In Issue 4 of MONTAG: what will our transactions look like in the future?
And we're not talking just about different ways to pay - will our whole value system change when it's old hat to "pay" with fiat currencies, for goods that may no longer exist, that are made by robots - instead of people earning money?
What if people no longer want to own things, and rent them instead? What if one day, we can buy happiness? When automation takes our jobs and fulfils our services, will the government give us a Universal Basic Income just to fritter away on fun?
MONTAG Issue 4 asks: if our whole system of this-for-that changes dramatically, what will we do with our time, when time =/= money?
Who is Douglas Dollars?
Douglas is the self-proclaimed "2nd-Greatest Investor in Interesting Projects" in North America. Douglas invested in Mike Merrill. Here's a portrait of a man based purely on his investments. And Douglas seems pretty great.
Buy A Share Of Mike
In Modern Money, MONTAG has yet to explore an accelerationist embrace of capitalism, becoming as deeply, personally invested in our current financial system as possible. Meet Mike Merrill, the publicly traded person.
COINZ 4 CLICKZ
Covering some of the ways the attention economy is evolving: from a cryptocurrency created explicitly to monetize browsing, the future of ad-blocking, and where those two threads meet – you could be mining the cryptocoin Monero for MONTAG just by reading this article.
THE MONTAGE Podcast - Episode 7: How much of your body could you sell and still survive (and how much would you make?)
Sell your unwanted body parts! Live forever, become super-intelligent, turn into "smart gas"! Thom invents Smart wigs! Joe over-bids on a lock of David Bowie's hair! Kathryn does the best quiz, once again!
C.R.E.A.M. - So do we really want cash to vanish completely?
Is it not important that we have something physical to spend? Do we lose something meaningful if we’re no longer interacting with each other using small brassy tokens, objects, or cyphers?
The Bonfire of the Frugalities: Alternative economies (and how capitalism tries to ruin them)
MONTAG takes a look at whether there are true alternatives to our economic model - and if Capitalism is That Guy who always ruins the party. (Spoiler: pretty much).
How much would you pay to meet your soulmate?
Finding someone to love is hard, and it isn't cheap either. And like most things in our modern world that take a lot of money and a lot of time to perfect, technology is making it... well, actually more complicated, instead of easier.
Can money buy happiness? Is happiness a vat full of goo?
Everyone knows by now that experiences, not things, make us happy. But what if you could pay your way into a simulated experience of limitless bliss?
THE MONTAGE Podcast - Episode 6: eating Panda meat and getting filthy rich off your own data
Featuring Kathryn's Katchiest Kwiz Yet: Kathryn poses Thom and Joe questions about "Forbidden Foods" - and "Hufu, briefly marketed as tofu designed to resemble human flesh in taste and texture."
Girls Gone Crypto: the oldest profession meets the latest technology
Let's take a peek into the world of camgirls and crypto with a look at how sex workers have played payment platform hopscotch as new ways to pay online emerge, get popular, and have to go legit by coming down on prostitution.
So... what if we just stopped buying things?
What if everyone really did… stop buying stuff? Well, it turns out that, if you could convince people to do it, we’d have a narrow shot at a wholly new world of purchase, spending and consumption. There’s also a good chance things would go very wrong. Here’s how.
TODAY'S DYSTOPIA: Credit where it's due - currencies in Science-Fiction
What does Sci-Fi tell us we’ll be using to pay for stuff in the future? And could this form part of a sound investment strategy? We’ve looked at some classic speculative fiction and marked the likelihood of each currency emerging IRL out of five 💵...
MONTAG FICTION #014: BTC To The Future
We sent our intrepid correspondent Joe Sparrow forward in time and asked him to find out what popping to the shops and buying some everyday items is like when the value of money varies wildly from moment to moment…
From gold and silver, to bartered goods, to bitcoins and bottle caps: let's take a look at the future of cash, after the world ends.
If money is all in the mind, could we just ignore it - and would it go away?
It’s been branded the root of all evil. So if we rejected the concept of money entirely, what would become of us?
THE MONTAGE Podcast - Episode 5
THE MONTAGE Podcast - Episode 5: Talking in emoji and Arthur C. Clarke's The City And The Stars
When bots become us, will we become bots?
In 1930, John Maynard Keynes thought that by 2030 we would only be working 15 hours a week. STERN VOICEOVER: He thought wrong.
Online shopping under the influence
Have you been the "victim" of your own drunken self's online shopping choices? At MONTAG, we are not here to judge you, and you should know you are not alone.
Free money, expensive time: how will we use cash tomorrow?
”Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option” - Professor Stephen Hawking
Far From The Nomadding Crowd
Welcome to a way of working where money, time and work all break step with each other: the Digital Nomadic life.
Microtransactions and your soul
Learn how psychological manipulation techniques are parting you from your hard-earned cash, and how microtransactions aren't just for video games any more.
Adventures in altcoin
Most of these coins are ludicrous - but within them all is a real, important concept: now, anyone can change the world using something previously only available to governments and banks: currency.
The billionaires are going to space
The eight richest people in the world will leave its atmosphere today to work on all of Earth's problems from Melon Husk's space laboratories.
Everything someone who knows nothing about cryptocurrency needs to know about cryptocurrency by someone who knows nothing about cryptocurrency
The decentralised nature of cryptocurrency is its strength (transactions are recorded in a permanent audit trail, are viewable by anyone, and no-one controls the ledger) and, to newcomers, its weakness (OMFG what does that even mean, how does it even work, and how do I buy milk with it?)