Designing Boson Protocol and Challenging Assumptions
Boson Protocol’s vision is to enable a decentralized commerce ecosystem by funding and enabling the development of a stack of specialist applications to disrupt, demonopolize and democratize commerce. This vision requires a team of experts to challenge the status quo and innovate.
As one of the leading systems engineers in crypto, we are very grateful to have Dr Michael Zargham on board supporting us in designing Boson Protocol and challenging our assumptions.
Get to know Dr Michael Zargham
Michael holds a systems engineering PhD from the University of Pennsylvania where his focus was on optimization and control of decentralized systems with Ali Jadbabaie. In addition to academic experience, he has over a decade of experience applying data to business decision making applications.
His career started as a data scientist in 2005, deriving algorithms to identify points of leverage in professional networks for enterprise software adoption while working with technology market research firm Techtel Corp. He’s also worked on adaptive aerospace materials, the guidance system for an arctic robot, gossip algorithms & reputation, evolutionary game theory, multi-agent control, coordination in decentralized optimization, green tech adoption & impact, machine learning & sensor fusion, and network resource allocations to prevent pandemics.
As the founder of BlockScience, and a researcher st the WU Vienna’s Institute for Cryptoeconomics, Dr. Zargham continues his work on the synergies between human and machine decision making through the design and development of cadCAD modeling framework, as well as the adaption of the engineering design process for digital infrastructure. His technical contributions include applying the generalized dynamical systems formalism to multi-stakeholder multi-mechanism dynamic games, and his philosophical contributions focus on the role of algorithms, models and data in the governance of ecosystems.
This vast and diverse stack of experience makes Michael an invaluable asset to Boson Protocol.
Three Question with Michael
Why are you interested in Boson Protocol?
I am interested in Boson Protocol because I believe that building interface technologies between the on-chain representation of the ‘real world’ and the ‘real world’ itself are critical to make crypto-networks the socio-economic foundation our information age society needs.
The Boson network team is committed to building and stewarding the cyber-physical bridge required to re-decentralized commerce following the hypercentralization endemic to web2 e-commerce.
Where web2 innovations brought efficiency through optimization of the buying experience, web3 innovations bring resilience by providing non-monopoly actors to coordinate to build a panoply of offerings to compete directly and indirectly with monopolistic platforms.
What are you doing with the team?
Early in the life of the project I contributed to the vision and architecture of the Boson Network and strategy for managing complexity, identifying challenges and opportunities presented by the automation of workflows related to claims on real world assets.
As the project has matured, I have served in a reviewer capacity for the work of the mechanism design team, and provided methodological support for the token engineering effort with an emphasis on value flows. I am particularly cognizant of the limitations of automation technologies use in human centric ecosystems, and I aim to identify points of risk, as well as practical solutions before those risks can manifest as operational issues.
How do you think the vision could impact web 3?
In its current state web3 is a digital island in an otherwise physical world. Our physical infrastructures such as power grids and transportation systems are increasing Cyber-Physical Systems, which is to say they are the assemblage of their physical elements, software and the behaviors of users and operators alike. This paradigm offers a conceptual bridge from civil engineering for public physical infrastructure to token engineering for public social and economic infrastructure. Just as transportation grids carry mass, and power grids carry electricity, the economic grid carries its own form of energy, but what good is a global network capable of transporting financial energy if it cannot be converted back into physical forms?
Ultimately, it is critical to build bridges between the economic network and physical goods and services. While Boson Protocol is not the only bridge between our emerging web3 based economic networks and the physical world, it takes on a critical role in demonstrating that these links can be forged, used and maintained, despite often cited fundamental challenges in binding digital representations of value to the complexities of the ‘real world’.
About Boson Protocol
Boson Protocol’s vision is to enable a decentralized commerce ecosystem by funding and enabling the development of a stack of specialist applications to disrupt, demonopolize and democratize commerce.
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