It was not totally unexpected that we would catch some flack for attending the MTA conference on decentralization and blockchain in Salt Lake City back in March. This past week, Lynn, Dru, Jason and I gathered for an online debrief to reflect on the trip and respond to what I suspect most would understand were intentionally distracting ad hominem attacks. To expand upon our discussion, I prepared a longer presentation exploring the history of the University of Utah’s graphics program and the rise of computer-generated animation at Disney and how these topics intersect with digital property rights and synthetic biology. My storyline attempts to weave together threads relating to Apple computers, ed-tech, the weight of knowing, personal agency, and faith-based impact investing. The backdrop for this is a world that increasingly feels like an outtake from Alice’s journey through the looking glass, a Mad Hatter’s tea party where nothing makes sense until you realize that engineered confusion is the point of it all.
This is our debrief.
If you haven’t watched the video from our site visit to Alta Ski Resort, birthplace of the ARPA-NET and the Human Genome Project, start with this. Full playlist here.
Then dive into the longer presentation. It’s just under four hours. Sorry, you know I’m long form. I hope you love me for it.
You can click on the image below or this link to access the slides from my talk with source references.
Please, dig in and look around for yourself.
I’m exploring a lot of ideas in this presentation.
Not everything has coalesced, and I’m eager to hear your insights in the comments.