The Humanity 2.0 program and a generic outline is described in this blogpost.
one liner oversimplistic summary – Humanity 2.0 is both a program and enabler to make change happen: to banish evil.
what it is not - The humanity 2.0 concept has been claimed by a lot of groups who look forward to a human completely intertwingeld with technology, often in a cyperpunk way where we have devices in our brains and in our blood for all kind of applicational use I will also define humanity 2.0… But as a totally different concept than the “humanity 2.0” which is “out there on the web” (on a gazillion websites). So please don’t make any assumptions based on the meme.
My umbrella program - I think it encompasses all my previous blogposts and mini projects over the past 15 years, which is nice, because I finally have an umbrella to copy and paste all the different ideas and projects under.
accidental improvement – When you take a glass of wine, then take a couple of steps back and look at the history of humanity and where we would want this to go to in the most “idealistic” way thinkable (that was where the wine was for) you come to several ideas. The funny thing is that these ideas become adjusted each time we invent new tools (science and technology): we get even more different insights and they “enable” us to “leverage” on these new tools and they give us new ideas, ideas that we never had before which changes our direction and vision of the best next step.
steer on improvement – The basic thought is that we want to bring a lot of, in the past, different areas closer together and “overlap” them in a holistic view and instead of following “accidental” progress, take the steering wheel and head for a certain direction. Which is the core thought of all of this : define programs where we can work on together, often supported by technology, to head to a common next step.
“facebook” – We now have 1/6th of humanity of the same technology platform. What do they do? play games, post pictures of cats and occasionally start a “forward this to everyone” rant on all kinds of, from a distant viewpoint, nonsense. Which is pretty sad, if you contradict this with what someone 1000 years ago would think “wow… 1 billion people interacting with each other , that must be a perfect world where there will be communication between people from any country generating tons of new ideas and initiatives improving the world day by day”. Unfortunately… there are some parts missing here which leads to still very localized groupings of people who are mostly not interested in improving the world or heading to a better future for all but more along the lines “we all like this movie or band” or “we are against this…” (and another group “we are in favor of …”) (where actually the rest of the world does not care.
need a goal and derived requirements – Why is this so? Because we only have the technology. “Internet” or “Facebook” will not change the world. We need to define requirements for such a platform to enable to to actually use these technology platforms as a improvement for humanity leading to a new shared next state.
From a technicalogical point of view:
Normally you would have some goals and drivers which leads you to believe something should change as opposed to the current situation. Through a whole array of in-between steps that leads to some functional requirements and some none functional requirements for your “solution”. The non functional requirements have impact on the hardware necessary and the enabling software e.g. “tool X”. Your functional requirements become visible in the application which should match your original change to be a step closer to your goals.
In the “internet world” we have a large array of infrastructure: the internet itself containing thousands of servers, we have protocols in place, everyone has multiple laptops, phones, tablets, smart tv’s you name it. On top of that we have multiple operating systems, databases, a gazillion software solutions. But… the app’s we are running are … mostly tied to smaller personal goals like “have my photo’s on the internet” or “have a webshop selling stuff”. These apps do NOT match with any humanity business goals and drivers. There are exceptions ofcourse. Wikipedia is e.g. an app that makes knowledge available for everyone. But in the large picture: a) the goals and drivers are missing from humanity point of view and b) there is nowhere a team “building the app for humanity”. It simply does not exist (yet).
So… does this mean that the goal is to have a software application changing humanity? Of course it is not…. However the parallel with improvements within companies is a good comparison to give a view on this for readers with a `tech` or ‘process’ background to `understand´ the direction: e.g. what changes in a company when a CRM (customer relationship management) system is introduced: people are going to work differently and the goal is that this improves the situation of the company in the market overall. The H20 program is likewise: it is an enabler to make change happen just like papyrus as a writing tool gave us both philosophy and sciences as well as the bible with all derived changes in society afterwards.
philosophy of humanity 2.0
There is a theoretical end state in which we will know everything and all seperate sciences are all merged in one holostic view. Then there is reality. In which this will never happen, but which contains principles as: with each new tool, we gain new insights and which adjusts our viewpoints of the humanity (as a whole) direction to take.
