Economic Space Agency’s (ECSA) newest project, GRAVITY, is announcing “The Next Frontier: Blockchain meets Object-Capabilities” Event

The Next Frontier Symposium Envisions the Future of Blockchain - Brings together most notable names in cryptography

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The Economic Space Agency’s (ECSA) newest project, GRAVITY, is announcing “The Next Frontier: Blockchain meets Object-Capabilities” event, which will bring together some of the most renowned names in the Blockchain industry to explore a “post-Blockchain” future. GRAVITY is being built to create next-generation Blockchain applications with object-capabilities technologies. The event will feature an expert panel delving into the core properties of Blockchain and why Blockchain alone is not enough to fully enable the future of decentralization. The event will take place in partnership with the Foresight Institute from 6pm to 9pm, in San Francisco’s Alamo Square district.

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The panelists will discuss how Blockchain, the technology that underpins bitcoin and other digital currencies, can go beyond its current state to better support both privacy and security. They will discuss a promising direction: object-capabilities, which are backed by a secure computational model that may give token holders the ability to safely perform operations in a scalable distributed system that support privacy. The panel will bring together some of the world’s most distinguished experts in the fields of Blockchain and object-capabilities to discuss how these technologies can be used in combination to develop a platform that expands upon Blockchain’s key features of decentralization and security.

The panel will be moderated by Michael Casey, a Blockchain expert who currently works for the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. As a financial journalist with the Wall Street Journal for nearly two decades, Casey covered global economic trends, including the rise of digital currencies, and has authored four critically-acclaimed books, including The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order, a comprehensive overview of digital currencies that he co-authored with his former Wall Street Journal colleague Paul Vigna.

Panelists include Mark S. Miller, a Senior Fellow at the Foresight Institute; Zooko Wilcox, CEO and Co-founder of Zcash; Brian Warner, Co-founder of Tahoe-LAFS; and Jorge Lopez, Chief Technology Officer of the Economic Space Agency. Miller is a leading computer scientist who is well-known for his work on the 1979 hypertext project called Project Xanadu. In addition to his role with Zcash, a cryptocurrency that emphasizes privacy, Wilcox has more than 20 years of experience working in cryptography, information security, and startups, and has held significant roles in projects like DigiCash. Warner is one of the co-founders of Tahoe-LAFS, a free, decentralized, distributed data store and file system. Lopez is lead architect of GRAVITY and has more than 15 years of experience developing web applications and has worked as a consultant in the fields of financial technology, cryptocurrency, and smart contracts.

Jorge Lopez, CTO of Economic Space Agency and lead architect of GRAVITY, said:

“We are honored to convene this panel, which features some of the most illustrious names in the cryptography and cryptocurrencies, to discuss a pressing issue that must be addressed to secure the future of Blockchain. As cyberattacks become increasingly prevalent, the limited scope of Blockchain technology, as it currently exists, leaves users vulnerable. By introducing object-capabilities to Blockchain, we can enhance security through greater decentralization of authority, providing an operating fabric that will revolutionize the field of distributed computing.”

Please see below more details about the symposium:

  • Date: July 3
  • Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Location: San Francisco, Alamo Square district (full address is available upon RSVP)


  • Mark S. Miller, Foresight Senior Fellow

  • Zooko Wilcox, Zcash

  • Brian Warner, Tahoe-LAFS

  • Jorge Lopez, Economic Space Agency/Gravity

  • Moderator: Michael Casey, MIT Digital Currency Initiative

Click here to register – limited seats available.


About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group ($500m+ and 50+ ICOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur.

He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups
and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and
startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat

Ad honorem - Honorary Ph.d - Chair Professor of Blockchain at
China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead
Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business
Automation 4.0 programme. Chevalier (Knight) - Ordre des Arts et des
Technologies at Crypto Chain University and on advisory board of Advisory Board Member of International Decentralized Association Of Cryptocurrency And Blockchain (IDABC) as well as Advisory Board Member at U.S. Blockchain Association.

Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+
innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME
Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for
the UK government's Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken
(keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich

His network is global and extensive. He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe

He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.

A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart,
Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to
TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to
marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian
expatriate living around the world

In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a
series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas'
travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and
yachting publications. 

He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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