The Network Age

by Bichul Ritsen and Habsul Rignyr

Hosted by crypto writer Bichul Ritsen and Uqbar Network community manager Habsul Rignyr. The Network Age shines a light on our decentralized future. Join the boys as they explore everything from crypto technology and the blockchain economy to digital culture and borderless nations. Connect with us on Twitter: @bichulR @habsulrignyr

Podcast episodes

  • So says L0m3z (feat. L0m3z)

    So says L0m3z (feat. L0m3z)

    This week we speak with L0m3z of Passage Prize, Passage Publishing, and Twitter fame. Our theme: what's so wrong with legacy writing and publishing and will people actually buy books again if you just start your own publishing house and give them what they want to read? This is an extra special episode you won't want to miss.Timestamps00:00 - Introduction & decentralized publishing and art creation.09:20 - The success of a dissident art publishing project.15:00 - Literature's decline and gatekeeping.20:06 - Gender imbalance in literature and publishing.28:27 - Art, politics, and publishing with a rightist perspective.35:33 - Cultural homogenization and the loss of high art in democratized societies.43:28 - Preserving cultural distinctness in art and literature.48:21 - Language loss and cultural heritage.54:08 - Literary voices and the Passage Prize.58:22 - Writing, creativity, and personal life.1:05:05 - Writing, publishing, and authenticity.1:10:40 - Decentralized publishing and supporting new writers.MentionsPassage PublishingThe Passage PrizeMan's World MagazineContactL0m3zHabsul RignyrBichul RitsenIf you liked this episode (a person of taste!), please go immediately to your podcast provider of choice and leave 5 star reviews of erudition and wit.

  • Born in the Vibe (feat. Grin)

    Born in the Vibe (feat. Grin)

    On this extra special episode, the boys are joined by Grin, founder and CTO of LBRY and tech lead for Cabin DAO. They talk about fighting the SEC and losing but still WINNING, the LBRY blockchain and Odyssee video sharing platform, about finding friends online to VIBE with and maybe even move into together, and more! Don't miss it.Timestamps00:00 - Intro01:53 - The origins and development of the decentralized library platform, LBRY.06:02 - Decentralized video sharing platform Odyssey.09:26 - Decentralized video platform Odyssee's discoverability and content culture.16:17 - Curation and personalized content experiences.20:37 - LBRY's popularity and SEC lawsuit.29:33 - Crypto regulations and legal issues.41:33 - Building a network of modern villages using technology and community.49:35 - Novel ways to organize physical space and relationships through technology.52:58 - Debt, relationships, and community in a libertarian context.01:01:23 - Community-driven urban planning and sustainability.01:06:07 - Creating a virtual event platform.01:13:23 -, a community-driven event.MentionsLBRYOdysseeCabinVibeCampHester M. Peirce's Statement of Dissent on LBRYContactGrinBichul RitsenHabsul Rignyr

  • The Prose to Program Pipeline (feat. Henning Diedrich)

    The Prose to Program Pipeline (feat. Henning Diedrich)

    On this extra special episode, we're joined by Henning Diedrich, the visionary behind Lexon—a groundbreaking tool that's redefining the boundaries between natural language and code. Dive into a riveting conversation where we explore how Lexon is making the intricate world of programming accessible to everyone, allowing us to craft complex contracts and algorithms using everyday language. It's a journey from the nuances of human conversation to the precision of machine logic, and you won't want to miss it.Timestamps00:00 - Lexon, a tool for legal and programming worlds.01:01 - Democratizing programming with lexicon language for smart contracts.06:38 - Natural language processing and smart contracts.12:05 - Creating a new programming language for smart contracts.17:26 - AI-generated lexicon and its implications.21:27 - Language, philosophy, and programming.26:24 - Programming with natural language.32:23 - Using AI to write contracts and legal documents.40:42 - Legal term "may" and its meaning.43:05 - Smart contracts and blockchain technology.48:25 - Using blockchain for gaming, including scripting and game development.54:53 - Using AI for game design and development.58:40 - Using blockchain technology in game development.1:03:48 - Using blockchain technology for art and legal contracts.1:09:17 - AI-assisted law enforcement and fairness.1:16:05 - AI-powered Lexicon and its potential impact on the future of blockchain.MentionsLexonPlenityContactHenning DiedrichBichul RitsenHabsul RignyrAnd, if you liked the episode, don't forget to give us a five star review. Say something nice and we'll even read it on the pod.

  • The Artificial Intelligence Operating System (feat. Robert Kornacki)

    The Artificial Intelligence Operating System (feat. Robert Kornacki)

    On this extra special episode, we're joined by Robert Kornacki, the Chief Science Officer of dcSpark and the brains behind Shinkai, the AI Operating System that's poised to redefine our digital lives. Rob walks us through the labyrinth of AI, from the intricacies of vector embeddings to the challenges of data encryption, and unveils Shinkai's plan to make all your data fully searchable by AI agents. We'll also tackle the ethical dilemmas surrounding AI governance, the scalability hurdles of running full nodes, and even get a glimpse into Robert's journey from the crypto world to the AI frontier.Timestamps00:00 - Intro02:12 - AI agents and off-chain technology in the crypto space05:56 - AI and blockchain technology12:36 - AI agents and their potential to be trapped in centralized systems16:01 - AI agents, personal servers, and crypto interrupt24:45 - AI agents and toolkits for efficient task execution29:59 - Using AI agents to augment cognitive abilities34:30 - Vector databases and their challenges40:49 - AI agent network Shinkai and its user interface46:39 - AI-powered Shinkai platform for unified messaging and automation51:39 - AI's impact on human experience and ethical concerns58:09 - The future of technology and its impact on society1:00:08 - Offloading mental capabilities and cultural shared knowledge1:02:41 - The impact of AI on education and society1:08:06 - On-chain gaming and AI messaging with Paima StudiosMentionsdcSparkShinkai ProtocolPaima StudiosZeko LabsContactBichul RitsenHabsul RignyrAnd, if you liked the episode, don't forget to give us a five star review. Say something nice and we'll even read it on the pod.

  • Biohacker's Delight (feat. Ryan Rossner)

    Biohacker's Delight (feat. Ryan Rossner)

    On this extra special episode, the boys are joined by Ryan Rossner, the Director of Longevity Research at Minicircle, the first platform for reversible gene therapies. With patience and wisdom, Ryan leads our lovable idiots through the history of longevity and genetics research, explains the benefits of fasting, and details the incredible results of Minicircle's first trials. The crew also dives into the nuances of regulation, the experimental Honduran island of Roatán, and how EVEN YOU can become better, faster, and stronger. All this plus: Ryan's brief NFL career, genetic enhancement in sports, and Bryan Johnson's cutting-edge penis treatments. Don't miss it.Timestamps0:00—Intro3:03—Ryan Rossner, doctor, PhD, super soldier9:27—Longevity 101: research, genetics, and a brief interlude on fasting19:37—The Gene Therapy Primer27:58—Gene therapy and competition35:26—Minicircle's Results47:09—Honduras and Medical Research Regulation51:53—The Ethics of Genetic Enhancement1:04:15—The mechanics of gene therapy1:09:15—How to live longer1:13:37—OutroMentionsMinicircleThe Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray KurzweilConnectRyan Rossner ( (@bichulR)~habsul-rignyr (@habsulrignyr)And, if you liked the episode, don't forget to give us a five star review. Say something nice and we'll even read it on the pod.