Amelia Winger-Bearskin on the Metaverse, DAOs, Gaming, NFTs and Indigenous Culture

“You can suddenly have large groups being highly engaged in the governance of the systems. I love using Minecraft as an example because with Minecraft you can have your own economies you can have your own sort of goals or strategies or community guidelines and you can modify things to the point that it is something very unique and fun for your communities. DAOs allow you to do that outside of the gaming space. It is kind of like Minecraft for the world. You grew up taking your ideas of governance and economies and storytelling and interactions and community and you prototype them in Minecraft now what do they do now that they are in college and they are graduating? Now they are inventing and championing DAOs and I am not surprised cause they are taking that same way of thinking in a decentralised story space”.

Amelia Winger-Bearskin

In this episode of A Correction, I speak with Amelia Winger-Bearskin about what is meant by the metaverse, why it is not a new concept, and how Decentralisation and Autonomous Organisations are helping the metaverse to develop. She also explains why artists need to make money, the work that goes into creating NFTs, and the way gaming supports the metaverse. Amelia discusses how today’s generation is more interested in co-creating their own stories than listening to just one broadcast and explains how indigenous storytelling and other indigenous and artistic influences can support a sustainable world online, for example through non-linear intergenerational storytelling and engaging with the dream world in the virtual space. She also talks about how coders can work with others to build an ethical metaverse. Listen to this episode on the A Correction podcast website, Apple Podcast, Spotify, or any other podcast channel.

Biography

Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) origin who innovates with artificial intelligence in ways that make a positive impact on our communities and the environment. She is a Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Arts, at the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida. She is also the inventor of Honor Native Sky, and founded the award winning podcast Wampum.Codes an ethical framework for software development based on indigenous values of co-creation. She was awarded a MacArthur/Sundance Institute fellowship for her collaborative 360 video immersive installation and has been awarded other prestigious prizes for her VR/AR projects.

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