Long Now co-founder Danny Hillis and SALT speaker Steven Johnson recommend Juan 
Benet as an exceptional theorist as well as player in shaping how world 
communications can become ever safer and freer over time.  Blockchain is only 
part of it.

"We're a century into our computing phase transition,” Benet says.  "The latest 
stages have created astonishing powers for individuals, groups, and our species 
as a whole.  We are also faced with accumulating dangers.  In light of the 
promethean fire that is computing, we must prevent bad outcomes and lock in 
good ones to build robust foundations for our knowledge, and a safe future.  
There is much we can do in the short-term to secure the long-term.

"I come from the front lines of computing platform design to share a number of 
new super-powers at our disposal, some old challenges that are now soluble, and 
some new open problems.  In this next decade, we’ll need to leverage 
peer-to-peer networks, crypto-economics, blockchains, Open Source, Open 
Services, decentralization, incentive-structure engineering, and so much more 
to ensure the short-term safety and long-term flourishing of humanity.”

Juan Benet is the inventor of the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS)---a new 
protocol which uses content-addressing to make the web faster, safer, and more 
open—and the creator of Filecoin, a cryptocurrency-incentivized storage market

"Long Term Infostructure," Juan Benet, SFJAZZ Center, Hayes Valley, San 
Francisco, 7pm, Monday August 6.  The show starts promptly at 7:30pm.

To be sure of a seat:
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• You can purchase tickets for $25 each 
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Talks coming up:
September 12 - Julia Galef, Soldiers and Scouts: Why our minds weren't built 
for truth, and how we can change that 
October 29 - Mary Lou Jepsen, Toward Practical Telepathy 
19 - Niall Ferguson, Networks and Power 

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