Future Design Podcast #002 with Karthik Iyer – Blockchain & Spirituality

Guest: Karthik Iyer (http://blockchainmonk.com/)
Host: Takatoshi Shibayama (https://www.blockshinesg.com/future-design-podcast/)
Creative Producer: Kash Singh (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kash-singh-87909625/)
Sound/Camera: Dylan Tan (https://www.willdylan.com)
Music: ShowNing (https://www.showningdj.com)

What do we need to spiritually harness an empowering technology such as blockchain?

Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, technology is as well. While it can be used to scam people or launder money, it can also be used to create a society that is more open and transparent. The internet has given people so much access to information that it has limited government’s power to control the people with propaganda. Blockchain technology is taking it to another level by further giving people the accountability and control of that information. We are at the cusp of that change and with an egalitarian society it can be a reality. Is the human race ready to embrace this technology with the right mindset?

I believe when creating technology or business, if it weren’t for the betterment of humanity, society and the planet that we live in, there is no point. This desire to elevate ourselves to a higher level of social connectivity derives from our heart, and our spirit. Blockchain can help us achieve this greater purpose.

But is blockchain just another fad? Weren’t there scams that entrenched the whole industry a few years ago?

Bitcoin was created so as to send money peer to peer by circumventing the central bank’s authority to control money flow. The underlying technology called blockchain allows for value and information to be exchanged without an intermediary. It is now being explored from startups to multi-national companies, which is making a groundbreaking impact on how we store, exchange and trace data.

Watch Karthik explain how we can take a step forward with spirituality.

Karthik Iyer is the ambassador of the P2P-Foundation (https://p2pfoundation.net/) and runs Blockchain Monk (http://blockchainmonk.com/) a DLT / DAO think tank out of Singapore and San Francisco. Due to his P2P-Foundation links, he has been involved in the Blockchain space for close to a decade. He was featured in the top 100 Fintech influencer list and mentors dozens of DLT startups in 4 continents.

He is a serial entrepreneur and founded Asia’s first neural network in the matching space and was part of the team that built one of the first tablet devices way back in 2007; he has successfully exited all his ventures to date. He holds close to half a dozen degrees from leading schools in the world like KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, Fudan University in China, among others.

He is regularly featured in Forbes, Economist and leading newspapers in Scandinavia, India and other Asian countries for his work on Blockchain & AI.

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