New Cryptocurrency At The Foundation Of International Seasteading Group

Blue Frontiers, an international seasteading organization is relying on cryptocurrency to support its experimental society, as they discussed at SquareRut, a local Austin Kava bar.

Varyon, the groups’ self-engineered cryptocurrency, is built on the Ethereum blockchain, which may serve as more than a monetary maintenance system. Josh Lopez, a Blue Frontiers engineer, suggested the possible use of blockchains for civic duties and participation such as voting and discussion. Lopez explained that this can help breakdown desires among theoretical citizens and ensure that each ‘citizen’ is able to have their voice recognized and integrated in the determination of their societal structure.

Seasteading is a new and developing phenomenon that is the use of large man-made platforms that act as artificial islands, sustaining cities and communities that exist on large bodies of water. The goal is for inhabitants to be able to live within their own nation state, independent of traditional governments.

One of the primary goals of Blue Frontiers is to give people more power over their society and governance and to be able to work with one’s fellow man to shape the world that they want to live in. A quintessential aspect of Blue Frontiers is to be a better option for people who feel as though the may live in a corrupt or unfavorable society. This is intended to be an opportunity for citizens to find the “historically functional components’ of government “and use them,” according to Lopez. “If it works, it works.”

It all begins with investing in that society’s currency, the current minimum of which is 1 ETH, according to spokesperson Nathalie Mezza-Garcia. “We are currently tuning our white paper so that our token supports features that can make this translation easier,” she explained in reference to purchasing Varyon.

Civic duty and participation go beyond discussion and the determination of abstract societal structures such as law. There are a variety of contributions to the preparation of Blue Frontiers’ ‘Pilot Project,’ which will take place in the French Polynesian Islands. While some applicants are currently working together to physically build and engineer the technology that will ‘keep them afloat,’ others are contributing in a variety of ways, from simple photography to collaborating with the the French Polynesian government to ensure a harmonious coexistence between their own community and the surrounding natives.

This is one of many budding instances of people or organizations using cryptocurrency as a foundation for the development of an evolved world. But how will the community remain safe from possible enemies? “Alignment,” Lopez explained. The French Polynesian government is already working with the organization, and there are plans to further outreach to other countries.

Technology driven civic duties, currency and ‘land’ structures aside, economic safety zones are one of the most definitive aspects of Blue Frontiers project, and could serve as their shield from danger. These areas will allow professionals from a variety of fields, from medicine to engineering, to practice their craft without regulations and rules that may hinder research and development in their original or home countries. Local natives will also be able to participate in these economic zones, experimenting and understanding technology and other products/practices that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.

October 9th Meetup – Of Boolean Logic, BBSes, Berkeley, and Burning Man

Of Boolean Logic, BBSes, Berkeley, and Burning Man: Early ‘90s startup culture in the East Bay

Our speaker this month will be Maggie Duval. Maggie is a technology, web, marketing, strategy and development consultant, educator and event producer whose work supports holistic, personalized approaches to learning. She is an expert in creating, curating, and producing unique, immersive workshops and conferences where business, technology and arts dialogue in innovative ways. Her work includes research, development, creation and production of multimedia, participative learning approaches and projects for experiential education such as the SXSW-related events, Plutopia (The Future of Play, The Science of Music, Living Systems) and Cyberpunk 2014: A Retrospective, as well as The Spectral Panopticon, Showdown at Unobtainium: Tesla vs. Edison, STEAM3: The Future of Experiential Learning, and NextECon. Maggie brings her multidimensional vision and expertise in both virtual (website and user interface) and physical (events, workshops, happenings) experiential design. A gifted connector, she also serves to foster collaborative alliances between the Austin community, and beyond.

Maggie will take us on a rollicking journey through her pre “dot.com” days at a logic synthesis software design startup based in Berkeley, California (across from Fantasy Records, Creedance Clearwater Revival’s record label). At the epicenter of the confluence of emergent tech and the World Wide Web, counterculture, art, and social activism, she shows us how the unique corporate culture she moved in, cultivated by an enlightened CEO (a brilliant computer research scientist and ‘60s activist) set the stage for and encouraged her to pursue an entrepreneurial path. She highlights her years as her own web development start up and mom (complete with baby on hip as she met with clients) in a small town in West Virginia, and ending on her move to Austin in 2005, helping foster “Jelly Coworking” culture, which laid the rich ground of being for numerous coworking, apps dev, and other businesses to emerge. Spiced with copious amounts of meticulously curated materials from the era(s), including her stint as co-manager of media relations at Burning Man in 1996, it is designed to provide an enjoyable experience of the promise and possibilities of entrepreneurial life.

Join us for the discussion from 6:00PM-8:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 8:00PM-9:00PM at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos St). Note the change of time – this is due to Capital Factory’s schedule during Startup Week.

Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel. Once on the 16th floor, there should be a sign at the front desk directing you to our meetup. If there is no sign, and no one is on duty at the desk, we are usually in the room to the left of the front desk.

Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive

Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $16 to $5. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

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