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IEET > Affiliate Scholar > Melanie Swan

Melanie Swan

Melanie Swan, MBA, is an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET. Ms. Swan, principal of the MS Futures Group, is a philosopher, science and technology futurist, and options trader.

She has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a BA from Georgetown University, and is currently a Contemporary Philosophy graduate student at Kingston University London and Université Paris 8. She is a faculty member at Singularity University and the University of the Commons, an Advisor to the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), and an invited contributor to the Edge’s Annual Essay Question. Ms. Swan founded the citizen science organization DIYgenomics, which pioneered the crowdsourced health research study, and a future-economics startup company, GroupPurchase, which aggregated small business buying groups.

She was Director of Research at telecommunication consultancy RHK/Ovum, and previously held management and finance positions at iPass in Silicon Valley, J.P. Morgan in New York, Fidelity in Boston, and Arthur Andersen in Los Angeles. Ms. Swan speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Recent publications and research interests include an ethics of perception of nanocognition, the philosophy of big data, the ideology of the biocitizen and the quantified self, the future of personal identity, and the case for cognitive enhancement.  

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"Blockchain Fintech: Programmable Risk and Securities as a Service"   Broader Perspective  Oct 22, 2016

"Defining the Blockchain Economy: What is Decentralized Finance?"   Broader Perspective  Sep 17, 2016

"Bio-Cryptoeconomy: Nanorobotic DACs for Cell Repair and Enhancement"   Broader Perspective  Aug 29, 2016

"Decentralized Crypto-Finance: Blockchains, Automatic Markets, and Algorithmic Trust"   Broader Perspective   Aug 17, 2016

"A New Theory of Time: X-tention is Simultaneously Discrete and Continuous"   Broader Perspective  Apr 28, 2016

"Satoshi Roundtable: Is Bitcoin Dead due to Scalability Issues?"   futurememes  Mar 17, 2016

"Cloudworld: A Hegelian Theory of Complexity and Algorithmic Reality"   Futurememes.blogspot  Feb 1, 2016

"#13: The Scientific Method is a Scientific Idea that is Ready for Retirement"   The Edge  Dec 19, 2015

"#27: Blockchains as a Granular Universal Transaction System"   Broader Perspectives  Dec 5, 2015

"Magic Blockchains, but for Time? Blocktime Arbitrage"   Broader Perspective   Dec 4, 2015

"#30: We Should Consider The Future World As One Of Multi-Species Intelligence"   The Edge  Dec 2, 2015

"Machine Trust Language (MTL): Human-Machine Collaboration"   Broader Perspective   Nov 11, 2015

"Crypto Enlightenment: A Social Theory of Blockchains"   Broader Perspective  Nov 1, 2015

"Blockchain Financial Networks: Rethinking Risk and Finance with Automated Value Transfer"  Oct 11, 2015

"A New Kind of Economic Philosophy: Network Economies of Abundance"   FutureMemes  Sep 14, 2015

"Economic Liberation: Network Economics of Abundance"   Broader Perspective  Sep 6, 2015

"VR Chains and DAC Brains: Upload your Mind as a VR AI DAC"   FutureMemes.blogspot  Sep 4, 2015

"Network Economies: Economic System as a Configurable Parameter"   Future Memes  Aug 26, 2015

"Personalized Economic Systems: Self-Determination and Economic Theory"  Aug 20, 2015

"Smartgrid Life: Blockchain-Enabled Virtual Food Cooperatives"   Broader Perspective  Aug 11, 2015

"Neural Data Privacy Rights - An Issue We *Should* Be Worried About"   The Edge  May 26, 2015

"The Scientific Method is a Scientific Idea that is Ready for Retirement"   The Edge  May 24, 2015

"We Should Consider The Future World As One Of Multi-Species Intelligence"   The Edge  May 20, 2015

"Blockchain Thinking: The Brain as a DAC (Decentralized Autonomous Corporation)"   Broader Perspective  Apr 2, 2015

"Blockchain Thinkers and Smart Contracts to take over the World?"   Broader Perspective  Mar 10, 2015

"Top 5 Immediate Money-Making Applications of Blockchain Technology"   Broader Perspective  Feb 23, 2015

"Blockchains as a Granular Universal Transaction System"   Broader Perspective  Feb 17, 2015

"Machine Cognition and AI Ethics Percolate at AAAI 2015"   Broader Perspective  Feb 2, 2015

"Blockchain Consensus Models Increase the Information Resolution of the Universe"   Broader Perspective  Jan 27, 2015

"Blockchain Thinking: Transition to Digital Societies of Multispecies Intelligence"   Broader Perspective  Jan 19, 2015

"Blockchains as an Equality Technology"   Broader Perspective  Jan 13, 2015

"The Philosophy of Complexity: Are Complex Systems Inherently Tyrannical?"   Broader Perspective  Jan 4, 2015

"Bergson, Free Will, and the Philosophy of Cognitive Enhancement"   Broader Perspective  Jan 1, 2015

"#19: Nanomedical Cognitive Enhancement"   Ethical Technology  Dec 21, 2014

"Currency Multiplicity: Social Economic Networks"   Broader Perspective  Dec 17, 2014

