How Technology Like Facebook Amplifies Our Stupidity, Not Our Strengths

Technology will amplify at an accelerated pace how we have systematically ignored to take ourselves on. To stop its naive encroachment is remarkably easy.

In light of Facebook’s upcoming hearing in Congress and the many new ideas crossing my desk about exciting new revolutions of technology, I must emphasize and set straight the role of technology vis-a-vis the excellence of humanity.

Why technology implicitly fails

When you study the operating-systems for humanity carefully, as I have over the last 10-years, including some of the concepts (I cannot call them principles) listed in our constitution, you begin to realize how outdated and flawed they are. And thus, it does not take a genius to understand then that distribution by the technology of those concepts accelerates and exacerbates its negative consequences.

But is the rebuttal I hear building in the background? Why does that not equally distribute our strengths, you say. The answer to that lies in the fact that our constitution and other manmade systems do not provide or list any of our evolutionary obligations. Hence, by their ill-formed design. Our manmade systems grant rights yet instill no obligations. The distribution of technology disproportionately accelerates such imbalance to affect evolutionary excellence and wherewithal directly.

It gets worse

The aforementioned assumes that technology companies adhere to our constitutional concepts. Surprise, they do not. All major consumer technology platforms today, by their algorithms, deploy a totalitarian monism of arbitrage in direct violation of the tenets of a dynamic democracy, and some cases, in blatant violation of trading rules. So, technology platforms wipe the floor of our democracy clean with toxins that bring the poison from our dirty past straight into our households.

LinkedIn cuts off blogs with the word sex in them without excluding other technology platforms. Facebook sells your privacy to the highest bidders, Apple engages in price-fixing, Quora arbitrates answers it deems worthy, Youtube owns and monetizes your content. These examples all violating the basic tenets of modern democracy. But in some way, you signed off on them.

And trust me, I am scratching the surface of technology’s democratic malfeasance, spurred on by investors, to make a buck.

And worse

Apart from the intrinsic democratic malfeasance, the holes induced by the reliance on mostly an open-source technology stack reminds me of Emmenthaler cheese. Full of holes.

A technology stack that allows for rapid development, with the inherent downside of quit-and-dirty implementations. Rapid growth provides the opposite of what is needed to ensure systems’ security and integrity in managing personal or corporate information. The latter is eroding and endangering the underpinning of any democracy.

To wit, the security experts of technology I know to vow they can enter anyone’s bank account in about 15 minutes — something I have relented to verify.

The kettle is black

The impetus for the unbridled land-grab of our democratic integrity by technology comes precisely from our negligence to evolve and refine the very principles of our democracy.

Let me highlight the highest-order tenet of freedom. A belief listed in our constitution numerous times, yet falling miserably short of defining what constitutes freedom. And without a plurality of freedom – to each his own – paired with our collective interest in freedom, our freedom turns by default, not necessarily by menace, into a vile-maxim. The very vile-maxim technology increases at an accelerated pace.

So, the good thing about the wrong things technology has made us all now aware of and now needs to answer to in Congress is that our constitution is ripe for adaptation and evolution. As any scripture frozen from the past is bound to require. A constitution so full of holes meaningful change can easily be achieved by merely filling its gaps without modifying its scripture. And thus not requiring a congressional consent decree.

Technology is not to blame

Let’s be fair. We have failed to build robust and renewable operating-systems for humanity—the reason why I began to investigate how to reinvent them a long time ago.

In their poor state of excellence, we must hate the game, not hate the players. Our operating-systems for humanity, conjured up by an elected government, must be made responsible for establishing gameplay rules. As one kind of player, technology companies must then adhere to the enforcement of those rules to demonstrate their merit.

Albeit their practices are morally inexcusable, you cannot blame technology companies for the lack of transparency, plurality, meritocracy, and freedom of our analog systems.

I suggest Mark Zuckerberg deploy a less ignorant tactic than Martin Shkreli, and instead, to come clean about his lack of economic wherewithal. Economic excellence should have yielded pre-established, dynamic, and self-regulating meritocracies we cannot assume from technology today.

In closing

Technology, the way we let it roam freely, will not save the world. But instead will amplify at an accelerated pace how we have systematically ignored to take ourselves on.

So, government-approved bandaids to technology, as the distribution of humanity’s wrong principles will bring us down, not help us. We must first perfect the very operating-system at the root of our dysfunction before we can rightfully blame its players for their infractions.

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”

— Albert Einstein

Congress must look inward for answers rather than expect Facebook to adhere to evolutionary goalposts that have never been defined.

A smart Facebook, with the proper guidance, has a glaring opportunity to lead the way.

Let’s lead the world by example with new rigors of excellence we first and successfully apply to ourselves.

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