For reasons that will become apparent, there is some urgency here ...
The world has terrible problems. As these web pages demonstrate, I may have a solution -- I'm sure I do. But I may not be around to apply that solution for very much longer, so I feel a sense of urgency, a need to communicate what I know quickly. But I'm not the only one feeling an urgent need to communicate. This world has many people who are starving to death, right now, as you read these words. It has many people dying of diseases we know how to cure. There are also many who will perish from violent crimes and wars that could be prevented. And for each person who actually dies from these causes there are many more who will suffer intolerable agony as a result of them. These people also feel an urgent need to communicate, to call out for help. Most of them won't get any help.
This is an awful situation, but I think I know how to resolve it
The solution is not to send donations to some charitable organization. For all the good such charities undoubtedly do, they are only bandaid-solutions which at best treat the symptoms and often just cover them up -- they almost never treat the underlying causes. For this reason SocialTechnology has adopted a logo that expresses the desire to eliminate bandaid solutions. It might be better to express this positively, but there doesn't seem to be a suitable word that means 'non-bandaid'. ('Surgical' is too threatening, 'systemic' too obscure). Words aside, the idea is to find genuine solutions that treat the underlying cause.
As I write these words in the summer of 2001, I can look back on a decade of relatively few social changes in the rather contented North American society around me. This calm fools some people into thinking major changes don't happen or don't happen quickly. People in eastern Europe might have a very different view, looking back on thedecade of dramatic social change that followed the collapse of communism. But people in African countries that saw more of the political coups, wars, and famines that have plagued that continent regularly for a very long time would certainly see the pace of change much differently -- especially if their own family was involved.
Let not our present situation delude us into thinking change is rare or slow. It can happen very fast. Nor should we believe only bad changes happen fast. A young child born in western Europe about 1939 would probably have experienced life in an ugly and dangerous war zone almost from birth, and by 1945 might well think that the norm. The rapid recovery and dramatic changes of the next decade would surely have been a marvel. Positive change can also happen quickly.
The very positive changes I am predicting and trying to bring about could happen quite quickly. By way of illustration, I'd like to consider the reactions a young person of 2010 or 2020 might have to the television and movies of today. I'm sorry if some of this sounds implausible to you, but to help you see the whole picture I'm inserting links to more sober explanations for each point. So here are possible reactions or questions from the children of another generation:
I hope you followed the links. This is not all fantasy -- I have genuine solutions in mind, and when they are realized the children of the future, your own children or grandchildren, may very well ask such questions.
Copyright 2001 Douglas P. Wilson
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.
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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.