Meet the speakers at the Network Society World Congress
“Network thinking. The incoming new decentralised age from a design perspective.”
This talk is a 3 steps fast forward journey into design. What is design today -aka- the switch of traditional business leadership. Why business and money loves Design (Design Thinking and beyond). Technologies are shaping us faster than we think: Smart connected objects are natural born storytellers. Design rules for a highly networked -post cloud computing- world.
“Fragmented Nutrition And Shared Knowledge”
MEG, Micro Experimental Growing, is an Internet connected, open source digital greenhouse. Thanks to the control of all vital parameters of a plant and the free sharing of recipes for growth, it has created new horizons in the domestic cultivation anywhere in the world.
“Stigmergic Economy And Large-Scale, Decentralized Networks”
What would it look like if billions of people would be spontaneously, freely and systematically cooperating with each other, on anything? Imagine a self-organized world, with Facebook network but no Facebook Inc., a decentralised transportation network without Lyft or Uber, peer-to-peer marketplaces replacing eBay or Amazon, millions of people insuring each others and building startups together.
This vision is beginning to unfold, with the advent of the blockchain — a decentralized computer —rapidly developing over the last couple of years. Backfeed completes the picture with a set of economic and collaborative protocols, including a p2p review, evaluation and reputation system, distribution of value-carrying tokens and incentive model for the indirect coordination of agents. Imagine a new economic framework, where collaboration is the winning strategy.
In fact, Nature has already came up with an example millions years ago. Ants, birds and fish make up amazingly complex and seemingly intelligent structures in a spontaneous and decentralized way. It is called Stigmergy — a signal-based, indirect coordination of agents. Backfeed’s protocols do the same for human being, but in a generic and systematic manner, fitting any type of cooperation.
In my talk I will present the state-of-the art of decentralized models for cooperation and distributed architecture, the tools and platform, and some preliminary real use cases in the making.
“A Holistic Approach To Open Source Ecology”
The ENVIENTA project provides cheap and well designed off-grid living and open source building system for individuals, families or communities. Many designers, collaborating to make it simple for everyone to design, print and assemble beautiful, low-energy homes, customised to their needs, depending on you live in the city or country.
“Food, Water And Energy In The Network Society”
For the past 150 years, how humans generate food, water, and energy has involved wasting one to produce the other, and treating each as a negative externality or commodity with no marginal cost to make the economics work. Oil and gas is produced via fracking, but profitability depends on providing millions of gallons of water per well at no cost. Natural gas is used to produce NH3 (ammonia), which underpins the green revolution, but that same natural gas also leaks from wells far more than has been acknowledged and exacerbates global warming, causes droughts and killing crops in heat waves. Ethanol is produced from corn, but only by pretending that the loss of top soil is not an issue nor a wasting asset to be depreciated. The Network Society will bring with it not only quadruple revolutions in food, water, energy, and ecosystems, but also, more simply, more true and accurate accounting for all the natural resources, including species diversity.
“The Fundamental Thesis Of The Network Society”
Technology is the solid basis of a sustainable socioeconomic organization. If it is not there, moral systems are just aspirations. Once it arrives, the changes become unstoppable. Are we in front of a fundamental phase transformation of our globally connected technological society? Yes, a deep and wide wave of technologies is coming together all characterized by the decentralization of the fundamental pillars of our nation states and enterprises. The necessary adaptations to the way we work, vote, learn, live must happen in a manner to maximize our opportunities to thrive, and minimize suffering and social disruption.
“Regulatory Challenges In Exponential Trends”
What are the challenges of legislation in times of accelerating technological change? How can policymakers propose, discuss, adopt, implement the right frameworks? What is the speed required of the necessary feedback loops in measuring the effects of the new rules, and how can they be updated efficiently? Are the benefits of the new platforms, often operating on the edge or actually outside of existing regulations, worth the disruption they create?