This afternoon I logged into the end of the IEEE’s Third Metaverse Congress Webinar. I missed the morning session and keynote by Philip Rosedale, formerly of Second Life and Linden Labs. I was, however, able to watch a lunch-hour session promoting the decentralized, open Metaverse, an effort spearheaded, at least in part, by Cesium based in Philadelphia.
After the first question, I was the only person posting in the chat. Below are comments and questions I posed to the panelists. They can be read in the clip below if you watch and pause intermittently. Lee Stogner, head of the IEEE Blockchain Standards Working Group for Consumer Electronics, stated during the discussion something to the effect that he could see based on the chat that there were some people out there with “another agenda, their own agenda” and therefore it was important that the group come together quickly. My take is that militarized-pharma-debt finance interests intend to manifest their planned “open metaverse” mind game before people know what actually happened. There is no informed consent. This isn’t being done behind closed doors; it was a free event for which anyone could register. They want it that way, because the structure implies consent. I made it clear to them that they don’t have mine.
My comments in the chat:
I was wondering if people are aware of the plans in ESG global finance to leverage “human capital” as a backing for “complementary currencies?” The “quality” of the human capital portfolio will relate to the blockchain twin avatar of the person and of the community. Optimization around mobility in poverty tied to tokenized behaviors in Internet of Bodies surveillance is not far off. Look at Learning Economy’s new proposal for Learn Card digital wallets working with World Bank and Brookings.
Also, what are your positions on the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s Moonshot Goal 1 – Society 5.0, Cyborg Avatar Capitalism? The US Department of Energy and the NSF and many tech companies are part of this effort to push us into “avatar” life. I don’t think people recognize that as a new empire built on military tech and steeped in behavioral psychology. Immersive reality is an open air prison / Skinner Box. If the story is good enough, they think we won’t resist it.
Augmented reality in my city, Philadelphia where Cesium is based, is advancing with support from Niantic. Niantic, of course, is a program of In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA. Do we want to live in the CIA’s video game of “good behavior” aligned to the UN SDGs – under satellite / drone surveillance with nano-tech?
In a tokenized world the data can be “private,” but with Ricardian contracts machine rules will govern how we interact with the built environment and other people. Think Black Mirror’s “Nosedive” episode – Intel and MIT’s Secret Network.
Look into the Impact Management Project – they are developing new forms of debt finance products tied to behavioral data in education, health, justice, food, housing, etc. Once those smart impact bonds are securitized vulnerable people will be pushed into a mixed reality “game.” Global hedge funds can literally bet on life outcomes – toddlers, people in addiction, those who are housing and food insecure. These funds can bet AGAINST people.
After they brought up NFTs…
Really, we should be talking about Soulbound Tokens. SBTs will be meta-data tags on digital identity linked to social impact programs. This is needed to deploy contracts with the Secret Network to assess real time impact data. Do we really want to be linking things to our souls?
Then they brought up “safety” and good governance.
What is coming is futarchy, liquid democracy, augmented democracy where you have a digital twin vote for you via radical participation using blockchain tokens.
Are you all thinking about what it will be like to live in the smart contract layer?
Living in mixed reality will require us to have a digital ID that is connected to satellites – the panopticon.
We will literally be the content of our digital wallet. Even NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) says they are concerned about what it will mean to have your digital twin impact the real world person.
Lee, your comment indicates that your intention is that people not know what is coming. There is no informed consent for any of this.
Digital twins will not be any kumbaya moment.
The most vulnerable people are being targeted as data commodities for human capital portfolios.
Participants in the panel included Ramesh Ramadoss, moderator with an expertise in micro-electronics and IoT; Kavya Pearlman, an extended reality “safety” advocate working with the World Economic Forum; Denisa Ganea, a young Romanian artist working as a Web 3 partnership manager for an NFT company; James Thomas who appears to have been a fill-in for Mark Crandall head of privacy for Google Cloud formerly with the FBI and Department of Justice; and Lee Stogner an affiliate of IEEE since the mid-1970s who runs a consulting firm supporting high-tech manufacturing in the Carolinas and beyond.
