How AI + Blockchain Can Prevent Climate Disaster


tl;dr: With AI-powered decentralized autonomous organizations, a world where self-owning entities could incentivize humans to actually save the planet, instead of destroying it.

I find it very easy to get down and depressed about climate change.

Reason to be Pessimistic

I don’t know all of the ins and outs. All I have to do is look at all of the plastic I see everywhere I go to realize that something is amiss.

My brother asked me the other day to predict the most likely scenario for the world in 2050.

My answer was: “something like an Elysium, with or without the outer space part.”

Speaking of movies, I recently saw “First Reformed.” The environmental message and resulting existential crisis were distressing.

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Reason to be Optimistic

I would much rather be optimistic about the future of our inhabitance on the Earth. I certainly try.

Thanks to Trent McConaghy, I am just a bit more.

In Nature 2.0, Trent outlines a blockchain+AI enabled future of increasing abundance and responsible growth. I’d even thrown in a Zen-like component of being vs. doing to his mix.

At the core of Nature 2.0 is a key premise.

As Trent writes:

If you asked me what the most important characteristic of blockchains was, I’d say “incentives”. Why: You can design a network that gets people to do stuff, by rewarding them with tokens.

Now, here’s the key part of Nature 2.0, as I understand it. I

It’s that the incentives provided by people to do stuff are provided not by other people, but by self-owning decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs).

Two parts to this.

  • First, the DAOs are not owned by a person.
  • Then, eventually, the DAOs don’t even need to have people as owners at all.

The “thing,” if you will, providing the incentives to humans is a DAO that is owned by Artificial Intelligent agents.

This isn’t fantasy.

The technology is available today (albeit in a limited fashion).

These AI-owned DAOs would then work to preserve and protect themselves, rewarding those who help them and not rewarding those who hurt them.

It’s a leap from how things work today, I realize, but in Trent’s optimistic (yet pragmatic) view of the future, entities ranging from cars to wind farms to forests could actually own themselves.

And they would have legal standing. Corporations based in Zug (aka ‘Crypto Valley‘), for example, have rights independent of people.

What It Could Look Like

In Nature 2.0, the last remaining old growth forest in Poland could protect itself illegal logging. Instead of a minecraft version of what is happening, we would have preservation through a network of sensors running on a blockchain.

In some ways, it sounds crazy. In other ways, it sounds like our only real chance.

Maybe we will be better off in a world where parts of nature manage itself in concert with humans, restoring balance.

Maybe a world that enables the machines upon which we rely to manage themselves with a responsible long-term view instead of short-term maximization, is a better one?

Thanks to crypto, 3 tons of trash were removed from Manila Bay recently.

Nature 2.0 is already upon us.

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