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[Energy/abundance edition] Nature 2.0: The Cradle of Civilization Gets an Upgrade

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Nature is the cradle of civilization.
Nature 1.0 is seeds & soil.
Nature 2.0 adds silicon & steel. AI, blockchain, IoT towards abundance.

Keynote address at Startup Energy Transition (SET) Festival, Apr 16, 2018, Berlin, Germany

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https://medium.com/@trentmc0/nature-2-0-27bdf8238071

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[Energy/abundance edition] Nature 2.0: The Cradle of Civilization Gets an Upgrade

  1. 1. Trent McConaghy @trentmc0 Ocean | BigchainDB Nature 2.0: The Cradle of Civilization Gets an Upgrade
  2. 2. On the IoT, nobody knows you’re a toaster
  3. 3. But what is this? Robot? Plant?
  4. 4. What do you call a forest that owns itself?
  5. 5. Can a wind farm own itself? How? Can that help redefine our relationship with energy?
  6. 6. How we can transition from scarcity to abundance?
  7. 7. Nature 1.0
  8. 8. Nutrients
  9. 9. Rain
  10. 10. Sun
  11. 11. Symbiosis with animals
  12. 12. No ownership No identity No money No scarcity
  13. 13. No ownership No identity No money No scarcity It just is. Self-sustaining Anti-fragile
  14. 14. Ever-higher levels of integration. From beasts  ecosystems Each ecosystem just is. Self-sustaining Anti-fragile
  15. 15. Mother Earth = our planet’s ecosystem. Nature is the cradle of civilization.
  16. 16. Yet often we fall short. Does tech have anything to say?
  17. 17. Blockchain (and ways to frame it)
  18. 18. “A Chain of Blocks” -Block = list of transactions, where tx = “create asset” or “transfer asset” action, digitally signed -Chain = linked list, where links are hashes Header Tx1 Tx2 Tx3 .. Header Tx1 Tx2 Tx3 .. Header Tx1 Tx2 Tx3 ..
  19. 19. “Database with blue ocean benefits” • Decentralized • Immutable • Assets
  20. 20. “Trust machine” because it minimizes trust needed to operate. It’s more socially scalable. (Ref Szabos)
  21. 21. STORE OF VALUE Bitcoin, zcash FILE SYSTEM IPFS/FileCoin, Swarm DATABASE BigchainDB, OrbitDB BIZ LOGIC Ethereum, Dfinity HIGH PERF. COMPUTE TrueBit, Golem, iExec STATE PolkaDot DATA TCP/IP VALUE Interledger, Cosmos COMMUNICATIONSPROCESSINGSTORAGE “Emerging Decentralized Stack”
  22. 22. Bitcoin incentivizes security = hash rate = electricity Result: > USA by mid 2019! Get people to do stuff By rewarding with tokens “Incentive Machine”
  23. 23. “Public Utility Network” Self-sustaining, anti-fragile
  24. 24. A computational process that • runs autonomously, • on decentralized infrastructure, • with resource manipulation. “DAO: Decentralized Autonomous Organization” It’s code that can own stuff! Aka “good computer virus”
  25. 25. “Life Form” -Ralph Merkle “Bitcoin is the first example of a new form of life.” “It lives and breathes on the internet. It lives because it can pay people to keep it alive. It lives because it performs a useful service that people will pay it to perform. … It can’t be stopped. It can’t even be interrupted. If nuclear war destroyed half of our planet, it would continue to live, uncorrupted.”
  26. 26. AI (and ways to frame it)
  27. 27. “Replicates human cognitive behavior” [Turing test]
  28. 28. “Can do tasks that only a human could previously do”
  29. 29. “Can do a task at speed / accuracy / capacity not possible by a human.”
  30. 30. “A set of tools” • Classification • Regression • Knowledge extraction • Optimization • Creative / Structural design • …
  31. 31. “Embodied agents” (AGI)
  32. 32. AI * Blockchain: AI DAOs
  33. 33. “An AI running on decentralized processing substrate” <or> “A DAO running with AI algorithms” Definition of AI DAO
  34. 34. The ArtDAO 1. Run AI art engine to generate new image, using GP or deep learning 2. Sell image on a marketplace, for crypto. 3. Repeat!
  35. 35. 1. Run AI art engine to generate new image, using GP or deep learning 2. Sell image on a marketplace, for crypto. 3. Repeat! <Over time, it accumulates wealth, for itself.> The ArtDAO
  36. 36. 1. Run AI art engine to generate new image, using GP or deep learning 2. Sell image on a marketplace, for crypto. 3. Repeat! <Over time, it accumulates wealth, for itself.> <It could even self-adapt: genetic programming> The ArtDAO
  37. 37. AI DAO Arch 1: AI at the Center
  38. 38. AI DAO Arch 2: AI at the Edges
  39. 39. AI DAO Arch 3: Swarm Intelligence Many dumb agents with emergent AI complexity
  40. 40. Angles to Making AI DAOs • DAO  AI DAO. Start with DAO, add AI. • AI  AI DAO. Start with AI, add DAO. • SaaS  DAO  AI DAO. SaaS to DAO, add AI • Physical service  AI DAO
  41. 41. Giving Personhood to an AI DAO With Today’s Laws (!)
  42. 42. AI IoT AI DAOs Nature Blockchain How to unify? Sustainability
  43. 43. Nature 2.0 =AI DAOs 🚀🚀
  44. 44. Self-driving, self-owning cars
  45. 45. Self-driving, self-owning trucks
  46. 46. Self-owning roads
  47. 47. Self-owning wind farms
  48. 48. Self-owning grid
  49. 49. Nature  Machines: Self-owning forest “Terra0”
  50. 50. Machines  Nature: “Plantoid”
  51. 51. Ever-higher levels of integration From beasts  ecosystems Connected via IoT / M2M
  52. 52. No ownership No identity No money No scarcity It just is. Self-sustaining Anti-fragile
  53. 53. No ownership No identity No money No scarcity It just is. Self-sustaining Anti-fragile
  54. 54. This is Nature 2.0. An upgrade to the cradle of civilization. Bio + machines in symbiosis, simply providing. Towards abundance.
  55. 55. Conclusion
  56. 56. In Nature 2.0, no one knows you’re a forest
  57. 57. In Nature 2.0, no one knows you’re a grid
  58. 58. You just are. While you simply provide.
  59. 59. Nature is the cradle of civilization. Nature 1.0 is seeds & soil. Nature 2.0 adds silicon & steel. AI, blockchain, IoT towards abundance. @trentmc0Trent McConaghy h/t Jan-Peter Doomernik

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