What will the Internet do for the future of humans?

[ 21/10/20 ]

The internet is a powerful tool.

Like all tools, it can be used for good or ill.

What it will be used for will depend upon the choices we make.

We all have a roll in that.

It is important that we all question and observe and critically think about things at every level we are able.

For me, as a geek who has been interested in biochemistry and evolution and complex strategy and math for over 50 years, I am clear that complex evolved systems are necessarily based in cooperation. Competitive environments reduce and eliminate complexity (in this sense complexity equates to freedom, diversity and creativity).

Complexity can only emerge and survive (long term) in fundamentally cooperative contexts. And that gets complex, as part of survival is developing effective cheat detection and mitigation strategies (an eternal exploration of unknown strategies and “spaces”).

Thus, if we use the internet as a tool to empower global cooperation, global respect for diversity, global abundance and freedom for everyone, then it can be a great thing.

If we use it for global control, to eliminate diversity and freedom, to impose order and conformity, then it could be the most destructive tool imaginable; and would necessarily lead to the extinction of the species.

A hammer hitting a nail is a useful thing.

A hammer hitting a head is a destructive thing.

The hammer is just a tool.

It is always what we use tools for that matters.

Powerful tools allow us to do more – of whatever.

We all need to acknowledge that freedom without responsibility is self terminating – always.

Freedom only works if it comes with the responsibility to cooperate at least enough to allow the ecosystems and the societies from which we came to survive; because our survival depends upon both of them, long term.

So think deeply.

Choose wisely.

Cooperate and respect diversity, and the internet can be a great tool in making that happen, universally, for all people, everywhere.

Use it as a tool for exploitation, control, misinformation, deception, competition and we are all at risk.

We each have a choice in how we use it, and each of those choices is important.

What will the Internet do for the future of humans?

[ 21/10/20 ]

The internet is a powerful tool.

Like all tools, it can be used for good or ill.

What it will be used for will depend upon the choices we make.

We all have a roll in that.

It is important that we all question and observe and critically think about things at every level we are able.

For me, as a geek who has been interested in biochemistry and evolution and complex strategy and math for over 50 years, I am clear that complex evolved systems are necessarily based in cooperation. Competitive environments reduce and eliminate complexity (in this sense complexity equates to freedom, diversity and creativity).

Complexity can only emerge and survive (long term) in fundamentally cooperative contexts. And that gets complex, as part of survival is developing effective cheat detection and mitigation strategies (an eternal exploration of unknown strategies and “spaces”).

Thus, if we use the internet as a tool to empower global cooperation, global respect for diversity, global abundance and freedom for everyone, then it can be a great thing.

If we use it for global control, to eliminate diversity and freedom, to impose order and conformity, then it could be the most destructive tool imaginable; and would necessarily lead to the extinction of the species.

A hammer hitting a nail is a useful thing.

A hammer hitting a head is a destructive thing.

The hammer is just a tool.

It is always what we use tools for that matters.

Powerful tools allow us to do more – of whatever.

We all need to acknowledge that freedom without responsibility is self terminating – always.

Freedom only works if it comes with the responsibility to cooperate at least enough to allow the ecosystems and the societies from which we came to survive; because our survival depends upon both of them, long term.

So think deeply.

Choose wisely.

Cooperate and respect diversity, and the internet can be a great tool in making that happen, universally, for all people, everywhere.

Use it as a tool for exploitation, control, misinformation, deception, competition and we are all at risk.

We each have a choice in how we use it, and each of those choices is important.

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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