tl;dr We were gonna do bioengineering this week, but
Dylan is way too busy with classes, so he let Eduardo take over
this meeting. Hence, the enormous email, and the emojis.

Open Tech Club presents:


Monday 6PM

BBB B101

~~~ To our new members: Welcome! ~~~
Open Technology Club meets on Mondays, 6PM at Open Tech Lounge, BBB B101
Discussion topics are announced on the Open Tech Club mailing list and posted on the Open Tech Forums (part of the GSC forums)

If you ever want to lead a discussion on a topic, let us know!

~~~ Today’s discussion is a labour of love brought to you by Dylan & Eduardo ~~

~~Basically, think of a domain of technology where you think there should be more (or less) regulation and bring it up for our discussion. Extra points if you slip in blockchain somewhere. ~~~

The way that new laws and regulations (traditionally) come about (in America especially) is:

i) In the beginning, everyone is free to do anything in a certain domain

ii) Bad things happen because of something people did in that domain

iii) People get mad

iv) Bad things continue to happen

v) Eventually a bad enough thing happens, or enough bad things happen, that the government steps in specifies what people can do in that domain, and how.

vi) Go back to (i) and iterate for ever finer subdomains

vii) As t→∞ , or until the government collapses or the sun explodes, there’s eventually so much accumulated regulation that you can’t do anything anymore, since most laws, like diamonds, taxes, death and the blockchain, are forever.

Eventually people get used to them and just consider it to be a fact of life. For example, did you know what:

In more recent times, the pattern continues. The trigger for a new wave of regulations is often a new technology that enables new ways to do bad things. For example:

But! Not all laws about technology are about trying to keep terrible things from happening! Every now and again, governments try to encourage good deeds with technology! This can be done not only by directly leveraging technology to improve government services, but also by clarifying or creating a regulatory framework so that potential good faith entrepreneurs are not afraid of getting smacked by the government for moving fast and breaking things. For example:

Can you think of ways to leverage legislation and technology to make the world a better place? For this week’s discussion, think what kind of technology related laws you would like to create (or remove). You’ll pitch your idea and try to get more than half people on board, so that it becomes law in Open-Tech-Club-Landia.


Dylan & Eduardo

PS: Coincidentally, tomorrow (Monday October 6) at noon the following lecture will be happening on Crellin 151: “Science Policy in the Current Era and How You Can Get Involved”, by Dr. Kelsie Krafton. RSVP here.

PPS: This is how to get to Open Tech Lounge