Inspired by Max Tegmark's book Life 3.0, we envisioned what it is going to look like when a general AI starts a media company for the first time. An AI able to create and stream unique content to every human watching.
Soon though, we realized that there was something else going on.
As the work progressed it became clear that Supermental is a way to question and express much of the friction that we see in NFTs and Web3. Especially around mental health.
While we are firm believers in this new world we do have questions. And we do see red flags.
We often complain that some Web2 companies are causing depression and online addiction. And they are. But while the data and the assets might be free in Web3, are we better off when it comes to our mental health?
In the land of NFTs our online identity now consumes. Not only time, but money and assets. The mimetic status games are no longer confined to likes and followers. Now we deal in tangible value. This expansion of the mimetic scoreboard does not make it easier to live a balanced life. The benefit of being online has just increased dramatically for a lot of people. But it comes at a cost.
How do we ensure that we don’t recreate our mistakes of the past? How do we make sure that online addiction does not become worse? How do we make sure that our mental health is not sacrificed once again.
If we really do own the platforms, the assets, and the memes, it should be in our best interest to create an online environment where proactive mental health is the default UX.
With Supermental we hope to draw attention to mental health issues in the Web3 and NFT space.
Supermental is made by a duo. My partner wants to stay anon.
Take care, Jarl Rosenlykke
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Jarl is a Danish digital artist, combining his background in psychology and economics with his passion for technology. As a founder of several tech ventures, has has designed and developed products for both national and international clients. Drawing from his experience in UI/UX, programming, and psychology, he seeks to transform various mental states into works of art. Residing just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark, where he lives with his wife and son.