EB141 – Ralph Merkle: Revolutionizing Democracy Using DAOs

Legendary researcher and cryptography pioneer Ralph Merkle joined us to discuss his recent paper on DAOs. Merkle analyzed how the ballot mechanisms in today’s democracies are flawed and how a decentralized, transparent DAO deciding using prediction markets could create more effective democratic systems.Topics covered included: Merkle evidences, Merkle Roots and his

  • early ventures into cryptography Blockchains as living organisms Why DAOs will be
  • subject to a Darwinian evolutionary procedure Why ballot is flawed and we require brand-new governance approaches to save democracy The principle of a DAO democracy How prediction markets and futarchy would assist regulate a DAO democracy Links pointed out in this episode:
  • Ralph Merkle DAO Democracy Paper [PDF] Ralph Merkle’s
  • Homepage Ralph Merkle’s Wikipedia page EB98-Robin Hanson: Futarchy, Prediction Markets Tim Urban: Why Cryonics Makes Sense Alcor-Life Extension Structure

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