Melanie Swan is a Philosopher and Economic Theorist at the New School for Social Research in New York NY. She is the founder of several startups including the Institute for Blockchain Studies, DIY genomics, GroupPurchase, and the MS Futures Group. Ms. Swan's educational background includes an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Contemporary Continental Philosophy from Kingston University London and Université Paris 8, and a BA in French and Economics from Georgetown University. She is a faculty member at Singularity University and the University of the Commons, an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and a contributor to the Edge's Annual Essay Question.
"Future Now: Theory of Posthuman Temporality"
FutureNow is a new theory of temporality for the advancement of the posthuman project. The temporality paradigm FutureNow aims to bring together the diversity of human biological time and computing clocktime, and also accommodates a broader sense of continuity and multiplicity between past, present, and future. A more integrated time paradigm could be helpful in realizing posthuman technologies such as human-machine cloudminds, digital smartnetwork societies, and algorithmic reality more generally. While physical biological time inexorably flows, computational clocktime is malleable, interruptible, and perdurant, itself evolving into new forms such as blocktime, the temporal regime of cryptographic ledgers and smart contracts. One new conceptualization of time for the posthuman situation could be one based on Derrida’s notion of past events remaining in dialogue with the ‘real’ always yet-to-come future events in a calling relation between past, present, and future that is reflected in FutureNow temporality.