In a world plunged into catatonic shock, where almost no media outlet, government, or big tech company can be trusted, as a reliable and trustworthy source anymore. In a world where even the scientists are getting it badly wrong as shown during the outbreak of COVID 19, we take a look at how much the world has changed and what else happened or went wrong while you were sleeping.
A good example of of how our lives can change, and nobody notice – is the innocuous year 2007. In his book “Thank you for being late” Thomas L. Friedman, three times Pulitzer Prize winner and award winning New York Times columnist recount the tectonic change 2007 had on the the world today.
- In 2007 – The first cloud computing service is launched.
- In 2007 – Intel began production of non-silicon-based resistors.
- In 2007 – The Internet for the first time reached one billion users.
- In 2007 – Solar power took off and became an affordable energy resource.
- In 2007 – IBM launched the world’s first cognitive computer called Watson.
- In 2007 – A small company called Twitter launched its platform and went global.
- In 2007 – The consumer cost of Data per Megabyte dropped from $8 to below 2$.
- In 2007 – A company called Facebook, took its platform previously limited to colleges globally.
- In 2007 – Steve Jobs revealed a device called the iPhone at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
- In 2007 – Google launched its own operating system called Android, found on most mobile phones today.
- In 2007 – The cost of sequencing Human DNA per Genome dropped from $100 000 000 to below $10 000.
- In 2007 – Three design students in San Francisco started a company called Airbnb by renting out air mattresses.
- In 2007 – Doug Cutting launched Hadoop, allowing 1000’s of computers to work together and the birth of Big Data.
- In 2007 – A company called Github created a repository that today is the largest repository of open-source software.
- In 2007 – Google bought a little know company called Youtube – the second largest website today measured by traffic.
- In 2007 – Jeff Bezos launched an e-Book reader called Kindle, which grows Amazon into the largest company on earth.
In hindsight, we can now recognize 2007 as the single greatest technological inflection point, since the invention of the Gutenberg press.
And we completely missed it.
So what happened in 2020, while you were sleeping – that you may have missed?
We know that Amazon Kindle collect enough data from a reader that it is capable of telling a human’s sexual orientation by age 12. It does this by measuring the time a user spends looking at certain pictures and the speed with which a user reads certain passages.
The Facebook platform has grown and perfected its algorithms, that in general within 20 engagements (like, love, laugh, sad, etc.) Facebook will know more about you, than your employer. Within 50 engagements Facebook understands you better than your family and friends. Within 100 better than your spouse and within 200 engagements better that you know yourself. It does this by comparing your data with other users’ data that have similar likes and dislikes than you. It can then predict your behavioral patterns, decisions, and preferences by profiling you and user behavior just like yours from its “Big Data” set.
Facebook knows on a Monday Morning you are grumpy and that it is the wrong time to sell you a car, but a great time to offer you a Cappuccino.
Facebook may even know if you are unhappy with your career or your current relationship.
We also saw this year, the beginning of big tech companies suppressing and shaping the public discourse. Banning you-tubers and shutting down pages that try and make sense of the world and that might just reach conclusions that do not fit the popular narrative.
A serious threat to Free Speech.
We saw how politicians and government rewrote the meaning of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity
Is our understanding of the universe, our history, our culture, and our values being wiped out from under our feet, because we are just not paying close enough attention?
Watch: while you were sleeping – the new world according to Siri
Can we continue to lose the information war?
Can you really still afford to do nothing?
Take back your Liberty Equality and Fraternity – before it is too late.
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