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What do the outdoors have to do with tech?


April 23, 2022

Sometimes people ask me, “What do the outdoors have to do with tech and blockchain? If you’re going off-grid, isn’t the point to escape tech?”

I think it’s a fair question, but I see it as one of the most challenging problems of this decade. How do we find a balance between our technological innovation and our own biology’s inherit need to be connected to the Earth?

If you look at the arguments, there is a lot of “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”. Either we are all-in on transhumanism and singularity futurism, or we are going the return to nature route, disavowing technology.

Many see these as distinct choices, and not a blend of solutions ready to be capitalized on. Imagine mining crypto with solar power, or buying a National Park NFT because the DAO uses the funds to maintain the parks? The possibilities right now are boundless. Yes, in the real world not the meta world, and the mission can be one of preservation, exploration, and rejuvenation.

So seeing outdoor projects blend innovative tech, such as the case with NFTs and Outside is going to be really cool to watch in the future.

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Bryce Thompson is a senior product designer originally from Syracuse, NY, living in Austin, TX.

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