[ 2/10/20 ]
Rule based systems have always been problematic.
In order to work, they always have to be mixed with values based systems; which is why the people we select as judges within our systems is a very important aspect of those systems working well enough to survive.
Systems always evolve (change over time).
Rules always lag the current state of the system by some significant number of years.
In times of exponential development (like we are in now), that lag between the rules we have and the rules we need to maintain stability can be significant, and entire ecosystems of cheating strategies can emerge within that space.
So it is really complex.
To survive it requires levels of individual responsibility and awareness and acceptance of diversity that are not common at present.
And we can all make a real difference in that.
Every time we interact with someone, err on the side of respect and acceptance.
Take the time to listen and to acknowledge positions that are very different from our own. Cultivate the habit of actually articulating back to others their concerns in a way that they get you have gotten them. Only once that has been done can there be sufficient respect in the space to allow a real conversation for resolution of dispute.
The online AI algorithms work against that. By the simple expedient of optimising for time on screen they to tend to evoke and feed all of our many subconscious levels of bias, making us more likely to dismiss and demonize those who hold legitimate differences of view or opinion. This aspect of current social media systems is now one of the greatest threats to our continued survival – just one of many aspects of how economic systems and incentives now threaten our very existence.
Respect for diversity matters.
Respect for the ecosystems on which we all depend matters.
Nothing simple – a lot to be responsible for.