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What’s The Big Idea? Societal Fission or Fusion?
Treating modern day society like a nuclear reactor
The internet and atomic energy have certain things in common. They are man-made discoveries which can be used for good or evil and now that they have been invented there is no going back – we cannot un-invent either of them. The difference between nuclear energy and the internet is that our global society seeks to prevent a proliferation of nuclear energy to stop it falling into the wrong hands whereas we have made the power of the internet accessible to virtually everyone on the planet regardless of their potential usage for good or evil.
My question is whether the internet has triggered the equivalent of a societal chain reaction in which the massive volume of interactions causes exponentially increasingly unstable consequences. If this analogy is valid, how can we put into place the equivalent cooling mechanisms to harness this power for good ?