“If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use both feet.”

Historically most systems have undergone decentralisation: political, economic and technological.  Decentralisation is the shifting of power from a central authority, to a distributed authority among the citizens.  For instance, the printing press decentralised knowledge from a handful of clergy who did all the reading & writing, to the masses.

Recognising this pattern is useful in predicting the impact of upcoming technologies in the future.

For instance, understating blockchain and how this tech makes crypto possible, and the far-reaching societal implication of this tech, is critical to understanding how finance and contracts will work in the future. From smart contracts to crypto currencies, blockchain is one of the largest decentralisation trends of the modern world. No need for a bank or central authority.

Episode Features

Max Borders

Executive Director/Social Evolution

Max Borders is a futurist, author of multiple books and the Executive Director at Social Evolution.

Andrew Blum


Andrew Blum is a journalist and author writing about technology, infrastructure, architecture, design, cities, art and travel.

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Your host

Pietro Boselli, PhD, is a mechanical engineer and teacher, specialising in Mathematical Modelling and Analysis.

He began modelling when he was discovered by Giorgi Armani at age 6, and since then has been featured by brands and magazines including GQ, Equinox Fitness, Emporio Armani EA7, Attitude, Vouge Hommes, Abercrombie & Fitch, and has been shot by photographers including Bruce Weber, Giampalo Sgura, and Ollie Ali.

Pietro’s interests in fitness led to his innovative YouTube strength training channel being viewed millions of times, and the launch of his own fitness-oriented fashion line Pietra Design.

A Facebook post by one his University of London engineering students went viral in 2015 and led to his being dubbed “the world’s sexiest math teacher”, to which Pietro replies, “I model the fluid thermodynamics of wet steam flow”.

Rational mind is the continuation of that philosophy: using the global platform he has been gifted to help millions of curious people discover more about how their world works, and how to think about it.

For RATIONAL MIND, Pietro chose to collaborate with ATOMIC ENTERTAINMENT, the Emmy-nominated creators & executive producers of BRAIN GAMES, BRAINCHILD and the WHO SMARTED? podcast. Pietro And Atomic's founders, Jerry Kolber and Adam Davis, all share the belief that critical thinking, science and enabling discovery are the keys to making the world a better place.

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