i will make it worse

but I want to share this with you.

I apologize to the author for my blunt attempt to translate his perfect choice of words.

Wörter besitzen Macht. Durch die Wortwahl werden Bilder erzeugt, die Gefühle und Gedanken auslösen. Und schon entstehen Haltungen und Meinungen, mal zufällig und unbedacht, mal gezielt und absichtlich.

Matthias Klaus

Source: DW Deutsche Welle


Words are mighty. By choosing them, we induce impressions in people’s minds that lead to feelings and thoughts. Incidentally opinions and attitudes will follow due. And they words came out of a chance event or were otherwise darted with intent.

This year that ought not be, has been, and will at last come to an end. It is high time to impress these words in our minds and be critical and inquisitive with what we read, or hear. For it is everybody’s duty to search the truth and act accordingly to our principles.

solving asymmetry

After journalists from the SZ-Zeitung published their research on the manner and methods that facebook use to remove content, A swift reaction from the German Minister of Justice urging social media companies to expedite the deletion of content that violates the German constitution and rights was reported today. Even pointing to possible penalties if those companies lag behind their offending content.

Such swiftness, if only but for this encouraging exception today, is not the strongest trait of governments and public institutions. And we would be naive unloading that burden on them.

Social media is a very fluid and agile world, and therefore extremly difficult to tackle and regulate. The social problems that social media is creating need to be solved with methods and resources inherent to social media if they have to be tackled effectively. Yet the sheer amount of content that social media companies garner can not possibly be regulated by those companies. The effort is far too huge. There is an intrinsic and bold asymmetry between the infrastructure and the user base.

A different approach is required. We, all of us, have to join our efforts and help our institutions and governments keep social media within the legal framework of our constitutions and laws if we want it to happen any time in the future.

The blockchain technology could be brought to be the backbone of a global reputation and refutation system. Much alike the scientific community does but using the trust-less character of the blockchain hence without the gateway of having to be an accredited scientist to have your say. Starting by attributing each person a base reputation index based on education level and let it develop further by using a reputation-currency.

baby boomers aplenty

Not too far in the future an inrush of retirees will take leave from their workplaces and will join the lines of the well deserved retiree status thus creating a significant drain in the public reserves of every developed country.

Those left to keep the wheels of industry spinning are less, earn less and spend less than the affluent baby boomer generation. Incidentally contributing less to the public chests. Moreover, the next generation that is now joining the workforce is, and will be, yet less affluent.

Is then society and economy in the developed first word fated to stress and a slowdown? Possibly. Maybe not though. Here comes ingenuity at play.

We, the afterwave, have blossomed in the age of computers, and into the age of social media. If shadowed by the previous lot yet sprouts of new thinking are breaking through and reaching now maturity. We can possibly grow over this bleak scenario with our new tools and skill sets.

We have an oncoming huge supply of experienced, wealthy and healthy women and men that if not in general proficient in the intricacies of computers and Internet, they use them at a more or less effective degree. And many would rather sporadically undertake activities of social and economical significance than spend the whole day chasing a golf trolley. And we have the means to help them choose over a variety of ways to spend their time in a way that has an impact to our society and economy.

Some like cooking and would cook for her/his younger single and busy neighbor. Some like building furniture or restoring it and would enjoy giving the wardrobe of the neighbor a new life. We have often neither the time nor the money to keep up with all our needs and would gladly take an offered hand at an affordable cost. And eat healthy, use our furniture longer and with pride, discover how our children’s imagination is spurred with lovely cut and painted cubes and that they can show their appreciation to the makers of their toys a flight of stairs above or two houses up the street.

The list has no end, and we have the ingenuity and potential to make it happen. The sooner the better.

the Krebs Cycle of Creativity

Now and then we stop reading. Struck by a sentence that has so much in itself that we need some moments to read it again, again, and again.

In “Age of Entanglement,” Neri Oxman describes the Krebs Cycle of Creativity. This shows science taking the perception of nature and converting it into knowledge. Engineering takes this knowledge and converts it into utility. Design takes this utility and converts it into meaning, behavior, and societal value. Art takes it and converts it into social perception. And although it’s too rare, this should be in the input into science as well. Our view is that science, engineering, design, and art need to work seamlessly together in order for our creativity to be well expressed.

Source: Joi Ito (Report from Marrakesh)

eyes not connected to brains

Ten or eight years ago, we heard of twitter and facebook. We already had forums, email, myspace, chatrooms. Twitter and facebook were however sleek, fancy and intuitive. We embraced them and set our social groups; family, friends, even people out of our circles that we admired and now we could read their thoughts in a very direct way. Smartphones became ubiquitous shortly after, and all that internet social connectivity and goodness was now very close to us. At all times.

We learned to appreciate those spaces. They became intimate and we happened to open up to strangers too in those circles, and the world was great, exciting and promising. The promise of connecting people across boundaries, races, ideologies, religions.

Slowly, uninvited “others” started gaining space in our intimate places, whose we did not invite. First an annoyance, yet only a small annoyance. Still we could carry on if only we were ignoring those small interjections that month by month were gaining more social real state in our until now perceptively intimate spaces.

At some point, the sheer amount of information that started finding its way into our now quite crowded social spaces became out of control. We anxiously tried to keep at pace with our timelines, and at last, we became disconnected from our families, friends, and those spread about the world whom we devoted admiration.

There must be a point where our brains are clogged with so much information that reach to us, that we cannot anymore see what we want to look at. Our eyes are not anymore connected to our brains. And we start living in a reality that we do not perceive through our eyes but is being described to us by those uninvited “others”.

Those “others” simply pay to push information to us. And incidentally their agendas do not necessarily keep our best interests, or the best interests of our families and friends at its core. In the best case, they only want to make us believe we need something we didn’t know even existed until now, and it may be a great discovery though! In the worst case they may have more obscure aims.