Future Fossils with Michael Garfield
🕸️⛩️💻 213 - Amber Case & Michael Zargham on Entangled Technologies & Design As Governance

🕸️⛩️💻 213 - Amber Case & Michael Zargham on Entangled Technologies & Design As Governance

Re: calm technology and the design principles for public infrastructure that empowers.

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This week I speak with two of the most thoughtful people I know in tech, cyborg anthropologist Amber Case and systems engineer Michael Zargham (Founder & CEO of BlockScience) — who work together on tools for building trust between tech users and tech companies at the Superset DAO and each contribute diverse value to society through myriad creative projects in their own right (like Amber’s totally fabulous music group Glo Torch!). Thanks to the generous invitation of Regen Foundation CEO Gregory Landua, I met Amber and Michael for an in-person recording at the Regen Summit — easily one of the most inspiring Web3 events I’ve ever attended — in between jam sessions with a few dozen others working at the intersections of regenerative finance, ecosystem stewardship, distributed ledgers, and civtech.

This episode only catches a tiny sliver of the awesome conversations that we had while gathered face-to-face, but it’s a potent morsel nonetheless. We talked about the market’s perverse fascination with talking appliances as a failed attempt to reboot animism, how good design empowers and bad design deprives by making choices possible or not, and why it’s time for a new kind of terms-of-service agreement that allows users to migrate en masse from platforms that have violated people’s trust…along with much else. A very lucid and articulate, yet very playful, trialogue on matters that deserve sincerity but also benefit from childlike curiosity and warmth!


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 Related Links For The Intellectually Voracious:

Amber’s Twitter, LinkedIn, and Medium.

Michael’s Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, and Google Scholar.

Citation Statistics from 110 Years of Physical Review
by Sidney Redner

How Design is Governance
by Amber Case

We Need More Control Over Our Own User Data
by Amber Case

The Evolution of Surveillance, Part 4: Augments & Amputees
by Michael Garfield (on technology as an other-controlled prosthesis and the vulnerability of cyborgs)

“I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream”
by Harlan Ellison

 SOME Upcoming Episodes:

• Jingmai O’Connor, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Chicago, on her singular life and work.

• J.F. Martel & Phil Ford of Weird Studies Podcast and Megan Phipps of The University of Amsterdam on Weird Cybernetics.

• David Jay Brown and Sara Phinn on their field guide to the entities of DMT hyperspace, published next year by Inner Traditions.
• Brigham Adams of Goodly Labs on social science and collective intelligence tools for a memetic immune system.

• Michael Skye of VisionForce on his work to help confront the crises faced by contemporary boys and men.

• Neil Theise, professor of pathology at NYU, on complex systems science and his new book, Notes on Complexity.

 Related Archive Episodes:

211 - Adam Aronovich on A Cultural Anthropology for The Psychedelic Internet

207 - Tech & Community LIVE at Junkyard Social Club with Evan Snyder, Ryan Madson, Roger Toennis, Aaron Gabriel, & Juicy Life

204 - Jamie Joyce on The Society Library and Tools for Making Sense Together

197 - Tadaaki Hozumi on Japanese Esotericism, Lost Civilizations, and The Singularity (Part 1)

180 - Web3 & Complex Systems with Park Bach, Sid Shrivastava, Shirley Bekins, & Avel Guénin-Carlut at Complexity Weekend

177 - Systems Design & Extended Cognition at Complexity Weekend with Tom Carter, Jenn Huff, Pietro Michelucci, and Richard James MacCowan

176 - Exploring Ecodelia with Richard Doyle, Sophie Strand, and Sam Gandy at the Psilocybin Summit

141 - Nora Bateson on Warm Data vs. The Cold Equations

106 - Stowe Boyd on The Future(s) of Work and How to Thrive Amidst Accelerating Change

80 - George Dvorsky on Strange Days Ahead: Ethics for Autonomous Machines

29 - Sara Huntley (Raising Robots Right)

 Thanks to Noonautics.org & Gregory Landua of The Regen Foundation for supporting both the show and pioneering research to make the world a better place!

Future Fossils with Michael Garfield
Join paleontologist-futurist Michael Garfield and an avalanche of amazing guests for deep but irreverent discussions at the edge of the known and knowable: on prehistory and post-humanity and deep time, non-human agency and non-duality, science fiction and self-fulfilling prophecies, complex systems and sustainability (or lack thereof), psychedelics as a form of training for proliferating futures, art and creativity as service and as inquiry. New episodes on a roughly biweekly basis. Get bonus material and support the show at patreon.com/michaelgarfield or michaelgarfield.substack.com