This two-day symposium, organised by the Centre for Design Informatics, aims to better understand the implications that FinTech, Cryptocurrency and Smart Contract developments are having on how industry, publics and governments understand money. The fast pace and shifting developments of cryptocurrencies and their underlying technologies have raised significant questions not only about new forms of currency but the economic, social and political constructs that surround them. Challenging current norms of value representation in society and culture, this symposium aims to investigate different perspectives of how financial technologies may influence our lives. The symposium will comprise three sessions, each with a unique focus on FinTech Near Futures, Policy, Value and New Economics as well as Cultures of Commodification. The day is intended to bring together a variety of people from academia, industry and culture to understand the broader, cross-cutting implications of these new forms of banking, programmable money and representations of value and its wide-ranging repercussions.
Speakers include Sarah Meiklejohn (UCL), Gavin Littlejohn (FDATA), Dug Campbell (Fankletastic Limited), Philip Godsiff (University of Surrey), Alexandre Polvora (European Commission), Doreen Grove (Scottish Government), Pip Thornton (Royal Holloway, University of London), Max Dovey (Artist & Researcher) and Dominic Smith (Independent).
The evening reception will include the Scottish book launch of “Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain”. Chaired by Mark Daniels (New Media Scotland), Editors Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield), Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner (Torque) will introduce the book followed by a discussion and drinks.
The symposium is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and is hosted by New Media Scotland at the Alt-w LAB as part of their ongoing 48 hours programme which began at Inspace. Overall, this event heralds the end of an 18-month research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. This project, in collaboration with the Royal Bank of Scotland and the New Economics Foundation, delivered a series of design probes and provocations which will be exhibited alongside the symposium in the Alt-w Lab of New Media Scotland, located on the 4th floor of the City Arts Center in Edinburgh.