Een lezing van Vinay Gupta over het onwerpen van een eerlijke wereld voor 7 miljard mensen. Fijne visionaire input die werd aangedragen vanuit de facebookgroep van visionair!
One Network. One World. Designing for a 7+ billion person world By Vinay Gupta
Within 10 years, the villages and slums of the world are going to join the internet, unleashing revolutions in education, connectivity, and potentially politics.
In this talk we will discuss engineering our way out of a global crisis that few are even willing to fully acknowledge: we are slaughtering the poor and killing the ecosystem we evolved in at an ever-increasing rate, while our governance structures regulate the only structure humanity has built which might scale to provide a solution.
Long neglected thinkers on the political aspects of engineering hold the keys to a solution. We will rattle their cages.
This is going to be a gruelling, hard going talk. Most “internet native” politics are weak on global issues and operate within a European or American frame. Even Stallman, when he talks about the world, carries strongly western assumptions.
There is another politics, hidden behind our cultural faÃ§ade: the engineering-led globalism of Buckminster Fuller, and the Autonomist Socialism of Mahatma Gandhi. Both Fuller and Gandhi are misunderstood and marginalized: what both discussed was the practical business of creating a world without political oppression by getting the engineering right! Gandhi’s work on assessing the social and economic impact of technologies before adopting them was central to his critique of the Industrial Revolution – with one hand, it automated, and with the other hand, it taxed to feed people without employment. We remember the Salt March, but we forget Gandhi’s vision of an economy built on self-sufficient village-scale engineering.
Buckminster Fuller, the inventor of the geodesic dome and a father of the environmental movement, asks a simple accounting question: with X billion people in the world, how can we provide food and shelter for everybody without wrecking the environment? A simple enough question, but one which no human social structure addresses with sufficient vigour to have any hope of implementing the answer. A billion fat and a billion starving share the same world, connected by wealth-concentrating markets and information-freeing networks. Which will give hope and relief?
This is a talk about engineering our way out of a global crisis that few are even willing to acknowledge: we are slaughtering the poor and killing the ecosystem we evolved in at an ever-increasing rate, while our governance structures regulate the only structure humanity has built which might scale to provide a solution.
The villages and slums of the world are about to arrive on the global network. Things are going to start to change. Let’s examine how we might steer that process to get a world we can live with, and the future we deserve.