Writer, technology theorist & designer for speculative futures. Project developer and enthusiast for immutable and unstoppable code. Researcher in future cryptoeconomics, privacy and decentralisation.
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Director of the RIAT Institute in Vienna, Austria. Founder of Future Cryptoeconomics, a quarterly magazine about the future of decentralisation. I also work as consultant, research designer and technology communicator. For contact request, speaking engagement or any other inquiry, please go via this form, as other channels won't reach me easily. In case you really want to get my attention, you can contact me via earn.com.
I am directing RIAT, an independent research and development organisation thematizing the future of decentralisation and fostering the adoption of cryptography and privacy technology across disciplines. We work with cryptocurrency (bitcoin) since 2010 and foster a large international network around the globe. We are chain-agnostic, although we have workgroups with a focus on Monero, Ethereum and NEM looking at the challenges and limitations of distributed systems. We are looking at the larger scope of things, such as: future cryptoeconomics, code governance, and cryptopolitics. RIAT consists of a network of researchers, developers, entrepreneurs and experimentalists working on conceptioning, research design, project development and mentoring on future topics of decentralisation.
I am an enthusiast for Open Source projects and I am board member of the OSHWA - the Open Source Hardware Association. I am faciliating open hardware projects, such as in the past the Apertus Open Source Cinema Camera and the Monero Open Hardware Wallet. I am actively working with and contributing to open source projects, and I am observing goverance of distributed open source projects. A very good example for a self sustaining and self-governing project is the Monero cryptocurrency with the FFS (Forum Funding System).
The book Openism: Conversations on Open Hardware thematized the situation, that a lot of open hardware and DIY projects are working above industry standard and are the true driving forces of new inventions and disruptive innovation, often trough reverse engineering or or radical open source strategies.
Hello world. I have a background as digital bricoleur and in computer science, and developed projects on the intersections of design and experimental technology since the last millenium. I worked with Open Source projects since my early childhood and I am an autodidact in many technological domains. I was a professional computer game tester and reviewer from 1986-1992. Later i studied computer science and did a diploma in digital and media arts at the University of applied arts in Vienna with Peter Weibel and Karel Dudesek. After different ventures and startups in early 2000 (big data, noSQL, distributed systems) i started the Coded Cultures initiative, a research platform to bring hacker culture and technology-based arts closer together. This resulted in the Coded Cultures Festival which was running from 2004-2016 and was showcased in Austria, Germany and Japan. In 2010 i founded the Artistic Bokeh group, a taskforce for DSLR video hacks and radical media arts. I developed the first bitcoin-based artwork, bitcoincloud, which was initially shown in 2011 as part of the "Art and Capital" exhibition. Bitcoincloud was maybe the most inefficient Bitcoin Mining rig, as it only mined when visitors were watching the artpiece, in order to thematize the "attention economy". In 2012 i received a three year research grant from the austrian science fund (FWF) and set up the Artistic Technology Lab at the University of applied arts in Vienna. There i started the Experiments in Art and Value series, with “Blockchain Performance” (2012), a co-production of Artistic Bokeh & Spacebank (Fran Ilich) in which 20 Ai Weiwei Sunflower Seeds have been purchased with Bitcoin and Artistic Bokeh & Société Réaliste: "Too much money" (2014). Also in 2014 i wrote the paper "Cryptocurrencies as distributed community experiments", as a chapter for the Handbook of Digital Currency - Bitcoin, Financial Instruments and Big Data. From 2014 onwards i only worked and researched on Bitcoin and decentralisation, and also coordinated the Apertus Open Source Cinema EU Horizon2020 project. Since 2017 i am solely working on the RIAT research agenda and coordinate publication projects. I am currently responsible for the research design and for the long term strategy at the RIAT Institute.