Douglas Pardoe Wilson
My name is Doug Wilson, and I live in Sooke, on Vancouver Island, off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, not far from Vancouver, where I was born and raised.
On these pages and in my e-mail addresses I use my full name, Douglas Pardoe Wilson , because I believe it to be a unique identifier. Of all the Doug Wilsons in the world, I seem to be the only one with Pardoe for a middle name. Both the Pardoe and the Wilson names are family names from Worcestershire, England, by the way.
I have written the pages on this site to tell you about some ideas that I have been working on for many years. I think these are extraordinary ideas that could help to make human society work better and improve all our lives, but I'll let you be the judge of that.
At the core of this material are ideas and results about linguistic technology, information retrieval, and combinatorial optimization -- all very technical stuff.
But around this I have built a collection of ideas about social change -- ways to make the world a better place and ways to make each person's life much better. 'Optimization' means trying to make something better, and it is also techspeak for a collection of mathematical methods for accomplishing that. Please understand that when I advocate using these methods to make society better I am not suggesting any form of coercion, something I explicitly reject. If you are still suspicious of my intentions, please follow the link to the main page, Social Technology, which provides some further explanations and links to other pages.
I have been working on the topics presented here for many years. As an illustation of this, below is material from a page dated early in 1998:
As on earlier versions of this page, I begin by inviting people to use their imaginations:
Imagine a future world in which it is easy to find a good job.
Imagine a future in which it is easy to find a truly compatible spouse or sexual partner.
Imagine a world in which it is easy to find good long-term friends.
While you're at it, you might as well imagine a future world without crime , since people with good jobs, good friends, and a compatible spouse or partner rarely commit crimes. And you should also imagine this world as affluent and prosperous, without poverty -- precisely what one would expect of a world where everyone has been able to find very suitable work.
Traditional futurists have described worlds with humanoid robots and flying automobiles, but the world I dream about is one in which love and friendship are abundant, along with truly satisfying work in good jobs that are easy to find and keep.
This vision is one of the results of my long search for genuine solutions to social problems. By genuine solutions I mean solutions that are practical, affordable, and can be proven to work.
Far too often attempted solutions to human problems are only "band-aid" solutions, which at most treat the symptoms rather than the underlying illness, and often serve only to cover up those symptoms. Homeless shelters and food banks don't treat the underlying causes of homelessness, just the symptoms. Welfare and unemployment insurance don't treat the underlying causes of unemployment and poverty, just the symptoms. Indeed, some of these social programs probably make the illness worse.
I am not completely opposed to treating symptoms; sometimes it is necessary to do so. I don't want people starving or freezing to death while we work on the underlying causes of social problems, but I insist that it is possible to cure social problems at the source, and I want you to at least look at my proposals.
I offer something new, something original. What I suggest comes neither from left nor from right. Both left-wing and right-wing ideas have been around a long time -- if either had genuine solutions to offer, don't you think we'd have figured that out by now?
But around this I have built a collection of ideas about social change -- ways to make the world a better place and ways to make each person's life much better. 'Optimization' means trying to make something better, and it is also techspeak for a collection of mathematical methods for accomplishing that. Please understand that when I advocate using these methods to make society better I am not suggesting any form of coercion, something I explicitly reject. If you are still suspicious of my intentions, please follow this link to a page that continues this discussion.
There are several ways to approach this material -- you may begin by selecting one of these links:
By topic: pick one of these topics, or look instead at the page which describes how they are interrelated:
As a Work-in-Progress:
New: Social Technology through Diagrams
New: Social Techs novel online
New: Social Technology Blog
New: Social Technology Wiki
The main Social Technology page.
Find Compatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained
Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology
Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes. I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.
Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :
Social Technology the main blog, hosted on this site, with posts imported from the following blogger.com blogs, which still exist and are useable.
Find Compatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.
Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.
Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation. Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.
I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology -- years before the Web existed.
Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic. Now things are different. There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google. Oh, well.
By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society. The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of Find Compatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.
As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years. We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century. By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.
In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture. How things have changed since then in agricultural technology. But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.
I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable. I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages. The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day. Maybe. The topic is still not interesting to most people. I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.
This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date. They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not. There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites. I've tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed. One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.
Type in this address to e-mail me. The image is interesting. See Status of Social Technology
Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009, Douglas Pardoe Wilson
I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam. Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see. So I have switched to a new e-mail service. Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture. I have also made it difficult to reach me. The picture is not a clickable link. To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in. That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don't want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.