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A day late on this but here’s my Monday reading list | week #3

  1. Season one: Digital Physics

The New World is a series on Mirror exploring Digital Physics in all its forms, including tick rates, onchain time, and anthropocentric digital physics. The article proposes that autonomous worlds require a deep investigation that is complementary to product-level experimentation and technical documentation. The article also suggests that simple stipulations, such as defining contract coordinates in metric space, can have dramatic consequences and impact everything from creating new kinds of mercenary player behavior to helping the EVM transition from the serial computer it is today to a more performant machine.

  1. Introducing Nouns Fork: A Last-Resort Minority Protection Mechanism

Nouns Fork is a new feature that enables DAO forks, allowing token holders to exit together into a new instance of their protocol. Any token holder can signal to fork in response to a governance proposal, and if a quorum of 20% of tokens signals to exit, the fork will succeed. The feature operates in two states: Escrow Period and Forking Period. During the Escrow Period, any Nouner can put their tokens in escrow, contributing towards reaching the fork threshold. During the Forking Period, the fork function deploys a new Nouns DAO, and lasts for several days, allowing additional token holders to join the newly forked DAO. Forking Nouners claim new DAO tokens with the same IDs and same art as the Nouns they returned to the original DAO. The Fork DAO contracts are upgradable, giving its token holders full freedom to adjust code and parameters through proposals.

  1. Password required: Inside the secret underground of club music

CloudCore and Two Shell are using scarcity to cultivate underground fan communities in the world of club music. Two Shell locks their social circles and music behind passwords and timed releases, while CloudCore releases music for exactly seven days before archiving it. These methods create a sense of exclusivity and reward those who are willing to dig deeper, fostering a self-sustaining community that contributes even when the creators are inactive.

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Monday reading list | week #4

  1. The Permaweird - by Venkatesh Rao - Ribbonfarm Studio

The author argues that crisis theory misses the essence of the current state of the world, which is characterized by a sense of frustrated urgency and a lack of a default object for collective crisis. The present is too complex for any fixed sense of personal agency to be stable, leading to a persistent sense of generalized crisis that is a kind of nostalgia for an imagined present. The post-historical present is a lonely place shaped by the inescapable loneliness of the present.

  1. SIGHTS + SOUNDS — Are.na

A quick look into the Camera Roll of interesting people doing normal things along with a song, voice memo, or recording of their choice.This is a public archive of past guests. Links to each person’s post can be found in the description of their image. See more here

  1. Introducing World Engine by Argus

Argus, a game developer and publisher, has announced the World Engine (WE), a blockchain designed for onchain games. WE provides the foundation for game developers to build and customize their own open and interoperable game worlds. Through WE’s novel layer 2 sharding architecture, each game can now have its own horizontally scalable blockchain owned by the community and grows with it. The World Engine is designed to be the shared backbone for the Internet of Games, allowing games to communicate with each other and game developers to build an ecosystem of tools, platforms, and primitives on top of it.

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Monday reading list | Week #5

  1. Letter to a friend who is thinking of starting something new by sari azout

A letter to a friend considering starting something new offers advice on navigating the psychological challenges of entrepreneurship. The author poses questions to help the reader prepare for the emotional demands of merging their career and passion, including avoiding insecurity work, enjoying the process, and being original. The letter also emphasizes the importance of financial clarity and patience in growing a business.

  1. AI and Power: The Ethical Challenges of Automation, Centralization, and Scale by Rachel Thomas

The release of new large language models like ChatGPT4, Bard, and Bing Chat has sparked widespread debate and raised questions about AI ethics. While topics like explainability and fairness/bias are important, they alone are not enough to prevent harms of AI systems. Understanding the ethical challenges of automation, centralization, and scale is crucial in addressing the risks posed by new AI applications.

3. Let Readers Choose Their Format - by Simon de la Rouviere

Simon de la Rouviere argues that publishers should bundle different formats of a novel to make it more consumer-friendly. He suggests that readers should be able to choose the format they prefer and receive bundled discounts for it. Additionally, he explores the rise of co-play and multiplayer software, AI-generated media, and smart contract art. He also discusses the decline of StackOverflow and the outperformance of extreme climate stocks.

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Monday reading list | Week #6

  1. Are.na Is Where We Go to Find Ourselves Online by Zora-zine

Are.na is a mindful, designer-first platform that exemplifies a different kind of social platform, with a community-first approach. Co-founder Charles Broskoski has kept the platform simple and free from AI, algorithms, or adtech. Are.na is financially sustainable through a paid membership model, with users directly chipping in to keep it going. Broskoski discusses the platform’s origins, its community-first model, and its potential to last for decades to come.

