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Tales of Two Worlds · What does a decentralized world look like? (part 5)

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Photo by Cherry Laithang on Unsplash

This is part 5of Tales of Two Worlds. Here is part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.

Tales of Two Worlds

Stories of Two Worlds — through the lens of the Centralized vs. Decentralized dualism:

Centralized vs Decentralized

  • Society vs. Network
  • People vs. Sentient & Autonomous Agents
  • Social Activity vs. Network Effect
  • Clustering increases efficiency & potency vs. Clustering decreases efficiency & potency
  • Organizations trump people vs. Agents trump clusters

Fifth story: A Farewell to Arms

Organization trump people

vs.

Agents trump clusters

Give me a fulcrum and I will move the whole world.

- Archimedes, circa 250…


Tales of Two Worlds · What does a decentralized world look like? (part 4)

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Parasites by Katrin Alvarez · September 07, 2011 · CC BY-SA 3.0

This is part 4 of Tales of Two Worlds. Here is part 1, part 2, part 3.

Tales of Two Worlds

Stories of Two Worlds — through the lens of the Centralized vs. Decentralized dualism:

Centralized vs Decentralized

  • Society vs. Network
  • People vs. Sentient & Autonomous Agents
  • Social Activity vs. Network Effect
  • Clustering increases efficiency & potency vs. Clustering decreases efficiency & potency
  • Organizations trump people vs. Agents trump clusters

Fourth story: An Inconvenient Truth

Cluster increases efficiency & potency

vs.

Cluster decreases efficiency & potency

Our Blind Men’s quest for understanding the hyper-dimensional Elephant, ‘what a decentralized world looks like’, has hit some great strides: the web and big data hegemony, coevolution with A.I., a new value view; these are all the projections of a hyper-dimensional world (a decentralized one) into a world we are dwelling right now — a world controlled by a Centralized Technological Industrial Regime (CTIR), all through the lens of centralized vs. decentralized dualism. The dualism angle is necessary not for the sake of storytelling, but for overcoming the mind-bending pull of the gravitational well of millennia of centralized ways of thinking, which is so strong that I fear the light of decentralized enlightenment shall never escape the crashing tow of centralized assimilation. …


Tales of Two Worlds · What does a decentralized world look like? (part 3)

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Internet Map · The Opte Project · CC BY 2.5

This is part 3 of Tales of Two Worlds. Here is part 1, part 2.

Tales of Two Worlds

Stories of Two Worlds — through the lens of the Centralized vs. Decentralized dualism:

Centralized vs Decentralized

  • Society vs. Network
  • People vs. Sentient & Autonomous Agents
  • Social Activity vs. Network Effect
  • Clustering increases efficiency & potency vs. Clustering decreases efficiency & potency
  • Organizations trump people vs. Agents trump clusters

Third story: “Look What You Made Me Do”

Social Activity vs. Network Effect

We humans are social animals. Yet we are fundamentally different from other social animals (such as bees, ants, or penguins) because we carry out special social activities among us. We can tell stories. Our stories get passed from one individual to another, one generation to another, and on and on. These stories connect us and bind us together as an organic whole — our society. This is how we built our civilization: by harnessing memory from stories. If we consider how stories propagate through space and time in our civilization we could observe that the information flow in our social activities is quite uneven and imbalanced; such imbalance is caused by the fast decay of the natural information flow in our social activities — information does not go very far and we humans forget easily. This imbalance of information flow manifested very noticeably in the 20th century: the rise of the modern media and the power it wields. …

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Ming Guo

Ming Guo is a co-founder of the Soteria Project as well as an advocate for SSDE — a Self Sustainable Decentralized Economy

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