29 days ago
Four kinds of trust falling at the same time. Trust in vote counting Trust in verified tweets Trust in vouched reserves Trust in visual images Cryptographic verification is a partial solution. But also need high-trust startup societies.
The change in checkmarks is making it hard for many to trust statements from verified accounts. GitHub does have a better alternative in the form of GPG-signed commits. But the real answer may be that people just trust the people they know, and assume institutions are fake. t.co/iUSOPhx2Ng t.co/KgC4tUjTCp
The collapse of FTX is making it hard to trust mere assertions of solvency. Crypto does have better alternatives in the form of mathematical proof-of-reserve & decentralized key custody. But the long-term also involves building new high-trust societies. t.co/SjkDi2ZwVm
Advances in photorealistic AI are making it harder to trust images and video. We do have a better alternative in the form of ENS-signed images, so you’d know it came from hisname.eth. But you’d still need to trust that person hadn’t edited it. t.co/jEQp7IDLXB
Broadly, technological centralization in the 20th century produced scaled societies that depended on — and abused — trust. Now we may be moving towards a re-Dunbarized world. Catabolism of scaled states into smaller, high trust societies. Trust each other, not institutions… t.co/gEfPaugs6r