The most recent tool for use in Social Technology is Recursive Exhaustion, which can be used for the very large scale collection of social data. This data can (and will) be collected automatically without people’s knowledge or permission. It can collect information on people who do not use computers. It can collect information on people whose friends and family do not us computers.
On the one hand, this could be a very good thing. Having a lot of information about poor people or refugees in distant countries could make it possible to direct governmental and non-governmental aid to the most needy without delay. It could also be used for all the other worthy goals discussed on these websites. On the other hand there would be a complete loss of privacy. Individuals would be wide open to blackmail and intimidation.
I hope that this is not already being done. It is almost impossible to stop except by using it under extreme legal conditions to find the people abusing it.
My strategy is to have a large network of websites, instead of hiding my pages within a few of them, or posting them on a blog.
If you do not see much content on any one website, it is because material intended for that site is on another one. See if any of the ones below look interesting.
All of these sites are related to the main Social Technology site and have been added to the network at various times over the years. As well adding new material, existing content is being slowly redistributed or copied. That will take a while. For more information see my personal home page and then the Social Technology History page.
Some of those websites have domain names associated with them:
- Two domain names, for my ultimate goal, point to a project and an organization for managing it
- The next domain assumes we know what we want, and asks how to get there from here
- The next domain names are for specific goals and method in different areas
- The next domains refer in a general way to technological development
- The next domains refer to specific mathematical methods to be used
- The next domains refer to an organization charged with applying these methods to the overall problem of making society work.
Other websites have no associated domain name, and can only be accessed via another site. Some of them are very important sites, but no obvious domain name which was unique and descriptive could be found.
In addition to these sites, there are a few relating to fiction written to explore and explain social technology. These are discussed on my Books website and there is a list of them on a page there.
There are many ways in which people can help with this project. Please see the corresponding page on the website for the non-profit organization which must eventually be created to run this project.