Tatiana & Josh are joined by technologist and entrepreneur Giacomo Zucco. Giacomo is based in Italy and starts by sharing his experience during the COVID-19 outbreak in one of the nations hardest-hit during the start of the pandemic. Giacomo & Josh talk about government responses to the crisis and why opposing tyranny during an emergency is critical.
Giacomo discusses why the nature of government is to increase its own power and control, and how that can create a self-perpetuating cycle of fear that drives opportunism. He also dismisses theories that the COVID pandemic was part of some conspiracy, pointing out that if the coronavirus is a bioweapon, it’s an incredibly poor one. Giacomo compares the suppression of rights in the US during the pandemic to the standing lack of individual rights in Italy. He also explains how misinformation and misinterpretation of data leads to the proliferation of conspiracy theories, and how pop culture, especially music, can help to alter behaviors and values.
Giacomo talks about why economics in a centralized system can be very hard to predict when it is in a downward spiral, pointing out that many economists predicted the fall of communism in the Soviet Union, but simply weren’t accurate about the timing. He then explores the idea that social media networks are censoring users, pointing out that despite such fears information is much more difficult to contain thanks to modern technology.
Finally, there’s discussion about changing standards and why the left embraces projects like Cuties, but has cancelled Gone With the Wind, and Giacomo points out that any movement that opposes a status quo embraces art that offends those they hate but rejects art that offends themselves.
It’s an informative and lively discussion, you don’t want to miss it!
About the Guest:
Giacomo Zucco has a background as a Theoretical Physicist, he is a former Technology Consultant for Accenture since 2009 and a serial entrepreneur in the Bitcoin scene since 2013. In 2015 he funded the Milan-based research/development/incubation/consulting firm BlockchainLab (now moved to Switzerland), and is supporting the creation of a world-class competence center in the field. He now sponsors non-profit open source initiatives in Bitcoin with the initiatives BHB Network and TheB.
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