Grey Mirror is a podcast from MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative on technology, society, and ethics. In today’s episode, I interview Marshall Ganz, an internationally known political organizer, a Senior Lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the co-founder of the Leading Change Network. We chat about how his background in Germany led him into organizing, how technology has weakened our organizing capacity, and how crypto’s economic scope keeps it from solving other values.
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It has been a crazy few months for cryptocurrency — 60 Minutes did a segment on Bitcoin, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and President all commented on cryptocurrency in a week, and Facebook is adopting the language of decentralized cryptocurrencies to launch a mobile payments system. Some of our government officials have done an admirable job getting educated on these topics and asking probing questions of experts, including DCI advisor Gary Gensler at the House Financial Services Committee.
Grey Mirror is a podcast from MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative on technology, society, and ethics. In today’s episode, I interview Devon Zuegel, an open-source product manager at GitHub who is helping build the GitHub Sponsors program. We chat about that program, her philosophical mindset towards open-source, the pros and cons for viewing cities from a top-down vs. bottom-up perspective, and the benefits she’s gotten from Twitter.
In today’s episode, I interview Kelsey Piper, a writer at Future Perfect—an Effective Altruist-inspired media publication from Vox. We chat about her mindset behind Effective Altruist media, the types of questions social justice is good at answering, and memetic immunity as cultural evolution.
Disclaimers: This interview is…
In today’s episode, I interview Caitlin Long, a 22-year Wall St. veteran and Forbes writer who leads Wyoming’s blockchain coalition. We chat about how Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, Libra, will co-evolve with Bitcoin and nation-state fiat.
Disclaimers: This interview is not investment advice. The views and opinions expressed in this interview are my own and do not reflect my employer :). I own less than $5000 of any given cryptocurrency, so my monetary incentive is not too aligned with Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc.
In today’s episode, I interview Larry Lessig, a Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, a co-founder of Creative Commons, and an advocate for “Fixing Democracy First”. We chat about #POTUS1 (an anti-corruption initiative that Larry is leading), updates to his pathetic dot, and how he’s thinking about crypto.
In today’s episode, I interview Rob Reich, a professor of political science at Stanford University, the director of the Center for Ethics in Society and a faculty co-director at both the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and Stanford’s new center for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. (Lots of stuff!) We chat about his recent book, Just Giving, which outlines a political theory of philanthropy. We also dive into why he left GiveWell and how Effective Altruism should think…
In today’s episode, I interview Tim Hwang, the director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative (a $26M AI ethics fund), and an old co-founder of the Awesome Foundation. We chat about the current politics around AI ethics, how movements in civil society can be co-opted by companies, how to build ethics into an academic field, and the impacts of micro-grants.
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Hey everyone! Today is my 1st “theme day” for “Personal Wednesdays”. The macro goal here is to set aside some of my writing time to explore “traditionally non-work” ideas (which I’m underindexed on, imo). Another (kind of weird) goal is to create a body of work to show possible future (romantic) partners. (i.e. If you want to know how I think about relationships, check out Personal Wednesdays.) From a “writing style” perspective, I expect this theme to embody more of a casual + experimental writing style.
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The goal of this article is to define, differentiate, and examine the following set of four goods: Private Goods, Public Goods, Club Goods, Common-Pool Resources.
In my past writing, I’ve (lazily) used “public goods” (or the singular form, “public good”) as a stand-in for concepts like: “things that the public benefits from” and “things with coordination problems”. In fact, there is a formal economic definition of public goods (and it’s part of a 2x2!). I hereby commit to using the more formal definition when I’m writing/speaking. …