TRUST IS NOT HARMFUL
| Darius Kazemi at Eyeo 2019 |
In the course of participating in and studying the decentralized social web, Darius has noticed a pattern: purveyors of decentralized services want people to place trust in math instead of in people. But robust communities are built on human trust. He talks about his experiences building real social network services based on more traditional notions of trust and discuss some potential futures for how people interact online.
Darius Kazemi is an internet artist under the moniker Tiny Subversions. His best known works are the Random Shopper (a program that bought him random stuff from Amazon each month) and Content, Forever (a tool to generate rambling thinkpieces of arbitrary length). He has a small army of Twitter and Tumblr bots that he builds because they make him laugh. He founded NaNoGenMo, where participants spend a month writing algorithms to generate 50,000 word novels, and Bot Summit, a yearly gathering of people who make art bots. He cofounded Feel Train, a creative technology cooperative.