Ramesh Ramadoss, originally from India, trained in electrical engineering at University of Colorado Boulder and later taught at the Auburn Micro/Nano Science and Technology Center. His Crunchbase profile states he carried out projects for NASA, DARPA, the US Army and Air Force and the Department of Energy’s Sandia National Labs as well as for Motorola. Ramadoss’s Google Scholar page indicates an expertise in MEMS microelectromechanical systems refined while working at Applied Nanostructures in Mountainview, CA. Ramadoss co-chairs the IEEE blockchain Initiative and leads the Blockchain Standards Working Group. Based in Silicon Valley he focuses now on crypto real estate investment and blockchain ventures in Puerto Rico.
During the discussion, Kavya Pearlman asserted the need for a “safe” decentralized Metaverse. Trained as a network cyber analyst, Pearlman imagines a future where all of us, including children, navigate a “safe” and diverse Metaverse where everyone feels “included.” She was credentialed this spring by the World Economic Forum as a global member of their global digital safety coalition. Kavya launched a Singularity Watch timeline and is active in the extended reality space for the health-tech sector.
Denisa did her undergraduate in Bucharest then attended business school in Manchester, home of the National Graphene Institute. She worked in a variety of sales positions where she gained experience in psychometrics and behavioral psychology, leveraging that experience and an interest in emerging tech to gain access to a blockchain accelerator program. In her Twitter profile she describes herself as a traumatized nerd environmentalist with an inverted portrait against a banner image featuring the word “pointless” in that coded magenta / blue that is part of the universal Metaverse imprinting. Her role in the panel was to discuss NFTs (but not Soulbound Tokens). She is currently employed by Niftyz.io, a platform that turns real things into “digital property.”
Lee Stogner, the gentlemen who responded to my queries in the chat by exhorting his fellow open Metaverse blockchainers to hurry up, is based in Greenville, SC and styles himself as a digital transformation expert with a focus on internet of things. Trained as an electrical engineer, Stogner worked in manufacturing efficiencies early in his career with stints at Fluor and Rockwell Automation. He did business development for Milliken, a pioneering South Carolina textile concern that expanded through research into synthetics for the military in WWII and is now advancing specialty chemicals and health-tech, in their Performance Solutions Division. In recent years Stogner became vice president of Chinese augmented reality firm Dreamerse and a partner in global alternative asset firm Liquidax. He launched Vincula Group consulting in 2008 shortly after becoming the chair of the Carolina Engineering cluster.
Vincula is the plural form of vinculum, Latin for “bond,” vincire “to bind, fetter, chain.” Today the term can be used to refer to a ligament in the fingers or a mathematical expression – a bracket over a group numbers to which the same function is applied – think Soulbound Token drops and Ricardian contracts in Web 3 immersive reality. In popular culture vinculum is an operating system for Borg ships in Star Trek Voyager. It is the vinculum that assimilates individuals into a socially cohesive entity through transneural transmissions.
From the outlook of the Borg, I can see why my assertions of individual agency and refusal of the Metaverse may have been triggering for Mr. Stogner.
And it if wasn’t unsettling enough to face off against the DARPA MEMS-Borg duo, I ended the day being pulled into a Clubhouse “chat,” briefly. It’s not something I generally do, but there was a global finance impact investor trolling the group and someone requested my presence. In short order I got worked into a fit of rage after this off-shore sustainable finance schemer claimed to not see any problem in putting toddlers on surveillance play tables to score their behaviors for pay for success deals. This is not normal people; toddler-backed complementary currencies are an abomination.
You can try and call it “beautiful” money, but we know these are the tentacles of the Borg.
Cling to your dandelions and feathers and cattail fluff. Hold on to the real and imagine beyond the material. Creativity and intuition will not be geofenced.