If we want Big Data to create societal progress, more transparency and participatory opportunities are needed to avoid discrimination and ensure that they are used in a scientifically sound, trustable, and socially beneficial way.
Have you ever “enjoyed” an extra screening at the airport because you happened to sit next to someone from a foreign country? Have you been surprised by a phone call offering a special service or product, because you visited a certain webpage? Or do you feel your browser reads your mind? Then, welcome to the world of Big Data, which mines the tons of digital traces of our daily activities such as web searches, credit card transactions, GPS mobility data, phone calls, text messages, facebook profiles, cloud storage, and more. But are you sure you are getting the best possible product, service, insurance or credit contract? I am not.
BIG DATA SOCIETY: Age of Reputation or Age of Discrimination?
By Dirk Helbing
Personally, I think it’s more likely to increase peoples’ abilities to make prejudicial choices about other people in addition to the actual technical advantages that this will bring about. Thus, the universe doesn’t so much as change for the better, but rather muddle on under the same basic principles. We are only humans, after all. Our descendants are not going to fall far from the tree and, unless something dramatic happens to our population and to the way that our people think and feel about themselves and our world (an x-event), there will likely only be questionable or low probability change as we settle into a kind of equilibrium, for better and for worse, that we may choose to die in, rather than evolve and make a change.
Thus, we’re more than likely going to take a significant hit as a species, in spite of our abilities to avoid the problems in the first place.
The International System is a self-organized system and shows emergent behavior. During the timeframe (1495 – 1945), a finite-time singularity and four accompanying accelerating log-periodic cycles shaped the dynamics of the International System. The accelerated growth of the connectivity of the regulatory network of the International System, in combination with its anarchistic structure, produce and shape the war dynamics of the system. Accelerated growth of the connectivity of the International system is fed by population growth and the need for social systems to fulfill basic requirements. The finite-time singularity and accompanying log-periodic oscillations were instrumental in the periodic reorganization of the regulatory network of the International System, and contributed to a long-term process of social expansion and integration in Europa. The singularity dynamic produced a series of organizational innovations. At the critical time of the singularity (1939) the connectivity of the system reached a critical threshold, resulting in a critical transition. This critical transition caused a fundamental reorganization of the International System: Europe transformed from an anarchistic system to cooperative security community. This critical transition also marks the actual globalization of the International System. During the life span of cycles, the war dynamics show chaotic characteristics. Various early-warning signals can be identified, and can probably be used in the current International System. These findings have implications for the social sciences and historical research.
War: Origins and Effects
Thus we delve closer into the hidden language of our social world.
Way cool science!
Education: Helping our children develop better so that they can be relatively happy individuals early on, while helping them identify career goals, inclinations, and abilities separate from what their parents may want or think later on.
I think it’s time that we do a much better job with our children than just “test” them and their teachers. Whatever happened to raising them to be adults who can manage, adjust to, and accept the world around them, and then think creatively about how to work with it in ways that work? Whatever happened to instilling in them the value of learning as opposed to rote memorization? How is it that we get politics and personal preferences ahead of what matters most: our childrens’ well being, mental and physical health, and quality of life?
Just a couple of thoughts.
As the leadership becomes more focused on its immediate, small sense “self”, their position naturally becomes less tenable as a leadership cadre. There are many natural shocks that can happen to our social systems from both our environmental and cosmological worlds external to us and from within our own social world. Humans are not likely to preserve that which is causing them immediate harm, although it is debatable whether humans in their present form are actually capable of sensing what their benefits and costs really are accurately to determine a positive and genuinely effective course of action. It is also debatable whether humans in general are willing and able to follow through on those courses of action for their own survival, even if they’re able to sense it. Those who do realize what’s going wrong are labeled as “mentally ill” for having understandable reactions to what’s going persistently wrong, while those who don’t have a clue or a care to have a clue about what’s going on are allowed to make the choices in our world in spite of the obvious and predictable costs that will be incurred as a result of their choices without receiving any of the benefits that they intended to have from their actions.
The whole of the human species is screwed in its present form. It’s completely, totally, 100% screwed, thanks to the collective, individual, conscious, and sub-conscious choices and perspectives that the members of this species, on high and down below, have done. We’ve got nothing left to look forward to in the immediate sense but death, thanks to our actions and choices, with a chance of survival from the environmental collapse that is going to be upon us and the social fallout that happens as a result of that happening. The rich people of the planet have clevered themselves off a cliff for money (not terribly clever), while everyone else were too much like cows to do anything or be able to do anything about it. Thus ends us, as far as I can tell.
After Scotland, all eyes are turning to Catalonia, where voters will hold a non-binding vote on independence from Spain on Nov. 9. But maybe Americans need to focus closer to home. We already knew—courtesy of Slate’s David Weigel—that breakaway movements in the United States were feeling inspired by the Scotland…
Looks like we could be coming to the end of another union.
I’d be ok with it, honestly.
Conservatives take one territory, progressives take the other.
If progressives play our cards right, we could end up on top of this whole situation. It’ll take sense, evidence-based (not ideological) governing, a Hell of a good strategic edge, and the willingness to admit to mistakes in order to correct for them.
We’re about empathy, honesty, openness, tolerance, acceptance, and facts.
Let us compete with greed, deception, lies, xenophobia, racism, classism, sexism, and all other non-American and anti-social traits.
If we lose, then it proves that this universe is not a good one to be in anyway, because there’s then a serious defect in how rewards and punishments are dealt out. Nature is indifferent to morals, and justice is blind. Let’s find out if karma exists in states beyond simple “action”. Is the universe indeed a moral and ethical place? If not, than it’s really not worth saving, and we’d all likely be better off abandoning this existence to its inevitable doom and death.
That, or we can stay together as one country, let everyone ditch the conservative brain-state, and we can continue on from there with evidence, facts, and an ethically grounded and social society.
I’m willing to cede the whole baby to the conservatives. Take the universe, take the country, take the world. I don’t think it’ll do them any good in the long term or short term. That decision, though, is out of my hands.
It’s in yours’ America.
“Seldom has it been more important for Americans to form a realistic assessment of the world scene. But our current governing, college-educated class suffers one glaring blind spot.
Modern American culture produces highly individualistic career and identity paths for upper- and middle-class males and females. Power couples abound, often sporting different last names. But deeply held religious identities and military loyalties are less common. Few educated Americans have any direct experience with large groups of men gathered in intense prayer or battle. Like other citizens of the globalized corporate/consumer culture, educated Americans are often widely traveled but not deeply rooted in obligation to a particular physical place, a faith or a kinship.”
Other peoples, with different histories, cultures, etc, are not going to be like us.
Might as well learn to accept that (and learn it in general) so that we do not invoke negative sentiments to develop.