Ideapod – Tech-Solutions to our biggest social issues

Ideapod – Tech-Solutions

“How can we use technology to solve some of our biggest social issues, including:
financial inclusion
domestic violence
diversity & social inclusion in and out of the workforce

To be effective #techforacause must go deep.

Financial inclusion must be more than tinkering with competitive markets. To actually empower security and freedom it must be transformative. Creating fully automated production (machines capable of replicating themselves on command, and delivering a range of goods and services) removes value from markets, yet delivers value to individuals. Creating universal basic income, and removing the ability to charge interest, would deliver.

Domestic violence is really only a reflection of the violence imposed on society generally by our current economic and political systems. The technology above would make society as a whole much fairer. In such a society, where all public spaces are monitored and recorded, and all physical needs of people are guaranteed, standards of behaviour will rapidly improve.

Diversity and Inclusion will be empowered when people have the time and resources to learn and to create.

Cooperation is fundamental.

[followed by]

Many of our social ideologies seem driven by a very simplistic understanding of evolution.

Just as raw cooperation is vulnerable to destruction by cheating strategies and requires attendant strategies to detect and remove cheating, so raw competition is ultimately destructive, and cannot be found in nature.

In nature, any individual that becomes too competitive is ganged up on (in a cooperative fashion) by other members of the species and brought down.

Our society has become dominated by a simplistic understanding of evolution as competition in action. A deeper understanding of evolution demonstrates that all new levels of complexity are enabled by new levels of cooperation.
And the emergence of such levels requires a context where internal threats are as low as possible and less than external threats.

Right now, most people are threatened at many levels by the system itself.
That must change.

We have that ability, we just need to exercise it.

[followed by]

The default mode of thinking for humans is linear.

We now have exponential technologies available.
The difference is profound in the long term, though little different in the short term.
The first three terms of the simplest linear and exponential trends are 1,2,3 (linear) 1,2,4 (exponential).

However, by the time you get to the 40th term, the linear is 40, the exponential is over 1,000 billion.

A linear expansion of production on a 2 weekly basis has us producing 40 times as much at the end of 20 months.
An exponential expansion has us with 100 times as much for every person on the planet.

There are limits to the amount of energy one can use on the planet without severely disrupting living systems.
Those limits do not apply in orbit, with mass coming from the far side of the moon.

There are necessary limits, but most of the limits constraining our thinking are not necessary limits.

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
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