Trust existed before the concept of “currency”. A medium of exchange is a means of conducting less intensive research into those we trade with. “Can we trust them?”

The diversity of trust: they dance around each other, influence each other, sometimes they become strongly intertwined.

I see different types of trust and these split even further into gradations – rather colors but then I expand too much. A rough division, which we also find in literature, is the division between cognitive and affective trust.

Cognitive trust

Cognitive trust, does someone have the knowledge, expertise, and confidence in it and the affective trust, the more relational. It can be built up by proving knowledge, which can be done through diplomas, experiences, expertise, sharing knowledge through various artifacts, such as books, lectures, blogs,…).

Affective trust

Affective trust is very decisive for the relational, the inter-, and the intra-human. As mentioned above, “trust” partially absorbs money, the question of whether money can then assume the role of trust within relational learning is a good question. Yes, maybe, but this is certainly not sustainable. Again we see evolutions in knowledge transfer: the role of universities is at stake they have to look for other business models because their old ones will not survive… there are cheaper ways to obtain the same knowledge and in other formats. They nevertheless diligently look for other forms that are smaller and bite-sized so as not to suffer any loss. Is this a fish floundering on dry land?

If you look at communities, one learned from different “masters” within that community. They were not paid for it, it was their role as the hunter went hunting… But we no longer live in such a community, we give different tasks to people we do not know. Money partially replaces trust, and money became necessary to survive in a community where we don’t know everyone anymore, where trust is fading. The extreme form of replacing trust with money is then bribery.

Eternal Swing

Society has changed so we are no longer so dependent on each other or rather the artifacts we have created give us this illusion. We can count on ourselves and it seems as if the “need” for trust has fallen. On the other hand, much more knowledge is needed to survive “alone” and to “buy-in” trust. During the pandemic, we also recognize the importance of relationships and affective trust. Is this also a game of eternal swing of confidence to other currencies and back? Does this swing, swings differently for everyone?

Trust and algorithms

Whether trust algorithms are possible is a good question. I think that certain connections are expressed based on graph models. These connections are not necessarily “trust” or say nothing about the intensity of the trust… what kind of trust it is. Trust is determined by various variables and can also be influenced and changed very much. Trust is something typically human and difficult to express in an algorithm.

Trojans and bugs are (deliberately) created artifacts that harm us because we have “exchanged” trust for money. Could it be that we no longer “build up” certain cognitive and affective trust and become more vulnerable? Perhaps.

Should we renew ourselves or just go back to basics, or both? Can it help us to knit a story outside the strict frameworks – even if they don’t seem to be there to us – preferably with twists and in different dimensions? Should the concept of currency be the same for everyone or should everyone only understand the word and may its conceptual interpretation be different. Eg knowledge, trust, money, value, sex, blue…?


Are we taking currency back from neutrality and are we going for a diversity of trust? As a result of which multiple forms of trust in different dimensions remain intertwined so that “diversity of trust” continues to exist?

And yes, what spaces do we need to feed these stories? What does this 7-dimensional architecture look like? What social awareness is necessary to give these spaces space? And isn’t that what I am eternally looking for, a space/ time where, with mutual respect and trust, various knowledge disciplines and people model the story with colors, materials, vibrations of light, and music?

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