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163 - Bitcoin & Fungal Economies with Toby Kiers & Brandon Quittem

FUTURE FOSSILS

This week we’re joined by evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers and Bitcoin entrepreneur Brandon Quittem for an interdisciplinary trialogue on the analogy between digital currencies and the so-called Wood Wide Web. Toby studies fungal economies in the lab, and her research challenges the commonly-held assumption that mycorrhizal networks are socialist utopia hippie love-fests. Brandon evangelizes “The Internet of Money” as an exemplary instance of biomimicry and argues that Bitcoin is doing for human finance what mycelial networks have done for terrestrial biology. And I wade in with more than my usual helping of paradoxically-critical enthusiasm to ask if “natural” really equals “healthy” or “desirable” in our rush to serve the evolutionary algorithm of technological development.  This one should appeal to anybody on the “Transhumanist Bitcoin Bro to Luddite Biodynamic Farmer” spectrum…share your thoughts about the episode in ourFuture Fossils Discord server or Facebook group, where it’s easy to link up with amazing fellow weirdos.Brandon’s Website & TwitterBrandon’s article, “Bitcoin is The Mycelium of Money”Toby’s Website & TwitterToby’s TED talk, “Lessons from fungi on markets and economics”If you believe in the value of this show and want to see it thrive, support Future Fossils on Patreon and/or please rate and review Future Fossils on Apple Podcasts! Patrons gain access to over twenty secret episodes, unreleased music, our monthly book club, and many other wondrous things.Music by Future Fossils co-host Evan “Skytree” Snyder.I transcribe this show with help from Podscribe.ai — which I highly recommend to other podcasters. If you’d like to help me edit transcripts for my upcoming Future Fossils book project, please let me know! I’m @michaelgarfield on Twitter & Instagram.If you’re looking for new ways to help regulate stress, get better sleep, recover from exercise, and/or stay alert and focused without stimulants, let me recommend the Apollo Neuro wearable. I have one and appreciate it so much I decided to join their affiliate program. The science is solid.And for my fellow guitarists in the audience, let me recommend you get yourself a Jamstik Studio, the coolest MIDI guitar I’ve ever played. I just grabbed one this year and LOVE it. Videos soon!Enjoy, and thanks for listening!Additional Resources:Future Fossils 161 - Michael Phillip on Play & CreativityFuture Fossils 81 - Art Brock on Holochain and the Future of CurrencyFuture Fossils 56 - Sophia Rohklin on Anarchy, Ecology, Economy, and ShamanismComplexity 35 - Geoffrey West on Physical Scaling LawsComplexity 13 - Brian Arthur on the History of Complexity EconomicsComplexity 8 - Olivia Judson on Life’s Major Energy TransitionsDeep Facebook thread on the un/sustainability of blockchains & cryptocurrenciesRegen NetworkWhen you’re ready to switch it up, here are my music and listening recommendations on Spotify.And if you're in a tipping mood:• Venmo: @futurefossils• PayPal.me/michaelgarfield• Patreon: patreon.com//michaelgarfield• BTC: 1At2LQbkQmgDugkchkP6QkDJCvJ5rv3Jm• ETH: 0xddF0524510d6d802c3e9b0740D48CF893425664D Get bonus content on PatreonSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/futurefossils. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 24mins

11 Mar 2021

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Lessons from fungi on markets and economics | Toby Kiers

TED Business

Resource inequality is one of our greatest challenges, but it's not unique to humans. Like us, mycorrhizal fungi that live in plant and tree roots strategically trade, steal and withhold resources, displaying remarkable parallels to humans in their capacity to be opportunistic (and sometimes ruthless) -- all in the absence of cognition. In a mind-blowing talk, evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers shares what fungi networks and relationships reveal about human economies, and what they can tell us about inequality.

