Andrew Keen

How to Fix the Future

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    Niels Schmidthas quoted3 years ago
    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.
    Niels Schmidthas quoted3 years ago
    Out of the crooked timber of humanity,” the eighteenth-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant suggested, “no straight thing was ever made
    Pato Patatashas quoted7 months ago
    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
    Pato Patatashas quoted7 months ago
    Besides, if we don’t believe in our own humanity, then what can we believe in?
    Pato Patatashas quoted7 months ago
    Memento
    mori . . . Respice post te. Hominem te esse memento,” the slaves would shout at the triumphant general during the public parade after a great military victory. “Yes, you will die,” the slave reminded the Roman hero. “But until then, remember you’re a man.”
    Lovehas quoted2 years ago
    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 quoted2 years ago
    The Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus had just stumbled on the almost unspeakable realization that our planet wasn’t the center of the universe.
    Юлия Даниловаhas quoted2 years ago
    The democratizing technology of Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press was undermining the centuries-old authority of the Catholic clergy.
    Юлия Даниловаhas quoted2 years ago
    Everything is getting perpetually upgraded except us
    Lovehas quoted2 years ago
    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.
    Lovehas quoted2 years ago
    If we want to control where we are going, we must remember where we’ve come from.
    Lovehas quoted2 years ago
    “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,”
    Lovehas quoted2 years ago
    while we are all too familiar with what is broken, we don’t seem to know how we can get anything to work anymore.
    Niels Schmidthas quoted3 years ago
    It requires not only new kinds of teachers and schools, but also a new way of thinking about the purpose of education itself.
    Niels Schmidthas quoted3 years ago
    These, then, are our five tools for fixing the future:

    • Regulation

    • Competitive Innovation

    • Social Responsibility

    • Worker and Consumer Choice

    • Education
    Niels Schmidthas quoted3 years ago
    The fifth is the role of education
    Niels Schmidthas quoted3 years ago
    The fourth is through the initiatives of trade unions, philanthropists, non‍
    Niels Schmidthas quoted3 years ago
    The third is through the behavior of consumers,
    Niels Schmidthas quoted3 years ago
    second method is through the work of such innovators as Betaworks’ hackers
    Niels Schmidthas quoted3 years ago
    The first category, as John Borthwick suggests, is through legal regulatio
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