Vinay Gupta is an old-school cypherpunk who has been involved with cryptography and crypto-currency since the 1990s – he was as active member of the E-gold community before it got shut down. In recent years, he has been working on humanitarian projects to do with disaster prevention and relief with United States Department of Defense and other organizations. He is also the inventor of the Hexayurt, a cheap, open-source, zero-waste disaster relief shelter which is being used in refugee camps and in festivals like BurningMan.
This is first part of our 2-hour conversation with Vinay Gupta, we talk about cryptography and how decentralized technologies and platforms like Ethereum can change our society. We discuss techno-social systems, and how disruptive technologies can break the cycle of those systems. We talk about having everyone’s basic survival needs met as a human right, and creating a future that includes all 7+ billion people – not just the Western world. We also touch on different approaches to meditation, and its place in our lives.
Check out Part 2 for our conversation with Vinay, where we talk about artificial intelligence, the brain as a quantum computer, and all sorts of other out-there stuff.
In this episode of The Future Thinkers Podcast:
- How Ethereum is fundamentally different from current web systems
- Database vs. Network, and how networked databases can change the world
- Techno-social systems and whole systems engineering
- Human rights based approach to basic needs
- Meditation for making life better vs. meditation for understanding the underlying truth
- Understanding the constitution from the perspective of intent
- Virtual reality worlds to test new political systems
Mentions & Resources:
- Vinay Gupta
- Hexayurt – cheap, zero-waste disaster relief shelter
- Ethereum – a platform for decentralized apps
- Gaskin’s Farm
- How to sell ideas – a talk by Vinay Gupta
- “The Guy I Almost Was” by Patrick Farley
- Ancient Roman birth control herb that went extinct
- FTP011 – Bitcoin and Decentralized Platforms
- FTP016 – Vitalik Buterin on Ethereum and the Decentralized Future
- Future Thinkers Podcast on Youtube
- “Seeing Like a State” by James Scott
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