Lecture: The sharp forks we follow
A social take on protocol forks, their benefits, and perils
In this talk, we will discuss forks as human consensus failure modes, why they happen and their consequences. We will look at examples of forks in different social structures: from hunter-gatherer tribes and religious factions, to open source projects and, particularly, the cryptoeconomic protocols that enable decentralized infrastructure. We will cover the dynamics at play in forks from multiples angles: technical, economical, political, and theological.