We have a situation again as with writing on papyrus: it’s there and nobody realizes that we create philosophy in 300 years with it which leads to libraries, science and universities which leads to countless other things. We now have “something” sitting there, available for 1/3th of humanity but no application yet since noone has given direction on what we should do with it. We know we can exchange information on it, we can post funny pictures of cats, put lots of knowledge on there, available for those who need it and we can make a lot of money from it. But “the” goals are not there. We know we can write on it but noone has said “we’re going to need philosophy and science for humanity as a next step so that is the next goal with the tool papyrus”. And that is what this is about: “we are going to use this tool to deliver us from evil”.
Four examples of Humanity 2.0 projects
Let me give some examples of “components” which I think will be very usefull to reach the Humanity 2.0 state:
1. My “household framework” (11 nov 2008) project I started, wants to close the gap between regular households (all humans) and companies. I believe there should be much tighter integration and I believe households lack tons of knowledge and best practices to “help them” keep on track and improve in all aspects: financially but also socially. e.g. A “budget” will not help households. Households need goals and from the goals we derive a budget not the other way around. There are hundreds of sub components to think of to improve life of households from start to end. Not with technology but with processes supported by technology which connect them to all other groups. If everyone gets “help” and a direction and is helped in that direction: it decreases evil in this world.
2. The referential discussion project I wrote yesterday about closes the gap between science and `regular` people: making everyone part of science. I’m trying to give a simple description: Every discussion, on every forum and comment form will be linked to communication models and a referential discussion: if anyone, ever, on any topic, repeats part of a discussion, it is indicated with a linked to the reference discussion. If you add new information or new thoughts in a discussion taxonomy that nooone has ever talked about it will be added to the reference discussion. Behavioral science models and human type models are “underlying” that will help classify “people” and clearly indicate “standard reaction that has already been given 1.000.000 times”. Combined with an “app” you can choose to have a discussion in a cafe that has been done millions of times before but which you are repeating OR : you can read the reference discussion and continue in parts where noone has discussed before to add new knowledge, which is one of the patterns in science. By doing so it will battle wrong memes and mis information, it will very clearly show the “truth” about “anything” and underlying patterns. It will battle propaganda and improve the speed in which our common knowledge expands: it will fight evil.
3. The “visualization of connections” (26-9-2006) thoughts wants to have a transparant unified view on humanity: it combines the data of all social platforms: from genealogical sources as Geni and Ancestry you will find out your “blood” relationship with anyone else in the world, from social platforms as facebook you will see “friend relationships”, from business social platforms as linkedin you will see “business relationships” and so on … and so on. Combined with a future app build in e.g. something like Google glasses you will look around and see your relationship with everyone around you: it is much harder to kill someone if you see that he or she is the friend of your friend: it will fight evil.
4. The “pattern based behavior recognition” direction (28-5-2010) want to analyze history for patterns of human behavior using the network sciences, group dynamics, psychology etc… to make a library of patterns that occur in society and which can be picked up to use to analyze and predict outcomes. If we put this in a taxonomy it will help us take the best direction based on any time in the past the same thing happened: it will help us prevent evil and even better describe when evil starts to begins to have influence. It will help us to reach our direction and decreases negative risk-y scenario’s along the way. (this is only now possible since we now tend to see the “archives of newspapers since 1600” and only since a short time have new sciences in the “direction” network analysis).
As you already understood from the examples: reach a state of humanity where evil has been banished in other words:
To deliver us from evil
Disinction with the UN millennium development goals
The UN millennium development goals (eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat hiv/aids, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; global partnership for development) focus on the basic human needs and most of the focus is at the areas in the world that are in need to come to the basic human standards (“bottom”).
The H20 program goals focusses on improvements at the “top”: for those areas where the next improvement goals are still not defined other than “economic growth”: it’s the next step for those who are at the top e.g. countries where primary education is already for a long time “common”.
2 nov 2013 – H20 Program braindump submitted by Cogmios
The next step lies with you.