A DAO without “humanity” cannot become a true form of future work organization.
While we are immersed in our imagination of the infinite future of Web3, I don’t know how many people have noticed that the experience that the current Web3 narrative brings us is actually not “so good”. Some potential advantages are magnified infinitely, but for you and me trying to integrate Web3, are we really getting a better experience? And if some of the conveniences we once had are deprived of so-called technological innovations, why should we keep going?
If the first thing we do in the morning is check our Discord feed, and we’re not taking meaningful steps to control our attention, are we really creating a major technological revolution? Or, maybe technology has quietly changed us from the customer to the main?
In his speech, Antoine highlighted why he is so passionate about the topic. He has experienced too many work-filled days in the process of starting a business, and was deeply exhausted by it. This wake-up call forced him to reflect on what had happened and find ways to effectively incorporate more self-awareness and self-preservation into his personal work life.
Why is a human-friendly DAO important?
Tech ethicist Tristan Harris has pointed out that if something is a tool, it will stay in the tool room (waiting to be enabled), and if something is not really a tool, it will ask you for it some returns. And we have moved from a tool-based technology environment to a manipulation-based technology environment. Social media is not a tool waiting to be used; it has its own goals and its own means, making demands on you by exploiting your psyche.
Most Web2 products suffer from adversarial design because their underlying business model is that the audience is the product. This means that the goals of these companies are diametrically opposed to ours. Products focus on maximizing user time on the site, and we pay a price in mental health and overall well-being. How could we possibly have a reason to give up so much of our lives for these platforms when the incentives are so misplaced?
Web3 offers the possibility to solve problems because it gives us the tools to build new incentives. Doing so allows us to build technology tools more rationally, rather than maximizing profits for minority shareholders.
Hooked Models, Intermittent Rewards, and Technology & Mental Health Research
According to Adam Alter’s analysis, every time people post an update on a social media platform. You’ll get likes (or favorites and retweets), and it’s easy to feel lost without interaction. The former produces an experience that Facebook engineers define as “explicitly false happiness,” while the latter feels bad. This makes the process of posting and viewing insanely engaging, as addiction psychology tells us.
The problem with social media is that the best engineers in the world are using cutting-edge scientific research on the formation of addictions to optimize products.
Antoine describes an actual scenario using the Addiction Model as a framework.
The trigger that lets us open the app is a red push notification. Then, when we take the action of opening the app, we receive a reward, like seeing a like comment on our post, etc. This will allow us to devote more time and energy to the app by responding to comments and interacting with the app, which naturally leads to more opens and increases our reliance on the app. And the process runs endlessly.
These product engineers used time-tested psychological research in the design of their products, with psychologist BF Skinner showing in research published in 1948 that intermittent rewards were more addictive than continuous rewards. That’s why tech ethicist Tristan Harris defines our phones as slot machines. We never know when we’ll get that dopamine reward from our notifications, which causes us to check our phones more often and become more addicted to it.
In 2020, Jean M. Twenge conducted an eye-opening study on the link between mental health and technology use. She found that depression, self-harm, and suicide attempts among teens increased dramatically starting in 2011, which was directly related to the rise in smartphone ownership among teens. Twenge also found that screen time was a strong factor in determining happiness, with heavy tech users (i.e. more than 6 hours per day) being more happy than light tech users (less than 2 hours per day). The probability of low is twice as high.
In addition to this, technology has reduced human capabilities. It’s harder for us to stay focused, our sense of community is diminishing, our emotions are more prone to breakdowns, and so on.
This brings up a new question: what kind of world are we heading towards?
What is the ideal world of Solarpunk where technology and environment are deeply integrated? Or a dystopian Cyberpunk society?
Digital Minimalism and Mental Health
As Cal Newport describes it, digital minimalism is a philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a few carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support your Focus on the things that matter, and happily discard other unimportant actions. So-called digital minimalists who follow this philosophy are constantly conducting an implicit cost-benefit analysis. If a new technology offers only trivial convenience, minimalists ignore it. Even if a new technology promises to support what minimalists value, it still has to pass more rigorous tests. Is this the best way to use technology to support this? If the answer is no, minimalists will start working to optimize the technology, or look for other options that are better.
