This weekend my friend Dru hosted Jason and I as speakers for her Tucson Summit. The presentation I gave was recorded and should be up on my channel in the next week or so after Jason gets back to Denver and has time to knit it together. The format was eight ten-minute segments followed by a panel discussion with Q&A. The focus was a bit unusual, even for me, and included readings from the 1929 book by X-Ray crystallographer JD Bernal, “The World, The Flesh, and The Devil,” with links to sociobiology, ant computer simulations, consciousness studies, and space exploration. All of these topics are highly relevant to Tucson, a city that leads in aerospace development with a history that extends into radio-astronomy, interplanetary colonization, and spiritualism.
Here’s a link to my slide deck in the mean time.
Southern Arizona, the site of one of the longest military engagements on US soil waged by Apache leaders Cochise and Geronimo, is home to Fort Huachuca, a center of electronic warfare. It’s also a testbed for smart city policies and social impact finance programs (here and here). I’m sure a lot of what I put out flew over the heads of the audience, because most of us don’t yet have the language or mental structures to imagine what’s on the horizon – the smart contract logic layer of Web 3. These past few weeks I keep repeating – If we’re not spending half of our intellectual “free-time” learning about Web3, the consequences won’t be good. We won’t understand the story we’re inhabiting. We won’t be able to see where the walls of the labyrinth are.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are a couple of videos Jason and I made with Leo Saraceno that deconstruct the vision Juan Benet of Protocol Labs has for Web3 and the development of “innovative” finance mechanisms for “open source” “digital public goods.”
If you’d like to go back and re-watch the clips, you can click the circles on this interactive map. the sidebar will open with the links to each.
Later today we’ll be exploring the city with planned stops at the labyrinth in Udall Park and an address associated with the early history of L5. You can read about the Tohono O’odom’s story of the “man in the maze,” a motif incorporated into basketmaking practices a century ago. The newsletters from L5 dating to the mid 1970s are available on Wayback – very much an eye-full. Here’s that link. Mo Udall, an environmentalist and Arizona Congressman from 1977 to 1991, supported L5’s efforts. See screenshot below.
A few images from our sunset walk through the Sabino Canyon National Recreation Area.