Wikipedia was the first DAO and you didn't even realise it
A piece on fashionability and the democratisation of success
Being fashionable is a full-time job
Advances in technology and communication have made us all have much wider access to the world, and above all, much faster. Everything is fast: produce, promote, consume and return to the arena. What used to be known as the consumer journey has become literally the 24-hour life of a fruit fly. When something starts to become fashionable is when it starts to become mainstream and that's boring, so produce something new or no one will know who you are.
For producers it's exhausting, but as a consumer, I feel it too. If I don't know what's trendy, I'm out of the loop. But my dear, yesterday's must-have is not today's must-have.
My life is based on furtive glances and sneaky Google searches when someone talks about something new, revolutionary, and disruptive that I don't know about (I have to say that if it is indeed so new, revolutionary, and disruptive, it is quite normal that I don't know about it, isn't it?).
In ‘disruptive technology theory’, the theory starts with the observation that technologies tend to get better at a faster rate than user’s needs increase.
You buy the latest gadget from the famous apple company and you don't even know how to use it properly. Your history then becomes the repository of tutorials on how to get the most out of...
And in the end, you value it more at the end of its useful life than before or as soon as you buy it. "I don't know how I ever lived without it" (I'm telling you, you did, you're here.).
We are aware of the potential of what we have years later.
Here I always think of all the people who had to tell J.K Rowling that they didn't like her book or the person who publicly fired Oprah Winfrey from her first TV hosting job in Baltimore for "getting too emotionally involved in her stories."
Web 3.0 gives us the ability to choose which branches or evolutions of technology we want to believe in and get involved in. They give us the freedom, and the option to know and support other ideas, other talents, or to generate our own. They let us evolve with technology.
If you fall asleep, you lose, but if you are copied, you win
Everything evolves very quickly microchips getting cheaper, bandwidth becoming ubiquitous, mobile devices getting smarter... Every iteration we have the tools more and more at hand. It’s getting simpler, easier to generate a prototype, to carry out an idea, to build your project. The more opportunities there are, the more people decide to take them.
And here we come to a tide in which we all wait to stand out. If anything, the pandemic (yes, C-19) brought a large part of the population with a great deal of time to carry out and finish personal projects. The occasion was ‘perfect’ for this. Some of them managed to flourish, and others not so much..
Shutting down is an incredibly hard thing to do. It takes great maturity and intellectual honesty to realize things aren’t going the way you hoped and that it might be better to just close shop and do something else.
But those that have succeeded have become trends. And then everybody saw very clearly that this idea was going to succeed (like when you leave your partner and it turns out that everybody disliked him or her, now ? really?).
When something is really famous, it gets copied.
Imitation is the best form of praise. And if something is famous, the fakes start to come out, and when rare versions of a product come out, is when you know it's a hit.
Copying is something that everyone can do and if everyone can imitate it, then perhaps there is nothing disruptive about it. So let's try to give it one more twist...become inimitable.
Life is like a box of chocolates, but filled with what?
We don't know what we want, but we know what we don't want.
And something that interests us zero, is the ‘evil’ use of all these technologies.
People organising through DAOs seem to move faster than could have previously been imagined (...) Thousands of people came together around an idea in a matter of weeks, then in a matter of days made that idea go viral (...) This kind of rapid coordination has a ton of potential, both good and bad.
But on the other hand, think about it, a website that condenses the wisdom of the world, built by thousands and thousands of users, around the globe. For every ill-intentioned member who tries to tarnish its name with false articles and news, there are ten devoted fans who take it upon themselves to repair the damage and improve it.
Yes, Wikipedia was the first DAO and you didn't even realise it.
No need to worry because, for every bon-bon filled with something that repels you, there are 20 super cool ones.
The world is a Puzzle ...and a Pozzle
There is a belief that humanity is increasingly digital. We interact online, we work this way, we order food, we play, we watch TV series, we invest... But this is only one of the facets of the human being.
I think we are all a bunch of things, like a Puzzle. And depending on the era in which you live, your puzzle is composed of some pieces or others. And that's why I think that many times you may feel that the pieces that have been given to you don't fit you or your environment. And that's partly scary, but it also means that they give us the freedom to be able to generate and arrange the puzzle pieces in a way that we want.
To adapt the technology to form the Pozzle where we fit perfectly.
And the coolest thing? That you can share it with everyone that you want, and that all those people will collaborate to make it colourful, diverse, deep and broad.