( A seven-minute read)
We all know that Social Media as it is called is having an effect on many if not all aspects of society both for good and bad.
TECHNOLOGY is now described as the third Industrial Revolution, with profit-seeking algorithms being the mercenary soldiers of the platforms on which Social media relies that are not only going to cause an algorithm war that will continue to unstabilize the world we live in.
An algorithm war will be the great oxymoron of our time.
Why will they cause a war? A digitally controlled systems war.
Because of originality.
At the moment it is vital that natural substances and public knowledge remain in the public domain so that we all have equal access to the collective humanity’s intelligence. Soon, however, we will not know who owns what, seed patenting, plants, medicines, and genetic materials, data, you name it and some algorithm will be controlling it. The more a nation or group of people is dependent upon digital systems, the more vulnerable they will become.
If we are to have a planet where companies can roam the planet in search of ever cheaper means of making a profit with these algorithms we must demand a global minimum wage.
Algorithms are already addictive. Promoted by multinational corporations that are avoiding taxes by their home countries.
The most effective way to take back control is to establish a Cloud Strongroom where all software programmes, are registered to their origins and a copy of the original program is held for future reference, transparency, available to all.
There is no doubt about the impact of AI. What will be automated next?
AI is only one fish in a vast ocean of technological progress.
” You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward.” Jobs.
Scientific data is piling up around us telling us that we are currently destroying what is left of the earth > deforestation, warming and acidification of oceans, CO2 emissions, melting ice caps, species extinction 100 to 1000 times faster than before the last Industrial Revolution, overfishing, soil degradation, over-exploitation of the earth ecosystem, running out of oil, pollution of drinking water, breathable air etc.
The list is endless combining to what we call human progress – GDP.
When in reality what is need is to decouple GDP from material throughput.
Consumption in rich countries is outpacing CDP growth. Perhaps if we placed a moratorium on Advertising for a few years we might reduce consumption and release us from the tyranny of growth at any cost.
If we peel back the false promises of technology the problems we have are much deeper causes, to tackle such as inequality, and consumption that is putting our plant at risk. Not to mention technology replacing many jobs creating a crisis of unemployment.
It’s time before the technology of profit-seeking algorithms plunders what is left of the world resources that we redistribute on merit bases that reflect the population of a country and their development needs the voting power within the United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO.
If you look at the World Bank and the IMF you will see that most of the countries representatives in both institutions are finance ministers, or central bank governors while the WTO has trade ministers neither of which have people or the environment as their mantra.
This needs to be done as
Our major world institutions are long overdue in need of reform.
In order to create a fairer global economy is it not the time to democratize the major global institution’s and remove the veto powers.
Right now votes are apportioned to each country according to the financial shares in the institutions with the rich countries claiming over 60%.
The World Trade Organisation is technically democratic with one vote for each member state, but in reality, it is the countries with the biggest markets that pull the punches.
The poorer countries are don’t have the negotiating prowess or the funds to make their voices heard.
Instead of a few powerful countries setting the agendas and predetermining decisions in what is called the green room a large dose of transparency is required allowing the media to access whether the rules and penalties stand up to the common sense notion of fairness.
Perhaps we can get social media to evolve to where it is the people of countries that elect who represents them in these Institutions.
If we don’t bring our institution into the technological age there is little likelihood that the next wave of general learning algorithms (that will be able to solve problems with us specifying how) will place power in our hands but rather in the hands of a few companies and as we have witnessed recently power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
When men run out of words they reach for their swords, not their mobile phones.
One way or the other Algrothims are going to change human history.
All human comments appreciated. All like click chucked in the bin.