"Bergson-Deleuze: Incorporating Duration into Nanocognition"   Broader Perspective  Dec 8, 2014

"Bitcoin and Science: DNA is the Original Decentralized System"   Broader Perspective  Nov 24, 2014

"Blockchain AI: Consensus as the Mechanism to foster ‘Friendly’ AI"   Broader Perspective  Nov 17, 2014

"Counterparty/Ethereum: Why Bitcoin topped $450 today (was under $350 last week)"   Broader Perspective  Nov 13, 2014

"Decentralized Money: Bitcoin 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0"   Broader Perspective   Nov 10, 2014

"Connected World Wearables Free Cognitive Surplus"   Broader Perspective  Oct 27, 2014

"iSchools: Contemporary Information Technology Theory Studies"   Broader Perspective  Oct 22, 2014

"Bitcoin Newbie Series: How to Get and Spend Bitcoin"   Broader Perspective  Oct 6, 2014

"Blockchain Health - Remunerative Health Data Commons & HealthCoin RFPs"   Broader Perspective  Sep 29, 2014

"Proximity Marketing: Opportunity for Rich-Attribute Conveyance"   Broader Perspective  Sep 17, 2014

"Top 5 Killer Apps: QS-Automotive Sensors"   Ethical Technology  Sep 8, 2014

"Intracortical Recording Devices"   Broader Perspective  Aug 21, 2014

"Machine Ethics Interfaces"  Aug 6, 2014

"Nanomedical Cognitive Enhancement"   Ethical Technology  Jul 11, 2014

"Cognitive Enhancement Memory Management: Retrieval and Blocking"   Ethical Technology  Jul 7, 2014

"What is Big Data and when will it be Smart Data?"   Ethical Techology  Jun 12, 2014

"Futurist Ethics of Immanence"   Broader Perspective  Jun 6, 2014

"Wearables-Mobile-IOT Tech creates Fourth Person Perspective"   Ethical Technology  May 20, 2014

"Ethics of Perception and Nanocognition (Nanorobot-aided Cognition)"   1 Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology 9(1):1-10  Mar 29, 2014

"Personalized Drone Delivery: the new Personal Computer?"   Broader Perspective  Feb 18, 2014

"Systems-level Thinking Helps to Address Protein Folding"   Ethical Technology  Jan 23, 2014

"Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Mania!"   Broader Perspective  Dec 6, 2013

"Subjective Experience and the Existence of Free Will in Bergson"   Broader Perspective  Sep 6, 2013

"Killer Apps of Cognitive Nanorobotics"   Broader Perspective   Aug 12, 2013

"The Real Question is How to Further Develop Autism-related Skills"   Broader Perspective   Jul 23, 2013

"Friendship 2.0"   Broader Perspective  May 10, 2013

"Polyamory – an Anti-Scarcity Relationship Model for the Future"   futurememes.blogspot  Feb 18, 2013

"Application of Complexity Theory: Away from Reductionist Phase Transitions"   Ethical Technology  Dec 16, 2012

"Crowd Models Become Pervasive Across Society"   Ethical Technology  Nov 26, 2012

"Crowdsourced Labor, Digital Marketplaces, and the Future of Self-Actualized eWork"   Ethical Technology  Nov 14, 2012

"Next Node Foment: my favorite elegant explanation"   The Edge  May 27, 2012

"Exciting Progress in Commercialization of Stem Cell Therapies"   Ethical Technology  Mar 11, 2012

"Synthetic Biology: Key Field of the Future"   Ethical Technology  Jan 6, 2012

"Emerging Health Technologies: Interventional anti-aging"   Ethical Technology  Jun 22, 2011

"Summary of Advances in Medical Nanotechnology"   Ethical Technology  May 11, 2011

"Key Themes in Aging Research"   Ethical Technology  Dec 8, 2010

Recent Multimedia

Crypto Enlightenment: A Social Theory of Blockchains   2015-11-05

DIYgenomics   2013-08-30


IEET Affiliate Scholar Melanie Swan Interviewed on Finance Disrupted (Oct 14, 2016)

Vita-More, Swan at NY Posthuman Research Group Symposium (Apr 03, 2016)

Two New Affiliate Scholars (Sep 22, 2010)

Past Appearances

Melanie Swan @ Rethink/ECONOMICS (ConsenSys, 49 Bogart Street, Brooklyn NY - Sep 15, 2016)

Vita-More, Swan at NY Posthuman Research Group Symposium (New York University - Apr 22, 2016)

Wallach, Hughes, Rothblatt, Swan, Baum @ World Technology Summit (NYC, NY USA - Nov 20, 2015)

Melanie Swan @ Symposium on Computational Philosophy (University of Birmingham, UK - Jul 02, 2012)

Melanie Swan @ 5th International Deleuze Studies Conference 2012 (Tulane University, New Orleans - Jun 25, 2012)

Melanie Swan @ Media X (Stanford University, CA - May 17, 2012)

Melanie Swan @ CONTACT Cultures of the Imagination (Mountain View, CA - Mar 30, 2012)

Swan on “DIYgenomics citizen science health research studies” (Stanford, CA - Mar 26, 2012)

Swan on “Building a Culture of Empathy” (San Jose, CA USA - Mar 17, 2012)


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