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Grey Mirror: MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative on Technology, Society, and Ethics

Rhys Lindmark

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Podcast by Rhys Lindmark

52:23 | Aug 1st

Marshall Ganz is an internationally known political organizer, a Senior Lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and the co-founder of the Leading Change Network. We chat about how his background in Germany led him into organizing, how tec...Show More

59:47 | Jul 22nd

Devon Zuegel is an open-source product manager at GitHub who is helping build the GitHub Sponsors program. We chat about that program, her philosophical mindset towards open-source, the pros and cons for viewing cities from a top-down vs. bottom-up p...Show More
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54:35 | Jul 8th

Kelsey Piper is a writer at Future Perfect, an Effective Altruist-inspired media publication from Vox. We chat about her mindset behind Effective Altruist media, the types of questions social justice is good at answering, and memetic immunity as cult...Show More

35:12 | Jun 28th

Caitlin Long is a 22-year Wall St. veteran and Forbes writer who leads Wyoming's blockchain coalition. We chat about how Facebook's new cryptocurrency, Libra, will co-evolve with Bitcoin and nation-state fiat. https:...Show More

56:45 | May 21st

Larry Lessig is a Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, a co-founder of Creative Commons, and an advocate for "Fixing Democracy First". We chat about #POTUS1 (an anti-corruption initiative that Larry is leading), updates to his pathe...Show More

52:05 | May 8th

Rob Reich is a professor of political science at Stanford University. We chat about his recent book, Just Giving, which outlines a political theory of philanthropy. We also dive into why he left GiveWell and how Effective Altruism should think about ...Show More

31:46 | Apr 19th

Tim Hwang, the director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative (a $26M AI ethics fund), and an old co-founder of the Awesome Foundation. We chat about the current politics around AI ethics, how movements in civil society can be co-...Show More

32:32 | Mar 28th

Kate Darling, a Research Specialist at the MIT Media Lab and an Affiliate at the Harvard Berkman Center. We chat about the balances in regulating technology, the negative systemic impacts of our current gender roles, and how being a mother has helped...Show More

46:05 | Mar 12th

Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, the Founder and CEO of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the MIT, and Director of the Ethics Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. We chat about how we can embody ethical principles, meditation, an...Show More

31:54 | Mar 5th

Glen Weyl, the author of the book, Radical Markets and the founder of RadicalXChange (conference in Detroit March 22–24!). We chat about social innovation, funding civil society with Liberal Radicalism, and the powerful cultural aspects of the blockc...Show More

53:55 | Feb 7th

Anand Giridharadas, the author of the book, "Winners Take All". We chat about whether billionaires should even exist, localism vs. globalism, taxes vs. charity, and much more. https://twitte...Show More

35:28 | Jan 24th

Joi Ito, the Director of the MIT Media Lab (among many things). We chat about the central question of his PhD thesis, "How can we understand and effectively intervene in interconnected complex adaptive systems?" and then apply that to cryptocurrency....Show More

55:58 | Jan 14th

Renee DiResta, Director of Research at cybersecurity company New Knowledge. (Among many other things.) We chat about her recent report on Russia's disinformation campaign and our weaponized information ecosystem more broadly.

37:28 | Jan 7th

Nadia Eghbal, a researcher at Protocol Labs. We chat about her grant program to give people money on the internet and her current mindset towards funding digital infrastructure.

1:05:52 | Dec 20th, 2018

Tadge Dryja, a research scientist at DCI who co-invented the Lightning Network. We chat about his current research (uTreeXO, a dynamic accumulator for Bitcoin state) and discuss non-fork ways to bootstrap upgrades to a network (a bridge node for uTre...Show More

46:48 | Oct 24th, 2018

Arthur Brock, the founder and acting CEO of Holochain. We chat about the shift from nouns to verbs and how Holochain's agent-centric architecture works. Thanks to KeepKey for sponsoring the show!

1:07:47 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Daniel Schmachtenberger, the co-founder of Neurohacker Collective. We chat about meta existential risk. Thanks to KeepKey for sponsoring the show!

