There are certain problems that we, humans, seem incapable of dealing with and some age-old arguments that remain. Determining all factors at play in a situation is key to truly understanding what is happening, scientists know this. Whilst we may all have varying opinions of what problems plague the world and Root Cause Analysis can point us to the source of problems, this clearly doesn’t account for the whole picture. Despite our knowledge and technology, time and time again humanity makes the wrong decisions or for the wrong reasons and not learning from past lessons. Our knowledge base and capacity to understand and advance has grown rapidly, supported by the technology that we have developed. But this hasn’t affected the way we operate at all levels equally. Companies and organisations involved in scientific fields have enabled great leaps of progress from medicine to landing on the moon. So why then do global political systems largely sit entrenched in old modes off operation.
People in any walk of life will tend to stand for systems that they benefit from and that suit their own purpose. For corporate bosses, the opportunity afforded to them by self-improvement in a competitive business world can be an attractive incentive. But in certain spaces such as politics, there is more of an advantage to playing the systems than improving it. Politicians may believe fervently in their goals, but for those which the system exists, us, this gaming of politics is a corruption.
Human numbers are extremely high compared historically with any other living creature around our size and are ever increasing. This sheer scale presents significant risks from our collective actions. Many of our current problems would either not be a problem or would be much less so if there were less of us. It is helpful for individuals and organisation to behave in the right ways, but we need the right coordination and regulation starting from governments. So it is our collective actions and decisions made at a political level that are so far behind and need to be working for us in the best possible ways if we are going to succeed. If we are to succeed, we must first make sure our leaders operate within a system designed to reach the right decisions.
Trust is giving power to someone to act for you, limiting this scope minimises potential for corruption. In the same way that you wouldn’t trust your wallet with someone for the day if you didn’t have good reason to do so, we shouldn’t give more powers to people that they need to act for us. Where possible decisions should be driven by non-subjective knowledge gained through the true scientific testing and under the guidance of true democracy for matters that science can’t answer. Continual self-improvement of systems should also be a key feature. Political systems not doing these as far as possible are unnecessarily expanding the requirement for trust and the personal influence of politicians.
If we are going to succeed, we need our political systems to be based on reason and representation. Politicians should be neither the knowledge or control, those fall to science and the public. Instead they should be valued but minimally responsible and trusted facilitators with an interest in self improvement.
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About Jon Pitchfork
“I believe that we are defined by the way we treat the dependent or defenceless, the value we bring and our broadness of vision.”Jon Pitchfork
Technology has become integral to our ever-connected world and will be key to us successfully sustaining our existence into the future. It’s at the touch of our fingertips every day, and we rarely consider the amazing potential it holds.
With our ever increasing population, people around the world are beginning to realise the impact they have on others. Technology gives us the power to reach underserved populations all over the world, as well as the tools to bring about fairness and alter our collective behaviours.
To be truly transformative a technology must consider its Game Theory, the collective, as well as individual behaviours of its participants, its greater and longer term effects on the environment and groups as well as simply the result for the individual. It must find the balance between flexibility in its purpose and control such as through incentives. Well distributed governance across its community helps to avoid corruption and ensure that whatever direction the technology evolves in, it is an ethical and sustainable one.
As with political decisions, knowledge, biases and reasoning of the individual is a potential area of concern and weakness in a democracy. We naturally tend to pigeon-hole things as say good or bad to allow us to manage them simply, particularly things we find difficult to understand. But we must resist this tendency to oversimplify, which is least helpful when dealing with things of great importance like emerging and developing technologies. Typically, technologies can be leveraged for both good and bad outcomes, and ones that serve us best result from time taken to ensure behaviours are correctly incentivised and disinsentivised. With so much at stake and to gain, we owe it some depth of consideration.
This website is dedicated primarily to exploring the most impactful ideas and innovative ways that technology can be applied to help change the world. The world is currently facing many problems, such as extreme poverty, hunger and global warming in the face of abject inequality and corruption. Could Technology be the answer to all of these crises?
Jon Pitchfork is a natural problem solver. Interested in understanding and improving the world, he finds happiness in creating meaning. Jon Pitchfork is the Director of Truvolution, a technology development company in the UK since 2007 and Concentrates Direct which launched in May of 2017, aiming to reduce environmental impact through product concentration. Since late 2013, Jon has immersed himself in the emerging world of Blockchain believing that it will grow to be the underpinning of many new and reformed services. Ultimately, Jon hopes this technology will help improve the world, making it less corrupt, fairer and more reasoned.
“We each play a brief but crucial link in the custody of this four and a half billion-year-old fragile world. There are any number of ways we can make life unpleasant or destroy it, we have to identify and solve our problems in advance if we are to avoid sleepwalking into disaster”.
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