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Professor Syren Johnstone Q&A: Paper 3 “Inhabiting Different Realities: Incrementalism, Paradigms and the New Prospect” Part 1
The release of “Inhabiting different realities: incrementalism, paradigms and the New Prospect” by Professor Syren Johnstone from The University of Hong Kong marks the third and last paper for which OAX has provided funding support to explore the regulatory perimeters of digital assets. It’s been some time in the making, and we wanted to invite Professor Johnstone to reflect on the time spent and the material the papers cover, while setting it in the landscape that we face today.
Professor Johnstone, perhaps we can start first with how you feel now that you’ve finished the third paper?
I’m very pleased that OAX has been generous enough to provide the support, which took various forms. Before starting the first paper I sat down with a blockchain developer OAX introduced me to who helped me connect programming experience from my neuroscience days (back in the days of C+) with what he was doing in a new environment. To use an analogy I often use: I felt it was necessary to appreciate the engineering before considering the possible uses of the structure (building, bridge etc). There is definitely an element in the third paper where the beginning and end points of this series of papers have come together, without forming any intention to make that happen.
I just want to set the context of Paper 3 in this series for those that are hearing about it for the first time. Could you broadly outline how the three papers took its form, and how the first two papers created the foundation for this recently released paper?
From the outset I wanted to look for new perspectives on how we think about regulating the outputs of this new technology, which I’ve dubbed cryptographic ...
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