Martin Maier

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montréal

The Art of 6G: How to Rewire Society for the Emerging Web 3 Token Economy


To rethink society, Al Gore advocates in “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change” to exploit digital tools for growing access to what he calls the Global Mind. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us – we become what we behold, as famously stated by Marshall McLuhan, the eminent media theorist credited with predicting the rise of the Internet. In this keynote, we focus on the wireless evolution of connected things to collective intelligence (CI), which plays a central role in the 6G vision of rendering future mobile networks more human-centered than 5G. Towards this end, we adopt the unifying concept of stigmergy, a common mechanism used to produce cognition in the human brain as well as natural societies (e.g., social insects), to advance CI in future self-organizing techno-social systems known as cyber-physical-social systems (CPSS). Specifically, we propose a techno-social environment using advanced blockchain technologies for CPSS members, which extends human capabilities and enables activities toward human co-becoming by facilitating indirect communication via tokenized digital twins that steer the collective behavior toward higher levels of CI in a stigmergy enhanced Society 5.0 and emerging Web3 token economy, including the transition from today’s robonomics to tomorrow’s tokenomics.

Short Biography

Martin Maier is a full professor with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montréal, Canada. He was educated at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees (both with distinctions) in 1998 and 2003, respectively. He was a Marie Curie IIF Fellow of the European Commission from March 2014 through February 2015. In 2017, he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of his accomplishments in research on FiWi enhanced mobile networks. He was named one of the three most promising scientists in the category "Contribution to a better society" of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 2017 Prize Award of the European Commission. In winter 2019/20, he held a UC3M-Banco de Santander Excellence Chair at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain. He is co-author of the book “Toward 6G: A New Era of Convergence” (Wiley-IEEE Press, January 2021).