Three quarks

David Phelps
Deep dives into crypto and web3: what does the past of tech, culture, and economics tell us about their future?
Created 14 Mar 2021
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  • Pixar and the Myth of the Cornered Resource
    08 Nov 2021 • 16 min read
    Let’s start with our supervillain: the wicked nerd-inventor Syndrome. A would-be superhero rejected by The Incredibles in their prime, Syndrome has vowed revenge. World destruction, perhaps? The slow ...
  • introducing ecodao
    19 Oct 2021 • 15 min read
    Today’s piece is a really special one on a lot of levels—not least because I’m launching a DAO: ecodao. For the full experience, read and follow along through ecodao’s mirror and follow ecodao’s twitt...
  • The Internet As Religion
    10 Sep 2021 • 12 min read
    Sara Issakharian, Left Field I. I lost religion at some point in the middle of a conversation with a crush on AOL Instant Messenger. I was 15, and if you had asked me if I was in love with her, I woul...
  • We’re (in) the money
    26 Aug 2021 • 13 min read
    Social Tokens of 1933 A wink, the anthropologist Clifford Geertz noted, is not necessarily a wink. A machine-learning algorithm might have some difficulty differentiating between one person’s involunt...
  • Collectivizing Finance
    10 Aug 2021 • 15 min read
    Today’s piece was cowritten with Annika Lewis. Two months in the works, it is about collectivizing finance, but it is also an experiment in collectivizing finance: Collectively commissioned by 14 patr...
  • The Currency of Community
    29 Jul 2021 • 11 min read
    I. One of the many paradoxes of status symbols is that they must be hidden and they must be seen. They must be seen, of course, because they must impress, and there must be someone on the receiving en...
  • Against the Democratization of Finance
    21 Jul 2021 • 8 min read
    Imagine, for a moment, utopia—by which I mean, of course, a tech utopia, where future innovations have automated all essential economic functions. The year is 2040: food production is automated by dro...
  • Three Use-Cases of NFTs
    14 Jul 2021 • 13 min read
    This is part two of Use-Cases of NFTs—you can read the first part here. Even the past week has witnessed some exciting new use-cases for NFTs, including Yup’s memes splitting revenue between the capti...
  • Use-Cases of NFTs: A Framework
    07 Jul 2021 • 10 min read
    This is the first in a multipart series on the use-cases of NFTs; as such, it aims to provide a framework for evaluating when NFTs can actually be valuable and useful in our lives. In part two, we act...
  • Against Scarcity
    30 Jun 2021 • 15 min read
    I. One reason that it can be hard to appreciate transformative technologies early on is that they are seldom, well, transformative, instead replicating old technologies in hamfisted new forms. Early r...
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