interconnection ˌin-tər-kə-ˈnek-shən noun
It’s a truism that the Covid-19 (C19) pandemic has reminded us of our interconnections. The pandemic has exposed the jarring consequences for global capitalism that a lack of international and coordinated investment has manifested. Glen Weyl advises domestic and multi-national corporations, and governments on how to leverage interconnections to become more accountable to their stakeholders, more responsive, more flexible, and better able to diffuse internal tensions and accelerate solutions to their most pressing problems.
Glen presents case studies to organizations from to large using these tools to successfully address the issues they faced. He has spoken, virtually and in-person, at events around the world including, Devcon4, Wired25, Les Napoleans, The European Parliament, and the Bloomberg Equality Summit in addition to his many private corporate engagements.
As Microsoft’s Office of the CTO Political Economist and Social Technologist, Glen advises Microsoft’s senior leaders on macroeconomics, geopolitics, and the future of technology. Based on his work, WIRED named Glen one of the 25 people defining the next 25 years of tech.
Along with legal scholar Eric Posner, he published Radical Markets. The book
explores not only how the restructuring of property rights and voting systems but also the
change from advertising to AI could lead to more efficient markets and a more just society.
It also highlights why the blockchain space is a fertile testbed to explore these new ideas.
Glen is currently teaching at the Harvard Edmond I. Safra Center.
GPT-3 as an AI Model
As a leading internal critic of AI as a tech paradigm, Glen has been deeply involved in many advances in AI, from pioneering its use in economics to working on the Microsoft-funded Open AI GPT-3 model.
Leveraging Emerging Technologies
Glen helps businesses see how to use emerging technologies to expand opportunities for all stakeholders, increasing productivity while improving employee and customer satisfaction.
Leading the Battle Against COVID-19
Glen was the collaborator with the Taiwanese government in their highly successful response to the COVID-10 pandemic. Dr. Weyl has worked closely with Taiwan's digital minister, Audrey Tang, on bringing about innovation on governance technologies and is uniquely positioned to tell the story of Taiwan's success, against all odds, and how governments and companies could mirror their response to current issues.
More Democratic Forms of Voting and Funding
Glen co-invented a revolutionary new system for voting (Quadratic Voting) and funding (Quadratic Funding) increasingly being used by governments and companies to achieve more legitimate decisions in a range of projects. In Spring 2019 the Colorado House of Representatives tested Glen’s theory of “Quadratic Voting” as a new tool of democracy which passed with flying colors.
Policies to Strengthen Democracy
Glen, as the founder of the RadicalxChange, helped draft policies on Universal Basic Income and Data Privacy for various governments to rethink wealth and its distribution for a more just society. Glen drafted the City of Stockton, California’s Universal Basic Income project. The States of California called on Glen to draft their data privacy protection law. As a result, the State is currently discussing the issue of data dividends with key tech firms in Silicon Valley.
Regulation in the Digital Sector
Glen is a leading expert on antitrust, competition, and regulation for the digital sector. The US Department of Justice and the FTC tapped Glen to help develop their current merger guidelines.
Social Infrastructure For a Blockchain Future
Many past technologies, such as the Internet, have promised to decentralize power but have ended up creating global monopolies because they have ignored the economic incentive and social dynamics they create. Blockchain communities are increasingly putting these questions of “mechanism design” at the center of their infrastructure.
This enables dramatic innovations in social technology that can transform our societies.
New egalitarian and flexible sharing schemes can replace private property. New voting
systems that protect minorities can replace one-person-one-vote. New forms of social
organization and identity systems based on locally stored social networks can replace
corporations and governments and help defend our economic and social rights over data
Entrepreneurs, policymakers, activists, and artists are adopting these “Radical Markets” as
part of an exponentially growing social movement, RadicalxChange.