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Decentralized Science and the Future of Discovery

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What is decentralized science and what will be its impact on research and innovation? Joined by experts from Arcadia Science, VitaDAO, and the Foresight Institute, we discuss the challenges posed by traditional scientific models and the rise of alternative approaches. From new funding mechanisms to the transformative potential of AI, we explore the evolving landscape of research and the promise it holds for the future.


Episode Highlights

• Driven by a quest for faster breakthroughs, collaboration, and democratization, decentralized science is on the rise. It’s a counter to traditional models—like tenure and strict lab hierarchies—that restrict autonomy and potentially dampen innovation.

• Are scientific advancements speeding up or stagnating? The insights reveal that there is no simple answer as there are questions about how we measure innovation itself.

• Through a diversity of new funding mechanisms through prizes, fellowships, or grants, there’s a strong push to support bold projects that might be overlooked by traditional institutions.

• Arcadia Science merges open science with for-profit models to accelerate research and ensure swift dissemination of discoveries.

• VitaDAO harnesses blockchain for scientific governance, creating an inclusive and permissionless platform for collaborative research funding and exploration.

• Foresight champions frontier technologies, such as nanotechnology, fostering collaborations and offering diverse enabling platforms suited to each field’s unique needs.

What’s Next?

• Seemay Chou emphasizes that in the future, the distinction between decentralized and centralized science may blur, as decentralized approaches become more common. 

• Vincent Weisser highlights the increasing role of AI in scientific progress. He envisions a future where AI, particularly multimodal AI, becomes a significant driver of scientific discoveries. 

• Allison Duettmann predicts that more countries worldwide may establish private and decentralized alternatives to traditional governmental funding for scientific research. 

Seemay Chou: LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/seemay-chou-4b30a812), X/Twitter (https://twitter.com/seemaychou)

Arcadia Science: Website (https://www.arcadiascience.com/), GitHub (https://github.com/Arcadia-Science), LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/company/arcadia-science/), X/Twitter (https://twitter.com/ArcadiaScience)


Vincent Weisser: Website (https://www.vincentweisser.com/), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vincentweisser/), X/Twitter (https://twitter.com/vincentweisser)

VitaDAO: Website (https://www.vitadao.com/), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/vitadao/), X/Twitter (https://twitter.com/vita_dao)


Allison Duettmann: LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/allison-duettmann-b5021a106), X/Twitter (https://twitter.com/allisondman)

Foresight Institute: Website (https://foresight.org/), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/foresight-institute/), X/Twitter (https://twitter.com/foresightinst)


Understanding science funding in tech, 2011-2021 by Nadia Asparouhova (https://nadia.xyz/science-funding)

Engines of Creation by Eric Drexler (https://www.amazon.com/Engines-Creation-Nanotechnology-Library-Science/dp/0385199732)

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