Andrew Keen

How to Fix the Future

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Niels Schmidthas quotedlast year
But in spite of promises about the imminent merging of man and computer by prophets of the “Singularity”—such as Google’s chief futurist, Ray Kurzweil, who still insists that this synthesis will inevitably happen by 2029—we humans, for the moment at least, are no speedier, no smarter, and, really, no more self-aware than we were back in 1965.
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Out of the crooked timber of humanity,” the eighteenth-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant suggested, “no straight thing was ever made
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Thomas More critiqued in Utopia. “Your sheep that commonly are so meek and eat so little,” More wrote acidly about sixteenth-century England, “have become so greedy and fierce that they devour human beings themselves.”
Юлия Даниловаhas quotedlast year
The Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus had just stumbled on the almost unspeakable realization that our planet wasn’t the center of the universe.
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The democratizing technology of Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press was undermining the centuries-old authority of the Catholic clergy.
Юлия Даниловаhas quotedlast year
Everything is getting perpetually upgraded except us
Lovehas quotedlast year
The truth about the meaning of “humanity” is that there’s no truth. No absolute truth, at least. Every generation defines it according to its own preoccupations and circumstances. So, for example, the humanism of the original Renaissance was rooted in discovering and then reconnecting with a history that had been lost in the Dark Ages.
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If we want to control where we are going, we must remember where we’ve come from.
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“Individual privacy is the right to the self. It’s about power. It’s about the need to protect our reputation and be left alone,”
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while we are all too familiar with what is broken, we don’t seem to know how we can get anything to work anymore.
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It requires not only new kinds of teachers and schools, but also a new way of thinking about the purpose of education itself.
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These, then, are our five tools for fixing the future:

• Regulation

• Competitive Innovation

• Social Responsibility

• Worker and Consumer Choice

• Education
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The fifth is the role of education
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The fourth is through the initiatives of trade unions, philanthropists, non‍
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The third is through the behavior of consumers,
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second method is through the work of such innovators as Betaworks’ hackers
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The first category, as John Borthwick suggests, is through legal regulatio
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Thomas More reminds us, good government has been critical throughout human history. That will never change.
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So that is John Borthwick’s manifesto, his own five bullets to fix the digital future:

• Open technology platforms

• Antitrust regulation

• Responsible human-centric design

• The preservation of public space

• A new social security system
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need, he tells me, to create completely new entitlement programs, educational institutions, and social security systems designed for
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