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Agnieszka Pilat and Spot

Humanizing Tech through Art, with Agnieszka Pilat

Agnieszka Pilat came of age during Poland’s communist era, a time when Soviet tanks would roll through the public squares under towering monuments to the past. Statues of military heroes, murals celebrating the workers in the factories and fields, these…

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Miko Matsumura and others at Crypto Underground event

Crypto Degenerates and the Future of NFTs

Last week’s Crypto Underground extravaganza promised to predict the future of Web3: “NFTs: Punks vs Apes or Punks and Apes – Where is it all going?” Drinks and hors d’oeuvres were free and plentiful as the crowd of 200 began…

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Are You Ready for the Metaverse Wars?

To write this story about the metaverse, I first had to tear myself away from reading Ready Player One, which is all about, well, the metaverse. Set in 2045, this prescient 2014 sci-fi novel describes a world in which, having…

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Blockchain Trilemma

Web3: The Blockchain Trilemma and the Road to Scale

Susanna: Let’s talk about Web3. There’s an emerging 1-2-3 narrative for defining this exciting evolution. That is, Web1 was read, Web2 was write, and Web3 is own. Give us a sense of the progression from the early Web, particularly with…

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