Ep. 48 Arthur Brock Reclaims Currency

August 02, 2017

Playing for Team Human is systems thinker, currency designer, and social hacker Arthur Brock. Art joins Douglas to talk about how currency is less a thing you own and more a way of sharing. It’s a conversation that poses a crucial question of both money and cryptocurrencies alike–how might we design new exchanges that embody values of social and environmental betterment, rather than extraction and exploitation?

Rushkoff begins today’s show with a monologue about Instagram’s recent addition of an algorithm that removes mean comments from users’ threads. While on the surface the idea appears to be an attempt by Instagram to quell trolling, Rushkoff questions both the means and intentions. Is Instagram merely building an algorithmically programmed version of “see no evil, hear no evil”… or worse?

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The music you heard on this show is thanks to the generosity of Mike Watt, R.U. Sirius, Josh Sitron and the Team Human band, and Fugazi.

Photo of Art by Twah Doughtery

Slider Photo: Igor Ovsyannykov

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