A few years from now, we will all be better known by the people we know and less known by the people we don't know. This must happen for our society to remain durable, and for our economy to thrive.
I don't know exactly what that looks like today, but I plan to explore its edges through podcast interviews, panels and workshops. There are three very important elements to this that frame the exploration.
Durable edge of capitalism - Free markets will continue to thrive. There will be regions and platforms where people speak freely and bring solutions on their own initiative. Yet, they will be restrained in a way that ensures opportunity for all. This restraint will come by individual morality, community ethics or outside regulation. The Product Storyteller podcast explores this edge directly.
Local Identity, Global Anonymity - The current model we have for establishing trust on the Internet is unsustainable. Institutional consolidation puts more and more people into fragile systems with fewer people to resolve increasing complexity. Artificial Intelligence (don't call it AI) is artificial and will not solve this problem. It learns rules from the past, as the future unfolds by evolving principles. People solve this problem. And the people who know us best are the ones who know us face to face, in the same community, work place and shared experience.
Internet Credentials - We will use established credentials that give us the anonymity we deserve on the Internet. We will share evidence of what we have done and can do. We will be over 18, under 55, heart healthy, interested in certain books, or sports. What we will not be is a consumable resource easily abused. We will have identity through our anonymity.