Knowledge transfer machines

No individual in free society has ever had more access to more information than today. Tomorrow this statement will hold true. And the next and so on.

Certain technologies create a new status quo for information sharing. The printing press had a profound impact on the world. The stories that were once ephemeral could be inscribed and shared at scale. We could communicate across space and time. Today the publishing industry has never been more active, however we’ve continued to innovate.

Here are some fantastic tools used to share knowledge today. In no particular order and full of unintended omissions: YouTube. Wikipedia. Audible. Twitter. Facebook. The Pirate Bay. Medium. Slack. GitHub. Google Maps. Udemy. Skillshare. Twitch. And so much more. It is the diversity of people who participate in these online communities that make them great.

If you’ve gotten a lot of value from these services you should pay it forward and share your own experiences. There is joy in creation. Passive consumption almost demands action at some point. The impact you’ll have on peoples lives will outlive you.

That we can freely share information should not be taken for granted. There are groups of people who are motivated to limit/subvert/control your innate right to free speech. Let’s consider Society A and Society B.

Society A has freedom of speech. Ideas flow freely among its members. Emergent behavior and evolutionary forces take place. Anyone and everyone is empowered to voice their opinions. Their people are more creative and more fit than any other. They rightfully condemn and fight societies that undermine this innate right.

Society B has restrictions on speech. Here you are policed 24/7 on what you say and saying something wrong has repercussions. You learn saying nothing is safer and less risky. The flow of ideas is slow. They are always behind intellectually. They stagnate and become weak. Society B becomes culturally appropriated by Society A.

If Society A wins, what comes next? I dunno. I can certainly guess. but I’d rather just point to some emerging fields that are likely to be relevant. Take a look at augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and neuroprosthetics.

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