45:51 | Sep 18th, 2018

Soona Amhaz, the co-founder and CEO of Token Daily. We chat about how Soona (and her team) curate awesome content given so much crypto noise. Support me on Patreon! Support me with ETH on StakeTree! More

38:51 | Sep 6th, 2018

Jeremy Heimans, the author of the book New Power and the founder/CEO of Purpose. We chat about how crowds and memes are changing society. Support me on Patreon! Support me with ETH on StakeTree! More

50:00 | Aug 20th, 2018

Joe Lubin, the founder of ConsenSys. We chat about the institutions and myths of Web 3. Enjoy! Support me on Patreon! Support me with ETH on StakeTree! Thanks to KeepKey for sponsoring the ...Show More

46:30 | Aug 10th, 2018

Richard Burton, the co-founder of Balance, a UX and financial services-focused crypto wallet. We chat about wallet standards, how ETH/EOS fail, and how crypto can help us escape the scarcity mindset. Support me on Patreon! More

1:03:25 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Liv Boeree on some updates to the Fermi Paradox, the power of consequentialism, and how to think probabilistically. Support me on Patreon! Support me with ETH on StakeTree! Thanks to KeepKe...Show More

42:49 | Jul 25th, 2018

Lawrence Lundy-Bryan, a partner and the Director of Research at Outlier Ventures. We chat about his Convergence Theory and an evolutionary perspective on competitive capital allocation. Support me on Patreon! Support me ...Show More

57:48 | Jul 18th, 2018

Ethan Zuckerman, the director for MIT's Center for Civic Media. We chat about his skepticism of crypto social networks and the historical co-evolution of information and governance. Support me on Patreon! Support me with...Show More

58:17 | Jul 4th, 2018

Cheryl Yeoh from #MovingForward and Wendy Xiao Schadeck from NorthzoneVC. We chat about intentionality and diversity in crypto. Support me on Patreon! Support me with ETH on StakeTree! Than...Show More

39:31 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Eric Meltzer, a Partner at INBlockchain - China's largest blockchain focused fund, and the curator of Proof of Work, a newsletter that highlights the progress of top projects. We chat about the Asian crypto scene, investing as a crypto VC, and his ne...Show More

53:08 | Jun 3rd, 2018

Taylor Pearson, the author of EndOfJobs and an editor-at-large for Ribbon Farm. We chat about a wide variety of subjects including the Blockchain Individual and how crypto allows us to no longer see like a state. Support me on Patreon! www.patreon.c...Show More

48:44 | May 22nd, 2018

Yaneer Bar-Yam, a complexity scientist and the founding president of the New England Complex Systems Institute. We chat about frameworks for understanding complexity and then using those frameworks on crypto. Support me on Patreon! More

1:00:30 | May 11th, 2018

Ryan John King, the CEO and co-founder of the FOAM protocol. We chat about a variety of fascinating subjects including their new crypto-spatial coordinate standard, multi-dimensional block reward functions, and using objective TCRs as a 1D oracle for...Show More

50:28 | Apr 19th, 2018

Primavera De Filippi, the co-author of Blockchain and the Law, an advisor for DAOStack, a faculty associate at Harvard’s Berkman-Klein Center, and a permanent researcher at Paris’ National Center of Scientific Research. We chat about her new book, ap...Show More

45:32 | Apr 11th, 2018

Kim-Mai Cutler and Garry Tan, partners at Initialized Capital, the first seed investor in Coinbase. We chat about techno-utopianism vs. skepticism, venture capital as a system, why people are leaving SF, and #BUIDL as a powerful meme. Support me on ...Show More

46:06 | Apr 4th, 2018

Sandra Ro, the COO and Managing Parter of UWINCorp. We dive into her social impact work with UWINCorp, why they’re using a blockchain, and her experience with the institutionalization of Wall St. Support me on Patreon! ...Show More

1:08:01 | Mar 25th, 2018

My first live interview! At University of Colorado, I interviewed Ryan Martens, the co-founder and CTO of Rally Technologies. We dive into his work with ImpactHub, TheoryU, and Communities for Change. Then we explore my macro phase shift work with ET...Show More

1:05:36 | Mar 16th, 2018

Robin Hanson, the author of Elephant in the Brain and the creator of Futarchy. We dive into Elephant in the Brain and explore norms, motives, signaling, Ribbon Farm’s “Weaponized Sacredness” and mechanism design. Support me on Patreon! www.patreon.c...Show More

