I’ve been a fan of the ideas in The Social Singularity for a long time, the key one being that we can use technological innovation to bypass archaic institutions (who usually cover everything red tape). Think for a moment about a world without bureaucracy, where there are no shit schools, no 4-year degrees, no DMV’s, no misleading, confusing or obscure government regulations— it sounds like perfection for the libertarian, hell for the statist, and like a great pitch for the layman until they remember that all of those things exist for a reason.
Now imagine all the reasons for all of those institutional bureaucracies are gone too.
Programs like Praxis (which is mentioned in the book) put their students on a fast-track to the real working world rather than keeping them in an academic cult with professors to play priests, deans to play bishops, and politicians to play cardinals. Imagine Tesla has popularized the self-driving car to the point where it’s ludicrous to get a driver’s license. The internet is teeming with sites for young adults centered around shared interest and curiosity, just like my site Original Path, so it’s inconceivable to even think about going to school.
This is The Social Singularity. Once we can use technology and innovation to bypass countless problems, both inhuman and human alike, we can free up all of our time solely to the pursuit of passion, be it art, entertainment, studies, crafts, sports— anything. This is the future we stand to win.
The book is fascinating, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone interested in the social effects that technology has and can have, as well as anyone who remains hopeful for the future (despite the numerous loud and antagonist news sources teasing otherwise). Technology is the way towards a better future, not a worse one, and despite the alarmism about AI or the concern that innovation is somehow bad for the US, the ideas in this book stand to defy the fatalism and worry that has become so prevalent.
The Social Singularity by Max Borders is a wonderful account of how humanity will overcome it’s struggling, both in politics and the market, to reach a far better world.
Until next time,