Generative AI, Web3, blockchain and the metaverse – how is your organization best utilizing these innovations (and replacing old ones)?
How can these automations be more effectively interrelated? And what does your competition know that you still need to learn?
You may have the systems and the staff in place, but how do you maximize their potential and develop opportunities for your business?
How do you sync up your technologies and transform them into one true force? In other words, how do you completely own it?
Welcome the shapeshifters. Using the digital traces you left behind, “generative foundation models” (GFMs) can now replicate your likeness, voice and personality, fooling your bank, work and even family. At the same time, you can harness a “stunt double” to increase your productivity by a factor of 100. Can we secure the opportunities these technologies offer without destroying the social fabric or imposing authoritarian control? As Founder of Microsoft Research’s Special Project the Plural Technology Collaboratory, the Plurality Institute, Harvard’s GETTING-Plurality Research Network and the RadicalxChange Foundation, I am on the front lines of answering these questions in collaboration with the leading AI labs (like OpenAI) and most advanced governments in the world (like Taiwan). In this talk I will describe the fundamental organizational and social changes we will need for pluralistic societies to thrive in the age of GFMs.
The next wave of generative foundation models (GFMs) succeeding ChatGPT and DALL-E, will make indistinguishable and arbitrarily manipulable simulation of human content (e.g. video, voice, documents) ubiquitous, liquidating much of the foundation of social cooperation and trust.
Maintaining trust and collaboration will require a revolution in verification and dramatically expanded applications of cryptography. Luckily Web3 ecosystems like Ethereum and countries like Taiwan have been coping with similar threats for years now. In this talk, I will draw lessons from these experiences to help individuals and organizations of all sizes survive and thrive in this disruption.
I am the co-inventor of Quadratic Funding, the hottest new approach to supporting social entrepreneurship and cross silo-collaboration within companies, I am Microsoft’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer Political Economist and Social Technologist and Founder of the RadicalxChange Foundation.
I will explain how QF works, how it has been mathematically proven as the optimal way to support public goods and how it is transforming open source software, the blockchain, media and social service provision. Whether you’re looking to tap the wisdom of your employees to catalyze new cross-company entrepreneurship or catalyze effective charitable giving, QF is one of the most powerful tools available today and there’s no one better to learn about it from than its pioneer.
As a former professor of economics at the University of Chicago, I developed the economic theory behind many recent advances in antitrust policy, from the 2010 US merger guidelines to the use of antitrust to protect workers. As Microsoft’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer Political Economist and Social Technologist, I am today at the forefront of technology competition and regulatory policy.
My talk will cover some of the most innovative approaches to addressing the problems of technology monopoly platforms, including treating data as labor, forming collective bargaining institutions such as data coalitions, the democratization or utilization of platforms and the use of new open protocols to facilitate meaningful portability. Today every company is a digital company and we all depend on the infrastructure controlled by a few dominant technology platforms. Here is a clear glimpse into the future that will determine the fate of your business and how you can shape it.
Democracy and technology are increasingly at loggerheads, with technology undermining democracy and democracies neglecting and constraining technology.
The reason for this conflict is our choice to invest in directions for technology (artificial intelligence and cryptocurrencies) that are fundamentally antithetical to democratic pluralism. But a different path is possible and has been pioneered in the world's most advanced digital democracy, Taiwan. In this talk, I will describe Plurality, a vision for the future of technology rooted in the history of the internet and personal computers and matured in the Taiwanese geopolitical forge that focuses on empowering collaboration across social differences. I'll show how this new vision goes far beyond politics to transform media, productivity, health and more.