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Digital vs Human

How We Will Live In The Future

Richard Watson

Human beings can be illogical and annoying, so are best dealt with through digital filters or avoided altogether.

Teens today - personal identity defined by approbation of a virtual audience. So don't want voice calls, bc can't be photoshopped or crafted for optimum result.

In Europe millions of teens not in work or school. But instead of collective action or revolt, digital distraction leading mainly to apathy and passivity.

CCTV cameras everywhere, but actually the mass surveillance society is due to our selfie and self-disclosure habits on social networks.

People want connection, support, and respect from family and friends. They want purposeful work, freedom from violence and abuse, and enough money.

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The Internet may be increasing autism. Most of the geeks who succeed at Internet companies exhibit autistic traits, and they marry others from their circle.

Most status updates on Facebook are positive, which creates an arms race of exhibitionism that doesn't correspond to reality. And VR goggles can take us away from the annoying bits of RL.

Your phone becomes your best friend.

The spoils of Internet economy are going to the internationally-minded, highly-educated, elite. If you are neither of those things then you are potentially destined for low-paid, insecure work, although you will have access to free music, movie downloads and computer games to pass the time until you die.

In Victorian times, when wealth also very unevenly divide, there was at least a shared moral code, a broad sense of civic duty, and collective responsibility. Today, it's everyone for himself.

Terry Pratchett "real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time."

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