16mins

30 Oct 2019

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Leçons tirées des champignons sur les marchés et l'économie | Toby Kiers

TEDTalks Economie

L'inégalité des ressources est l'un de nos plus grands défis, mais elle n'est pas propre aux humains. Comme nous, les champignons mycorhiziens qui vivent dans les racines des plantes et des arbres font stratégiquement du commerce, volent et retiennent des ressources, montrant des parallèles remarquables avec les humains dans leur capacité à être opportunistes (et parfois impitoyables) -- tout cela en l'absence de cognition. Dans un discours époustouflant, Toby Kiers, biologiste de l'évolution, partage ce que les réseaux et les relations fongiques révèlent sur les économies humaines et ce qu'ils peuvent nous dire sur les inégalités.

16mins

30 Oct 2019

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As lições dos fungos sobre mercados e economia | Toby Kiers

TEDTalks Negócios

A desigualdade de recursos é um dos nossos maiores desafios, mas não se trata de um problema exclusivo dos seres humanos. Como nós, os fungos micorrízicos que vivem nas raízes de plantas e árvores negociam de forma estratégica, roubam e retêm recursos, exibindo notáveis ​​paralelos com os seres humanos na capacidade de serem oportunistas (e às vezes até cruéis), tudo na ausência de cognição. Numa palestra surpreendente, a bióloga evolucionista Toby Kiers compartilha o que as redes e os relacionamentos de fungos revelam sobre as economias humanas, e o que elas podem nos ensinar sobre a desigualdade.

16mins

30 Oct 2019

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Lecciones de hongos sobre mercados y economía | Toby Kiers

TEDTalks Negocios

La desigualdad de recursos es uno de nuestros mayores desafíos, pero no es exclusiva de los humanos. Al igual que nosotros, los hongos micorrícicos que viven en raíces de plantas y árboles comercian, roban y retienen recursos estratégicamente, mostrando paralelos notables con los humanos en su capacidad de ser oportunistas y a veces despiadados, todo sin cognición. En una charla alucinante, la bióloga evolutiva Toby Kiers comparte lo que revelan las redes y las relaciones de hongos sobre las economías humanas y lo que nos pueden decir sobre la desigualdad.

16mins

30 Oct 2019

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균계(fungi)에서 배우는 시장과 경제학 | 토비 키어스 (Toby Kiers)

TEDTalks 비즈니스

자원 불평등은 어려운 과제입니다. 이 어려움은 인간에게만 국한되지 않습니다. 인간처럼, 식물과 나무 뿌리에 사는 균근균(mycorrhizal fungi)도 자원을 전략적으로 교환하고 훔치고 비축합니다. 놀라울 정도로 인간과 유사하게 기회주의적인(가끔은 무자비한) 모습을 보입니다. 물론 인식하지는 못하지만요. 놀라운 이 강연을 통해, 진화생물학자인 토비 키어스가 버섯균 네트워크가 인간의 경제와 불평등에 대해 시사하는 이야기를 들려줍니다.

16mins

30 Oct 2019

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Lessons from fungi on markets and economics | Toby Kiers

TED Talks Daily

Resource inequality is one of our greatest challenges, but it's not unique to humans. Like us, mycorrhizal fungi that live in plant and tree roots strategically trade, steal and withhold resources, displaying remarkable parallels to humans in their capacity to be opportunistic (and sometimes ruthless) -- all in the absence of cognition. In a mind-blowing talk, evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers shares what fungi networks and relationships reveal about human economies, and what they can tell us about inequality.

16mins

30 Oct 2019

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Lessons from fungi on markets and economics | Toby Kiers

TED Talks Daily (HD video)

Resource inequality is one of our greatest challenges, but it's not unique to humans. Like us, mycorrhizal fungi that live in plant and tree roots strategically trade, steal and withhold resources, displaying remarkable parallels to humans in their capacity to be opportunistic (and sometimes ruthless) -- all in the absence of cognition. In a mind-blowing talk, evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers shares what fungi networks and relationships reveal about human economies, and what they can tell us about inequality.

16mins

30 Oct 2019