The Art Crowd – Audio Version

Botto is a new 'decentralised autonomous artist'. What does it tell us about the future of the eternal human quest for status?


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I’m deep in research for our end of year event, New Year Same Humans.

So this week, one quick story that caught my eye during the course of that work. It’s an innovation that allows us to glimpse one of the powerful shifts I’ll be talking about: the convergence of decentralised communities and the deep human need for status.

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If you’d prefer to read this week’s instalment, go here for the text version of The Art Crowd.

Links in this week’s instalment

1. Botto is a new ‘autonomous artist’ called launched just last month.

2. The system’s first work, Asymmetrical Liberation, sold six weeks ago for $324,000. The seventh work, Depression Trip, is currently at auction; at the time of writing the bidding stands at $43,000.

3. You can still claim your spot at the New Year Same Humans event; you’ll be joining over 150 members of our community who’ve already done so.

Thanks for listening this week!

I’ll be back on Wednesday. Until then, be well,


David Mattin is the founder of the Strategy and Futures Research Unit. He sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.