Devcon VI

Economic Incentives and Souls in Schelling-point Based Oracles
10-14, 10:00–10:25 (America/Bogota), Talk 5

Schelling-point based oracles, such as Kleros, can be used to attribute soulbound tokens (SBTs) to individuals based on subjective evaluations of their backgrounds and expertise. Moreover, mechanisms using SBTs can complement economic incentives in such oracles; for example, an SBT-conscious random selection process can determine the voters on a given question. We will focus on how the interplay of economic and social elements in such systems can be designed to maximize resistance to attacks.

William George has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Toronto. His thesis was on number theory problems related to elliptic curve cryptography. During postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Toronto and at École Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France), he has done research on applications of blockchains, particularly in the use of blockchains in identity management systems. William is currently research lead for the blockchain-based dispute resolution platform Kleros.