise which has been spoken of a lot about what the emergent paradigm of the blockchain will do for the intersection of life, art and commerce where all instances of interaction are potentially recorded, traceable. There's a part of me that sort of rejects the idea of this as a novel phenomenon. Because it's like, yes… that happens already. Every physical action, everything we do has some sort of index, has some sort of impact in the world. Just… It's messy. It's not just data, its physics, its language, its memory, its all these things. It's not easy, it's not centralized, it's not a single language code base you can search to find those responses. The impacts of transactions that took place hundreds of years ago are affecting our daily lives, and we're part of chains of being that have political and social consequences where all of these things are to some extent recorded, but they're being recorded in this morass of physical and emotional and social process. But they don't have a single, searchable and also codified body of language that translates that all into one thing. So really whats novel is not the technology, but the monopoly. And there's a part of me that doesn't find that emancipatory at all. It's a part of me that finds that quite totalitarian; the dream that everything will be in one language, this master language, the God language of the chain that all meaning and value can be derived from.
Yet we should be careful not to fall for the trappings of a ‘local’ or a ‘decentralisation’ that perfectly fits the project of atomised neoliberal firms at every level – be it individual, familial, associative, governmental and supragovernmental. Neither should we resume the local to the sclerosed geographical or cultural enclaves fantasised by nationalism. How could this be accomplished? Focus could for instance be directed towards the concrete project of descaralisation, the purposeful and programmatic reduction, where needed, of the scale of the production sphere and the logistical chains.
This shift towards computerisation thoroughly affected the scientific perception of the environment. The purpose of the living world and its inhabitants was to ensure ‘optimal’ outcomes for the deployment of nuclear weapons and the tracking of their effects. Data, considered a strategic asset ripe for exchange and exploitation, were not only directly captured from the bodies of the colonised populations and territories, but very much injected, under the form of presupposed taxonomy made intelligible for the colonial gaze. This brutal in-forming, performed at gunpoint and realised technically, manifested the epistemological bounties arising from mechanisms of power designed to “dominate, extract, hierarchise and subdue”. Conversely, entities that refused their dissolution inside this blinkered model were labelled “inhomogeneities,” a denomination that presupposed their eventual homogenisation within nuclear technoaesthetics, and their “mobilisation as a resource for the exercise of power”.
The purpose of the living world and its inhabitants was to ensure ‘optimal’ outcomes for the deployment of nuclear weapons and the tracking of their effects
Mat Dryhurst is one of Twitter’s most active and astute commentators about Web3 and AI culture. When I pressed him recently about Musk’s Twitter takeover, Dryhurst told me that the current world is increasingly being run by shitposters: agents of chaos cosplaying as billionaire CEOs. If Cobie were to do an autopsy of 2022’s metagame narratives, they’d mostly be a litany of brazen crypto collapses. Shitposter Do Kwan and Terra Luna. Socratic Su Zhu and Three Arrows Capital. But none of these breathtaking dumps compare to the death spiral decline of Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) and centralized exchange FTX. Lurid details are still spewing forth at the time of writing this (many of which also involve Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison: see Autism Capital’s real-time Twitter-shitposting-journalism for every new morsel). The Russo brothers are slated to dramatize the entire FTX saga for Amazon: ready-made Lorecore. SBF’s amphetamine-fuelled malfeasance hits at the heart of Good Crypto Lore, as he had styled himself as the senator whisperer, urging the American government to take crypto as seriously as he, apparently, did. FTX’s contagion is not only financial; it’s philosophical.
The core focus of Public Assembly (from a public perspective) will be to create as many high-impact, need-filling prototypes as possible. Prototypes can range from small components of larger ideas, fully speccd applications, to subDAO spinoffs around prototypes that are ready to be the focus of a sustained development cycle. Of course other types of ideas will be funded as well (ex: governance/ecosystem related stuff, bounty programs, etc.) The background/underlying focus (or “destination”) of the DAO will be figuring out how to maximize decentralized, asynchronous, internet-based coordination in the pursuit of building digital infrastructure. Here is a graphic that roughly describes the vision of Public Assembly (replace moonsunmoon with Public Assembly logo tba)