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Toby Shorin

Researcher, Technologist, Writer

About

I am working to understand the nature of identity, agency, and value, and how technology is changing these issues today.

I am sincere to a fault. I care tremendously about ideas, and I can't help but see the greatness in people. I crave moments that vibrate, alive with possibility. Above all, I want to taste my life, and to fully allow the delight and sorrow and timeless mystery that come from making true contact with others.

I'm the founder of applied research firm Other Internet.

Work

Other Internet is a new research company. It's a for-profit organization with social aims. We want to shape emerging technology, to tell new and different stories about it, and to show how it can be used to unlock better, more interesting worlds.

We're developing theories, policies, and technology primitives for robust governance of protocols and communities, for public goods funding issues, and for a sociality that integrates digital and physical life.

To do this, we study deeply, categorize, learn from the past, and grow as people, not only as technologists. We read, build prototypes, design models, and spend a lot of time thinking. We work with technology leaders and partner organizations to test and scale our ideas.

Prior to founding Other Internet, I held design and product leadership positions at some early stage software companies. I've worked with and advised companies and people like Coin Center, Jesse Walden, Gitcoin, Brud, Tlon, Interchain Foundation, Propel, Sari Azout, and others.

Writing

I write on my blog, Subpixel Space, as well as for Other Internet. I've written about a lot of different things, but a recurrent theme is how technology, moral regimes, and social structures shift and influence one another.

Here is some of my more well-known cultural analysis:

And here are a few business-oriented pieces of writing:

Workshops, Talks, Facilitation

Sometimes I give talks or lead workshops.
Cult Design Workshop, Pioneer Works
The New Era of Trust, Refactor Camp
Value Investing in Cults and Religions, Refactor Camp
Authenticity Dungeon, New Models
The Desire for Full Automation, Trust

Projects

Along with Tom Critchlow, I'm one of the creators of Quotebacks, an open-source tool for web-native quoting and conversation. We're not so good at maintaining it, but it's one of my favorite projects.

  • Companions
Poem

windswept piles of time
acover slick surfaces
where you might fall and break.
they built a culvert here
so that memories flow downhill
is this orientation natural to living beings?

two moths alert me
I am still in the presence of engines of creation
moss and stay-green fern
won’t protect your head
from a sudden entrance into a round stone

mount forsake
mount my name
auto-kenosis
was it called before me or after?
it's this opening up
and I have arrived here, I for it

Code of Practice
  1. Eat fruit every day.
  2. Create more value than you can capture.
  3. Be concerned with truth.
  4. Do not betray the principles of interaction.