And while Antoine talks about the principles of digital minimalism, he offers some ideas for how to use technology in a more human way. His recommendations include:
- Don’t bring your smartphone into the bedroom
- Suspend Facebook and Instagram
- Don’t use Whatsapp on your smartphone
- Don’t use data, use your phone only when you have WiFi
- Limit your use of Twitter to two hours per week
- Delete Chrome, Twitter and Discord from your smartphone
- Turn off push notifications
- Delete social media apps from your smartphone
- Set a time limit for using your phone
- Schedule your social media use
- leave your smartphone at home
- Set your smartphone to black and white to reduce the appeal from color
It’s obvious to us that physical fitness is good for our physical health, but what if we started creating mental fitness programs to maintain our mental health? In fact, mental health is at the center of everything. Without mental health, everything else suffers.
According to Antoine, there are two aspects to mental health training:
cognitive ability training
There are two questions we must ask ourselves if we are to create the more human DAO world as we know it in our hearts. How can we reset our brains to a more ideal state? And how to improve our concentration and thinking ability? Some effective methods include:
- take a deep breath
- rest and relax
- learn to be grateful
- have compassion
- keep the sun
- Get enough sleep
social emotional processing
How do we handle complex inputs, both internal and external? How do we adequately cope with the intricate signals that are sent to us through our psychosocial-emotional apparatus? Some effective methods include:
- self-report regularly
- write diary
- Communicate more with peers
- Find partner support
- Find mentorship
- Connect with friends regularly
However, just as we have just entered the Web3 world, the “standard answer” to improve happiness and form an organic integration with our digital life does not exist yet, and the world itself is still in the process of maturing.
Simply put, we have to learn to ask ourselves, what do I do every day? Does it increase happiness? And what to do to make you feel more fulfilled.
Ontological Design and Humanizing Techniques
Marshall McLuhan once said that people create tools, and our tools in turn shape people themselves.
Ontological design works by operating under a fundamental assumption: that by designing objects, spaces, tools and experiences, we are actually designing humans themselves. The environment of nature shapes the way we live, and we are only just beginning to understand this. When we process this insight, we can become more aware of the importance of the task at hand. The technological environments we create will have greater impact than we ever imagined – they will shape fundamental psychology, emotional landscapes, social interactions, and identities for entire generations to come. What could be more meaningful and impactful than this?
Just as the Greeks invented the social technology called democracy, it affects how we organize and live in such fundamental ways that we are accustomed to it now, and new “habits” in the future will be created by the current collective The technological revolution and the narratives we craft around it are constructed.
Principles for building a human-friendly DAO
refuse to be noisy
Imagine having hundreds of Discord channels always active on dozens of different servers. As we want to build a more human future for the DAO world, we must start brainstorming ideas to encourage people to learn restraint and rest in the virtual world.
Due to the always-on nature of DAO communications, people need to get time off, such as on weekends, etc. Only by learning to “combine work and rest” can we have a better chance of achieving overall prosperity.
Much of the Web3 narrative is built on scarcity. But do we have to learn to make each of us feel comfortable sharing our more vulnerable emotions and emotions? And for everyone to be more active in helping each other.
be interesting enough
Introducing gameplay would balance the overly serious and transactional dynamics of DAO work. Of course, we all work together, but it’s important not to be tense all the time, it’s more effective at maintaining creativity.
more efficient communication
Sometimes the original goal of Web3 is undermined by the isolation of technology, and we must focus on how to connect more people. For example, we can hold more offline gatherings, or more online meetings of the DAO core team, and more one-on-one exchanges.
DAOs are not going away. If we don’t think critically about how we can build a better DAO organization, we may end up back where we started, in an overworked, overwhelmed situation where there is nothing “human” to this DAO In other words, it simply cannot become a form of work organization in the true sense of the future.
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