Matthew Schutte

Interview: Ceptr, a new internet, modeled after nature’s patterns

I was recently interviewed by Michael Woodward for his podcast, JumbleThink.  I was a bit longwinded, so the interview is being released in two parts.  In part one, we focus on some of the insights that the Ceptr team has drawn from nature and are applying in our attempts to redesign the internet and foster new Continue reading

Leaving my religion

A couple of years ago, I took a deep dive into exploring some of the patterns in nature and ended up stepping away from Christian Science, the religion that I was raised in, as a result.

The only person that I knew who had traversed all that same terrain (both the philosophical explorations as well as the Christian Science upbringing) was Arthur Brock, so I reached out to him for a chat.

This hour plus conversation was the result.  In it, we explore some of the insights that I had stumbled upon during that recent foray, as well as Continue reading

Metacurrency + Agoric at Institute for the Future

I recently had the privilege of meeting some of the team behind the Economic Space Agency (ECSA – whose members refer to themselves as “Econonauts”!)

Along with myself, Vienna Looi and Jorge Lopez Aceves had each been invited to participate in a workshop focused on designing Positive Platforms for a Workable Future at the Institue for the Future in Palo Alto.  Since each of our communities (Metacurrency and ECSA) are trying to build Continue reading

Digital Communication Building Blocks

Recently during a consulting engagement with a Fortune 100 client and again during a Design Jam with IFTF (Institute For the Future), I’ve had the opportunity to teach others a bit about cryptography, blockchains and the Metacurrency Project.

Here is an outline of some of the building blocks that I’ve Continue reading

Quick Walk Through: Public Key Cryptography

I’ve been getting asked to share more of the technical side of Distributed Computing and Digital Trust as of late. This is a 10 minute tutorial video that walks through the basics of Public Key Cryptography and the role that it plays in enabling secure communication today.

Schutte’s Critique of the Self-Sovereign Identity Principles

Intro

I’m taking a quick pass through Christopher Allen’s 10 principles for Self-Sovereign Identity, with an eye toward highlighting the primary shortcomings that I perceive.  Note: I have a very unusual take on this.  I understand that.  I’m trying to be guided primarily by Continue reading

PATRIOTISM ≠ OBEDIENCE

The recent debate over Colin Kaepernick’s decision to stay seated for the national anthem reminds me that so many of my fellow citizens confuse patriotism with obedience.

If obedience were at the core of our country’s principles, we would never have broken away from the United Kingdom.

America is by no means a perfect nation, but one of our greatest accomplishments is Continue reading

Rethinking Time in Distributed Systems

In this talk at Stanford, Paul Borrill dives into an exploration of physics, computer science and philosophy that closely mirrors the insights that have guided us on the metacurrency project. These discoveries have led us to try to re-design computation and networks based on organizing patterns found in nature. We believe that Continue reading

F**k Abundance

The promise of a better world motivates many of us to strive in pursuit of “abundance.” But what are the downsides of framing our pursuits in this way? In this interactive salon, I guided participants through an exploration of the relationship between abundance, pain, scarcity and steering — and presented an alternative foundation for harnessing noble ambitions as well as Continue reading

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