DeFi by the numbers
Connection Science Fellow, MIT Connection Science
Joel Dietz is a serial entrepreneur and intellectual historian who helped found several key initiatives in the cryptocurrency space, including Ethereum, MetaMask, the first smart contract educational channel, and the first academic work on cryptoeconomics.
His research interests focus on the confluence of blockchain network topologies and swarm intelligence, especially how the principles undergirding decentralized organizations can be used to fuel global innovation. He also works on holonic philosophy, the evolution of jurisprudence, data-driven approaches to innovation, and smart city data architecture.
Dietz works with MIT Connection Science, a cross-disciplinary effort, drawing on the strengths of faculty, departments and researchers across the Institute, to decode, analyze, predict and interpret trends in this new environment. Its aim is to help executives, entrepreneurs and policymakers open up new possibilities by providing deeper insights into improving lives in an ever-changing, hyper-connected world.