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Hagens’ second Intervention and Wild Idea: Pro-future Exponential Information Technology

Information has been weaponized: Changing how we access and share information can progressively enhance the quality of life for all, and change global governance. —

No 2739 Posted by fw, June 14, 2021 —

“Currently the quality of information in our world varies – A LOT. Additionally, this information is now a weapon. On the one hand used by corporations to access power and profits. And on the other hand used by authoritarian governments to maintain and grow control over populations. … A wild idea would be to explore, research, and create new types of social information that not only preserve the principles of open society but also bind and redirect the application of this growing exponential technology to avoid the catastrophic risks it is now enabling.” —Nate Hagens

By way of a recap, in this, the closing stretch of his long video talk, Nate Hagens is in the midst of advancing 12 categories for “Interventions”; for each category, he will share a “Wild Idea” In today’s repost, Hagens presents INFORMATION as his second of 12 Interventions, along with his second Wild Idea: “Pro-future Exponential Information Technology.”

Below is my transcript of Hagens’ second Intervention and accompanying Wild Idea, which I have titled, : “INFORMATION: Second Intervention and (Wild Idea)”. As usual, I include in this repost an embedded video of his almost 3-hour talk, featuring a synopsis of key ideas from his past written works and videos, packaged in 33 myths. As well, I tack on the list of Hagens’ 33 myths (plus two).

For those who would prefer to watch the embedded video on You Tube, click on the following linked title.

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Earth and Humanity: Myth and Reality, by Nate Hagens, You Tube, May 21, 2021 (2hr, 52min)

TRANSCRIPT of “INFORMATION: Second Intervention and (Wild Idea)” (01:20-minutes long, starting at 2:25:28 mark, ending at 2:26:48)

INFORMATION  [Second Intervention and (Wild Idea)]

Currently the quality of information in our world varies – A LOT. Additionally, this information is now a weapon. On the one hand used by corporations to access power and profits. And on the other hand used by authoritarian governments to maintain and grow control over populations. “Exponential* information technology”, like Facebook or facial information technology software in China has gone from helping us to hurting us. We need a third way. [*exponential – rising increase that becomes more rapid over time]

A wild idea would be to explore, research, and create new types of social information that not only preserve the principles of open society but also bind and redirect the application of this growing exponential technology to avoid the catastrophic risks it is now enabling. Such a third rail effort, nationally and, optimally, globally, will symbiotically* change how we access information, progressively increase a meaningful quality of life for all, and ultimately inform and change global governance. [*symbiotically — denoting a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups.]

Pro-future Exponential Information Tech – a wonky, clunky name/idea. A critical project more people need to think about and contribute to.

2:26:48 — End of Second Intervention and Wild Idea

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LIST OF THE 33 MYTHS (plus opening Introduction and closing Interventions (and Wild Ideas)

Nate notes that the myths themselves are listed in reverse numerical order from #33 down to #1, while the time markers are in chronological order from beginning to end, which facilitates their quick and easy location on the video. The myths can be watched in any order, but the order they’re in made the most sense to Hagens. To go directly to the beginning of any numbered myth or to the opening Introduction and closing Interventions and Wild Ideas, just click on the linked time stamp.

Time stamps: 0:04 — Introduction 2:20 — Myth #33: The Experts Have ALL the Answers 4:16 — Myth #32: Humans Are Separate From Nature 6:45 — Myth #31: Humans Are Mostly Selfish 12:17 — Myth #30: More Is Better 18:12 — Myth #29: “Someday I’ll Have enough” 21:18 — Myth #28: We Care About the Future 23:38 — Myth #27: Everyone Has Their Own Truth 26:37 — Myth #26: Truth Matters 29:31 — Myth #25: Energy Is Merely a Commodity 34:28 — Myth #24: The American Dream is Based on Hard Work and Cleverness 36:05 — Myth #23: Oil: The USA Will Be the Next Saudi Arabia 41:46 — Myth #22: We Can Always Get More Resources if We Have More Money 44:42 — Myth #21: Renewables Can Power THIS Civilization 50:55 — Myth #20: In the future we wont need oil due to Peak Demand!! 55:01 — Myth #19: We Can Achieve Net Zero!! (by 2050 or any date) 59:54 — Myth #18: As Earth runs out of resources, We’ll Colonize Outer Space!! 1:02:26 — Myth #17: Growth Is Forever 1:05:04 — Myth #16: GDP Is the Right Goal for Society 1:10:56 — Myth #15: Overpopulation Is the Main Driver 1:15:21 — Myth #14: Technology Will Solve It 1:21:16 — Myth #13: The Environment Is Part of the Economy 1:24:04 — Myth #12: The Natural World Is Ours 1:27:03 — Myth #11: Climate Change Is the Core Problem 1:32:44 — Myth #10: Billionaires and Politicians Are in Charge 1:38:56 — Myth #9: Financial Markets Give Us the Right Signals for the Future 1:43:22 — Myth #8: Stimulus Is Permanent 1:48:37 — Myth #7: We Need to Crash the System to Get a Fresh Start 1:52:43 — Myth #6: The Use of Nuclear Weapons Is Unthinkable 1:57:03 — Myth #5: Fossil Fuel Companies Are at Fault 2:03:01 — Myth #4: Capitalism Is to Blame 2:07:54 — Myth #3: Humans Are Bad 2:11:37 — Myth #2: We Face a Shortage of Energy 2:14:17 — Myth #1: We Are Doomed 2:19:56 — Interventions (and Wild Ideas)

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