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Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis) is an angel investor and entrepreneur. Formerly the CTO of Coinbase and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he was also the co-founder of Earn.com (acquired by Coinbase), Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), Teleport (acquired by Topia), and Coin Center.
He was named to the MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators Under 35,” won a Wall Street Journal Innovation Award, and holds a BS/MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, all from Stanford University. Balaji also teaches the occasional class at Stanford, including an online MOOC in 2013, which reached 250,000+ students worldwide.
His new book is The Network State: How To Start a New Country (https://www.amazon.com/Network-State-How-Start-Country-ebook/dp/B09VPKZR3G/?tag=offsitoftimfe-20). You can also read it for free at http://thenetworkstate.com/.
00:01:37 The current state of crypto and overall markets
00:09:58 Market depth and the Overton window
00:16:29 The challenges of identifying possible trends
00:20:09 Does transhumanism need rebranding?
00:22:55 Augmented reality glasses: the next big thing?
00:32:44 Rethinking Icarus from a transhumanist, pro-innovation perspective
00:54:29 DALL-E 2 as a compact programming language
00:57:12 Peter Turchin and cliodynamics
00:58:48 What is a network state?
01:13:35 Humans like to fight over borders — even when they’re invisible
01:22:17 American anarchy
01:43:58 Bitcoin vs. gold as an inflation hedge
01:50:12 What needs to happen for Bitcoin to behave in the way Bitcoin holders would like it to behave?
02:23:10 Society as a service: how the establishment of a network state could succeed — without devolving into a cult
02:49:30 Chinese control
02:59:03 Missionary over mercenary; innovation over top-down control
03:01:26 India’s upward trends
03:06:50 Establishment disdain for tech interlopers (and the feeling is mutual)
03:12:46 Parting thoughts
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