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The scary collective-psychology implications of current centralized social networks — and the promise of decentralized alternatives.
Every day one sees more and more people waking up to the stupidity and malevolence of current online social networks. One even sees increasing talk about the need for better online social networks — ones that foster positive human experience and development, reasonable thinking and imaginative creation.
What I haven’t yet seen, however, is much real understanding of why our current online social networks are the way they are, and what might be done to fix them.
What we need to create a better social network, in my view, is relatively straightforward to state:
1. Code should be open source.
2. Ownership and control should be decentralized… so there is no company and no government tasked and burdened with calling all the shots. Embedding blockchain technologies deep in the technical design of the network is the right way to achieve this.
3. Major decisions should be made democratically. If some group systematically doesn’t like the outcomes votes are getting, they can fork the code and make a new version, or copy the code and create a new network using the same software.
4. Recommendations of connections and content should be made using AI that has the ability to explain the reasons behind its judgments — and these explanations need to be shown routinely to users in a way they can understand.
Due to SingularityNET and a variety of other recent developments, we already have the basic technologies needed to support this sort of approach — as far as tech is concerned, we could have decentralized, democratic, transparent and ethical alternatives to Facebook Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok and so forth right now. We even have some existing websites — such as minds.com — embodying significant parts of the above.
What we still don’t have — yet! — is the alignment of resources to get ...
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