>> January 28, 2020
>> Blog Post #19
Here’s a quick one.
I felt like punching someone the other day. I was hanging out at a conference, just outside of an open stage, trying to put some order in all the notes I take or voice recordings I have.
I was in a very large industrial type of exposition hall, where the entire space was open except for a few areas where talks were being held and that were separated from the rest of the hall by drapes.
The seat I had chosen when I sat down was on the side, far away from all the chairs and tables that were closer to the food courts and the kids’ play area. I thought it would be calmer and more comfortable to get some work done. I was wrong.
A few minutes after I had sat down, turned on the computer, taken the notepad out, the draped area next to me started filling up. The talk started and I wasn’t really paying attention, concentrating on whatever I was doing while also listening to some music with my noise cancelling headphones. But the talk was loud. Just enough for me to pick up some words here and there, which after a few minutes were enough to break my concentration and grab my attention. Eventually, I pieced together enough of these to understand what the guy was saying, even though I really felt like I was trying to fight it.
It was one of those dumbasses that will revolutionize the world because they understand it better than us and they have figured out just how to organize everything and put it in a freaking DAO.
A DAO, if you have never heard of one before, stands for Decentralized Autonomous Organization. If I were to describe it in a few words, I’d say it’s an organization, a protocol or a governance that is based on people interacting with a software where all the rules of the organization are already programmed. When events trigger some kind of reaction by the software, the execution of the response is automatic.
While I believe studying how organizations function and how they could work better is an interesting topic, I have a real problem with most of the people I meet who are working on DAOs. The guy that was talking so loud in that mic the other day was one of them.
For some reason, that I just cannot wrap my head around, supporters of those DAOs seem to believe that they know how to fix stuff and organize it better. They found their target organization and they will prove to us it is better and once we all hop on the bandwagon, we’ll see for ourselves just how great it is. And yet, no one has jumped ships. Guess why? Because they know squat.
I don’t know why they always feel like they can create something out of thin air, perfect it when no one cares and then just expect people to flock over. The myth of the creator. Playing god. That’s what it is.
The guy kept babbling about the craziest stuff, like how he hadn’t used the verb “to be” in his entire talk (the damn thing was over an hour long) because that could represent his view and he wanted to remain neutral. He’s probably the type of person that believes he could be a perfectly objective journalist if he wanted to. Fool.
You cannot, nor should you impose your will on others. Should you want to setup some kind of organization with your friends, family, company, fine. That’s your business and none of mine, and I have no problem with that at all. It’s actually interesting. But do not for one second believe you can do anything more. It would be morally flawed by essence.
Man, I really felt like punching the guy in the face.