Primavera de Filippi on Blockchain and the Quest to Decentralize Society


“I went into the blockchain and I never left.”

Harvard researcher Primavera De Filippi is perhaps most well-known for blockchain ideas that sound as if they come straight out of a sci-fi novel. Case in point, De Filippi presented a robotic flower that lives and reproduces via bitcoin micropayments at a conference earlier this year.

Of course, there are plenty of big ideas swirling around in the industry, but whether or not all or any of these are viable is still up for debate. And that hangs heavy on De Filippi, too.

She sighed heavily when The DAO – the most prominent example of a leaderless organization functioning on blockchain that unravelled after an attacker exploited the code last summer – was brought up.

But even with that misstep, De Filippi is still inspired by the potential for smart contracts to create decentralized companies and governance systems with blockchain technology.

Governing society

To really dig in, De Filippi has to look at humanity a little bit differently.

“It actually changes a little bit the way we go about society, when you use technology as opposed to regulation,” she said.

She’s been studying the advantages and drawbacks of governing through technology (as opposed to regulation) for some

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