I'm struggling to see the tech industry as a progressive force in society these days. From mass surveillance, censorship, manipulation, social engineering to automaton without viable alternatives - the "killer apps" of tech all seem to benefit only the 0.001%. What am i missing?
How trickle down actually works…
The biggest organism in the world is a mycelium that spreads across 3.8 km (2,384 acres) in Oregon’s Blue Mountains. It’s called Armillaria Mellea, or the honey fungus, and is thought to be over 2,000 years old: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-largest-organism-is-fungus/ http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141114-the-biggest-organism-in-the-world
The final entry in Kurt Tucholsky's Notebook (1935): "A Staircase: Speaking. Writing. Silence."
This advertising for a Swiss private bank perfectly expresses the meaning of "responsibility" (ethics, governance, transparency, ecology, etc.) in late capitalism.
Reminder for blockchain folks:
While you keep screaming "distributed!", your prime virtue is actually "crypto".
It comes from the greek "kryptós", meaning "hidden, secret": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptography Historically, secrecy is not a main driver of an open collaborative culture.
Since money, economics, industry and warfare are all essentially becoming just specific use-cases of computation - does any effective form of political/societal change, require a reformation of computation culture first?
- Generative systems (Computation) are interesting.
- ReGenerative systems (Flora & Fauna) are critical for survival.
- What is the intersection?
New blog series: "Asshollery of a very refined form". The first post is dedicated to Google: https://samim.io/p/2018-05-19-my-one-my-favorite-quotes-of-now-seems-to-be-very-mult/
Starting to fully appreciate just how important cultures like Yoga, Qi-Gong, Meditation, Animism, Gardening, Comedy & Art will be - to ensure a somewhat orderly transition into wild climate change & full-automation realities. Less Collapse, more Retreat. Less Dystopia, more Love.
The entire drama around how Google & co are collaborating with the Pentagon's killing machine is somewhat missing the point: Would like to deeply discuss the meaning of war & the role of pacifism in the 21st century instead!
"Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong" - Mahatma Gandhi
"Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn": https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/17/climate-change-on-track-to-cause-major-insect-wipeout-scientists-warn
Designer & Code Magician. HCI & Machine Learning. Building tools for Enlightenment. Narrative Engineering: https://medium.com/@samim
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