I had a honor to close the zeroth edition of the CryptoCastle Symposium with the 50 min talk hidden behind the cryptic title "A talk which never took place". Talk's abstract accessible at Symposium's web-site
is as follows:
Spiced with citations from Fermat, Herbert, Stephenson & Simmons, “a talk which never took place” will take You on a curved ride through different narratives and narratives-within-narratives, both fictional, mathematical & spiritual as well as the one we all live and share. In Prologue, first 11 years of the crypto-finance movement will be recapitulated from a particular perspective of an early anti-adopter. The “first talk which never took place” entitled “Coinz, Religion, Power” the BTC movement will be thematized by means of terminology and methodology of religious studies. Subsequently, Your attention will be attracted to the “Achiless heel” of all secp256k1-based currencies (including BTC, ETH & DOGE) a so-called Elliptic Curve Discrete Logarithm Problem. After an even more eyebrow-raising intervention “23 reasons why a BTC maximalist stance is not a symptom of lucid intelligence”, the talk will gradually get into more groovy & funky modus by introducing the solarpunk movement as a natural descendant of now somewhat senior cy(b|ph)er- punk movements. At last but not least, the Epilogue will establish a necessary association between responsible actors of the crypto- transformation and the community of Equity Lords, as known from the seminal work of nanopunk literature.
Apart the off-the-record part of the talk addressing the topic of Elliptic Curve Discrete Logarithm Problem, the majority of the talk's presentation is acessible here