49:18 | Mar 2nd, 2018

I interview myself! (On ETHDenver, Season 2, and joining the Bitcoin Podcast Network.) Support me on Patreon! Support me with ETH on StakeTree! Thanks to Shapeshift for sponsoring t...Show More

31:12 | Jan 20th, 2018

Harrison Hines, the head of ConsenSys’ Token Foundry. We chat about where the token market will go in 2018 and tips for writing whitepapers (Harrison has read thousands). Support me on Patreon! Thanks to Aaron Foster, M...Show More

46:34 | Jan 12th, 2018

Pia Mancini, the founder of OpenCollective and DemocracyEarth. We chat about the world after nation-states, New Power, evolution vs. revolution, and talking with the “other side”. Support me on Patreon! Thanks to Aaron ...Show More

29:28 | Jan 10th, 2018

Jake Brukhman, the Managing Partner at Coinfund, a blockchain-based investment fund. We chat about Fat Protocols, Cryptokitties, and Social Choice Theory. Support me on Patreon! Thanks to Aaron Foster, Mike Goldin, John...Show More

49:25 | Jan 8th, 2018

Erik Voorhees, the founder of Shapeshift. We chat about Bitcoin governance and how to solve it through better protocols for sense-making. We play devil’s advocate a lot in the conversation and talk about a blockchain-based Esperanto optimized for cur...Show More

31:39 | Jan 7th, 2018

Kavita Gupta, the Founding Managing Parter of ConsenSys Ventures, a $50M fund that invests in the Ethereum ecosystem. We chat about an omni-considerate co-evolution mindset and the various companies ConsenSys Ventures has invested in. Support me on ...Show More

39:30 | Jan 6th, 2018

Vignesh Sundaresan, a co-founder of Lendroid, a decentralized margin trading platform built on Ethereum. We chat about risk, building on the 0x ecosystem, and Vignesh’s basic income experiments as an example of giving back through the CryptoPledge. ...Show More

39:30 | Dec 23rd, 2017

Brayton Williams, a co-founder at BoostVC, an accelerator that focuses on blockchain technology. We chat about the crypto VC landscape, the continued scarcity of trust, and the liquidity for how blockchain founders allocate their time. Support me on...Show More

1:25:12 | Dec 18th, 2017

Trent McConaghy, the CTO and co-founder of Ocean Protocol, a decentralized data substrate (and protocol!) for data marketplaces. We chat cryptoeconomic primitives like Curation Markets and Token-Curated Registries and Trent’s proposed system to map o...Show More

52:47 | Dec 15th, 2017

Arthur Breitman, the co-founder of tez0s, a smart contract protocol with formal verification and a self-amending ledger. We chat about function programming as a mental model and discuss the complexities of human governance. Support me on Patreon! ww...Show More

55:11 | Nov 30th, 2017

Nadav Hollander, the co-founder of Dharma Protocol, a decentralized lending protocol. We break down the protocol itself, chat about YC for crypto startups, and discuss why Dharma isn’t doing a token sale. This is the first episode in a series about s...Show More

41:17 | Nov 24th, 2017

Julie Penner (a Managing Director of Techstars Boulder who read 100 books this year) chats about the loop between lean processes + leadership, the power of vulnerability-based trust, and “building your company from the inside out”. Enjoy! Support me...Show More

35:42 | Nov 21st, 2017

Luis Cuende (a co-founder of Aragon) and I chat about projects in the Ethereum Commons, crypto-millennials, and new kinds of trust. Give it a listen if you’re into early-stage commonism, generational dynamics, or breaking down abstract concepts like ...Show More

38:39 | Nov 19th, 2017

Taylor Monahan (a co-founder of MyEtherWallet) and I chat about security, the Parity exploit, audits, bounties, the tradeoffs in reusing code, and how to deal with scams/phishers. Support me on Patreon! Thanks to Shapes...Show More

40:01 | Nov 9th, 2017

Nick Johnson (from the Ethereum Foundation) and I dive into the Ethereum Name Service, a parallel naming service to DNS. We chat about the cryptographic proofs allowed by Metropolis, mapping DNS into ENS, the tradeoffs of squatting governance, and mo...Show More