  1. Web3 Work research report: The DAO contributor’s perspective by Other internet

This research report on DAOs and labor conducted in 2023 with 38 contributors found that the role of a DAO contributor is multifaceted, combining aspects of being a learner, freelancer, open-source contributor, volunteer, politician, and fan. DAOs are hybrid organizational contexts combining diverse organizational logics, such as service providers, startups, coops, states, or educational organizations. The report also identified four different socio-technical scenarios for DAO work: collaboration, impact, freelancing 3.0, and mutualist infrastructures. The report recommends strengthening security to enhance the DAO contributor experience and building legitimacy and longevity for web3 as a whole.

  1. Suspect Desires for Diversity in Electronic Music: Progress or a Tool to Hide White Ethnocentrism? by Dweller

The push for diversity and inclusivity in electronic music has been a subject of much discussion, but who does it really benefit? This article questions the purpose of diversity in a system where economic values often determine artistic choices and visibility. The author also discusses the issue of tokenism and the cognitive dissonance that non-white artists may face between being an artist and an activist. While there have been some developments in the last few years, such as the focus on sexism and safe spaces, the author questions whether real structural change is possible in a profit-driven industry.

Monday reading list | Week #7

  1. Misaligned incentives make the music business a zero-sum game

Misaligned incentives in the music industry have turned it into a zero-sum game, with labels focused on market share, DSPs promoting cheaper music, and artists building outside the system. This has led to a lack of support and monetization for new artists, and stakeholders will need to go against market incentives to escape this game. A new definition of “breaking” an artist is needed, with a focus on artist development rather than virality, and a brave company or executive could focus specifically on artist development to help change the industry.

  1. Why Do Art Collectives End? | Frieze

This article explores why art collectives end, with insights from members of various collectives. Factors include co-option of ideas by branding, interpersonal dynamics, and the difficulty of maintaining a collective’s critical capacity. The article also touches on the anti-commercial nature of collectives and the importance of humor in collective work.

  1. Dekmantel zine: The Otherworldly League and Language of a Legend words by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson

DEKMANTEL, from its very first events till today, is one of the spaces that’s given Jeff Mills a constant canvas to work with. Heading into the festival’s 10th anniversary, I had the honour of chatting with Jeff about his place at the festival and – far beyond Amsterdam and planet Earth – his place as someone consistently dubbed a pioneer and legend of electronic music.

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belated monday reading list | Week #8

  1. Introducing our summer '23 research seminars - a16z crypto

a16z crypto research is a multidisciplinary lab dedicated to advancing the science and technology of the next generation of the internet. They aim to bridge academic theory with industry practice by bringing together the best research talent from relevant disciplines. They have hosted two immersive summer programs and have released talks from the 2023 summer program and cohort, covering topics from scaling to governance to incentive design and beyond. They continue to post new talks regularly on their YouTube channel.

  1. WT$ Is Streaming Economics

The concept of streaming economics is often misunderstood due to its constantly fluctuating factors. Unlike traditional models, streaming payouts are not transactional but fluid. As an artist, it’s important to understand the ebb and flow of streaming economics and identify where most of your streaming payouts come from. Taking ownership of your fans across platforms can also help reduce susceptibility to shifts in streaming dynamics.

  1. FriendTech: Social Trading in Web3 — Graeme

FriendTech is a social trading platform that allows users to buy and sell “shares” of individuals they follow on Twitter. The platform has gained popularity and has accumulated 3,632 ETH in fees, but opinions on its ultimate purpose and sustainability vary widely. Some see it as merely another venue for speculative trading, while others celebrate its innovative spirit and entertainment value. The platform’s upgradability poses questions about its future adaptability, but the trading component is decentralized and serves as a lego for new extensions that rest in the hands of the ecosystem building around it.

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Monday reading list | Week #9

1. F2P, a new business model for music. - by dan fowler

The article discusses the potential of adopting the free-to-play (F2P) business model in the music industry, drawing inspiration from the success of F2P games. It highlights the stagnation of the current music industry model, the impact of AI-driven content abundance, and the need for new approaches. The article explores game design principles, such as game loops, quests, and rewards, that can be applied to create new business models for music creators. It also addresses the challenges and resistance that may arise in shifting to F2P models in the music industry.

2. Curatorial Governance — Tony Lashley

This article discusses the challenges and biases associated with different sources of information used to determine the value of cultural objects. It explores the wisdom of the crowd, expert opinions, personal networks, and intuition. It also proposes solutions to improve the curation process by combining the strengths of each source and creating a system that values nuance, contextualization, and diverse perspectives.

  1. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century (Part One) — Pop Junctions

This article discusses the challenges and opportunities of participatory culture in the lives of young people. It highlights the skills and knowledge acquired through informal learning communities, such as online gaming and fan communities. the author emphasizes the importance of participatory culture in fostering learning, creative expression, civic engagement, and economic advancement. It also explores the concept of affinity spaces as ideal learning environments and the potential for participatory culture to reshape education, cultural expression, civic life, and work. The article argues for a focus on participatory cultures rather than interactive technologies and the need to foster skills and cultural knowledge to effectively utilize these tools.

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literally only staying up on my reading thru kiru

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librarian in the making :saluting_face: