London Futurists – James Bartlett – Society Broken

Radicals: A disturbing guide to the future? with Jamie Bartlett

Society is deeply broken. That’s a belief shared by a wide mixture of ‘Radicals’ – a variety of individuals, groups and movements who reject the way we live now, and who are attempting to find alternatives.

Have not read the book, but I reject the thesis that society is broken.
To accept that it is broken implies that it was ever whole in the first place.

It seems clear to me that evolution is exploring the many levels (potentially infinite) of possibility spaces available (both physical and strategic). That is what evolution does – essentially a random walk through available possibility spaces in a very real sense.

One of the intriguing insights from database theory is that the most processor efficient search is a fully random search. Abstracting that a few levels in the context above leads to some interesting contemplations of possibilities.

What I do accept is that many of the systems and heuristics that worked well in our biological and cultural past are no longer appropriate to our probable future.

How we manage that transition will define us.

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I guess I meet the definition, of going to the root of issues, in order to initiate change from the base right up through the entire structure.

When fundamentally new properties are added to a system (like indefinite life extension, and fully automated production), that is an entirely appropriate response, when the old system was based on predicates with very different properties.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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