53:03 | Nov 9th, 2017

Mike Goldin and I dive into Token-Curated Registries, an emerging cryptoeconomic primitive. Support me on Patreon! Thanks to Shapeshift for sponsoring the show! Thanks to Mike Goldin, John Desmond...Show More

18:12 | Nov 8th, 2017

We interview Raine Revere about blockchain and the "value overlap" between decentralization and diversity. Enjoy! Support me on Patreon here! Also thanks to Shapeshift for sponsoring the show! https://shapeshift...Show More

1:49:42 | Nov 7th, 2017

We dive into 19 books to give a wide overview on mental frameworks to help you grow your startup and communicate more effectively. Support me on Patreon! Thanks to Shapeshift for sponsoring the show! https://sha...Show More

30:57 | Oct 30th, 2017

I interview Jordan Leigh, a developer at ConsenSys and an Ethereum educational content creator at Decypher Media. We chat about the zeitgeist surrounding Devcon3, the massive difference a year makes between Devcon2 and Devcon3, and even discuss some ...Show More

48:44 | Oct 26th, 2017

We kick off Season 1 by interviewing Albert Wenger, a managing parter at Union Square Ventures and the author of World After Capital. It's also the first episode in Series A: Macro Systems. Support me on Patreon here! More

18:08 | Oct 10th, 2017

We chat with Kirk Dameron from ConsenSys at Denver Startup Week, diving into ConsenSys’ many initiatives, how decentralized companies operate, and a high-level overview of how Ethereum plans to scale. I'd love your feedback or your support on Patreo...Show More

24:58 | Oct 6th, 2017

In this keynote fireside chat with Erik Voorhees at Denver Startup Week, we “get philosophical” and dive into the societal and political implications of blockchain. This interview was inspired by Ryan Shea’s interview of Naval Ravikant. It’s also the...Show More

28:28 | Oct 5th, 2017

We're diving into our new mini-series "Leveraging the Crowd: How Blockchain Companies are Building Community". (Heavily influenced by the book Machine, Platform, Crowd.) We’ll look at how companies like Aragon, Status, ConsenSys, BoostVC, and others ...Show More

18:53 | Aug 11th, 2017

This video is a response to William Macaskill’s post on the “key idea of EA Global”, Doing Good Together. I think that blockchain could be a great way to achieve Will’s ends. Support me on Patreon at: Thanks to ...Show More

32:19 | Aug 10th, 2017

We focus on Blockchain for Social Good by exploring how blockchain impacts charity with Rhodri Davies. Rhodri is the program director of Giving Thought, a department at the Charities Aid Foundation that focuses on future-facing policy work within phi...Show More

41:15 | Aug 9th, 2017

In podcast episode #8 of Creating a Humanist Blockchain Future, we focus on The Attention Economy by diving into how we can scaffold information and coordinate work. Show notes here: Support me at More

39:37 | Aug 1st, 2017

We dive into Platform Cooperativism with Nathan Schneider, the leader of the platform cooperativism movement and editor of the main book on the subject, Ours to Hack and to Own. In my opinion, many more people in the blockchain space should be aware ...Show More

33:09 | Jul 28th, 2017

In podcast episode #6 of Creating a Humanist Blockchain Future, we focus on the Attention Economy by diving into Curation Markets with Simon de la Rouviere, the Engineer of Societies at ConsenSys and a lead at Ujo Music. Show notes here: http://bit.l...Show More

35:28 | Jul 24th, 2017

In this podcast, we dive into Blockchain for Social Good with Vince Meens. He leads the blockchain social entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Netherlands at Techruption and Brightlands. Show notes here: More

34:59 | Jul 21st, 2017

In this podcast, we dive into the Attention Economy with Ryan X Charles, the co-founder of, a blockchain-based content platform that uses LiteCoin to implement “Medium with a Paywall”. Show notes here: Support me at h...Show More

32:53 | Jul 20th, 2017

In this podcast, we dive into a subset of the Attention Economy, namely the “output” of the Attention Economy—the Future of Work. We talk with Naveen Mishra, the co-founder of, a blockchain-based platform for pledging time, not money....Show More

15:43 | Jun 21st, 2017

See accompanying google doc here: Thanks to Colin Wielga, Harry Lindmark, John Lindmark, Veronica Stamats, Jacob Zax, Katie Powell, Jonathan Isaac, Rams...Show More